Sunday Six – 30 Sept 2012

Six interesting articles, images or what-nots I’ve come across on the web this week.

  1. 16 Life Lessons I’ve Learnt From Journaling from Kaizen Journaling – a great article that got me thinking about what life lessons I’ve learnt from my own journals
  2. The Journal Fodder Junkies Challenge – visual journaling challenge prompts
  3. List of Lists for Journaling – an oldie that I come back to all the time, aimed at getting the kids journaling but I always find a good fun idea or two in here for me too
  4. Free Journaling Prompts from Dale Anne Potter at Spreading Positive Creativity
  5. The Art of Journaling – thoughts on how a journal differs from daily diary keeping
  6. What’s In Your Journal? – another good article with 16 reasons to keep a journal

The Journal Junkies Workshop and Journal Fodder 365

One of my absolute favourite journaling books is The Journal Junkies Workshop: Visual Ammunition for the Art Addict by Eric M. Scott and David R. Modler.

Recently they released their second book, Journal Fodder 365. I was ecstatic when my husband and son got me a copy for my birthday!

The Journal Junkies Workshop and Journal Fodder 365 books – don’t you feel inspired just looking at the covers?

To me, their style of journaling is absolutely perfect – a visual journal that falls somewhere in between a smash book and a full on art journal. As explained in the Foreword of Journal Fodder 365, for them:

It is not about having completed, artful pages; it is about documenting our lives and throwing everything into the journal.

Just my kind of thing! Recording life and expressing yourself without worrying about each page being a perfect finished work of art. They go on to state:

We believe in the power of incorporating everyday life into the visual journal, and we often refer to our journals as Everything Books. We draw and write. We collage in the flotsam and jetsam of our daily experiences. We incorporate our personal and professional lives into our journal.

I’d already been working my way through a list of prompts provided in the back of The Journal Junkies Workshop, but Journal Fodder 365 takes this a step further with twelve chapters (one for each month) covering twelve topics. Each topic comes with weekly prompts to further explore the subject, as well as tips and techniques for writing and art.

The books are each brilliant on their own, but together make a truly awesome journaling resource. They would be a great addition to your library if you are someone just starting out with visual journaling, or are an established journaler like myself who from time to time needs an inspiration boost or likes to explore new techniques.

You can purchase both books from Amazon. For visual guides like these I prefer to grab the physical books, but they are also available in Kindle format for your e-reader.


Stash Building

A few weeks back I undertook a bit of “stash building” to stock up on paper ephemera. Even if you already have tons of stuff already, it’s always nice to have a fresh injection of bits and bobs to get the creative juices flowing!

Here’s an exciting parcel arriving from JamboChameleon on Etsy. I got some colourful buttons and a few of her Paper Ephemera Fun Packs. Oh what fun going through those! Bingo sheets, vintage game cards, paper diecuts, plastic game pieces, lace ribbon, colourful twine, raffle tickets, old book pages … the list goes on. It’s an ephemera lover’s paradise 🙂

(The little grabby hand in the photo is my son trying to get involved in the unwrapping.)