Here are the past four days of journaling, all of which use stickers, washing, journal cards scrapbook paper. This is just what I feel like doing lately, and I thought I'd share some of the ideas that came from relying on other products, hand-lettering, and only the bare minimum of drawing.
March 26th: The impetus for this page sprung from my putting in a request at the library for a book about a fox. So I broke out the sheet of puffy stickers that contained the fox and all the other puffiness on the page (got these at Walmart). Since weekend challenges in the Fauxbonichi Journalers group on Facebook are to use STICKERS/ STENCILS/ STAMPS, I thought I'd play with this.
Here are some IDEAS for using stickers that I made use of in this spread:
1. Use stickers to create divisions between your columns of writing (leaves). (I also used a strip of washi to accomplish the same thing.)
2. Use character stickers to create dialogue from your day, or to display an opposing point of view; or to show your personality (snail and skunk conversing; owl talking; deer responding to a QUOTE prompt).
3. Use a layering of stickers to "break out" the initial letter of a block of text. Here I used circle stickers (that went along with the color scheme that had been established by the animal stickers), then added alpha stickers on top. (The white that surrounds the alphas works well because it allows the letters to stand out. Remember when I said in a previous post that 'WHITE IS YOUR FRIEND'? That applies here too.)
TIPS while considering STICKER PLACEMENT:
1. If you have a sticker that you want to have act as it does in real life (and not as a decorative element), ANCHOR it by having it STAND on something, or by giving it a SHADOW. The examples show here are the animals and tree and mushrooms standing on the bottom rows of washi. Elsewhere, you can see I "obeyed" my own "rule" by having a mushroom sit on a row of dashed lines; an owl sit on the top decorative line. Even the deer at the top of the page is not floating around in space; it is anchored by standing on the row of handwriting beneath it.
2. Be judicious with your use of stickers to avoid the deadly "STICKER SNEEZE" look. I've used a BUNCH of stickers here, but the thing that keeps it looking designed, is that I've kept the palette limited. Here's how that works: In the green column-break leaves and washi, I've kept the COLORS the same as the bands of green washi at top and bottom. Since these are the same, your eye will read them as "background noise", and will react more strongly to the brighter, different colors -- the oranges and blues and browns. Because of THEIR arrangement, your eyes should do a nice sweep around the page. (I never thought I'd be talking about Color Theory regarding a page filled with PUFFY STICKERS, heeheehee!!)
3. If using PUFFY STICKERS, make sure that in closing your journal they aren't right on top of each other (i.e. one sticker from one page hitting another from the other page). ONE THICKNESS of puffy sticker can be overcome in writing on following pages (provided you're working with a 2-pages-glue-stick-ed together), TWO THICKNESSES will be like writing on the side of a mountain.
March 27th: I made use of a couple sheets of scrapbook paper (Simple Stories) for some major chunks of this page (butterflies; bingo cards; dotted aqua). The butterflies at the top and bottom of the page are not washi, but rather are the paper cut into strips. The backside of this paper is the dotted aqua, and the little pieces you see here are just what was leftover after I cut the butterfly side. (Finding a use for even the smallest scraps that are created when making a page can be curiously satisfying.) The bingo "journal cards" are from another piece of scrapbook paper and the corners have been rounded. With this Simple Stories look, I also introduced some elements from a kit that I got from The Reset Girl. The colorways worked real well, so the ephemera (the bingo # markers), and the washi (measuring tape motif), and the Planner Honey stickers all worked really well together.
1. You can use several streams of products and have it NOT look like the HOTTEST of MESSES if you keep some things in mind. Can you guess what one of them is? If you said "COLOR PALETTE", then you are SO ON THE MONEY that it's NOT EVEN FUNNY! After all, THEME and COLOR PALETTE are what are considered when companies put together their subscription boxes of planning/ journaling goodies, so why shouldn't you? (Of course, if this is not what you want to accomplish on your pages, break the mold. Do what you like and what makes you ecstatic about your pages. IT'S YOUR JOURNAL.)
