This Blog post is from my old website before I switched to self-hosting. It was published on February 17, 2019
snail mail is an unexpected party in a letter
Opening a letter from my penpals always feels like a little version of Christmas. I always get very excited and I want my penpals to feel the same when I reply. This is why I always want to include something special in my letter but sometimes finding ideas can be hard. I know many people feel the same so I decided to share a list of some of my favorite things to include in a penpal letter.
20 things to add to your penpal letter
Your favorite quotes or lyrics (you can make a list or cute little cards you can hang on the wall)
Pictures you took (of you, your room/hometown, of places you went to…)
Pressed flowers and leaves
Mini playlist of your current favorite songs
Scraps of paper
Ribbon or twine
Scraps of old newspaper or pretty packaging
Book pages from old books
A list of this or that questions for your penpal to answer
A list of question for your penpal to answer
Lists (facts about you, places you have been to, goals, dreams, your top ten of something…)
Do you have a penpal and if you do, what do you love to include in your letters?
This Blog post is from my old website before I switched to self-hosting. It was published on December 09, 2018
With christmas around the corner 2018 is slowly coming to an end. For me it is totally crazy to look back to where I was in January and where I am now. 2018 has been a very eventful year. I have been going through my journals from this year a lot lately and I came across a list I made at the end of 2017 with things I wanted to accomplis this year and I am proud to say that I accomplished everything on this list except for one little thing.
It is also crazy to look back at all the journals I filled this year. My forest app tells me I have spent more than 230 hours journaling this year. That is a lot of time. Today I want to show you all the different journals I have been working in this year. How many journals have you filled?
In 2018 I filled 5 and a half journals so far if you count all my inserts as seperate journals. I had a little “wow-Moment” when I was holding up all these journals. I can’t believe I wrote this much this year.
This is the journal I started with in 2018 but most of the pages are in here are from 2017. I was already at the end of this Journal in January. It is a Leuchtturm 1917. The Leuchtturm paper is my favorite paper to write on but since I stick a lot of stuff in my journal the journal gets very chunky pretty fast which makes it very hard to write in it. I wish Leuchtturm would make journal inserts as well.
I then continued with this journal which I made myself from an old book by replacing the pages inside with blank paper. Although I love how the cover looks I hated writing in here. The page format didn’t work for me at all and the journal was so big I couldn’t really write in it. Since the paper was blank it was super hard to write in a straight line. I just hated everything about it so I never finished it and moved into my traveler’s notebook. I wrote a whole blog post about not finishing a journal after this one. You can find it here
In 2018 I fell in love with traveler’s notebooks but they were super expensive. I thought about it a long time and ended up making one myself. I am actually very proud of it. I started with two inserts. A Morning page insert and the insert with the boat on the cover. As part of my miracle morning I wrote a page in my morning page journal for about 100 days but then I gave up. It became more of a duty than something I enjoy. My second insert is the black one and the one with the flowers is my current one. There are so many things I love about inserts but I think the major argument is that they don’t get too chunky to write in them and I get to decorate ever cover. If you would like so see how I create the covers please take a look at my YouTube channel. For a closer look inside you can also take a look at my Instagram. I share most of my pages on there.
In 2018 my art journal style changed a lot. I started with the dark blue one. I made it myself from an old notebook I had by replacing the paper inside and I still love it. I also fell in love with the smaller size. In this journal I drew a lot myself using my watercolors most of the time.
The second art journal I worked in this year is completely hand made by me. I even made the cover myself. In this journal I mostly worked on collages. I don’t know why but I don’t journal that much in my art journal anymore and I don’t draw much as well. Most of the time it is the lack of ideas.
This journal is a Leuchtturm 1917 as well but this one is dotted. I started using in in August 2017 and it worked out perfectly because I have just enough space to fill in this December until I have to move into a new one. I have been carrying this journal around with me for one and a half years and it is still in perfect condition. I love it to pieces and I am so excited to choose a new color. I just can’t decide though. Without my bullet journal my life would be more than chaotic and I believe without it I wouldn’t have made it through school with grades as good as I did.
My penpal journal is a traveler’s notebook as well. It actually was my first attempt at making one myself and I used an old shirt from my dad and a fabric bag I had. I use this journal to put in all the letters I get from my penpals and just moved into my second insert. If you want to take a look inside my first insert make sure to check out my flip through here.
