Keeping a Journal

Monday, 19 February 2018

Since 2015 I have been keeping a journal. I was going through a rough patch at the time, and I found that scribbling down my feelings was the perfect way to deal with my emotions. I was able to ramble on for hours and I didn't have to worry about censoring what I was feeling. Since then I've kept a journal on and off, scribbling down random lists, doodles, scraps and a fair share of teen angst moments.

To begin with, I found journaling to be rather daunting - did I want A4, A5? Lined or blank? A pocket in the side for scraps? My first journal was a lined paper gem embellished number from Waterstone's. It was absolutely beautiful and had a very satisfying magnetic clasp, but I quickly found that the lines made doodles impossible and A6 was definitely too small. Next came a blank paged, brown cardboard covered A5 book from Paperchase. A perfect size, I could put a collage of important things over the front and I could doodle to my heart's content. This year I've picked up a similar journal also from Paperchase, however like the true tech geek I am, this one has 'Reboot' embossed on the front.

You lucky lot are getting a peek into my last two journals, which can hopefully inspire you to maybe start up one of your own, let's get the creative juices flowing...

My Journal

cover of a travel journal

reboot paperchase journal

Here are my past and current journal. My past journal is covered in stamps and stubs of various plane and train journeys I picked up while I travelled around Europe in 2016. I used double-sided tape to secure everything in place and then stuck laminate sticky plastic over it to protect it from the elements. 

What's in my journal

the neuroscience of love journal entry
An entry I did last week when I attended Dr A Machin's Neuroscience of Love talk. (Would seriously recommend catching if you're a psychology nerd like me.)

A polaroid image in a journal

fashion snippets in a journal
Snippets of clothes I liked while I was browsing a Look magazine

rain soaked page in a journal

a doodle of positivity in a journal
I was having a good moment. It's important to document the good times too, I like being able to look back over my journal and work out what puts me in a good mood!

teen angst journal entry

guardian chocolate chip cookie recipe in journal

two door cinema club ticket in journal

Three journal entries to get you started:

  1. A list of countries you've visited, and a list of countries you'd like to visit next.
  2. Was there ever a time you wished you'd said something you didn't? What was it?
  3. 10 songs currently on your playlist.
There you have it. A peek into how I use my journal! If you want some more inspiration, I love Lavendaire's 30 journalling prompts video. What are your thoughts on journaling? Are you a journal keeper? Do you want to start? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. This is gorgeous, as is your photography! I so wish I was the journaling type. I've tried it in the past but I become so caught up in how I think it should look/what I want it to look like that it just becomes a frustration; I need to learn to become more spontaneous with it, and also to pick it up on the good days not just the bad. Looking back over what I've written in the past is so cringy; so much angst and I can't even blame it on being a teenager! Great post, can't wait to read your others. :)

    1. Aww thank you so much, I haven't been blogging long so your comment really means a lot to me! Yeah it took me over a year to actually start writing in my journal, I ended up just scribbling out the first clean page, and after I'd 'ruined' the book, I felt comfortable writing whatever! Weird hu!

  2. this is such a lovely idea and would be so nice to look back on. this has inspired me to start my own! lovely post x

    1. Yeah I've kept mine for ages, its so refreshing seeing how far you've come - let me know how you get on!

  3. Hi Beth! I really liked this blog post and your journal is beautiful! I also like the style of your photography, your pictures look incredible! What camera do you use?
    Also, thank your for stopping by on my blog and leaving such a nice comment, I really appreciate it!

    Rebeka from Miss Caffeinated

    1. Ah thanks so much girl! I use a Sony A58 with a portrait lens, wasn't too badly priced considering the clarity of the photos!
      & No worries, you have a beautiful blog! xx


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