Creative Journaling (for grown up kids;)

I love to journal! I often work in two different styles of journals each month. Creative journaling to me is a fun way to document my life in words and pictures. I find it’s so much fun to explore art techniques, to make journal spreads and handmade books. I especially like to use mixed media, collage, hand-letter and draw in my journals.

I journal regularly, although not necessarily every day. Sometimes, I collage a background or gather packaging and supplies, jot a note, but don’t finish a particular journal spread for a few days. I often like to do a “week in review,” highlighting some things I am thinking about or want to remember.

Recently, I have been working in two styles of journals:

In my handmade junk journals, I like to use a mix of old and new papers, repurposed packaging, mixed media, and create doodle illustrations. As I understand it, junk journals originally started out made with repurposed supplies, a.k.a junk only. Over time, for many journalers, junk journals have evolved into a mix of old and new materials. For me, a junk journal is one of my favorite places to experiment with all sorts of paper crafts and mixed media art.

Another creative journal, I like to work in is a Hobonichi Techo Day Free (A5). It has undated pages and grid paper. I don’t think a particular brand matters, you have to pick a size and style of journal(s) that work for you. I hope you find joy in your journaling and if you’d like to see how I create some of my journal pages, I’d love if you’d journal with me on, YouTube, @ Jilly Bean Studio.

Happy journaling! Jill

Some Junk Journal examples:

Free Journal Page downloads to use as backgrounds or for ephemera:)