Who doesn't enjoy journal cards -- those bright spots of color with motivational words or inspirational quotes that can perk up our journal and planner pages?
I know I do -- they're great for anchoring areas of a page, they're the IDEAL tip-ins for hiding private thoughts, and they actually have the ability to make me HAPPY just by LOOKING AT THEM. But even while using these well-designed pieces, I find that I STILL NEED TO EXPRESS MYSELF... to inflict MY STYLE and MY SENTIMENTS onto the cards. After all, I want MY JOURNAL to REFLECT ME and not the company that's producing the cards.
With that in mind, I wanted to share with you how I alter journal cards for my book and show you examples of what I've done with some explanation. The idea here is to hopefully SPARK IDEAS to keep our journaling, memory keeping and personal story-telling ALIVE so that we CAN'T WAIT TO GET TO IT.
One of the ways I use journal cards is to doodle and write about the day's "Holidays" -- these are a mixture of actual bank holidays, holidays created by organizations and businesses to bring awareness to a cause or to sell product, and then there are some TRULY oddball ones created by who-knows-who? I use this website to find the holidays I doodle about. (Note: all of the journal cards used in this post are by Simple Stories. I love their clean design style which employs good-looking typographic elements. Their colors are on trend and my style of writing and drawing looks good with their product.)
I like adding this "Holiday" element to my pages because:
1. It keeps my drawing "chops" limber; I'm not sketching first -- I'm going straight in with ink, so what comes out is what comes out.
2. Inevitably, there will be SOMETHING in the holiday that will: Prompt a story, or an idiom I can riff on, which can then suggest a character (a puppet or other). In other words: it can lead to thoughts and plans for some OTHER CREATIVE OUTPUT.
Another way I use journal cards is to alter them -- by adding STICKERS and my own LETTERING and DRAWING to change the feeling or mood of the original card into something that is more my style -- to describe my CURRENT EXPERIENCE or MOOD, or to show my SENSE OF HUMOR.