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
- Newspaper headlines
- Ticket stubs
- Purposely made stains
- Paint samples
- Dried flowers
- Magazine cut-outs
- Stamps & seals
- Nail polish
- Clips of old calendars
- Pages of old books
- 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.