I have two shelves of journals in my craft room. The bottom one has finished journals, the top one has started journals and empty journals.
My Nature's Blessing journal from Karla's swap last year is getting to be a nice thick book, but I've only filled about half the pages. Some of the pages were already done- put together by other swappers, but there are also plenty of blank pages.
When I've run across a pretty floral card or a ephemera with a nature theme I've tucked it away to use in the book.
These pages aren't works of art by any means, but I enjoyed making them and didn't anguish over them being "good enough". I just had fun, and for me, that's what having journals is about.
Doodling under a Victorian trade card.
Photo folder that opens to....
...a picture I cut from a gift tag.
This is an example of where I wish my journal handwriting was better, but I can work on that.
The coloring page that Karla included with journal.
Some black and white floral motifs from a Dover clip art book. I used just a touch of blue colored pencil.
This page is a great example of how a page doesn't look the way you want it, but I like the quotes, so there you go...
On the right, a piece cut from a pretty napkin, and underneath, my attempt to copy it.
My favorite part of this page-the check on the top of the page from The Page Seed Company.
A page from an old calendar, more Dover clip art, flowers cut from a new advertising postcard and flowers cut from a vintage greeting card.
I still have quite a few more pages to fill before I can move this to the "finished" shelf. While I'm working on the pages, I'm going to try and have the same "just have fun" attitude.