-by Sarah Steckler
Who doesn’t love collecting pretty journals? I’m definitely one of those people and I’ve accumulated more of them than I care to admit. The problem is that as much as I love the inspiring covers, I’m often left wondering, “What in the world am I going to use this for?!”
That’s where an inspiration journal comes into play!
What is an inspiration journal, you ask? It’s an awesome place to keep things that inspire you and trigger your creative juices when you’re just not sure what you want to work on. Not only is this awesome for journal lovers (and notebook hoarders) but it’s also a resource for you to use later.
Having a catch all for ideas, lists, doodles, pretty left over stickers, and scrap paper can be a fun way to use up extra craft supplies and still feel accomplished with each page you create.
So let’s get started! Here are 3 ideas for creating a beautiful inspiration journal:
1 – List your heart out!
Make a list of lists. This has actually been one of the most fun things I’ve done when it comes to journaling. List off the lists you want to make. I’ll get the ball rolling for you:
- Fonts you love
- Instagram accounts you can’t get enough of
- Creative resources
- Awesome free stock photo resources
- Things that make you smile
- Colors you think of when you think of summer
- Things you want to draw in your spare time
- Craft projects you’d love to try if you had endless time and resources
- Etsy shops that you find inspiring
- Doodles you want to make
- Things you’d love to knit
- Creative things you’d like to learn (like crocheting, painting, or graphic design)
- Color palette ideas
- Greeting card phrases
The ideas for inspiration lists are truly endless! You can find other list ideas here.
2 – Block it out.
Take a bigger sized notebook and in a few pages cut out a variety of squares and rectangles in unique sizes. Use white, colored, or patterned paper and line each page. Now you have an inspiration template for your journal pages! Sometimes when I see a blank journal page and I want to draw or freewrite I don’t know where to start. Having portions blocked off gives you an instant visual for how to use the space. The variety of color and shapes you use can also ignite ideas you may have never thought of otherwise.
3 – Print from Pinterest.
I admire those people who can doodle their hearts out and come up with beautiful pages of art. For me, I need more of a template. Hop onto Pinterest and look for free printable coloring pages. Cut them to size and paste them into your journal. Now you have a coloring page to take with you on the go inside. You can also print journal prompts, journal layout ideas, etc.
I hope these few ideas help get you on your creative path towards more inspirational ideas! Share your journal love and let us know what you’re working on!
Sarah Steckler is a Creative Self-Love Coach who helps women identify their goals, pinpoint what’s holding them back, and create meaningful action that allows them
to feel how they deserve, get what they want, and create a better relationship with themselves in the process. When she’s not blogging or coaching, you can find her exploring the outdoors, writing snail mail to her friends, or cuddling with her English Bulldog.