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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

My journaling playlist

This Blog post is from my old website before I switched to self-hosting. It was published on October 07, 2018

My Journaling Playlist

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

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

DIY traveler’s notebook insert

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

Supplies

What I love about this DIY is that you don’t need a lot of supplies.

DIY Traveler's Notebook Insert

 

Paper and cardstock

 

 

DIY Traveler's Notebook Insert

 

Something to cut your paper. I am using a cutting knife, a ruler and a cutting board but you can also use simple scissors.

 

DIY Traveler's Notebook Insert

 

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

DIY Traveler's Notebook Insert

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.

Lots of Love

Just A Blank Space

How To Include A Lot Of Pictures On Your Journal Page – Even After It Is Finished

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.

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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 : )

How To Include A Lot Of Pictures On Your Journal Page - Even After It Is FinishedI 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?

Lots of Love

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How to set goals and stick to them

This Blog post is from my old website before I switched to self-hosting. It was published on July 25, 2018

Personally, I am someone who only functions when there is a goal to work up to. For the last two years, my goal was to graduate high school with good grades and that was what kept me going every day. After my exams were over I had a problem and ended up having a little crisis. Since I had no goal I had no reason to get up in the morning and do anything and I ended up feeling bad for weeks. That time taught me how important goals are for me.

I believe that setting yourself goals is crucial if you want to achieve anything in your life but it is also important that you set yourself realistic goals you can actually achieve. If you set yourself goals you can’t achieve you probably will end up frustrated and feel bad which is the opposite of what you want to happen. Today I want to share with you how I set my goals and what I do to achieve them.

1. Think about what you don’t like about your current situation

Sometimes it can be difficult to find a goal you want to achieve that are realistic. You can always set yourself the goal to become a unicorn but let’s be honest. That is never going to happen. But what you can do is to think about what you don’t like about your current situation and how you can change that. For example, you don’t like how messy your room is. Now that is something you can actually change. You can start by setting yourself the goal to tidy up your room every night before you go to sleep for at least five minutes, which leads me to my next point.

2. Break down your goals to specific tasks

You can always set yourself the goal to be cleaner but most of the time you will end up changing nothing but thinking about it. But if you do set yourself the goal to clean the kitchen once a day or to tidy up your room for five minutes before you go to bed you are more likely to actually do it because you have one specific task.

3. Work your goal into your daily routine

I want to come back to my example of cleaning your room before you go to bed one more time. There are two ways to set your goal. You can either say you want to clean your room at least for five minutes once a day or you can say you want to clean your room for at least five minutes before you go to bed. From my experience, I learned that when you do the first one you will end up putting it back over the whole day and end up doing nothing at all. If you don’t set yourself a specific time you will always have the thought of being able to do your task later in the back of your mind. Another reason why it helps to work your goal into your daily routine is that it is a lot easier to stick to it if it becomes part of your routine.

4. Write it down

I am a fan of writing everything down but when it comes to setting yourself goals and sticking to them writing them down is crucial for me. When you write your goals down your idea becomes a plan. Personally, I like to write down my goals in my journal but you can also write them down on flashcards and put them up in your room to constantly remind yourself of them.

5. Share your goals

If I tell someone about my goals I feel like I am bound to them. Now that I told someone I have to do it or else it will look stupid. If your goals aren’t too personal you can always share them online or you can tell them a friend. Maybe you will find someone who has the same goal and you can work towards it together by motivating each other. I have always wanted to try that.

I hope these tips help you to set yourself goals and to follow through with them. Is there anything that helps you that I didn’t mention yet? I would love to know

Lots of Love

Just A Blank Space

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Journal travel kit

This Blog post is from my old website before I switched to self-hosting. It was published on July 18, 2018

Summer finally arrived and that means school is out and most of us leave home to go on amazing trips and adventures. Those memories need to be documented of course. If you are like me the best but also most challenging part of preparing a trip is packing all your journaling supplies. It is very hard to decide what to take and what to leave at home. Luckily help is on the rise because today I want to show you which of my supplies I like to take with me on a trip.

