How many journal notebooks do you have on the go? How do you organize your life? What about sketchbooks or art journals? I’m a little bit scared to add mine up, but over the last few days I have been thinking about and mind mapping how I do all my little creative ventures/adventures. We have a week off (finally!) and I’m using lots of it to get my head and heart sorted about how to organize my life in 2015, my goals and priorities.
I had a breakthrough yesterday, I realized that although I do admire peoples sketchbooks and art journals that have a continuity to them, a style that runs through them. Be it art journaling, daily doodling, daily sketching they seem to flow. Well mine don’t ! In my sketchbook there are lots of pages I don’t love with ones that I do love in amongst them,same with art journaling, same with every notebook.
Well my break though was feeling ok about that, I am learning and exploring. I’m trying new media, new things all the time. I am at this stage just making the commitment to put the time in, to spend time expressing myself, with marks on papers with words and with colour . So BAM , I gave away the expectation that I’m going to have these consistent themed/styled books and that I’m going to love everything I do.The second part of that is giving myself permission to have as many books on the go as I like! Which will help me with the feeling of flow through my journals as I explore different things.
So here goes, this is my show and tell of what I’ve got going in at the moment, as of yesterday.
– journal for writing whenever I feel like writing (usually early morning)
-mini journal for writing a few words each day about something I’m grateful for or have enjoyed about the day. ( this also has a section for ideas and doodling/ sketching). I’m going to have this with me all the time.( my new midori traveler’s notebook,very lovely!)
-mini sketchbook. I’m going to try and do a sketch every day in this little moleskine sketchbook, an observational sketch. Inspired by the sketchbook class I’m doing over at craftsy. I hope in five years I have lots of these filled and I’m a more proficient sketcher 🙂
– explorations in artjournaling . I love the idea of art journaling, but it doesn’t come easily to me, so this will be my exploration into this media/ multimedia. I’m playing along with getmessyartjournal this year to help me along.
– another sketchbook, for bigger sketches, drawing, doodling and Lisa Congdon inspired sketchbook spreads. I’ve been enjoying that class so much!
– mini art journal, I got this idea from Tanyalee at The Drawing Board, it’s just a little cheap diary and everyday I just doodle something, stick something in or write something. It looks really cute and it takes me just a few minutes to do. I think I’m going to love flicking back through this at the end of the year. Phew!
That’s quite a few isn’t it?! But since my little shift yesterday I’m feeling great about it rather than embarrassed . I’m embracing my love of stationery and paper and of exploring my creativity….go me!
What about you, do you love stationery, is there such as thing as enough or too much. How many different journals do you have on the go? Do you ever feel a bit guilty about having too many ? Hopefully not after reading my extensive list ! Happy creating and thanks for reading .
ps. There may be a few extra straggly sketchbooks and notebooks not included in this tally he he 🙂