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Journal Q&A 2

This Blog post is from my old website before I switched to self-hosting. It was published on February 24, 2019 

Journal Q&A

Recently I have been getting a lot of questions on Instagram so I thought I would do another Q&A to answer some of them. Besides, I love to use the question thingy on Instagram. If you have any other questions feel free to ask me any time and I’ll give my best to answer them.

Who is your favorite artist on Instagram and why?

To be honest I can’t choose just one. There are a lot of amazing people out there. One of my favorites are @agirlwithajournal because I just love her journaling style and her watercolor backgrounds, @mereljournals because I am obsessed with her collages and her yellow feed, @megjournals because she makes the prettiest collages and always has these amazing vintage flowers and @cayleegrey because she has an amazing minimalistic style and always uses amazing color.

How many hours a week do you spend journaling?

I honestly can’t tell because it depends on how much time and ideas I have. Sometimes I don’t journal at all and sometimes I journal all day long. Recently I haven’t been journaling a lot. I just finished my exams at uni and couldn’t journal that much and now I am struggling to pick it up again.

When did you start journaling?

I started journaling in 2014 when I was an exchange student in the US for a year without knowing journaling even was a thing. I wrote a blog post about this a while ago. If you would like to read the whole story you can find it here.

How old were you when you started journaling?

I was fifteen years old

How is your handwriting this perfect and was it always like this?

First of all, thank you and no it wasn’t always like this. I am left handed and since many lefties have horrible handwriting my mom always was pushing me to try to write in a more or less pretty way and it annoyed me a lot. Around seventh or eighth grade I then had some friends who had very pretty handwriting and I was very jealous and tried to copy it all the time. But it wasn’t until I started journaling my handwriting started to look like this. I didn’t even force it. I just wanted to write pretty and suddenly people started to be impressed by my handwriting.

Has your journaling style changed since you started?

Yes, it has but it still changes all the time. When I started my journaling was more about writing and I would add some stickers or just write out some words with a different pen. I had a phase when I loved to include a lot of pictures and right now I am into watercolor backgrounds. For a while, I also made a lot of collages. It depends on my mood.


Thank you very much for reading. Feel free to ask me anything you would like to know in the comments because I love to chat with you guys and get to know you better.

Lots of Love

Just A Blank Space

Journal Q&A

This Blog post is from my old website before I switched to self-hosting. It was published on October 28, 2018

Journal Q&AQ&As have become an all-time classic. Whether on YouTube, Instagram or on many other platforms around the Internet, people seem to enjoy them.  But in my soon to be three years writing this blog I have never done it myself. I asked you guys to send me your questions earlier today which I want to answer along with some frequently asked questions. If I leave anything unanswered, feel free to ask me in the comments.

How many journals do you have?

At the moment I am working on four journals at the same time. My traveler’s notebook with my morning pages and my “normal” writing pages, my bullet journal, my art journal and my junk journal. I don’t work in each journal every week but I love each and every one of my journals.

 

What’s your favorite journaling supply?

My favorite journal supply used to be Washi Tape. I have over a 100 rolls of Washi Tape but at the moment what I use most are cutouts from magazines and all kinds of pictures I find. I love it when my penpals send me some as well. I just recently bought some indigo liquid watercolor from Ecoline and I am obsessed with it as well. It’s just so hard to decide.

 

How do you keep up with your journaling habit?

Keeping up with your journaling habit can be hard. I get this question a lot and I always say the key to it is to set aside time for yourself to journal. If it helps you can also write it down in your calendar, planner, bujo… as an appointment. Just remember, you can’t be creative all the time. Over the last two weeks, I haven’t been journaling at all because I just couldn’t get myself to do it and that is fine with me. Stressing yourself about keeping a habit just makes it harder to actually keep up with it.

 

What is your all-time favorite page?

This is an amazing question but it is so hard to answer. I don’t think I have one favorite page. There are so many pages I am proud of but here are some I narrowed it down to four pages I really like:

 

How do you make your journal pages?

I don’t think I can give a good answer to this question. Each and every page is different but I guess for each page I try to get the pictures and ideas in my head on the paper.

 

Are you accepting new penpals?

Sadly I am not accepting new penpals right now. I recently started writing to two new penpals and it turned out to be harder to keep up with 5 penpals than I thought it would. It always takes me ages to reply and I am always catching up on my letters

 

These are all the questions I got for today. Thank you so much for reading. If there is anything you would like to know please ask me in the comments. I always enjoy chatting with you guys.

