05 December 2014

the art of journaling // 01

I seem to have a journal for everything. A Dream journal. Daily journal. Writing prompt journal. Travel journal...

I believe in documentation. Part of this is my upbringing and going to Catholic school -- journaling was heavily emphasized as a value (one we should independently cultivate) and something my school made time for every day. I heard from teachers, this, what you're going through, is important, and you'll want to remember it. My grandmother was also a prodigious documenter. When she died she left me binders & photo albums stuffed with photographs, writings, and paper documents & artifacts that tell a sweeping tale of my family's history. 

As I've said, I'd like to start talking more about journaling/creative writing/books on here, so today's topic: the goods. (But, I'll be back to give some journaling ideas, tips for sticking to it, etc...) 

When I started dating Robert, one of the first things I connected with his sister on was journaling. There's something immediate, and wonderfully unifying about those of us who keep journals. We all seem cut from the same cloth.

One thing that seems to be true for all journal-keepers...is that we're all very particular about our journals...and writing implements. I, for instance, will only write in black ink. Always and forever. And I, like many others, like my journals to be clean and simple. 

So, I'm really happy to share A Cheery Blossom Journals -- Stephanie's new Etsy shop -- with you! (Also on Facebook.) She just started selling her hand-crafted journals, although she's been making them for a long while now. I remember her experimenting with book-binding years and years ago. I love how timeless they are -- the kind of journals I'd feel good passing on to my children to read someday. I can hardly think of a more special gift to yourself, or someone you love, than a beautiful journal.

P.s. If you like, you can use the code deercircus20 for 20% off any journal order from her shop through the 16th. (For the writer in your life, hint hint!) 


  1. Ok now I'm certain we share the same brain. I relate to this so much. I've journaled all my life and kept many locked diaries as a little girl. I too like my journals clean and simple, preferably line-less as my thoughts are far from linear. And I need to write in black only (also) and it has to be the Pilot Precise V5 roller ball pen.


    1. Ha! I love it. I need mine line-less too. And my weapon of choice is a black RSVP pen. I treat them like gold.

  2. Oh, yes! I so want to hear some of your journaling tips and tricks. I've written in a journal ever since I was nine years old and although I went through periods where I hardly wrote, I've gained the knowledge of the value of journaling and how important it is and I will forever love that and the memories I've been able to keep.

  3. I wish I had more time and patience to sit down each day and record everything. I did keep a journal while I was dating my husband and actually wrote entries to him. It was sort of creepy at first, but I kept it up until we got married. It made a nice wedding day gift.


  4. Documenting everything is something I love doing too. My journals need to be perfect, in order and looking lovely, with memorable content and full of everything, significant or not. Recording all the memories and thoughts on pen and paper really is satisfying and can give you a good laugh in the future.

    The Life of Little Me

  5. I wholeheartedly agree that finding a fellow journal keeper is like finding a soul mate. I treasure my journals so much already- I can only imagine how much more precious we will find them 20, 30, 50 years down the road.

  6. i love journaling and making albums - its so important to make as well as collect those memories. can't wait to hear more about your experiences. :)
    xo, cheyenne

  7. When I was younger, friends and family constantly bought me journals and candles as gifts - for birthdays, holidays, everything! I didn't understand it at the time, as I was never one to keep a consistent written journal, and the ones I did keep are more on the side of emotional documentation of the relationships I had growing up. Oddly enough, I gave up journaling entirely when I settled in with my (now) husband... probably because I was happy for once and no longer felt a need to vent in my journal! Now my blog is the only journal I keep, but I've been intrigued by album making and documenting things in a scrapbook aesthetic. I'm curious to read what else you have to say about this lovely topic.