I don't have any pictures of my journal pages, but I keep 3 different journals. The first is just a regular personal journal- nothing fancy, just writing whenever I feel the need to write. I also have a nature journal, with weather observations, bird-watching notes, stories of outdoor adventures, and occasional sketches. Lastly I have an art journal, which is one of the little tiny Moleskine sketchbooks, because I decided I needed small pages so that filling them up wouldn't be too overwhelming or time consuming.
All of my journals are kind of neglected right now... I like the idea of having different sections in one journal, rather than different books, but I'm not sure it would work out for me (plus, my art journal and nature journal are for others to see as well as for myself, but my personal journal is...well, personal). I used to put more effort into making my personal journal more artistic/more visually expressive, but I didn't always have the time. It's usually more important for me to get my thoughts down on paper when I'm in writing mode than to make them look pretty. So I started the art journal for when I'd rather express myself in pictures than words.
I'd love to hear more of your journal ideas! Especially ones about staying motivated to keep journalling.
White Bean Stew (can make it thick enough not to leak out of containers)
I never measure, but the proportions aren't too important. ingredients: white beans (cooked) carrots, coarsely chopped onion (optional, also coarsely chopped) garlic (fresh or dried) oregano, paprika, salt, and pepper
put all ingredients in a pot with just a little water (enough to keep beans from sticking to the bottom. Cover and simmer until carrots and onions are cooked through. It usually takes me about 15 minutes, but it will probably be longer if you're making it for a crowd. Really simple, but also really good.
If you keep knitting for a while, make some hats, mittens, scarves, etc., soon you will have so many little balls and odds and ends of yarn you won't know what to do with all of them (at least, that's what happens to me).
If you use a pretty simple lace pattern that isn't too many stitches, you might be able to add one or two repeats of the pattern under the bust (which probably wouldn't be that hard and could work as a design element).
It really depends on your shape, and whether you feel like you need shaping (or how much you need). I tend to add shaping to just about everything, because I have a small ribcage and comparatively large bust, so it's not likely that my knitting will "manage to stretch over the bulgy bits and still fit nicely at the slender bits" like NWPlatinum said. If you think it will flatter you without shaping, go for it.
Changing needle sizes can definately work in a lace pattern, though the shaping it creates is kind of subtle. Also, cotton is not as stretchy as wool, and doesn't have as much memory, so you might want to keep that in mind. Also, are you starting from the bottom or the top (if you decide to do shaping it makes a difference)?