Lots of Love

Just A Blank Space

How/Why I started journaling

This Blog post is from my old website before I switched to self-hosting. It was published on September 16, 2018

Today I want to talk about a topic that was suggested by @little_loving_lambon Instagram and it is the story of how I started journaling and why. As a kid, I’ve always loved to write. I got my first diary when I was six but I didn’t write a lot in there and most of it is ridiculous. As I got older I started to write stories about things that bothered me and it wasn’t until 2014 I started journaling.

Although my grandpa died when I wasn’t even two years old he was the one who inspired me to start journaling. I love that because I look up to him for many reasons. After World War two my grandpa was one of the first German exchange students to go to the United States. For that year he had a giant red book where he collected all kinds of memories like pictures, cards and even the meal plan of the ship he took there. It took him two weeks to get to the US, which I think is crazy. When I was about to leave for my exchange year in 2014 my dad showed me the book and I immediately knew I wanted to do that as well and this is how it all started. The book is with my uncle now but every time I visit him I look at it and think of my grandpa.

 

How/Why I Started JournalingI first started to journal without even knowing that it existed. At first, I used a notebook I got from my piano teacher but that soon started to fall apart and my host mom got me this amazing binder that now is jam-packed with memories from my amazing year in the US. My host family had this amazing craft room in their basement no one really used but for me, it was like heaven. I loved it so much I spend a lot of time crafting in there. I’ve always loved to craft and that room just took it to the next level. During that time I also wrote a blog about everything I did and recording all of this was so much fun.

 

How/Why I Started Journaling
My first journal 

During that year I also discovered planners and wreck this journal. I loved the idea of keeping random doodles and poems in one place but I never really picked it up until I returned home. Before my first day of school back home I got a random notebook out of the trash at my dad’s workplace that I wanted to use as a planner but never did.  In the beginning, it was more of a place to keep my random poems and doodles I made when I was bored in class but then I discovered lettering and later on journaling on Instagram and Pinterest and it all took off from there. Later I started a separate diary, bullet journal, and art journal. Today I have five different journals I work on at the same time and journaling has become what keeps me going every day.

 

The best thing about journaling is that it helps me to cope with my brain and that I met many amazing people over Instagram by sharing the things I love to do. I never thought that it would become such a huge part of my life and I love that it all started with the book my grandpa made.

If you like to journal, how long have you been doing it and how did you start?

Lots of Love

Just A Blank Space

Self Portrait

This Blog post is from my old website before I switched to self-hosting. It was published on February 28, 2017

I am a lot of things:

I am what my past made me.

I am a dreamer. You will find me dreaming in the back of my mind
(I wrote this little haiku a couple weeks ago)

I am a dreamer.

m of traveling the world

I dream of travelling the world someday.

Of course, I am insecure in a lot of situations…

happy

…but I am pretty happy too.

Most of all: I am creative.

I am a lot of things. I am me

Lot of Love

Just A Blank Space

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A little about myself

This is my very first blog post on Just A Blank Blog which back then was called Blog filled with thoughts. It was published on February 6, 2016 

Since this is my first post on this blog I figured I tell you something about myself. The biggest question you want to know might be my name and that is the point. I am not going to tell it to anyone. One of my favourite quotes is:

To write means more than putting pretty words on a page. The act of writing is to share a part of a soul with the world

And that is exactly what this blog is about. It is not about my name, my look or the person I am. It is about sharing a part of my soul with the world. I love to create my own pictures of characters in books just by their description. You may see it as a little challenge. As I go on with this blog you will probably get to know me better than my friends do and that brings me to the last point why I won’t tell my real name. I am afraid of how people judge me. If someone I know in real life would find out that it is me who is writing this blog it would be a nightmare for me. Every night before I fall asleep I think about what happened that day and every time I am afraid that everyone hates me now for who I am. For all of those reasons you might call me “just a blank space” because this is really what my name is. A blank space.

All you really need to know about me is the following:

  • I am sixteen years old girl
  • I am from Germany
  • I spent a year in the US as an exchange student
  • I love to write
  • My biggest dream is to travel around the world
  • I am still going to school
  • My thoughts drive me crazy
  • I am really, really bad at spelling
  • I love to create new things out of old, used items
  • I love soccer. I don’t play it myself but I love going to games and supporting my favorite team
  • I spent most of my money on food
  • I am obsessed with beanies and caps

Now I think this enough information about myself. Maybe you can already create your own image about me. If you do, let me know how you think I look. I would love to hear it.