Friday, February 7, 2014

Introducing The Notebook

After finishing my elaborate daily journal The White Book I really wanted to simplify my journaling practice for a while.
 
It brought back memories of a time when my journals were simply hold alls for all kinds of daily stuff. From writings and poems to grocery lists and from drawings and pictures to candy wrappings.

I really like the idea of the journal as a hold all. It makes for a less pretty book, but also enables a more direct approach and a more 'real feel' if you know what I mean.

So I decided to get back to basics a little. To do this it was important to use a very ordinary book, so I chose a simple (but cute) notebook with ordinary lined writing paper.

Here are some pics from my current daily journal, very aptly called The Notebook. :-)

PS The drawings in the first spread came with the book. I just coloured them in.
 

12 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous book! I love your writing and the colors and the style. Awesome!

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    1. Thank you Lynn! So glad you like it, it's so different from my last few journals that I wondered how people would respond to it.

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  2. This journal is amazing. The "bra" page is exactly what most women say and take it off as soon as they get home. The pages just jump out at you and your style is clean and crisp. I have no idea how you come up with everything that you create.
    Barb
    USA

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    1. LOL! If I knew I'd tell you. Mostly it just means my head is too full and some stuff needs to get out, haha.

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  3. what a beautiful little book! Simplicity and immediacy.

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  4. Love it! I am trying to put more general stuff in my journal too. I signed up for a couple of classes for it though so I could have fun too. I can tell one class feeds how I want to do things much more than the other already but finding what you don't like is just as good as finding what you do like. This notebook of yours is terrific. How did you get that watercolor paper into your notebook? I am finding washi tape doesn't stick to watercolor paper at all and I have to lay down some acrylic medium to glue it down!

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    1. You never know up front how a class will suit you, I'm glad you're finding at least one that really works for you.
      As for the watercolour paper, well...there is none! Haha. There's a couple of drawings (the girl and the doodled flower) that are done on regular light weight drawing paper from a pad. I just tore them out and pasted them in. I keep that pad attached to the notebook with a rubber band, so I always have it on hand. The letter drawings (done with watercolour paint) are done straight into the book, so that's just regular lined writing paper. Hope this helps.

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  5. I do like this. Probably very "intuitive", no pressure, just stuff that you like to look at.
    When I was growing up in the UK we had "scrap-books". They were just big books made of cheap construction paper and we glued in everything! Labels, shiny paper, you name it.
    And yes, as soon as I get home from work.....well, you know. :)

    ANGIE (BritChickNY)
    farmgirl1910(at)Hotmail(dot)com

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    1. I actually thought of calling it The Scrapbook, but it reminded me too much of current scrapbooking with pretty lay outs and such. However the kind of scrap-book you're talking about is close to what I want this book to be.

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  6. I'm loving your new "daily journal". Although it may be simplified, it still has beauty and speaks very clearly of you and your art. I'm looking forward to seeing more. Linda E.

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    1. Thank you so much Linda. I'm so happy with these positive responses.

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