I’ve written in a journal/diary since I was a tiny 9-year-old home schooler in East Tennessee and my mother assigned that activity as part of my everyday school work. Which, as an aside, I have to say THANKS MA!! I’m so glad you did! (Man, I was rocking that pink/red sweatsuit combo! )
I have 10+ little books mostly filled with silly everyday happenings and dramas (the teen years) and emotional outpourings that are hilarious. From age 9 to now I’ve always had a journal. I’d take months off from writing, but I’d always come back, marvelling over how much things had changed since the last entry. There were years that the journals were highly decorated, to the point they were difficult to shut! Other years I would leave them plain and bare as a tribute to the emotional desolation and definite encroaching maturity that was changing me each day so much so that people couldn’t possibly understand or recognize me when I went to school the next day. (oh gah, the angst!)
For the most part though, I would decorate them, draw, doodle, glue, cut, paint, even sew into them. I still do, I love to snip things from Magazines and beautiful scraps of paper and glue them in, it brings back memories, where I was when I cut out that bit of paper.
Recently I’ve taken great inspiration from a few fantastic makers on Instagram that focus on journals and snail mail:
A Paper Addict who focuses on wax and ink stamping, artwork and journaling, located in Portugal. Her desk photos will make you crave the smell of old books, dried flowers, and ink. Absolutely stunning.
Beautiful handmade and bespoke stationery, she inspires me so much! I love her vintage travel feel and her resourcefulness in recycling cut outs, envelopes and other bits and pieces.
Beautifully framed collection photos of anything having to do with craft journaling. Stamps, feathers, flowers and plants, natural light, polaroids, and watercolours. Makes me want to sit down right now and dress up my journal.
Check them out! Give them a follow! Inspiration guaranteed.
Love you guys, you got this! <3