Friday, August 10, 2012

More from the Moon Journal

Time for another peek into my Moon Journal. I'm about three quarters through the book and loving it to death.


I was in a bit of a journaling slump in July which was really annoying and bad for me too. I just notice when I don't journal that I somehow go 'off course'. I loose track of my life and myself.


I need to write and I need to do the interesting lay outs. I can't really explain it. All I know is that it's a sort of key to personal sanity.


I've created a journaling habit over the years and when I don't get around to doing it enough something in me becomes detached from my own life.


So it's good that so far August has been a productive month and that I'm enjoying sitting at my journaling table for hours on end preparing pages for writing and every morning before work doing the actual writing itself.


It's okay to skip a day, but for me it's no longer okay to skip many days. I don't feel guilty or anything for not journaling, it's got nothing to do with that. I just get cranky from it and that serves nobody.


So, here's some of my latest spreads and I hope you enjoyed them. Wishing you all a wonderful and artsy weekend!

18 comments:

  1. I know exactly how you feel...and I'm really happy that you're back in the swing of things with these over the top beautiful pages.

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  2. I've found that if I don't journal for a while I start to stutter when I speak... like all my words are getting clogged up in my mind. It's crazy, but making sure I get the words out onto paper seems to stop that. Thank you for sharing your beautiful spreads.

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    1. That's so interesting. Maybe it really is just the expression of the words on paper that makes it easier to say them out loud.

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  3. I really love your pages and your process. I was wondering when you journal is one page for one day or is it spread out over multiple days. What do you write about? Dowrite about your work life or your beautiful island, or thoughts in your head, or all of the above? I'm just curious because I used to write in a journal everyday but it was becoming too focused on the negative so I sort of stopped then I found art journaling. I'd like to incorporate more writing in my journal but don't want it to be all yucky stuff...

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    1. Basically I write my thoughts, just whatever comes into my head. That means that sometimes it's really profound stuff, but most of the times it's just everyday goings on and I often start with a complaint about having to get up early, haha. I think people sometimes have this misconception that because I write a lot it means I have a lot of interesting things to say, but it really is just a way to clear my head an structure my thoughts or just report about my day. You can read more about writing in journals in my tutorial section. The Easy Peasy Journal Tutorial, part three, is all dedicated to writing. Good luck!

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    2. I see I forgot to answer your other question. I do the painting and prepping of the pages when I make the whole book, so that's all done up front before I really start using the journal. The collage part is usually done in longer sittings and then I do several spreads at once to make them ready for writing. The writing I usually do in the morning before work and on a big book like this it is one page at a time taking about 20 minutes to half an hour a day, but on smaller books it's usually an entire spread. I try to write daily, but of course I do skip days or even more when I don't have the time. Hope this helps.

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    3. Thank you very much, this really is helpful, this week I have had some good things happen and took the time ton write about them in my journal! I will check out your tutorial on writing. Thank you for sharing all that you do!

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  4. I really LOVE the second to last photo, those pages are so pretty!
    I don't do well when i can't journal either... I've said before that my notebooks are my brain on paper- they're how i process my thoughts & feelings. Being journal deprived kinda has the same effect as being sleep deprived on me, i have trouble concentrating & get cranky!

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  5. I too have that need to journal, so I completely understand! I'm loving your journal spreads .... just beautiful!

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  6. Ik zie het aan de commentaartjes hierboven... jij/wij zijn niet de enigen die sjacherijnig worden als we niet 'op z'n tijd' kunnen journalen. Ik hield vroeger al dagboeken bij (vanaf mijn tiende ongeveer) met hetzelfde doel: te lang niet schrijven betekent dat ik niet goed in mijn vel zit, mopper, uitval, baal... Mooie pagina's om te zien ook weer Caatje!

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  7. It was so great to read this post, because I have been feeling the very same way. I just didn't get to my journaling as much as usual lately, and I just have felt out of sorts. If I don't journal, I feel out of kilter, off balance, not like myself. I can't even explain it...but you did. Thank you, and I LOVE your journaling. I appreciate you sharing like you do, and I love your backgrounds and collage. Very inspiring. Kath

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  8. I know exactly where you're coming from. For me skipping my art life is like going through the day without brushing my hair.

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  9. Ooohh - more lovely lovelies. You are tempting me to journal - but I must stay strong & stitch. I love how your pages look like 'you' although they are all different

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  10. Hi Caatje, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.ca/

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  11. I always enjoy your journal pages, Caatje. You have such a wonderful sense for combining color.

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  12. Hi

    of all the journalling blogs I've read so far I think I like yours the best. I've just had a flash of inspiration for next years diary, thank you!

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    1. Wow, thanks Nina! Good luck on your diary!

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  13. Thank you all! It's always good to know my blogsy people get exactly what I'm talking about. Whether it's journaling or some other artsy endeavor we all seem to have something we just need to do to stay sane. Thanks for all your wonderful comments!

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