I can't take credit for saying "Journaling is the new black"- Mary told me that, and I thought it was pretty funny- because it does seem like everyone is talking about journaling.
I've been a fair weather journaller for a long time- what I mean is, if I have some spare time, I might make a few journal pages- and then six months later, I'll make some more.
When I had a chance to look at, and write in Hope's journal, I got interested again.
Last week we were away from home for five days for a wedding/family reunion. I always bring some books and knitting on trips, but I decided to bring a journal, too. I challenged myself to limit my supplies to what I could fit in a gallon plastic bag. I had scissors, glue sticks, colored pencils and some paper scraps that I grabbed from my craft table.
I kind of liked working with the limited supplies- and found I wasn't wasting any time digging for supplies like I do when I'm at home.
I didn't finish every page- someday I'll find something to add to this page.
And I tried some doodling. It was fun, but took more time than I realized.
I thought "Once You Start" was a good phrase for my first doodle page- the next page could say "you won't be able to stop", or "you'll throw away your pencils".
Another fun thing was passing the journal around and letting family at the reunion do their own page. This one was done by my six year old nephew Caleb.
On a completely different subject, Caleb is really glad his older brother is home from college for the summer, and Caleb told me he's sleeping in his brother's room on a crouton. He means FUTON. Caleb cracks me up.
Once we got home, inspired by Mary's ephemera book, I created one of my own with a floral theme.
I've included botanicals, postcards, and pages from a 1900 wildflower book. It's in my Etsy shop.