Many of us wish we could keep a journal. It's comforting (and handy) to have a personal record of your life to look back on. Journaling also makes you a more disciplined and mindful person, which I, for one, could certainly benefit from. Keeping up with the habit of writing something down every few days is nice in thought, but generally it's hard in practice. There's always an activity that's more important or interesting than journaling. Maybe writing isn't your strong suit. And let's face it, life is sometimes boring and there's just nothing to write about. Regardless of the barrier that's keeping you from your journaling goals, this technique may help you stick to a routine. Instead of the traditional diary, try the Gratitude Journal. It'll actually make you happier along the way.
These simple leather journals or sketchbooks would make great holiday gifts for the writers, doodlers, list-makers, or note-takers in your life. I don't know about you but I want to make a hundred of these and give them to everyone I know!
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Feeling skiddish about the prospect of sewing leather with your household sewing machine? Well, here's the skinny--If your machine leans more towards old and heavy rather than shaky, lightweight and full of plastic parts, chances are you can do it.
Grave Violet makes those inexpensive composition notebooks look like a million bucks! She assures us it's very easy to do, which makes it ever better.
Style continue to come to the masses. This time, textilist John Robshaw offers six fabric covered journals perfect for your daily thoughts, sketches, for illustrating, or to catalog the previous night's dreams. $15-ish, in the stationary section. Thanks, Decor8!
The World's best Photography Blog offers tips and a video from Judy on how to make your own handmade Photo journal or notebook.