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Topic: "What do YOU Journal About?!" Ideas thread!  (Read 62203 times)
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« Reply #90 on: November 13, 2007 06:54:55 PM »

I know what you mean by needing to just have a journal about writing than needing to make it look pretty because...well we're crafty so we think everything needs to....ha..   

I've started reading a marital counselling sort of book called "Passionate Marriage". I write down all my thoughts while reading it (as well as in the book itself so hubby will know what I'm thinking while he reads it). Its funny, I don't have the largest vocabulary and the author likes to use unnessecarily long and irrelevant words so I look each word I don't know I write out the definition on my new VOCABULARY page.
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« Reply #91 on: December 06, 2007 10:05:34 PM »

Hi A2JC4life, I really like your idea about each person thinking of 5 prompts!
Here are my 5:
1. Postcards, (complete with an illustration if you like) Must fit the message into a small space! A postcard to an old lover or a postcard to something in nature eg the ocean.
2.Look at a picture you like. Write words that come to mind when you look at it. Turn your words into prose.
3. 'Map of consciousness': allow your pencil to doodle at will for a set amount of time. Write about your doodles. (Or just think about them consciously afterwards, if you don't want to write!)
4.Find a calm, pleasant place to sit. Just observe, how do you feel, what do you hear, smell, see etc. Write about it.
5.Use description, specifically. Even if you are just writing about what happened today, add as many descriptive passages and helpful adjectives as you can. Make your passage be as visual as possible with words.
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« Reply #92 on: December 07, 2007 06:24:53 AM »

I always doodle subconsciously. It usually ends up as a piece of abstract art.  I also like to draw random shapes on a page and them try and make a working image from them.
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« Reply #93 on: December 08, 2007 07:18:26 PM »

Craftrica, those are awesome ideas!

I used to do the postcard thing and tie it into the journal with ribbon so I could see the picture on the back.  I used to have a wide variety of different post cards, but once my best friend moved to college, we sent post cards back and forth so they kind of disappeared...oh well, ebay, here I come! haha
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« Reply #94 on: December 09, 2007 05:58:24 PM »

If you write over a photograph that's glued onto the regular paper of a journal, what do you use to do the writing?

Also, I'm curious as to what you all journal IN.  I usually use a small (5.5x8.5-inch-ish) side-spiral sketchbook.  But, wow, they've gotten expensive since the last time I bought one!
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« Reply #95 on: December 09, 2007 09:06:22 PM »

I use a fine permanent marker- those kind that write on anything! There are threads on this site that tell you how to make your own journal- that is a lot of fun , as you can make it suit you and your style 100%. I am not sure how to get back to them for you, but I'm sure if you just do a search, you will find them. Itr isn't difficult, and doesn't need special equipment!
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« Reply #96 on: December 09, 2007 10:15:05 PM »

Well, I have three notebooks I work in-- one for writing lists, important ideas that take more than a paragraph, concept sketches, and notetaking.  This is the one I've posted pages from in this thread.  It's an extra-large Moleskine cashier notebook, with unruled pages.

My second notebook is a tiny one, about 2x3 inches, for carrying around in my pocket/handbag.  I jot down things in it... things to remember to do, ideas that only take a sentence or two to describe, phone numbers, grocery lists.

My third notebook is a Moleskine watercolor notebook.  I use it for field sketching of buildings, furniture, etc.
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« Reply #97 on: December 15, 2007 09:35:04 AM »

thought you kids might be interested...

I bought a rather large number of very nice tiny journals today (both plain and lined) but they were all second-hand. the largest one of them even has a really thick black leather cover, unedged, it's beautiful.

but what intrigued me most, was finding that one of the journals I bought already has someone's inspirational quotes in it, right at the beginning of the book anyway.

if you'd like the quotes just let me know Smiley

also, I'm about to convert some hardbacks into notebooks/journals/sketchbooks as christmas presents - wish me luck!

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« Reply #98 on: December 15, 2007 07:57:16 PM »

How interesting. I wouldn't mind hearing them. That would be fun to buy a used journal and just read someone else's thoughts and daily struggle's and joys.
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« Reply #99 on: December 16, 2007 08:51:45 AM »

doo_leroux - less fun if it's someone's notes from observing classroom behaviour at what must be one of the local schools!!

I'll dig out those quotes when I'm not so snowed under with work Smiley
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