My Journals

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As you might know, I have multiple journals and I can’t take all of them with me when I go on a trip. This is why I usually stick to just these two. The blue one is my art journal and the other one my traveler’s notebook where I do my everyday journaling in. My Bujo usually has to stay at home.

Date Stamp + Ink Pad

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My date stamp travels with me as well. It is from paper poetry and I use it on every journal page I make. Besides my date stamp, I sometimes take some of my favorite stamps with me as well but that depends on the trip.

Washi Tape

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Of course, I can’t leave the house without washi tape. Before every trip, I go through my collection and pick out my favorite ones or ones I think I might use on this trip. I put them in this pencil case that fits them perfectly.

Stickers

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Stickers are always great to take with you. My Paperkumaco stickers are my favorites so I always take some of them with me. Just like with my washi tapes I usually go through my collection of stickers and decide which ones I might use on my trip.

Ephemera + Journaling Cards

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Besides stickers and washi tape I also decide on some ephemera and journaling cards to take with me. I try to stick to just a few that fit the trip.

Watercolors

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My watercolors travel with me as well. I just love them so much I can’t leave them behind. I usually take just one water brush as well as two little jars for water as an addition to my watercolor pallet.

Pens + Pencils

My pencil case usually contains my favorite colors of my Tombow Dual Brush Pens, fine liners and some Muji Gel Pens as well as my fountain pen. There are my go-to pens. I use every day so of course, they have to join me on my trip. You can imagine my pencil case is very big.

Where do I put everything?

Now the trick question is where I put everything? I have this pouch which is intended to be used for your toothbrush and other bathroom products but since it fits my journals perfectly I use it to carry all my journal supplies. It even fits my pencil case with my washi tape and my watercolors perfectly. It also has two pockets on the side which I use to store smaller things like my stickers in.

 

How to put together your own journal travel kit

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Finishing off my journal

This Blog post is from my old website before I switched to self-hosting. It was published on June 20, 2018

There are only three pages left in my first traveler’s notebook insert. I can’t believe it filled up this fast. I have been in this insert for about for months now in which Inserts became my new favorite thing to write in and I can’t wait to decorate my new one. I am already looking for ideas. Besides being excited about moving into a new insert I wanted to try something new and added some more bits and pieces to the insert I am about to finish which I want to show you today.

Finishing Off My JournalWhen I started this insert I didn’t know what to put on the first page. At first, I wanted to add a quote but I couldn’t find one that fit and I never found a better idea. I never liked that my first page was empty and that the ink I wrote with on the other page bled through. Now that I am at the end of this insert I finally had an idea on what to do with this page. I decided to include a table of content. Although my old journal had a table of content which I never really used I wanted to include something in this journal that would make it easier to find certain events or times I went through. I am currently in the process of graduating and I thought I might want to skip through that time in my life someday.

Table of content

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First I skipped through my whole journal and numbered every single page. Of course, I didn’t notice I missed four pages until I was done and had to cross some of the numbers I had already written but I decided not to worry about that. I worry too much about making everything perfect.

Next, I created a background using some cardstock and glued some ripped graph paper on top. Then I went through my insert again and added all the event I thought I might look for in a couple of years to my table of content.

Finishing off my journal insertI also wanted to add some tabs which turned out to be harder than I thought because I didn’t leave any space at the end of the page. Instead, I  pretty much wrote up to the edge of the paper. I got the idea from @agirlwithajournal and @megjournals because they are both obsessed with them and decided to give it a try. I went through my journal once more and added some very small tabs wherever I found some space. In the end, I ended up really liking them and decided to leave some space to add tabs in my next insert.

Is there anything you do once you are heading towards finishing your journal?

Lots of Love

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My favorite journaling prompts

This Blog post is from my old website before I switched to self-hosting. It was published on May 23, 2018

My favorite journaling prompts

Since I started my morning page journal I don’t write as much about my days in my normal journal which made me turn to doing a lot more prompts. I am always searching Pinterest for new ideas and inspiration but it is really hard to find something I am motivated enough to write about. Today I want to turn that around. At the moment I have a couple favorite journaling prompts that I keep returning to, which I want to tell you about today. Maybe one of these prompts will inspire you to create something as well.

