Can You Have Too Many Grateful Journals
Can you have too many journals?
The answer to that, friends, is unequivocally no.
I read this on a blog recently:
“You can choose to have one journal for everything, multiple journals for many things, themed journals, big journals, small journals, handmade journals, drawing journals, it’s totally up to you. I love options, possibilities, journals of different shapes + sizes too.”
That pretty much sums it up for me. I have so many journals. And they hold so many things. I called this book my November Journal. Sort of a gratitude journal. Which by the way most of my journals become gratitude journals because I think that virtue is so important. But I digress. I made it in November. It has so many of my favorite things in it. So. A November Journal it shall be called. You know. Because I did not have one yet.
This journal was handmade, of course. The inspiration came from that Storyline Chapters 7 1/2 x 9 inch Paper Pad. You can find it at the JoAnn Stores. The papers were ‘made’ to fit inside the Storyline Chapters Inserts. But you don’t have to do that. Use it for whatever you want. I used papers from that paper pad for, you guessed it…my November Journal.
Another DIY product I grabbed for this November Journal was the WRMK Tab Punch Board. There were a couple of ideas I had for this new journal. I wanted it smallish. So I decided to make it 4 inches wide by 6 inches wide. I wanted, as I already stated, to use that beautiful Storyline Chapters Paper Pad. I wanted it to be a mix of white cardstock as well as pattern paper. AND…I wanted things to stick out the side. So I made several tabbed dividers for this journal that I intentionally wanted to have stick out and show their pretty patterned selves.
Yet another thing that I wanted to be part of this journal…I just wanted to have the freedom layers all the things. Stamped vellum sentiments. Scraps of Storyline ledger papers. Premade tags. Layers of stickers and washi. The idea behind this was to have no idea. I have no preconceived notion as to what I want this book to end up looking like. I just knew I wanted a journal with some creative space and beautiful papers. Not a bad goal at all for a journal now is it? And plenty of room for adding all sorts of grateful moments.
While I am a big proponent of making pretty things to give away, I am also big on having my own space to be creative, write things down, tuck in photos, and use up the beautiful papers we have at our disposal. And that is the how and the why of this November Journal.
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author: Jamie Pate