The half-way point

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Doesn’t that sound like a great title for a story? Well, sorry folks. Actually, this post is a tally, if you will, of how content journaling this year is doing. We started out like “gang busters.” In January, our posts were about creating a Reading Journal. 209 people viewed my blog and the posts most liked were: Why I joined a Book Club, Character quotes, Prompt Covers. The visitors came from 10 countries and there were 5 likes and 2 comments.

In February, Mary Beth wrote about creating a Family Journal. 162 people viewed the blog from 7 countries. Most commented (7 ) posts were: Covers, Getting kids involved and Random Thoughts about books. There were 7 likes.

In March, Denise shared her Home Remodeling Project Journal. There were 274 views from 10 countries, 7 likes and 5 comments. Most commented posts were: Garage Roof, No Place, covers.

In April, I covered the creation of a Prayer Journal. There were 145 views, 6 likes and visitors from 6 countries. Most comments were from posts: The Prayer (video) and Prayer Prompts.

In May, the Garden Journal garned 97 views from 8 countries. The favorite post was: Garden web sites.

So far, in June, our Quote Journal has had over 40 views with favorite posts: Be Still and Word Ghosts.

It should also be noted that 10 new followers have joined our adventure.

‘Til next time,

~Sallie

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Plans coming together

Dear Fellow Journalers,

There once was a Television show called “The A Team” in which one of the character’s favorite lines was ” I love it when a plan comes together!”

However, in real life, plans have a way of going astray. Plans are put together piece by piece. Loose a piece on the way (see link) and your plan takes another road! If you are a control freak and you think you can plan every second of your life you are mistaken. Plans involve other people, circumstances, and a lot of the time – money. “Mr. Wonderful” (Kevin O’Leary from the TV show Shark Tank is often quoted saying how much he loves money).

You need a goal and you need to be flexible. You have skills and talents and resources. You can take the Road Map of Life and choose your direction, wind speed and destination. Your Life Plan(s) will come together.

‘Til next time,

~Sallie

 

 

Why we remember

Dear Fellow Journalers,

We, in America celebrate Flag Day today. The following is why:

 

Flag Day

Flag Day

~Sallie

How to stay organized

Dear Fellow Journalers,

It’s Monday morning and your day awaits. The problems confront you! They are too numerous to count! How do you manage your priorities?

When the above scenario happens to me, I take a blank piece of paper and draw up a “TO DO LIST”. I read somewhere that when composing the dreaded list that you should also (as a journaler) write down your worries and anxieties. I suppose that saves you time!

As an example, here is my TO DO LIST from a day in November 2014:

  1. ( I number my list, from habit. The items on the list however, are not to be tackled in any order at this point.)  Write a post for UYCJ due December 17th. Write from a prompt. This is going to take some time (time I don’t have – it’s Thanksgiving week!)

  2. Pick cookie recipes for cookie swap. Need 5 dozen by December 8th. I’m not a baker. When should I start? Can I freeze any?

  3. Write up description of Journaling Class and syllabus. Due Nov. 23rd. What do I teach? How long should the classes run? What nights? Not enough time!

Yikes, how do I accomplish these and the other “hum-drum” stuff of life???

Well, after looking over my list, I took another piece of paper and wrote the following:

Important but not urgent

Urgent but not important

Not urgent and not important

Suffice it to say, my TO DO LIST of November 20th was completed. The cookies were baked, the post written and the classes were taught. The list continues and I added 3 other caveats to it:

a.) What can be done in 20 minutes?

b) Check emails quickly – first only answer ones that pertain to my agenda

c) Don’t spend time speculating about how others feel about my projects.

Wishing you a productive week!

~Sallie

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Quinn’s Art Supplies

Dear Fellow Journalers,

The following is a blog post fromQuinn Creative which is worth the read.

~Sallie

New post on QuinnCreative

Art Supplies Worth Having

by QuinnCreative

Super-specialized art supplies are fun and can ease the tedious part of creative work. What makes special supplies most useful is combining them with the basics you love and use every day.

Here are my four new favorites for everyday journaling use.

Open notebook showing yellow first page (others are white) and pocket insert that does NOT come with the notebook.

