Journaling With Images

I’ve been keeping a journal since I was a little girl and over the years, along with the journal where I spill out all of my thoughts and feelings, I’ve started other journals. I’ve got one for poetry where I write favorite poems and similarly I’ve got a quote journal. I’ve been lucky enough to do a bit of traveling and so my travel journals are always fun for me to revisit and remember places I’ve been to and adventures I’ve had.

But in the past couple of years, the idea of visual journaling is something that has been really calling out to me. I don’t draw but I enjoy creating collages, using rubber stamps and just playing with paint. My journals sometimes have a page here and there where I add visual elements but that’s about it. So with the help of True Vision by L.K. Ludwig (which was a book I got for Christmas) I’ve decided to set aside one journal just for visual journaling.

Here’s my first page. I wanted to do something to celebrate my first year of having an Etsy shop. So I thought why not use scraps of papers which I’ve used for the books that have appeared in my shop.


In case you are wondering what book I’m using. I started a Moleskine journal because the pages are thick enough for paint, gesso and other mediums. I need to make my own journal but didn’t want to put this off any longer so I just used whatever I had on hand.

I made some borders, I glued down paper circles and finally drew in lines for my writing. Here’s the end result:


It’s fun to see so many of the papers I’ve used. I really enjoyed doing this and am looking forward to how this book will turn out. How will my journaling change, if at all, what will I learn and on and on.

How about you? Do you do any visual journaling?

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