The Art of Memory Keeping {Art Journal Inspiration}

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Do you ever collect random bits like brochures from trips, pressed flowers from your garden, and stickers you got in a letter, and then not know what to do with them? There’s a word for that stuff: ephemera. And there’s a place to put it: in a journal!

Instead of throwing it away or keeping it in a messy heap in a closet, I love preserving those memories in one book. I’ve been art journaling (or junk journaling or scrapbooking, depending on who you ask) for a couple years now and I absolutely love going back and looking through old entries.

If that sounds fun but you don’t know where to start, keep reading! Today I’m going to give you guys a peek into my own art journal to give you inspiration for creating your own. If you enjoy artsy stuff, you can make your journal a lot fancier and prettier than mine. If you don’t, you can simply stick in ephemera and photos and write a bit about them. It’s totally up to you.

Okay, enjoy this little dose of journaling inspiration!

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Sketchbook Inspiration & Ideas

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Yay, it’s another art dump! This time, the sketchbooks I’ll be showing you guys were ones I used for teaching art lessons this past school year. Now I’m on summer break from teaching all but a couple of private art tutoring students, so I can share some of my favorite pieces with you guys!

Enjoy this miscellaneous collection of paintings, sketches, etcetera. πŸ™‚

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100 More Questions to Ask Your Pen Pal

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If you love writing letters but don’t know what to talk about, this post is for you! Even if you don’t have a pen pal, you can use these questions as conversation starters with your friends or family. Questions are just fun, and a great way to get to know someone better. If these aren’t enough, check out my first pen pal questions post here.

Okay, enjoy this huge variety of questions with some happy mail inspiration along the way!

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Hand Lettering Inspiration {Recent Bible Journaling}

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It’s time for another word art post! I just finished another Bible journal, which means I filled up another notebook with favorite verses. I’m currently going through the Bible one chapter at a time and copying down my favorite verse from each chapter in a notebook. The idea is to write them out in pretty lettering so I’ll have a beautiful collection at the end, but sometimes the lettering is… well, legible and that’s it. πŸ˜› I love how a lot of these turned out, though.

I hope you guys enjoy some of my favorite pages and verses from this notebook! And click here to see my last Bible journaling post.

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A Tour of My Sketchbook {April 2021}

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I’m super excited to show you this sketchbook flip-through because I love how so many of the paintings in it turned out! I mostly used this sketchbook for watercolor/gouache artwork, but you’ll find a few graphite sketches and ink drawings too.Β 

I feel like these posts are pretty self-explanatory, so… let’s just get into it. Sit back, relax, and enjoy some art! πŸ˜€

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How to Make an Etcetera Journal

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So, I’ve been working on my journal for months without knowing what it is, exactly. Hehe. It’s sort of a cross between a scrapbook, junk journal, art journal, and… something else. So I decided to call it an “etcetera journal” since that pretty much encompasses the anything-goes flavor of my process. πŸ˜€

Today I wanted to talk about etc. journaling as a unique way to preserve memories + a super fun way to be creative even if you don’t consider yourself “artistic.” I have a bunch of spreads to show you, from favorite quotes to simple collages to fun sketches and artwork. Ready for some journaling inspiration? Let’s go!

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Inktober 2020 Sketchbook Tour

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It’s time for another Inktober flip-through! If you’re not familiar with Inktober, the original idea is an art challenge where you make an ink drawing every day for the whole month, using prompts from an official list. See my last Inktober post here.

And that’s what I did! Today I’ll be showing you my 31 ink drawings/paintings in my toned paper sketchbook. I experimented with different styles and techniques and made some art I’m proud of and some I could have done better on… πŸ˜›

Ready to see it? Let’s go!

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Planner vs. Bullet Journal: Which Is Better?

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As you guys might know, I’ve used and loved bullet journaling for a long time – at least since 2017. But I decided that I’m not going to use a bujo next year. O.o Instead, I’m going to use a planner… that I designed!

In this post, I shall go through some pros and cons for each system, plus I’ll show you what I’m using in 2021 and why I decided to stop bullet journaling. My posts are normally more fun than helpful, but we’ll see what I can manage this time. πŸ˜‰

So, shall we see which type of planner would work best for you??

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Sketchbook Paintings & More Recent Art

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I recently posted a tour of my main sketchbook, but I also have a couple of other sketchbooks I’ve been working on since… goodness, I think this was the last post I did on them, which… OH MYYY, I just realized it’s been one year to the day since that post! Ha, goodness! So anyway, I thought it was high time to give you guys a peek into my Illo sketchbook and some other drawings I’ve made recently(ish). πŸ™‚

As always, I hope this post can give you some inspiration to create your own art if you like drawing – or simply brighten your day with pretty pictures if not. πŸ™‚ I’ll also try to link the supplies I used if you want to try them out for yourself. Enjoy, my friends!

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