Lists

 

I have always loved making lists because they can be about anything and everything you want. They are customizable and you can re-do them as often as you like. You can do common lists like a wishlist, goals, dreams or a bucket list but you can also go a completely different direction like a list of compliments to yourself or things you like about yourself. You could list things your love and one of my favorite lists, list words you want to be described with. You could just write down your lists or you could sketch or collage them. There are so many ways you can go with your lists. I could probably write a whole blog post only about them.

Things you’re loving right now

 

Another thing I like to do is to write about things you’re loving right now and why you love them. I recently wrote about an Instagram account I really like and a couple of songs. Sometimes I even glue in a random picture and just write about all the reasons why I love it.

Reviews

 

I got into this after reading a girl with a journal’s journaling prompts class. There are so many things to review. I even reviewed a girl with a journal’s journaling prompts class after reading it. You can review books, movies, songs, restaurants, products you have tried or you could review things you did or habits. I recently reviewed some tea I tried and my miracle morning routine. As you might know, I even review my habit tracker at the end of each month. I usually do this in a blog post.

Book notes

 

This prompt is one I started a while ago. There is something special about taking notes while reading that I love. I took a lot of book notes while reading the miracle morning and I love to read them from time to time to remember what I read. I also took some book notes of my own book I am working on at the moment.

Magical words

 

I have always loved to collect words that sound magical and I just recently started to write about them. Sometimes I come across a word I feel a deep connection with and I write about it in my journal. I also like to choose magical words and use them as inspiration for my art journal.

Writing about yourself

My favorite journaling prompts

Writing about your yourself is great to document how you change throughout your life and to see how you grow through your challenges and the choices you make. From time to time I sit down to write about who I am at the moment, what I am going through and how I think I changed. I also like to include some pictures of myself to visualize the changes I have been through.

I hope you like these prompts and found some inspiration in the pages I created through the last couple of months. What are your favorite prompts?

Lots of Love

Just A Blank Space

About not finishing a journal

This Blog post is from my old website before I switched to self-hosting. It was published on April 18, 2018

About Not Finishing A Journal

Today I want to talk about one of my current journals and why I am not going to finish it. I feel like many people think that once they have started a journal they have to finish it all the way. To be honest, I share this belief sometimes but of course, it is totally fine to not finish a journal all the way and move into a new one if things are not working out.

 

This is the journal I am talking about

About not finishing a journalThis is the journal I did not finish. It is one of my handmade journals I made for my Etsy shop. I do love the cover and the quality of the paper but there are a couple of reasons why this journal did not work for me which I will tell you about in a second. I started this journal in January 2018 as my third writing journal/diary and you can find out all about the set up of this journal here.

 

Why I did not finish this journal

  1. The journal is too big.  This journal has about 500 pages and as I got further along it got thicker and thicker making it really hard to write in it.
  2. The paper is blank. This journal did not have lined paper. I did make myself a template to write in straight lines but it was still very hard to write straight and I never really was pleased with my results.
  3. The chemistry was not right. From the beginning, there was always something that did not feel right about this journal. The chemistry between us just was not right.
  4. I wanted to move into my new traveler’s notebook. If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen that I recently made my own traveler’s notebook. I really wanted to move into it after I finally managed to make one.
  5. It felt right to not finish this journal. Usually finishing a journal is hard because over the time I kind of develop a relationship with this journal. It becomes a part of me and I don’t want to put it away. With this journal it was different. I actually was super excited to finally stop writing in it.

 

In the End, it was the right decision for me to finish this journal.  I am much happier with my new one now (You can take a look at it here). Journaling should make you feel better and if your journal does not help you with that move into another one. Things don’t always work out. Not in life and not in journaling. If you want to see a flip through of this journal please let me know. I have not decided if I want to make one yet. What are your thoughts on not finishing a journal all the way?

Lots of Love

Just A Blank Space