Because we scrapbook, we are aware that each of us has a life story. At times it might feel like a romance, at other times a comedy, and at others a difficult drama or mystery novel. It is important to document all of these different chapters in our lives through journaling, doodling, and scrapbooking.
I have recently been going through a really tough chapter in my life novel, filled with difficulties and challenges. I have turned to inspirational quotes to help me get through it, and doodling has become my favorite pastime.
There is a great deal of power in the written word, as my quote above describes. My love of quotes started after I established a Pinterest account. I gather (and “pin”) many quotes that speak to me and inspire me during this chapter of my life. I find doodling my favorite quotes to be very therapeutic.
All you need to start your own journal is a notebook with plain paper and a black fine tip marker. I like to use the books you can purchase at art and craft stores that are made for mixed media so the paper is about 90 pounds and markers don’t bleed through it.
Learning to doodle takes practice, and I often write my quotes down several times before I am happy with them. If you don’t enjoy writing, but enjoy coloring, you can download many quotes from online and color them in. Or you can type your favorite quotes or your thoughts and use an outline font and print them. The important part is getting your thoughts in writing!
I take my writing journal with me everywhere I go. I use it in church to write down the main points I learn. The other day, I took it with me to the beach and found it to be quite useful! The last time I had been at this particular beach was with my brother who recently passed away. As I sat there remembering our moments together, I started writing my thoughts down. I love this little poem I wrote because it captures my feelings while I was in a vulnerable state. Thank goodness I had my journal and pen with me!
Another idea is to attach journaling cards with removable adhesive inside your journal. Then when you are sitting at a school function or a sports event feeling proud of your child, you can jot down your feelings right then to use on a layout later. Your journal can be used anyway you want it to. I challenge you all to just start writing—I know it will help you heal and capture all of the chapters in your lives! Here are a few more doodled quotes to motivate you to get started with your own journaling and doodling books!