Journal Circle

Hello friends!! I want to introduce you to The Journal Circle - a monthly feature to discuss journaling, share ideas, and give encouragement. Tif over at TifTalksBooks is our host (and brilliant Journal Circle creator). Each month she will post the Journal Circle feature and we can discuss in the comments then link up to our own journaling posts. You can add photos, tutorials (Tif has a great DIY journal tutorial up on her post), or just share a bit of your journal journey each month.

The Journal Circle feature will go live in the middle of the month. Join in for January here. The February Journal Circle will go live Feb 20th or all you pre-planners!

So, without further ado... I'd like to share a bit about my journaling style!!

I love to doodle and journal and scribble in notebooks. I've had journals off and on for most of my life... some traditional, some not so much. Over the years, I've discovered that the best journal style for me is a combination of a few things I love:
1. Art
2. Scrapbooking
3. Zentangle
4. Gratitudes
5. One Little Word
It all mashes together to create my own version of a smash journal. My journaling now consists of words, doodles, pictures, and pieces of the day (think movie stubs, fortunes, post-it's). I do all this in a middle of the road spiral bound art journal. I purchase a black journal then decorate it with washi tape (another thing I love). At the beginning of each month I make a calendar which I fill in each night with something I am grateful for... even on the days that I don't do a full journal entry, I am at least putting pen to paper to express my gratitude for the day.
This year I picked "BE" for my One Little Word to focus on for 2014, so many of my pages in my journal reflect that as well. Sometimes it is a doodle of the word, sometimes it is a magazine cut out of the word, and other days it is an expression of what the word means to me. No matter how I put it in my journal, it at least reminds me to just be.
In all, journaling for me is relaxing and fun. I like the style I use now because it takes the pressure off. Here are a few pictures of my journaling entries....

This is my monthly gratitudes calendar for January. I can't wait to share my finished daily gratitudes during the February Journal Circle
My washi tape covered journal

A zentangle of  BE, my One Little Word for 2014
A favorite so far this year... "Throw me to the wolves and I will return leading the pack"

Mash-up of it all - zentangle initials, washi tape, doodles, words, smashed in list

Sometimes I add in Madeline's artwork that she makes me

Another OLW entry

write to be understood, speak to be heard, read to grow


  1. I absolutely adore your journal entries!! I have already told you this, probably every single time you post a pic on IG, but I really, really do! I aspire to get creative like you, despite not being quite so artsy. In fact, I already took the washi tape into consideration and have started adding a bit here and there to my own!

    Thank you for joining in and for helping to spread the word! I am so very excited about this new feature and am so happy with the response so far!! Can't wait to see what you have for next month!

  2. I love your journal! Your zentangled pages are very inspiring.

  3. I have GOT to get into this zentangle thing. It intrigues me so much! Great journal pages!