Discussing my fave!
Good morning dear friends. Today I decided I would like to touch on a topic near and dear to my heart, journaling. Wait! Don’t scatter!! I am not talking about your typical style of journaling rather creative journaling.
In the linked article you will find the author goes into a brief history about creative journaling, proper strategy’s that result in therapeutic benefits, as well as her personal experience with creative journaling. I have yet to define what it is creative journaling is for me. At the moment I would say that it is more so me combining designs and techniques in search of my own individual style. I am finding that I struggle to actually journal over the pretty collaging and choose to add my journaling to a separate piece of decorated paper and attach it or put it in a pocket on the page I came up with.
The more and more I practice I seem to improve but I have to be honest when I say I still struggle with perfection and achieving desired results. I am too hard on myself and I am an unforgiving critic. I assumed that such creative journaling would come easy to me because of the habit I have developed over the course of 30 years of journal writing but that hasn’t been my experience. Others compliment my work but I am not to the point of where I am satisfied. I put creating journals on hold in order to focus on my own development whuch in return will improve those I look to sell.
More and more I am noticing how badly I screw things up by not allowing them to be. How do I stop this cycle and just be free?? Please leave your suggestions in the comment section below. Please do not allow my experience to keep you from giving this a go. I refuse to stop and I will continue to work through this.
You may have found yourself needing an outlet to release your fears or worries, your personal struggles or you may simply enjoy writing for memory purposes. Whichever the case, I would love to introduce you to creative journaling.
Give me a second of your time and I’ll explain in further detail what creative journaling means to me.
If you search on Instagram you can hashtag search creative planning and millions of photos will be at your fingertips. I first discussed creative planning at the beginning of the new year. It is where you decorate your planner pages using sticker kits, markers, washi tape, decorative paper clips… you get the picture…
It isn’t that this form of journaling/planning is more productive or has superpowers that take you to Oz but what it does do is it adds character to your pages and breaks the monotony of a blank, white page.
There are a million ways you can approach this style of journaling. Personally I achieve unique pages by layering bits of ephemera from my day to day life or by pulling from my insane collection, where I go on to create a background for my writing.
You can either hide your writing under the layers of paper so that only you know what lies beneath or you can add your writing to a separate piece of paper and then add it to the college of papers you’ve glued down. Here is a more visual description.
A random yet brilliant idea for you authors out there!
This doesn’t have to be exclusively for your personal info. You can use the idea when creating a piece of fiction writing. Sketch what each character looks like, to you, on a piece of paper and adhere it to your page. From there you can write out ways to describe them using specific adjectives that make your character come to life.
You can do this with each setting, every character, and you will have a visual and written representation of your ideas. Begin a fresh page with a new chapter and this will help to organize your thoughts for the book you are writing!! Buy a cheap notebook and dedicate it to use for this idea!!
It creates interest when you layer specific papers to your pages. The papers used do not have to mean anything because it is about writing your thoughts. Or..you can be like me and use a mixture of meaningful papers and decorative papers. That’s the beauty of it. It is all personal preference and totally up to you. What’s even better is that you can make a mistake and cover it up with a layer of paper 🙂 The sky’s the limit.
My tendency to become obsessed with ideas that include bit and pieces of paper that accumulate from everyday life is off the charts. From my earliest years, I’ve held on to notes written from friends, tickets from concerts, wristbands from waterparks, movie ticket stubs and anything else that brought back to life a moment in time that I enjoyed. Due to an invasion of privacy, any memories kept prior to my sophomore year went up in flames.
Keeping journals and other bits and pieces of paper became a routine of stuffing in designated drawers and writing in code so that if there were another breach in privacy, the perpetrator would not know specifics. These pieces of my life remain in a trunk stored in my storage unit while my journaling is scattered among notebooks. Since stumbling upon creative journaling I have made it my mission to gather any and all papers and combine them to best of my ability. My ultimate goal would be to bind them together in one book for my daughter to have when I am gone. Will that happen? I hope so.
Other forms of creative journaling
My code writing days have become more elusive with my give a damn and my life of collecting papers along the way has doubled with an influx of ideas. Using everyday papers collected from your experiences and adding them to your journaling is referred to as junk journaling. Oh, the possibilities paper holds!! Hours upon hours have been spent watching YouTube videos of creating memory masterpieces transforming my love of paper into an idea catalog that I haven’t quite yet to organize but I am getting there. Much to my surprise, this creative endeavor has led to the discovery of art journaling, glue books, and a travelers notebook system. Talk about paper heaven!! I can’t get enough.
