Journaling in a Doodle-y way

I have always loved the idea of journaling and I have tried to journal many different times in many different ways. To me, a writer, the blank page begs to be filled and that got daunting pretty quick if I felt like I didn’t have enough to fill a page. A while ago I found a way of journaling that works for me and I’ve been journaling for a year and a half now – woot!  I love looking at my journals and I look forward to journaling now too.

Here are a few things that help me out:

I break up the page with boxes. The borders can be simple or fancy, but I try to keep boxes close together and fit shapes together. I still want most of the page filled up with writing.

I add color with pens or colored pencils.

I emphasize words by changing the size of the letters or by underlining, adding color, or lines to draw attention. I also use arrows to show direction from one box to another if I need to continue a thought in another box.

I try writing in different styles (I’ve gotten better at this the more I’ve done it and I’ve even learned new ideas as I’ve gone too!)

I add doodles – sometimes they fit what is on the page, sometimes they are there just because I felt like it, sometimes I leave them off because I have a lot to say or don’t feel like doodling a picture.

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Here’s a page before I write on it or add color. I have gotten more creative with my box borders – but I save these fancier ones for when I have a little more time. I also add a doodle in a corner frequently, because I like to doodle here and there (I pull my ideas off Pinterest when it comes to doodles). Maybe you aren’t a doodler.  Maybe color isn’t your thing – that’s okay. Maybe you love fancy borders or just want to keep it simple. Maybe you like lots of boxes or just a couple large boxes. That’s what make this so fun, it’s all up to what you like.  If you are a wannabe doodler like me, I will say that your doodles get better with practice!

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As you can see from the page above, rather than trying to write everyday, I often write highlights from the week – this take the pressure off feeling like have to write a page of amazing when there is very little that happened that day.  If I have a really awesome exciting day, then I can fill the page. Sometimes I have a big story to tell, so I type it up and tape in an insert with Washi tape (because it is fun & colorful). Sometimes, since I like to do larger doodles once in a while, I’ll tape in a doodle insert.

DSC_0778Sometimes I do fold-out inserts by taping to the edge of the page rather than the inside (but I don’t do these as often)

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What do I journal about? Well, from the above you have some idea – I journal a lot of different things.

I journal about daily life in my highlights.

I journal church or other notes.

I journal my scripture study.

Some people like to have separate journals for these, I like to have it thrown all into one place.

I also like to journal lists, because someday maybe someone will read these to learn more about me (like a great-great-grandchild who’s heard stories of crazy grandma J, heh). Here are 3 examples of list ranging from simple words scattered about, to several doodles, to one large doodle incorporating the list.  Or you could just make a simple list on your page – I like to get doodle-y with it, but someone else might not.

 

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Well there you have it! A new discovery that has brought me 18 months of joy and hopefully a lot more to come.

Do you journal? I would love to hear about what works/ doesn’t work for you! Post your ideas in the comments!

A final doodle for you that I did in April to remember our Elizabeth who we affectionately called Lizard (or Lizard breath).

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3 responses to “Journaling in a Doodle-y way

  1. Super cute journals.I’d love to be able to do something like that but have zero drawing talent, sigh. But reading your post encourages me to keep journanaling the way that work for me.

    • Definitely journal the way that works for you! There are lots of ways to make journaling fun & colorful (if that is your wish) without having to draw. I wanted to try my hand at doodling, so I started in my journals. It felt like a safe place since a journal is private and people only see it if I want them too, so then I could make all the mistakes I wanted – and believe me – you see some of my better pages here after 18 months of practice, heh – my husband and I have a standing joke that I couldn’t draw a straight line if my life depended on it. 😀 Happy journaling & thanks for your comment!

  2. I really did leave this monstrous comment here weeks ago, then it erased when I hit send. Then I forgot what I originally said. Oops. But, I absolutely ADORE your doodle journals. I have been trying harder to doodle. I don’t have cute handwriting and I can’t intuitively make anything cute, so it’s not even remotely as nice as yours. But, it’s fun 🙂

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