Creative journaling is a unique method of recording your thoughts and feelings. Combining elements of traditional journaling with scrapbooking and sketching, this is one of the most fun and interesting ways to express yourself and archive events and thoughts from your life. While creative journaling is very simple once you have an idea of the direction you want to take with it, getting started can be a difficult and frustrating process. This article will provide you with ideas and tips to make starting your own creative journal.
Stock up On Supplies
Having supplies on hand when starting a creative journal is essential. While you will likely come up with plenty of ideas as you make your way through the creative journaling process, there are some very basic supplies you will need to get going. These include:
Photographs and other paper ephemera
Sketchbooks are best for creative journaling as they have blank pages for sketching, writing and gluing in paper ephemera. Other items you might particularly enjoy using in your journal are paper flowers, rub on-transfers, stickers and three-dimensional embellishments.
Write About Your Life Plan
Creative journaling is not so much a daily documentation of events as it is a self discovery process. When choosing what to write about for your first entry, start with your life plan. Write down the things you hope to do in your life and what you plan to do to get there. You may choose to write the entry on top of a beautiful printed paper glued into your journal or simply decorate the page with photographs in addition to your writing. Everyone has a different style unique to them. Use your first entry to experiment with a theme or style you plan to carry through each page.
Write a Short Story Based on a Photograph
One of the most unique entries you can add to your creative journal is a short story based on a photograph. Choose a picture from a magazine that is particularly interesting or moving to you. Glue this picture into your journal and try to invent a short story about it. This could include a biography of the person in the photo or an event that happened at the location in the picture. This exercise is a great way to unleash your creativity and help you open up as you continue your journal.
Always be on the lookout for anything that can potentially be added to your journal. Receipts, plan tickets, movie tickets, bus transfers, napkins with writing on them and random photographs are just some basic ideas. Anything that is of importance to you that can be added to the journal is worth keeping. Don’t worry about sticking to strictly two-dimensional things either. It’s fine if your creative journal include three-dimensional objects like small stones, bottle caps and coins.
Reflect on the Past
Write about your favorite memories and events that have helped shape you into the person you are today. These could be memories from your childhood, teenage years or even your wedding day. Any memory in your life, good or bad is worth documenting in your creative journal.
Experiment with Images
Not every page in your journal has to contain writing. In my creative journal for example, I have many pages where I simple drew pictures or collaged. Colored pens make it easy to decorate pages. One of my favorite creative journaling exercises is decorating a page before I write on it. That way I have to press myself to come up with an entry or story to match the drawings or collage on the page.