I have made it my mission to combine vintage and modern designs with designer paper as well as daily junk paper to create memory keeping books for others to record and store their most precious moments. May 2, 2018, I declared my beginning of a creative journey and boy let me tell ya a journey it’s been. The hours I have invested in research, trial and error, practice using my own life’s memories, creating a studio, organizing and reorganizing my new space, shopping, purchasing, disassembling books and magazines, cutting, gluing…can not be totaled. The best part is that I have LOVED every minute of it!!
Today has started
Today I have woke in a significantly better space. My sleep was a bit restless as I tossed and turned. An idea came to mind about creating a canvass and that idea kept me thinking about my own experience. Not an experience that I wanted to keep me awake, I will say that. One of being molested at the age of fourteen. I was a willing participant in the act but I can’t help but to think of how sick the 32 year old man was/is. Although I was willing how can a man for one minute believe that a fourteen year old knows what she is doing when it comes to sex and the activities that it involves. It is disturbing to say the least. Disturbing that I thought it was cool that a man of his age would want anything to do with a young teen and more disgusting that he did.
I’m not sure if I’ve ever disclosed this information but the weight of it felt extremely heavy last night and so, I decided if I hadn’t wrote about it, I would. The man is my step-uncles twin brother. Gross, right? I will not allow this to consume my thoughts today but I will tell y’all the idea I had. In the world of creative journaling, tabs are a big deal. Tabs? You ask. The tabs that stick out to make it easier to find a specific section, rather the tabs I reference are for decoration purposes.
These tabs can be made of sturdy cardstock, cardboard, fabric, anything you can staple to the side of the paper to make it easier to access a specific page. Well, for one reason or another, I thought it would a neat idea to have those who have been molested, willing or not, make a tab that represents the act they wish to forget. The tabs would be mailed to me and I will staple them to a thin canvass, creating a piece of art that collectively has been created from victims across the globe. Once the canvass is full, it could be auctioned off with 100% of the proceeds to victims of molestation. Let me know what you think of this idea. I will provide photos of what I mean when I say a tab, below.
This isn’t to distract from me as much as it is to get out of pity. Let me know what you think of the idea. If it so happens you experienced such acts more than once, make tabs for each occasion. The tabs do not have to be pretty. They can be torn, wrinkled, ink-stained, whatever your idea is, I support. If there is an interest, we can do this together. I’m sure I could scan an outline of a tab for those who would prefer there to be a guide. If you wanted to write your abusers initials on the tab, do so. My hope is that this will help with letting the act(s) go.
**Post update: I will purchase a post office box soon and will publish a post with the address for those interested. This can be an anonymous participation. I will not attach any personal information to the piece of canvass related to the tabs.
An Extensive Guide Defining 62 Terms of Stationery
Let’s begin by acknowledging the other form of the word stationary which means to stand or stay in one place, not moving. The spelling of the two is different by one letter. Make sure when you are discussing stationery, as discussed here on Revenge of Eve, you use the spelling with the ‘e’. I wouldn’t feel this was necessary but I have seen it misspelled being used in this context quite a few times.
Although my love of paper and office supplies can be traced back to my childhood, I never knew the extent of the terminology that defines it. To be honest I wasn’t aware that stationery included office supplies. I innocently thought it to be pretty, decorated or personalized paper pad/notebooks. See even I learn something every day!
That leads to the research behind this in-depth post, defining 62 terms of stationery. Be sure to comment if I have left something out. By no means do I have it all figured out. Y’all ready?
Let’s do this thang: Beginning with the definition of stationery.
Stationery is a mass noun referring to commercially manufactured writing materials, including cut paper envelopes, writing implements, continuous form paper, and other office supplies. It includes materials to be written on by hand or by equipment such as computer printers.
