In March I began using a system for my journals that allowed me to have multiple journals in one. I decided to make a custom size of a Traveler's Notebook style cover. You can read and see more about them here for details. Today I wanted to show you (quite a few) pictures of my journals that reside inside the covers as I finish March and set up for April.
I went through a few changes to what journals would go where during the month. But that's the nice thing about this system. It's mostly just a matter of slipping the booklet out from under an elastic strap so it's really not a big deal to do so.
One of the main journals I use each month is The Right Brain Planner pages. I use them as a sort of pre-traditional-planning. They help me figure out the why and how, before the what and when of my calendar or to-do list.
I track or record some things in them that I am focusing on throughout the month. In March I began noting a baby step each day as I worked toward new offering in my Etsy shop.
I inserted a page I made to track my mood based on a few key factors each day. And the monthly calendar's circles made acknowledging each day that I took time for my daily art practice (currently focusing on watercolor patterns) something I really looked forward to each evening.
Each week I also leave a spread in the booklet for collage. Some weeks it looks like this...
And some weeks it looks like this...
And some weeks are still to be written.
It's really about showing up in my life whether that means I do a lot of mental journaling or it makes it way onto paper. So at the end of each month I try to take what I have learned forward and release the undone. Maybe that's why I like new months so much. Somehow it allows me a bit of grace to take a deep breath and begin again.
So we begin April.
This month I am beginning with these three covers to hold three collections of journals. The top left journal is a slim version that I am really enjoying for my calendar, to-do list, and notes.
The front red journal is a Moleskine Cahier lined journal I use for notes. A library card pocket attached to the front holds some index cards with themes I am currently focusing on.
Lots of sticky notes are tucked in as well.
The second booklet I bound includes monthly, weekly and daily pages available on Etsy as printables from DIYfish. On the front I have used another card available for download from Syda at Motley Turtle Arts. I've printed the April Love photo prompt list and glued it in to the front cover for reference.
The next cover is a wide version that holds journals including the Moon Journal by Anna Meade, The Right Brain Planner pages and The Art Journaler's monthly journal guides. You can see a video about this group of journals from last month here.
Once I bind the Right Brain Planner pages into a booklet I like to add some color and other bits. I like coming to work in a journal and finding these bits of encouragement I have left there for myself.
It might be as simple as a sticky note, some color from a sticker or getting a list going.
And the final cover will be my reading journals. I am returning to working through The Artist's Way with a group and I have filled this with a journal for notes, a journal for my morning pages writing and another little booklet if I decided to work with some collage. These are just options I may use. I will see how it works and change it up as I progress. Again that's one of the great things about the fauxdori covers. It really is a very flexible approach.
Wow. That's a lot. Thanks for sticking with me there. It's really interesting to me to see the ways we each bring pieces of our live together into a whole in a way that works for us. What's working for you right now?
Teresa shares some of her process as well at The Right Brain Planner.