Using Specific Journals in Everyday Living

Friday, March 31, 2017


As long as I can remember, I've kept journals. Some I've bought and some I've made. There's so many different uses for them and not just for writers. I have five right now, three of these I made myself:

  1. Work journal. I made this one with my cinch machine. It measures about 5-3/4" x 6". In it, I write my day job tasks and projects. I check off each one as I get it done. It's really helpful, because I don't have to remember my deadlines every morning when I go to work. 
  2. Bible art journal. Every night I read my bible and in this journal (5-1/2" x 8"), I'll draw what the scripture means to me. Sometimes I just write what's on my heart that day and sometimes I doodle in it. But the idea of this journal is to dig deeper into my bible reading and have prayer/quiet time with The Lord.
  3. Business Planner. This is a unique journal that I bought from a local store. It's not like the Happy Planner, it is specifically for jotting down the events, exhibits, shows that hubby does and so I use this journal for his events planning. I write down the specific tasks involved with each event from dates that we need to have our products ready to catering to a checklist when we're vendors for an upcoming art show.
  4. Day to Day journal. This is the journal I use for my crafts. I write down blog ideas, pattern notes, my shopping list, and project ideas. This journal was a gift from a dear friend. And each day has an encouraging bible scripture in it.
  5. Art Journal. I made a large 12" x 12" journal just for creative expression. Whenever I feel like coloring or practice my hand lettering, I pull this bad boy out. 
I like having separate journals so that way I'm not mixing up everything. It would confuse me to use one journal trying to incorporate all the hats I wear.

Other types of journals I think are helpful are:

  1. Art journal. This is perfect for painting, drawing, sketching ideas, or just hand illustrating. Also, if you're a scrapbooker or a stamper, this type of journal is perfect for that too. This is all about being creative. Sometimes, artists create their paintings from an art journal entry.
  2. Photo journal. Much like photo albums, you can create collages of your family and friends and special occasions with captions. Also, terrific to pass down to future generations.
  3. Travel journal. A bit like a photo journal, but this one is a bit different because you can construct it like a storyboard especially if you travel a lot. You can build it for every place you've visited from the day 1 to the day you left. 
  4. Writing journal. Used only for writing. It could be short stories, poems, or blog topic ideas. Maybe it can be a personal diary that you write about how your day went. It can be casual writing or very personal.
  5. Meal planning journal. Perfect for busy folks with little time. We're all busy, but I bet most of us want to eat healthy regardless and that does take planning. A journal like this would help you plan each day's meals as well as a place to have a shopping list so you can be sure to have all the ingredients needed ahead of time.
What I like about having journals are that you don't have to be an artist or very creative in fact. You can design it anyway you want. I use planning or phrase stickers. You can also buy journals that are already artsy-looking cause there's so many patterns out there.

Or, if you're feeling crafty, how bout making your own? I've included a couple of my favorite videos for making a journal. I hope you give it a try. It is a lot of fun!

If you plan to make any kind of journal, let me give you a quick list of some supplies you'll need: (affiliate links provided which will allow me to make a small commission on any purchases you make using the links below! Thank you for your support.)

Other supplies (optional). If you really want to get into making books, these supplies will definitely benefit you!

  • Cinch machine by We are Memory Keepers
  • Wire binding by mybinding.com
  • 12 x 12 scrapbook papers (I love using the double sided patterns heavy card stock)
  • Ribbons for decorating
  • ATG tape gun 
  • Glue dots (small and large size)
  • Hole puncher
  • colored pencils
  • Drawing pen (I use Faber Castill Small size, black)
  • Double-sided sticky tape
  • Staples for saddle stitching (binding method)

Easy DIY Beautiful Handmade Book ~ if you can't play the video, click here!



DIY Sketchbooks ~ if you can't play the video, click here!


You can make journals in any size you want. The options are endless. And, it doesn't have to be perfect to be cute and useful. It's just fun creating them.

Whether you buy or make them, you can decorate them to your own taste and style. The point is to have fun using them for whatever purpose they serve.

photo courtesy of pexels.com.

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