Open notebook showing yellow first page (others are white) and pocket insert that does NOT come with the notebook.

Notebook: Mnemosyne 183. Unlined, 70 sheets (140 pages). Now that I’ve abandoned six journals for one–the Commonplace Journal, I needed something practical. So it has to:

  • fit in a purse (or carry-on)
  • fold over on itself
  • have paper that’s thick enough for sketching and writing
  • have paper that doesn’t have severe show-through
  • have pages that can be removed (and leave as a note for someone)

I’ve loved the Strathmore Mixed-Media journal, but the wire binding is just too bulky, and the paper seemed a waste for client notes, which go into the Commonplace Journal most.

Showing double-truck spread of Maruman Mnemosyne notebook. Right page has been deliberately blurred.

Showing double-truck spread of Maruman Mnemosyne notebook. Right page has been deliberately blurred.

Maruman is a Japanese company that makes notebooks for writers. Mnemosyne is the Greek goddess of memory. The notebooks are made with meticulous care. For example, the small-diameter wire binding is “short”–doesn’t go to the very top or bottom of the page. So you can easily hold the gutter side of the page when you tear out the perf’d page cleanly.

I got the notebook at JetPens, which has a huge variety of sizes, lined- graphed- and blank notebooks. Here’s what they say:

The way a paper interacts with a specific ink is as unique as a snowflake. Fountain pen users will prefer paper that produces the perfect inkblot levels, paper that absorbs too much ink would not be good. On the other hand, a ballpoint pen user might seek a paper that allows their pen to guide more smoothly across the page. Japanese paper manufacturers pay attention to these preferences by tweaking numerical values ever so slightly during the manufacturing process to create the perfect page for their customers.

Very little show-through on this book.

Very little show-through on this book.

It’s true–the pages are thin, and have an almost smooth, fabric feel to them. It has a black plastic front cover, and a chipboard back cover, which makes writing easy, even when folded over to save space.

Pack of 5 x 8 inch Post-It Pockets. A must-have for every journal-keeper.

Pack of 5 x 8 inch Post-It Pockets. A must-have for every journal-keeper.

Post-It Pockets. There are items I like to carry in my Commonplace Journal–the gift certificate to an art store, the business card I just got, a postcard (with stamp) to send to someone on the spur of the moment, the names and phone numbers of doctors and emergency contacts.

These plastic pockets work like Post-It Notes--they attach to the inside front cover of your notebook and peel off when you need to move it. A flap is held shut with velcro, so you have easy access to the contents.  These fit in a 5 x 8-inch notebook perfectly, and they do come in different sizes.

Pentel Hybrid Technica ballpoint, extra fine (size 04). I’m not a gel pen fan. I like Pentelpen1ballpoints. And this gel pen is perfect is you like extra fine pens. It’s crisp, black script is perfect for detail. It does what most gel pens don’t–it dries as soon as it’s on the page.

It’s a great sketching pen, too. Smooth, even, no blurring when you cross-hatch. Archival, acid free. Writes when you touch it to paper, so no “scribble start” with this pen.  If you draw and write in your journal, take sketchnotes, or doodle, (and like a superfine pen), this is perfect.

Drawing in a 9 x 12-inch wire-bound notebook is a nice way to create and keep your pieces the same size and together. It’s also hard, because you work consecutively, but not emotionally sequentially.

notebook1You also have to put the book aside to dry if you are doing something messy and wet. Patience is not always my strong suit.

Canson has solved your problem–they make a wireboound book with repositionable pages. (The link takes you to Dick Blick art supply.)

You carefully peel out a page, top to bottom, and let it dry or decide where you want to put it. Then you put it back in, carefully “clicking” the pages back into place.

Notebook2It works along the same lines as Rollabind or Circa, which uses removable disks to hold notebooks together.

This makes the book doubly useful. You can arrange the pages by date, media, technique, color, emotional content. You can rearrange them to your heart’s content, as long as you are careful.

Note: I paid for each of these products. I am not being compensated in any way by any company for the content of this blog.

Quinn McDonald loves basic art and writing tools.

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