This junk journal was inspired by @megjournals. I have been wanting to start an junk journal after watching her series so I made this journal. In it I collect magical words. I have been collecting magical words for a while now on Pinterest but I love turning this little collection into something physical. As a kid I used to collect magical words as well but I always lost the snippets of paper I wrote them on. The cover got wet though and now is wrinkled which annoys me every time I look at it.
The last journal I started this year is this Inktober journal. I started a little Inktober Projekt but didn’t go through with it. Now I am planning to keep using this journal to write my poems in.
These are all my journals from 2018. I am still amazed by how much journals I actually filled. I don’t know what I would do without journaling. My life would probably be a lot more boring.
This Blog post is from my old website before I switched to self-hosting. It was published on November 25, 2018
Who doesn’t know that moment when you desperately need to write something down on your journal but have no idea how to make the page look cute. I sure know that feeling and it can be very frustrating. Usually, I keep staring at the page which makes it even worse but over time I have collected a couple of simple decoration ideas that I always go to when I have no other idea. Today I want to share those ideas with you guys. Do you have a go-to spread?
Adding a sticker in the right bottom corner
I love stickers and over the last couple of years, I have collected a tone of them. If you want to go for a quick and very simple page decoration they are a great choice and depending on the sticker you use each page looks different. You can also mix things up by placing the sticker anywhere else on the page or drawing your own doodles instead of going with a sticker.
Draw out a key word
If you don’t have anything do use to decorate with you this is a super easy way to add something to your page. Choose a key word for your page and write it out big. You can choose different fonts and colors and you can always choose another spot to place your word. You could also add a definition underneath.
Make big paragraph titles
This is something I think looks super cute but I kind of forgott about. Choose paragraph titles or key sentences and write them out bigger than your other writing. This is similar to writing out your keyword super big. If you do this it is also easier to know what your page is about when you flip through your journal later on.
Make a patterned background
This is something I started doing after reading @agirlwithajournal’s journal prompts class and I have been in love with it ever since. To decorate a page I choose a pattern to draw with my watercolors. Most of the time I go with circles, triangles or stripes. The process of drawing a pattern is also super relaxing. Once it has dried I then write over it.
Stick something on one side of the page
This is a great thing to do when you don’t have a lot to write. In the picture above I just put a magazine cutout on the right side of the page but there a lot more things you can use. You can use journaling card, write out quotes or lyrics or draw one big doodle on one side.
And that is it for my five go to page decorations for when I have no inspiration to do anything fancy. Thank you so much for reading until the end. Are you going to give any of these a try?
This Blog post is from my old website before I switched to self-hosting. It was published on November 11, 2018
My thoughts are like water
deep like the ocean
powerful like waves
sometimes they flow like a calm river
sometimes they tickle like raindrops on my skin
but sometimes they crash down on me like waterfalls
some days they make me feel free like clouds
and sometimes they choke me like I am drowning
they have the power to destroy everything I have built
and yet I need them to survive
Today I want to share this poem I wrote for Inktober with you guys. It is always hard to share my own poems. Most of my poems are about my feelings, things I think about, fears, struggles, but mostly they mean a lot to me. I feel very vulnerable when I share a poem and there is always this feeling that my poem is not good enough. Well, today I am trying to put all of this aside and share one of my favorite poems because overall I am very proud of this one. I hope you like it too.
This Blog post is from my old website before I switched to self-hosting. It was published on October 28, 2018
Q&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.
This Blog post is from my old website before I switched to self-hosting. It was published on October 07, 2018
Last month I totally got into creating my own playlists. I’ve never really made my own ones before because I was too lazy and there are so many playlists you can listen to on Spotify. But last month I finally sat down and created my own playlist and it was so much fun. Of course, I just had to create my own journaling playlist. When it comes to journaling I love to get this feeling of letting go. When the world around me stops existing and it is just me and my journal. All these songs put me into that zone and of course, I needed to share that with you guys.
I am curious. What are your favorite songs to listen to while journaling?
