Thursday, January 24, 2013

AlphabeThursday - J is for Journal

morning papers book, junque journal and art journal, 2011-2012

Call me journal crazy - I know I am.  I have always kept some sort of journal or ledger, running throughout the year.  Don't have any children to pass them on to, and I doubt if I'll become a famous artist who scholars will want to study.  I just keep my journals for self expression.  And I like looking back and see where I've been.    

Jewelry Journal, 2009-2010
Like my jewelry journal.  I used to take a photo of my finished piece, write my haiku on the page, list my supplies, and figure out how much I should charge.  It was also helpful to look back and find the name of a certain bead I wanted to use again.

Art Journal, 2012
Then came bookmaking and art journaling!  Now I had a mixed of everything (art, calendar and experimentation) in one place. 

GoTo- Journal, 2013

This year I decided to try something new.  I have THREE journals going at one time!  It was a little scary at first, but it seems to be working out ok.  One journal, given to me by my Secret Santa, I carry around with me.  When I wake up in the middle of the night with a bright idea, I can write it down without falling back to sleep and "losing" it.  I also carry this journal into the den, where I write and research with my smart phone while DH is watching TV.

PostCrossing Journal
I have one journal devoted to my newest pastime, Postcrossing.  I write down everyone's addresses (names removed for this photo to protect the innocent), along with what they like to collect.  I think I'll use some plastic corners to affix the postcards that I received.  Here are two; one from China (top) and the other from the Netherlands.  It's exciting.

Art Journal, 2013
What about my art journal?  It's a large children's book that I'm taping my art pages into.  There are 11 two-page spreads (wish there were 12, for every month!)  As you can see (top photo), my other art journals are bulging at the seams.  I tied ribbons around the spine to make the journals more secure.  I'll figure out some way to close my new book, once it start bulging.  And I'm sure it will.  Maybe a button or a bead with on some ribbon... 
    
What were other bloggers thinking about, when confronted with the Letter J?  Find out on Ms. Jenny's blog, ...off on my tangent...

18 comments:

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

Wow, Deb, you really are into journaling! The postcrossing sounds like having pen pals like we did as kids.

Carol L McKenna said...

ooooh ~ love your journals ~ so creative!

(A Creative Harbor) ^_^

Thanks for coming by ~

st said...

Oh this was fun! I enjoyed a peek into that private world of someone's jounral and especially an art one. I've been drawing and writing my whole life but never managed to combine them together. Inspirational.

VBR said...

I love when I come upon something I have written in the past. It is an opportunity for me to look back to another time, and have the chance to reflect on how time has changed/not changed. These three journals that you are doing are pricelss. You are going to be so happy you did this!

Lady In Read said...

wow.. love this look into journaling.. this was fun.. and inspires me to try my hand at some of these too

Jesh St Germain said...

Your journals remind me of a scrap book:) In mine only writing is done. For me it's a form of processing my thoughts - a must when one works as a psychologist.

Duni said...

I used to journal a lot when I was younger. Mine never looked as pretty as yours though!
I love the idea of postcrossing :)

Gattina said...

Wow ! they look nice ! I wrote daily in a journal from my 13 til 18 ! then I didn't do it anymore it became too "dangerous" (for my parents) Since 2006 my journal is my blog !

Tracy said...

I am a January 1st jounaller, in as much as I start on first maybe Cary on to my birthdayonn7th then it all goes to pot.
Maybe you have a niece or close friend with children to pass journals onto . Loved your postn

AWJ said...

Three journals? You crazy, lady! ;) The postcrossing sounds fun.

Memories for Life said...

These journals are so fun! I love seeing what you come up with and what creative endeavor you're working on next.
Great idea on the jewelry journal for keeping inventory and pricing!

Nancy said...

Journaling for all purposes! I love the idea of having hard copies of your thoughts throughout the year. My drawing prof in college used to require that we did 2 sketchbook pages each day. He would say, you don't need to draw if you don't feel like it, but write your calendar in there, your daily to do lists, do your homework in it, etc. He just wanted us using it daily. I love this idea and have kept all of my sketchbooks, but feel guilty that I haven't done any in the last few years....

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I guess if I had something that pretty to write in, I might keep a journal also!

Sue said...

I so admire the journalling you do. I keep a couple myself, but not so artistically.

=)

Rose said...

I really enjoyed seeing your journaling progression. Best of luck keeping up your three journals this year! I'm with Sue in that I've always kept a journal of some sort, but it's never been as artistic as yours.

Judy Nolan said...

I keep multiple journals, too. I have one, for example, for when we do our annual cabin retreat. It's interesting to read back about past years' stays. And of course I have an idea journal, just like you.

Jenny said...

Your journals are just so joyous.

Each year I think I will begin doing this.

Each year I don't!

I guess my blog is my journal! But I love the way you do it much better!

Thanks for sharing your jubilant journals!

A+

Splendid Little Stars said...

loved seeing your journals! They're wonderful! Thanks for sharing!
(I should check into postcrossing.)

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