2. Having your journaling "wrap" around the elements on the page can look nice. Don't get annoyed with yourself if it turns out that you are NOT in fact a ROBOT who can't do this as well as your computer might. APPRECIATE the HAND or the HUMANNESS in these YOU-CREATED pages. It's OK; in fact, it's BEAUTIFUL.
March 28th: The impetus for THIS page was the Listers Gotta List prompt, "My Favorite Things in the Produce Aisle". This led me to dig through my various garden-themed items, and to stick to a green-yellow-red color palette. Because of the variety of origin of these materials used, it is the THEME (garden) and that color palette that keeps the page from being too confusing to navigate.
Some IDEAS this page yielded:
1. Use plain stickers (or with designs very tonally close in color -- green dots and yellow butterflies) on your white page that will just be written/drawn on. Two things about this: Make sure the stickers have more of a "paper" finish (i.e. not SLICK) so that writing on them is easy, looks good, and won't smear off. (Test first if you're uncertain.) Doing this adds some color to your page AND uses up some stickers that maybe you wouldn't ordinarily like all on their own. (For the butterfly stickers that WEREN'T written on, the ones that are breaking free from the top washi border, I gave more detail with some quick marks.)
2. To make static things like STICKERS look more LIVELY, adding cartooning staples such as MOVEMENT lines (wings flapping; flying) can help accomplish that. (In the woodland creatures spread, above, you can see that through the clever application of movement lines, I had the skunk farting.)
3. DON'T BE AFRAID to use your STASH. I had a variety of garden items in mine that I've had forever, saved for no particular purpose, and it felt good to finally nail them down to a page. (No actual nails were used in the creation of this spread.) That said, employ the ability to EDIT. For example, I had STILL MORE produce-related items, sort of in a vintage theme, but didn't use them. Not because they weren't cute, but because their tonality didn't go along with the brightness of color that had already been established. I never feel badly when I can't work in something that I really like, because I KNOW that that THING is meant to be used in a future creation and be "perfect". (And a note on hoarding favorite pieces: I get it. But from my own experience, I appreciate the little bits-n-bobs on my pages FAR MORE that riffling through them in a plastic baggy. And I know that there will be CUTE THINGS IN THE FUTURE that will perfectly reflect where my tastes are THEN. Some of the things that I'm trying to work in now, that I've had for a decade or longer, I'm no longer crazy about. Loved 'em back then; can't see why now. See the reason to use 'em while you love 'em??)
March 29th: This page uses washi tape by 3M and journaling cards and stickers by October Morning (a company I looooove). I had NO idea when I first started plopping down items that I would turn this page in to a journaling walk down memory lane. Here's what lead to that: I started writing about what I'd done to get a prototype created for a teaching tool. Started looking at the stickers. I thought about the collection of globes I have. Thought this could be a cool list of things to jot down: "School-Related Things I've Collected". From there I thought about various school memories and wrote those down, dividing the sections (and lending more visual interest beyond just writing) with the puff stickers. Then I wrote down my teachers' name, as a challenge to myself to see if I could. And I could. And you wouldn't know the difference anyway, would ya? Heh-heh...
1. One of the TRENDS in all things sticker-y, washi-tape-y right now are TALK BUBBLES. This is one THEME that you can go with that will tie things together. Did I plan this for this spread? Nope! It just happened as those "HAPPY ACCIDENTS" do. But you can do that ON PURPOSE. SOME talk bubbles will be BLANK. So here's another tip: WRITE IN THEM. "What should I write?" Words that relate to your day, to the journaling, to what you'd LIKE to say if you weren't so nice & polite...
2. Having a sorta LIGHT DAY in terms of exciting things to journal about? Let your page allow you to WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE to journal about those thematic things. Here, because the PAGE was SCHOOL-THEMED, I blabbed about SCHOOL. Writing about MEMORIES is just a part of your DAY as the events that happen on that day. Don't you have days that have been subsumed by memories? I do!
And speaking of memories, here's a photo of me sitting at my 4th grade school desk, and my Cafeteria Helpers certificate:
Thank you for stopping by -- I hope you found these ideas & tips of value! Got any of your own you'd like to share? Adventures in journaling that you'd like to share with other journaling nerds? Leave a comment in the section below! Happy Journaling!