With christmas around the corner 2018 is slowly coming to an end. For me it is totally crazy to look back to where I was in January and where I am now. 2018 has been a very eventful year. I have been going through my journals from this year a lot lately and I came across a list I made at the end of 2017 with things I wanted to accomplis this year and I am proud to say that I accomplished everything on this list except for one little thing.
It is also crazy to look back at all the journals I filled this year. My forest app tells me I have spent more than 230 hours journaling this year. That is a lot of time. Today I want to show you all the different journals I have been working in this year. How many journals have you filled?
In 2018 I filled 5 and a half journals so far if you count all my inserts as seperate journals. I had a little “wow-Moment” when I was holding up all these journals. I can’t believe I wrote this much this year.
This is the journal I started with in 2018 but most of the pages are in here are from 2017. I was already at the end of this Journal in January. It is a Leuchtturm 1917. The Leuchtturm paper is my favorite paper to write on but since I stick a lot of stuff in my journal the journal gets very chunky pretty fast which makes it very hard to write in it. I wish Leuchtturm would make journal inserts as well.
I then continued with this journal which I made myself from an old book by replacing the pages inside with blank paper. Although I love how the cover looks I hated writing in here. The page format didn’t work for me at all and the journal was so big I couldn’t really write in it. Since the paper was blank it was super hard to write in a straight line. I just hated everything about it so I never finished it and moved into my traveler’s notebook. I wrote a whole blog post about not finishing a journal after this one. You can find it here
In 2018 I fell in love with traveler’s notebooks but they were super expensive. I thought about it a long time and ended up making one myself. I am actually very proud of it. I started with two inserts. A Morning page insert and the insert with the boat on the cover. As part of my miracle morning I wrote a page in my morning page journal for about 100 days but then I gave up. It became more of a duty than something I enjoy. My second insert is the black one and the one with the flowers is my current one. There are so many things I love about inserts but I think the major argument is that they don’t get too chunky to write in them and I get to decorate ever cover. If you would like so see how I create the covers please take a look at my YouTube channel. For a closer look inside you can also take a look at my Instagram. I share most of my pages on there.
In 2018 my art journal style changed a lot. I started with the dark blue one. I made it myself from an old notebook I had by replacing the paper inside and I still love it. I also fell in love with the smaller size. In this journal I drew a lot myself using my watercolors most of the time.
The second art journal I worked in this year is completely hand made by me. I even made the cover myself. In this journal I mostly worked on collages. I don’t know why but I don’t journal that much in my art journal anymore and I don’t draw much as well. Most of the time it is the lack of ideas.
This journal is a Leuchtturm 1917 as well but this one is dotted. I started using in in August 2017 and it worked out perfectly because I have just enough space to fill in this December until I have to move into a new one. I have been carrying this journal around with me for one and a half years and it is still in perfect condition. I love it to pieces and I am so excited to choose a new color. I just can’t decide though. Without my bullet journal my life would be more than chaotic and I believe without it I wouldn’t have made it through school with grades as good as I did.
My penpal journal is a traveler’s notebook as well. It actually was my first attempt at making one myself and I used an old shirt from my dad and a fabric bag I had. I use this journal to put in all the letters I get from my penpals and just moved into my second insert. If you want to take a look inside my first insert make sure to check out my flip through here.
This junk journal was inspired by @megjournals. I have been wanting to start an junk journal after watching her series so I made this journal. In it I collect magical words. I have been collecting magical words for a while now on Pinterest but I love turning this little collection into something physical. As a kid I used to collect magical words as well but I always lost the snippets of paper I wrote them on. The cover got wet though and now is wrinkled which annoys me every time I look at it.
The last journal I started this year is this Inktober journal. I started a little Inktober Projekt but didn’t go through with it. Now I am planning to keep using this journal to write my poems in.
These are all my journals from 2018. I am still amazed by how much journals I actually filled. I don’t know what I would do without journaling. My life would probably be a lot more boring.
Thank you for reading.
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