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  • Writer's pictureHelen Colebrook

Blank Journal Page: Getting Started

One of the things I get asked about all the time, is how to get over the fear of a blank journal page. When you first open your journal, seeing all that white space can be really intimidating, so I want to share some of my favourite tips for getting started.

*You can click on any of the images below to enlarge them.

Step 1: I find it really useful to start off by deciding which colours I want to use in my journal spread. A colour wheel can really help with this process. Lots of art supply stores sell colour wheels, or you can simply print one off. I decided to use two colours that are opposite each other on the wheel and went for greens and pinks.

Step 2: Gather some supplies that tie in with your chosen colour palette, so this could be washi tapes, pens, pencils, ink pads, papers, magazine clippings or anything you fancy.

Step 3: Decide what you want to write about. If you already have something in mind, then great. Otherwise, you might find journal prompts really helpful. My new book is full of writing prompts, to help you make the most of your journaling time. I decided to use the prompt about "how kindly am I treating myself?".

Step 4: One of my favourite ways to start on a blank page is to add some strips of washi tape down both sides. I first put a green strip down and then added a torn pink floral strip on top. The pages already look so much more inviting to me!

Step 5: Another great way to add some decorative elements to your page is through a simple collage. I added two clusters of paper, one in the bottom right and one in the top left-hand corner. Again, I stayed with the colours of green and pink, to make sure everything looked cohesive.

Step 6: To finish the collages off I added a little stamping on top.

Once all of the decorative elements were complete, I moved onto adding my journal writing. I find this such a non-intimidating way to get started on my journal pages, so I really hope it helps you too.

I will leave the video down below of me making these journal pages, so that you can follow along with this too.

I hope you have lots of fun with your journals and if you would like to join my journaling club, you can find all the details here, Helen x

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