new year … new journal …


The pages afforded glimpses into my soul where I’d hidden it,
behind masks of paper and ink.

― Rachel L. Schade


Woohoo!! I finished my 2016 mindful journal today, and I’m feeling energized and ready to start my 2017 journal. Two years of mindful collage…exploring, discovering, transitioning, and navigating the ups and downs and the ins and outs of my life.

2016 art journal back


It’s been a beautiful commitment to myself…and I’m not done.

This year I’m making some changes to my physical journal and to my process. However, the basics are the same:

  • Choose a journaling book
  • Create a cover, front and back
  • Journal – weekly, if not daily
  • Create a collage each week

For the past two years, I’ve used a weekly calendar as my journal. I journaled each day and at the end of the week, I printed out my daily writings and glued them onto that week’s pages. Then, I collaged over the journaling, covering up what I had written, but creating the collage so that I could lift it and have access to my writing. Mostly, I want to keep this process in place, because it works for me, but, as you can see…


2016 art journal front


gradually, the journal becomes so fat that it’s really difficult to work in it. So, this year my journal is a small loose leaf binder, roughly 9 inches long by 8 inches wide, and it’s made of heavy cardboard so that I can collage over it for my cover. I’ve found some heavy paper and had it cut to fit into the journal. My feeling is that now I can work on each page out of the journal and I think this will be soooo much easier.


2017 art journal empty


2017 art journal with paper


This week I’m working on the journal itself, creating a front and back cover. Though I’m not sure yet what the theme will be, ideas are running through my mind and crashing into each other…a little side effect of mindful collage. I’ll post more about this next week.

I would love to hear your ideas on what you’re using as your journal this year. I welcome your thoughts, so, please feel free to share in the comments section below. And if you have any questions about Mindful Collage, I welcome those too.

It’s going to be a mindfully creative year!


One comment on “new year … new journal …
  1. Norola Morgan says:

    Looks like this year’s journal will be much easier to work with. Though, I must say that last year’s journal has a certain raw presence and appeal. 🙂

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