I’ve been a journal keeper my entire life. I remember as a child writing in a floral fabric-covered journal that I had named Bobbi, because it was the 80s and that seemed like the hippest name there could possibly be. While my journal keeping methods have changed (I no longer name them, for instance), I still love spending time processing my life through writing. Currently I have four personal journals going. They include:
- Two scripture journals (one for my personal study and one that I’m using as I am working through the personal progress program again with my daughter)
- My day-to-day journal or commonplace journal: this includes snippets from our day, my thoughts and challenges and silly things the kids say plus photos and memorabilia. I also take notes on books I’m reading or podcasts I listen to in this journal.
- Art Journal/Sketchbook. I’ve had a goal to paint or draw daily for the past 3 years. You can find my work on Instagram, I’ve also shared a few favorites here.
- my Bullet Journal. I prefer to save my artistic efforts for the other journals above. My bullet journal is nothing like you’d find on Pinterest. It’s more of a to-do book. A simple, sometimes messy, place to record things I need to do and to capture ideas for later.
I will be doing a series on journals over the next several weeks. The first installment includes something I’m asked about all the time: my favorite journal supplies. I’ve put together my tried-and-true journaling favorites for you today. Over the next few weeks we’ll take a look at the separate journals I keep (and why I want them separate), common techniques I use, how I make time to journal, journaling for and with your kids and more.
My favorite journal supplies:
Moleskine Classic Journal I prefer blank pages because I am constantly adding extras to the journal and I just prefer the look of no lines. I don’t mind the pages being a little crinkly (in fact, I kind of love that) so the thin pages don’t bother me.
However, if you’re planning to do a lot of wet media (watercolor, heavy glue, etc) I love this Moleskine with a heavier paper as well. I’ve used it as a sketchbook and it holds up well to watercolor on both sides of the paper.
Visual Journals also have nice thick paper. I found a non-spiral bound version at Hobby Lobby and I much prefer that to the spiral bound kind.
- ticket stubs
- scraps from my daily life
- love notes from my husband/kids
- programs from plays
- printable coloring pages
- cards/happy mail
- magazine clippings
- journaling cards
- scrapbook paper or other patterned papers I come across
- favorite printed photos
- Ergo Soft Colored Pencils
- Prismacolor Colored Pencils
- Aquafine Watercolors
- Watercolors (this cheap brand is pretty great for the price. Vibrant colors and you can journal on top of them once they’re dry) I don’t like this popular set. I’m not sure how to describe what went wrong, but it’s like they simultaneously spread too much and and didn’t seep into the paper. they sit on top of the paper and clogged/ruined my pen. I only used them one time and they ruined a page from a family camping trip that I was really happy with.
- Pipsqueak Markers
- Koi Brush Pens