Morning Journals

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Ever since I’ve read Julia Cameron’s ‘The Artist’s Way’, I started with morning journals. Morning journals are a diary-styled written composition that I must do every morning, before I do anything else. As soon as I wake up, I’m supposed to write 3 pages with everything that comes out of my heart and my mind. ‘Cause between sleeping and waking up is the best time to write from the heart, as Miss Julia claimed. I’m writing for several months now. At first it was hard, but soon I got the hang of it. It’s just that I’m not really a morning person, and to think that it adds up 30 more minutes in my morning rituals is not really something I like to think about. On the bright sight: it’s kinda relaxing. I feel like it’s a form of meditating. And besides, I finally have a great purpose for my notebook collection.

journaling 2_bewerkt-1As you all can see I have a soft spot for pretty stationary, especially notebooks. But I’m careful not to buy very expensive notebooks. As Geertje Couwenbergh, my writing guru from the book ‘Zin, lust in je leven door te schrijven’ (transl: sense, lust in your life by writing), warned me that if you have very expensive and too pretty notebooks, you’re saving it for ‘brilliant writing stuff’ that  probably will never come. In other words: I won’t use it, because I would consider it too valuable. So I bought mine at local drugstores, typical ‘dollarstores’ and groceries. In the Netherlands I buy notebooks at stores such as Tiger DK, Xenos, Kruidvat, Action and ofcourse Hema. But occasionally – if it’s on sale – I treat myself for stationary at Paperchase or the local warehouse such as V&D and Bijenkorf, and even online.

Behind the scenes shots: my cat Chelsea decided that he should be the center of my photography

Chelsea decided to act like a model with his modeling behaviour

Chelsea decided to act like a model with his modeling behaviour

I don’t use my notebooks for the sole purpose of morning journals. Every page is a blank canvas for me to create things that’s coming out of my mind and my heart. I do have journals for the purpose of quotes (in 2012 I wrote a quote every day), for one sentence-diaries, for writing and drawing idea’s for DIY and crafts, and inspirational journals. And if any of my writings are a possible novel material, I tag it with post-it notes. Because it is my secret wish to ever write a book, preferably a children’s book with my own illustration.

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If you’re interested to learn more about ‘The Artist’s Way’, and about Julia Cameron, you can find it here.

The book “Zin” by Geertje Couwenbergh is – as far as I know – only in Dutch available.

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Flow: book for paperlovers

I have an addiction. An addiction in paper. I love stationary. I love patterns. I adore graphic designs. And illustrations are my guilty pleasure. I love everything that’s crafted with and from paper. I love crafting with paper, painting with paper and decorating with paper. So I was looking forward to get the ‘Book for paper lovers’ by Flow Magazine, a Flow special to celebrate the 5 year anniversary of the magazine.  And finally, they just delivered it. Thank you Mr. Postman! The result of the ‘book’ is amazing. There’s only very little text, but lots and lots of paper goodies. A pop-up illustration, writing papers and envelopes, postcards, stickers, diorama, halyard and other paper craft projects.

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Clockwise: Helen Dardik, Studio Ping, artist unknown, (probably) Geertje Aalders

Clockwise: Helen Dardik, Studio Ping, artist unknown, (probably) Geertje Aalders

I am so happy to see that Helen Dardik contributed in this Flow special. She’s one of my favorite illustrators. Her artwork is amazing. Her colorful illustrations really brighten my day. You can visit her website here and her Etsy webshop here.

Posters to frame

Posters to frame

DIY projects such as upcycling a matchbox

DIY projects such as upcycling a matchbox

Even a lovely pop-up

Even a lovely pop-up

DIY peepbox by Ruby Taylor

DIY peepbox by Ruby Taylor

For those of you who are not familiar with Flow Magazine: it’s an inspiring and positively orientated magazine for paper lovers, full with beautiful illustrations and images from nowadays designers and artists from long time ago. The items published in the magazine can be summarized into 4 themes: ‘Feel Connected’, ‘Live Mindfully’, ‘Spoil Yourself’ and ‘Simplify Life’. And in each magazine there’s two or more small paper gifts, such as posters, postcards, notebook or calendar. 4 times a year they publish a Flow special with much more papergifts. You can visit the website here.