62 Terms of Stationery
adhesive: a sticky substance applied to objects to adhere them to another object.
appointment book: a book used to write out the time and date of a scheduled appointment.
acetate: a sheet of clear plastic film fastened over the front of artwork for protection, as an overlay, or the like.
ballpoint pen: an ink writing instrument with a tiny ball as its writing point.
bookends: two sturdy pieces of material that go on each end of a stack of books, stacked against each other standing up, holding them in place.
binder: a hardcover that holds loose papers together.
binder clip: a large metal and plastic tool used to hold papers tightly together.
blotter: a sheet or pad of blotting paper inserted into a frame and kept on a desk.
brad: a slender wire nail having either a small, deep head or a projection to one side of the head end.
chipboard: a low grade of cardboard, used as backing pads of paper, a stiffener for photographs in the mailing, etc. A thin, stiff sheet material made from waste paper.
clipboard: a small, hardboard that you can attach papers to so that you can write on them while easily moving around.
correction fluid: applied with the provided brush leaving a white strip of fluid covering the mistake. Once dry one can write on top of it correcting the error.
correction tape: the dry form of correction liquid.
dater: a calendar.
desk pad: a cushioned pad, often topped with a blotter, for the surface of a desk.
desk tray: a tray used to hold and organize items you display on your desk.
envelope: an enclosure used for mailing documents, and letters that seal the contents inside.
eraser: used to remove unwanted pencil markings from the page.
expanding files: a folder that is used for organization and storage of documents and files and that has pleated sides which allow expansion of the folder.
fastener binder: any of various devices as a snap or hook and eye, for holding together two objects or parts sometimes required to be separate.
filing box: a box that contains file folders. These folders keep documents bundled together in separate files all contained within a box.
folder: a folded sheet of cardboard used to cover or hold papers, letters, etc.
fountain pen: a pen with a refillable reservoir that provides a continuous supply of usually fluid ink to its point.
glue stick: a stick with glue used for the easy application.
greeting card: a card that expresses feelings. Given to another person on holidays, birthdays, sick days, etc.
hanging folder: a folder with brackets that hang from the inside of a file box.
highlighter: a fluorescent pen that is translucent and used to highlight important terms or sentences. Quick reference.
index card: one of a set of the small card on which you write information.
invitation: a decorative piece of cardstock with the details of an event which request your presence. Wedding or a party; a gathering.
journal: a notebook that is used for logging personal information.
label: a blank sticker used for writing the contents of something for the organization.
label maker: a machine that types out information on labels to be placed on objects for organization purposes.
letter opener: a sleek, sharp knife like mechanism used to tear into the side of envelopes cutting a clean edge and opening the envelope.
letter scales: weighs the contents of the envelopes for postage.
magic marker: a permanent marker.
manila folder: a folder that is tan in color.
notebook: paper grouped together and bound by a spiral cord, thread or glue.
paper: material that is used for writing, mailing, wrapping, documenting and printing.
paper clips: a small piece of bent wire used for holding pieces of paper together.
paper punch: a tool used to punch designs or shapes out of paper.
pen: non-erasable writing implement offered with a variety of colored inks.
pencil: a writing implement made from wood or rubber and lead.
pencil sharpener: a hand-held tool or electric tool used to sharpen the lead of a pencil.
post it: a small, square, yellow piece of paper with an adhesive strip on the back. Used for taking brief notes and “posting” wherever it is convenient.
postal stationery: decorative papers with notes that are mailed to friends, family or work-related clients.
ring binder: a binder held together by rings. Allowing the contents to be removed and to add to the binder.
rotary file: a file that rotates.
rubber stamp: a stamp used to transfer ink that is made of rubber.
ruler: a straight line tool used to measure.
self-adhesive labels: strips of adhesive used to label containers for organization purposes.
signature: a grouping of papers held together using binding techniques.
stamp: a small tool with a pattern or writing on one side that you press into ink and use for printing a mark or design on paper.
staple remover: a claw-like tool that removes staples by prying them from where they are located.
stapler: a tool used to house staples to bind materials together.
staples: metal binding accessories used to hold groups of papers or other materials together.
stationer: these are either persons or a company who produce stationery commercially.
sticker: a decorative designed material with an adhesive backing used to decorate paper, planner, journal, etc.
tack: a short pin with a large, round top that can be used to fix a piece of paper to a surface temporarily.
tape: an adhesive that creates a bond for closure.
tape dispenser: holds the roll of tape while you peel and tear it from its spool.
trade card: a business card. There are now what are called artist trading cards and these are old playing cards or a page cut to that size that the artist decorates leaving their mark, if you will, and gives to others.
washi tape: a decorative tape that doesn’t damage paper if need to be moved or removed.