Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Pretty Everyday Journals


Above photos courtesty of "Eyes of Wonder" blog.

Jewels, from Eyes of Wonder, inspired me to make a pretty Everyday Journal from a simple blank journal and my favorite pictures and quotes from magazines and catalogs. This is really a very simple thing to do, and it's fun! Here is a link to Jewel's page where she tells us exactly how she embellishes her journals. There you will find pictures to encourage and inspire you! And here is another article with more pictures and ideas.

After reading Jewel's articles, I jazzed-up my own journal which is 5.5 x 8.5". Jewels recommends a blank, hard-cover sketchbook, which I can see would be a much nicer size to use and would allow more space for writing or pictures, depending on your preferences. The open white space becomes a nice backdrop for the pictures and for your writing.

So now, for a few pictures from my journal. Mind you, my journal was not blank, but has colored pages. It gives you the gist of the project.





Did you notice that I flipped ahead in my journal to October and November and decorated some pages? I think you could do an entire sketchbook and give it as a gift or do as Jewel did and give a Kit -- a basket or bag with all the goodies needed to make-your-own embellished Everyday Journal .

It's such a pleasure to flip to the next page and see a bright and beautiful page to write upon. However, if you did this day-by-day, you could add quotes or pictures or magazine clippings that had meaning for you in that particular day. Whatever you do, enjoy playing with your scissors, glue, pens, and pictures. I did! Thanks Jewels, for the inspiration!

14 comments:

  1. How fun to see your journal. I actually journaled about what I put in my book and why. I am hoping to do some more. Thank you for sharing your. I love to see others xoxo Clarice

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  2. Such lovely inspiration! Is that your journal in the first photo or is it Jewel's? If it is hers, you share the same style of handwriting!
    Love it all!
    Great job!
    Joanne

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  3. Well...
    I just answered my own question! The background cloth is the same in all three photos so it must be your journal and handwriting, although I did notice hers is similar (just having a 'duh' moment is all:)
    Joanne

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  4. I just added two pictures at the top which are Jewels' journal pages. My pages are colored and lined, lying on a red/yellow calico.
    Jody

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  5. Very pretty, Jody, and very creative!

    I always need to be creating something or making something pretty...and this is such a simple (and fun to do) idea...sure to bring satisfaction. I would love to give it a whirl one of these days. Thanks for sharing. Thanks for sharing Jewels blog, too...such a peaceful life!

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  6. Jody, I started working on a few pages yesterday, too. You inspired me with your sharing.... as well as several books I got at the library just by coincidence. (I didn't know they were journals when I put them on hold.)

    I had a very thick blank page journal just sitting on my shelf. I even took the time to cover it in fabric last summer but I never wrote in it. Something about those big blank pages are sooooo intimidating! This type of picture journalling makes it less scary and so I am really excited about the possibilities. Actually, I felt like I was blogging in my jouranl! :)

    Thanks for sharing! You are always such an encouragement!
    ~Leslie

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  7. Thank you Jody!! Jewels blog is wonderful and I love how she's done the journaling. Very inspiring, and I have bunch of notebooks that I now know just what I want to do with. Thanks for sharing your own journal~it looks great.
    Debbie

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  8. This is such a wonderful idea and it's nice seeing how you've interpreted it and what inspires you.
    All of your recipes sound terrific. Thank you for sharing them.

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  9. Hey Jody
    This is a real inspiring idea, I want to try this. You know what I do: the stickers on letters sent to me by friends are always too good to dump in paper waste so I carefully take them off and glue them in my journal. I get to be reminded of good friends and my journal is no just a mass of words:) Gonna try you idea today.
    Love
    Ann

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  10. Dear Jody, hello :o) I've been by to visit numerous times and have so enjoyed your warm, friendly blog--that's truly like a visit. Your journal pages are so lovely,too. I'm with everyone else in really appreciating you sharing them--thank-you so much. I wanted to poke in and send a sisterly hello. The papa here, has big plans for me this morning, and then we'll all be busy preparing for our family birthday celebration for my dear 19 year old son, James. So, I'm off "like a bird on the wing". The Lord bless you and keep you, and all those dear ones of yours, dear sweet gal.
    Waving from the front porch, Jewels

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  11. Thank you all for your wonderful comments. Ann, I love the idea of saving all those pretty stickers from your letters to add to your journal. So thrifty and creative you are!

    Jewels, thank you so much for the inspiration and for sharing your ideas with us. You're a "jewel."

    ~Jody

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  12. Thank you all for your wonderful comments. Ann, I love the idea of saving all those pretty stickers from your letters to add to your journal. So thrifty and creative you are!

    Jewels, thank you so much for the inspiration and for sharing your ideas with us. You're a "jewel."

    ~Jody

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  13. Thank you all for your wonderful comments. Ann, I love the idea of saving all those pretty stickers from your letters to add to your journal. So thrifty and creative you are!

    Jewels, thank you so much for the inspiration and for sharing your ideas with us. You're a "jewel."

    ~Jody

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  14. Thanks everybody for your wonderful comments about journaling. I hope that this inspires you to add a little flourish or two in your Everyday Journals.

    Ann, what a great idea to use the stickers from your letters to remind you of friends-far-away as well as adding a flourish to your journal. Thanks for sharing that.

    Thanks Jewels for giving us all the inspiration to make the "everyday" special. I appreciate your sharing your ideas and talent with us.

    Happy Journaling everyone!
    ~Jody

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