Monday, August 7, 2017

The B6 journal continued ... and stopped

A while ago I showed you the traveler's notebook journal I was working on in B6 size. You can see that post here. 

As I told you then, I had purchased three B6 notebooks to use as inserts for the cover and I was not too pleased with the quality of the paper. After I finished the first insert I did complete the second, but it was a real struggle. I'm not even sure if it was just the paper, or the size (even though I actually love the size when I look at it) or just a case of the right book at the wrong time.

Don't get me wrong. The TN itself was and is absolutely stunning, but somehow the inserts and the journaling just were not working for me and it made me restless. So after a lot of back and forth in my mind (and in writing) I decided to abandon the book after I filled the second insert. That way I would simply have two B6 notebooks filled and I can use the third one maybe as a travel journal or regular notebook in the future.

So today I thought I would show you a selection of spreads from this second finished insert/notebook. I guess when you look at it you can't really tell I had so much trouble with it, but if you're Dutch and read some of the writing you will know I complain about it a lot. ;-)
















I swear sometimes there's just no rhyme or reason as to why some journals work for you and others don't. Since I finished the B6 I have moved on to another journal that I absolutely love even though I can find things wrong with that one as well. But I just can't stay away from it and that's what matters. My journal needs to be a place I love to spend time in, not a place I dread to visit.

I guess what I'm trying to say is: if a certain book or format doesn't work for you feel free to quit prematurely and find something else to try. You may just be dealing with a not so perfect match. Don't immediately use it as an excuse to stop journaling altogether, you might be missing out on a wonderful experience. Unless of course you hate journaling in general, then you should just stay away from it, haha.

Wishing you all a wonderful and artsy day!

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  1. As you say, I can't tell you struggled with it. It looks lovely - the notebook seems a bit small, but that's just me. And your advice at the end is very (very!!) welcome. I am a person who sticks to things often for the sake of just being consistent... and it gets me in trouble. Thank you!!

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    1. I think it's sometimes hard to tell if you are stopping too soon or continuing too long. I think one has to give a book or a technique or anything new a real chance, but if after a while you just really don't like it, drop it and move on. ;-)

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  2. Sorry, it was so frustrating and not a Happy Journaling time. You put 3 of these together? Wow!

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    1. I filled two of them. The third is still unused and set aside. It may just be used as a regular notebook or I'll give it away to someone who does appreciate it.

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  3. Hoor-hoor!!

    'What's the use of a good mind if you can't change it!'

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    1. Haha, I'm very good at changing my mind if I want to. ;-)

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  4. I know you have an issue with this journal concerning the paper. I think it looks absolutely fantastic. Neat, colorful and creative work. You could do art work on a sheet of simple school loose paper and it would look outstanding. Enjoy looking at your creations.
    Barb
    USA

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    1. Aw, thank you!
      When I look at these pics it's even hard for myself to see that I really struggled with these notebooks. It just goes to show that in the end you can make anything work, but....that doesn't mean the process is fun. ;-)

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  5. The 5th picture down - I totally LOVE your pattern on the right hand side of the page! Think I'm gonna try this one. : ) Again, as always - thanks so much for sharing with us.

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    1. Thanks and go ahead and give it a shot. I like the pattern too, but this was also where I found out that felt tip pens did not work well on this paper either, they bled through. Not much, but enough for me to be annoyed by it. A regular felt tip pen should not bleed through journal paper, the end. ;-)

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  6. Jammer dat het papier zo tegenvalt, maar leuk om te zien wat je toch weer met de bladzijden gedaan hebt, ik vind ze geweldig. Fijne dag, Groetjes Laura

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    1. Tja, soms moet je roeien met de riemen die je hebt, maar genoeg is genoeg, haha. Dank je wel en ook een fijne dag. :-)

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  7. Paper tegenvallen of niet , je hebt het toch maar weer heel aantrekkelijk gemaakt voor ons en je raad op het einde zal ik opvolgen alsof ik nog net wachtte op de "toestemming" want ik ben nog aan het uitzoeken welke manier en welk schrift me het beste ligt .

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    1. Ach ja, soms is het ook gewoon een kwestie van het juiste moment. Voor hetzelfde geld ga ik in de toekomst dat nog lege B6 boekje met veel plezier gebruiken voor iets anders.

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