My Journaling Playlist
Green – Cavetown
Fool – Cavetown
Another One of Those Days – Cavetown
Taking Care of Things – Cavetown
Big Boel in the Sky – Cavetown
888 – Cavetown
Poison – Cavetown
Lemon Boy – Cavetown
Dining Alone – Shakey Graves
I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – Sleeping at Last
Abandonada – Abandonada
Idle Town – Conan Gray
How to Save a Life – The Fray
Hey there Delilah – Plain White T’s
You Found Me – The Fray
I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz
All About Us – He Is We; Owl City
Bear – Pacific Air
This Is Home- Cavetown
feelings are fatal – mxmtoon
Falling for U – Peachy!; mxmtoon
Sick of Losing Soulmates – dodie
Here’s My Heart – SayWeCanFly
Party Tattoos – dodie
Please Notice – Christian Akridge
If you have Spotify you can listen to the playlist right away. Just click here
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.
I 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.
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?
This Blog post is from my old website before I switched to self-hosting. It was published on August 19, 2018
A while ago I made a traveler’s notebook insert to start my first pen pal journal. In this journal, I keep all the letters I got from my pen pals because I don’t want to throw them away or lose them. But since I stick so much stuff in my insert it started bending and became so chunky that I couldn’t really get anything new inside. So I made a new one and since I was already making it I thought I’d take some pictures and show you how I made my insert.
This is my now old insert. I might do a flip through of it on YouTube if you want to see what’s inside
What I love about this DIY is that you don’t need a lot of supplies.
Paper and cardstock
Something to cut your paper. I am using a cutting knife, a ruler and a cutting board but you can also use simple scissors.
A stapler and an eraser
1. Cut your paper into the right size
First, you need to cut your paper and your cardstock into the size you want your insert to be. Since you are going to line up the edges later you want to make it a little bit bigger than you want it to be in the end. I wanted my insert to be 25cm long and 23cm wide so I cut my paper into 51cm X 47cm.
2. Staple the pages together
Next, you need to align your paper and staple the cover and all the pages together. You don’t need to be very exact when aligning the paper since you are going to line up the edges in the end. What you need to do is to mark the middle of your notebook, which will be the spine later on. You need to open your stapler and place your eraser underneath where you want to staple or else you might staple into your desk. This way you can use a regular stapler. All you need to do then is to staple and close the back of the staples. I stapled my insert three times.
3. Align your edges
Now all you need to do is to cut off your access paper to line up the pages and cut your insert into the right size. This step is easier when you use a cutting knife but with a little bit of patience scissors will work as well
4. Decorate your cover
Last, I decorated the cover a little bit. Since it already had a pattern on it I didn’t want to go all fancy and just added a little label.
And this is it. I think it is actually pretty easy. I hope you understand my explanations and if you have any questions feel free to ask me in the comments.
This Blog post is from my old website before I switched to self-hosting. It was published on August 15, 2018
Over the last couple of months, I stumbled over the same problem a couple of times. For example, after I went to my prom and graduation. I had an amazing evening and of course, I wanted to journal about it right away but I didn’t get the pictures from that day until almost a month later. I knew I probably had to wait for them for a while but I still wanted to include my pictures on my page from that day. Luckily I found a way to work out my problem without having to wait for the pictures to work on my journal page. I worked on my page without even worrying about having to include the pictures and added them later using a little envelope. Here is how I did it.
This is the page I made right after prom. It already has two tip-ins on it. The cover of the program with some pictures I took myself on the back and my ticket with a picture on the back as well. The page is filled with writing and frankly, there wasn’t much space left to include much more pictures. Not even as tip-ins.
First I printed all my pictures using my dad’s old printer because I didn’t manage to print them properly at the store. I just couldn’t wait to get started. I printed them pretty small so nine pictures would fit on an DIN A4 sheet of paper and then cut them all out.
Next, I made a little envelope to put the pictures in. Since my page already was white and gold I used some white cardstock with some gold foiled hearts on it. Since I already loved the cute pattern I didn’t have to do a lot of decoration. All I did was label the envelope with “pictures” and added a little camera sticker. The gold foil is very shiny as you might see in the picture. I did forget to make sure the hearts were right side up but I still think my envelope turned out pretty cute.
Last but not least I put the pictures inside and stuck the envelope on to my page just like a normal tip-in. Now I just have to flap it out and I can take out the pictures to look at them. It was really hard to take a picture of this though as I had only one page to old the journal and it kept closing : )
I feel like the envelope is a cute little addition to this page and now I can keep all my memories from that night on one page. I did do an envelope tip-in to hold some more pictures before and I loved how that turned out as well. There is something special about printing out pictures. Most of the time I feel like if I don’t they will all get lost on my computer. By printing them out and putting them in my journal I make sure I won’t lose them and can come back to all the wonderful memories as well. What do you think about this?