Items To Add To Your Visual Journal

One of the goals I had for this year was to journal a bit more. When I say this, I don’t mean that I wanted to document my thoughts, feelings, and emotions inside a notebook. If I were to do this, I might last three days. Honestly, though, that may be stretching it.

The type of journaling I had in mind was more creative and took the form of poetry and blog posts accompanied with a visual element. So far, the visual features are colorful illustrations I glued around the sentences.

Eye socket deep in the digital age, I get urges and cravings to avoid typing and just simply enjoy the sensation of holding a pencil tightly and feeling the strokes of each letter. Physically writing increases connection to my words, which is important for anyone in regard to the content they produce.

At home, I have several notebooks, plus the one I’m working in. The others are empty and have been waiting to be used for months, maybe even years. I love collecting paper and journals and I decided that’s it’s about time I began using them. Plus, it just gives me an excuse to purchase more.

Visual journaling is another way to make content, rid what’s on your mind, and still allows for a lot of creativity to flow. More so, there are multiple ways to visual journal and several items and materials you can incorporate into your visual journal.

Here is a list to get you started and inspire endlessly.

Keep in mind there are numerous ways to attach and suspend these items to your pages. Get creative and don’t hold back!

  • Packaging labels
  • Nutrition labels
  • Pencil shavings
  • Receipts
  • Newspaper headlines
  • Polaroids
  • Ticket stubs
  • Fabric
  • Purposely made stains
  • Paint samples
  • Fortunes
  • Dried flowers
  • Magazine cut-outs
  • Recipes
  • Figurines
  • Leaves
  • Stamps & seals
  • Nail polish
  • Clips of old calendars
  • Pages of old books
  • Buttons
  • Shoe laces

Comment below any additional fun and special items you think would look great placed inside a visual journal. And let’s see how long we can make this list.

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