Travelers Notebook

Taking the time to document my life in my journal is one of the activities that brings me the most joy. I write a few lines in my journal every evening.  This involves either recording events of the day, or working through my thoughts and feelings.

Journal pages       Journal Pages

I find it very relaxing to include some collaging of vintage papers, stamps and play with a little colour. I also enjoy mixing my writing up between using a dip pen and fountain pen.  Here’s a little video of me creating in my journal.

I do also include some memory keeping in my bullet journal, but I like to keep my daily reflections separate from my plans.  This helps to ensure that I’m not distracted by all those unfinished tasks crying out for my attention.

Travelers Notebook       Creative Journal

I use a Travelers Notebook cover from Start Bay Notebooks and all of my vintage papers, washi, tickets and stamps are from London Gifties. I also include ticket stubs, leaflets and photos from day outs.

Travelers Notebook       Journal pages

It’s great to know that all of those special moments are documented for me to look back through.  Sometimes you don’t realise how much you have experienced and have far you have come. Looking back through your old journal pages can really help to show you this.

Vintage Journal

A Safe Place

I think it’s fair to say that life is always a mixture of ups and downs.  The month of May has certainly held both extremes of this for me.  It’s been one of the toughest periods that I can remember, but having a safe place to document my thoughts really helps me to process those feelings and let off steam.  I of course also keep pages that are for my eyes only and too personal to share.

Fortunately, life has settled down a little and hopefully June’s journal pages will be full of lots of happy memories, along with some notes about my hopes and dreams for the future too. I find that a lot of plans I write out in my bullet journal originate from taking the time to think and dream in this journal.

So, how about you? Do you have somewhere special to document and write the story of your life? Somewhere to work through your thoughts and feelings or capture your dreams? I would love to know.

Travelers Notebook

12 thoughts on “Documenting Daily Life in your Journal”

  1. Thank you for sharing, Helen! I think a lot of people are intimidated by journaling because they think it needs to be lengthy. This is a beautiful balance.

    1. Thank you so much Tracy. Yes, I completely agree! If I felt the need to always complete lengthy entries, I would struggle to be able to commit to doing it daily. I love keeping my entries short and decorative, so that it is a relaxing end to my day. I have a separate notebook that I use for any lengthy writing pieces when I am working through issues in my head, but it’s not something I use every day. Thank you for your kind comment, Helen

  2. I love your journaling style and London Gifties is one of my favourites. I would love to know where you get your little dried flowers, – I live in the uk too.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment. Oh yes, there are so many lovely goodies in the London Gifties shop. I found the pressed flowers in a lovely Etsy shop They were packaged really well and arrived in excellent condition. I do press some of my own flowers too. I hope that helps, Helen

    1. Thank you for your kind comment. Oh yes, it’s sound wonderful to empty your head onto paper before going to bed. I’m sure it helps me to sleep much better too.

    1. Aww, thank you so much! Yes, the London Gifties washi tapes are incredible – such beautiful colours! I’m loving your blog too, so happy you started one 🙂

  3. Hello, I love how beautiful your journal look. I rarely decorate my pages because it doesn’t look good on my pages. So all I do is 100% writing on the pages.

    1. Thank you so much Yasyfin, I really appreciate your kind comment. It’s definitely taken a while for me to find my creative style on my journal pages.

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