I've kept a journal for nearly 30 years. During most of that time my journaling was written, perhaps with some ticket stubs or other small memorabilia glued in. Thankfully, some years ago I discovered the wonders of art, or visual, journaling and ever since then my journals have had more allure than ever for me. It's something I look forward to doing.
Let's face it though - there are many days when there is nothing much of note to write about. Some days I simply note the temperature (to prove how moderate a climate I live in - albeit with a lot of winter clouds). As I paged through the November-December issue of Somerset Studio I stumbled across an article by Kate Crane in which she detailed how to compose a monthly calendar with just enough space to add some basic observations and doodles.
I was feeling impatient and, perhaps more to the point, very tired when I made this page - so, as you can see, my spacing is off, texture is lacking and and planning and forethought are somewhat awry for January's page - but I can really this developing into a way to keep track of some bare miniumums in one handy spot - with all of the other pages devoted to more lengthy ruminations or mixed media fun things. I'll be adding some borders and doodles and thickening up some of the lettering that's already there - 2012 looks a bit skimp to me - but all in all it was fun thing to slap together and I the months to come will be more artfully arranged - but no less fun!
I guess I always look for ways to encourage my friends to journal - it's so much fun to look back on what your doing and where you were doing it as the years fly by. It gives me a sense of perspective - after all all you have to lose is memories - and they can be pretty sweet at times!