It’s three more days until the Daily Journaling Prompts for Creative Happiness starts here on Journaling Sage. The prompts are ready and I am so excited to be sharing them with you. It’s been overwhelming and humbling to see so many of you who can’t wait to start the new year with these prompts.
As the start is getting nearer, you are probably starting to think about what things you need to get ready for doing the Daily Journaling Prompts. A new journaling project is always a good excuse to get new stationery supplies (wink wink).
Materials you will need
For the Daily Journaling Prompt, the materials needs are very simple – something to write on, and something to write with. From there, you can customise it to whatever you feel like. Here is a quick run through of some of the options, and a sneaky peek into what I will be using.
Something to write on
The first option for something to write on is of course the notebook. Who can ever get enough of cracking open a brand new notebook in the new year? You could have a special journal just for writing your answers to the prompts, or write your answers in the normal notebook you have along with everything else. It’s totally up to you.
Second option is a Filofax or any other kind of binder-paper combination. If you are a Filofax addict, there’s no reason to tare yourself away from your beloved Filofax. You could create a section to put your prompt answers into, or even buy a whole new Filofax to keep all your answers together.
A third option is to write in a diary. This would keep all your answers in one neat notebook, and encourage you to write about the prompts every day. However just be aware that your answers to a few of the prompts might be long, so you might want to think about how easy it is to extend the pages when you are choosing your diary. I’d recommend at least a 1-page-a-day style diary in A5 or bigger.
A fourth option is a sketch pad or even canvas boards. These are great options if you are going to be art journaling along to the prompts. You might want to prep your sketch pad in advance by covering each page with gesso.
Personally, I will be putting my answers into my everyday journal notebook. I like to keep all my writing together in chronological order. Whatever you choose, I highly recommend buying a something that is nice, but not too nice. If it’s too nice, you will end up stressing about using up something that is too nice. I love Moleskine or Leuchtturm notebooks as they are lovely notebooks but I don’t feel bad about burning through them.
Something to write with
Fountain pens, biros, roller balls, pencils, coloured pens, markers, paints – there are just so many options for what you write with. So here are just few pointers on how to pick the right writing tool for yourself:
- Is it easy to write? The pen has to be easy and fast to write with. If you get a cramp after writing just half a page, it’s the wrong pen. Spend as much time as you want in the stationery store trying out all the different pens available and pick the one that feels smoothest to you.
- Is it a match? When you go and test new pens in the stationery store, it’s a good idea to take a sample of the paper you will be journaling on. You can then test to see if the pen won’t bleed through or scratch on the paper you will be writing on.
- Is it fun? Does it come in lots of pretty ink colours? Does it come with different body colours? Does it make you smile when you pick it up?
- Is it affordable? If you have to buy cartridges or refills or even whole new pens, is it affordable for you to do so?
- Is it widely available? Again, if you have to buy new ones or refills, can you get it easily where you are?
- Do you love it? Sometimes, all of the above doesn’t matter, if you are simply madly in love with it. I have a Mont Blanc fountain pen that is a totally nightmare to travel with on the plane (think liquids restrictions and cabin pressure), but I bought it on my honeymoon and no one will ever talk me out of using it.
Currently, I am loving using the above biros, called Bic Clic Gold. They are incredibly cheap (£0.80 or $1.20), comes in lots of colours and writes very smoothly. I love using biros when I am writing in a Moleskine. When I am writing in a Leuchtturm notebook, I adore using my aforementioned Mont Blanc fountain pen with oyster grey ink.
Here’s where you get to have fun. This is your official permission to go out to the stationery store and buy lots of fun accessories for your journal. I’m a sucker for pretty washi tapes (see above photo). I also love using post it notes and you could use stickers, bookmarks, glitters, stamps, anything that will stick onto a page. You could buy some magazines too if you want to add collages into your journaling.
Basically, just have fun. This is going to be an exciting journey, and you should have lots of cute and pretty things to travel with you. Also if you ever get to a stage where you don’t feel like journaling, you can just spend the time making your journal all pretty instead. Trust me, it really helps.
Can’t wait to get started with the Daily Journal Prompts for Creative Happiness with you. Just three more days.