So I started transitioning my unraveling journal into my new journal I made for it. The deconstructed journal I had intended to keep just wasn’t working for me. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about keeping this sort of journal–or any journal really–is that I really need to love my journal. And what I mean by that is, I need to love how it feels in my hands, I need to love how it looks, I need to love the papers that are in it, etc. I need to be in love with keeping the journal. If something doesn’t feel right, I ultimately say that that journal or way of journaling isn’t for me.
So since I am SO in love with my bloom journal (aka my Artist in Bloom/Get Messy Season of Bloom journal), I decided to rewatch Nazy’s class and make another little A6 journal. I didn’t follow how Nazy makes her journal to a T though. I used what she teaches and then made the journal my own and I love it! I can’t wait to fill this baby up this year!
So I’ve begun moving over my loose pages into this small bound book. I’m literally ripping apart those pages and repurposing what I can into this smaller format.
This is how my cover page turned out. I had to cut down that kraft page significantly to get it to fit into that belly band. Then I copied over my journaling on the back of the card I made it into when I cut it down.
I’m adding more things to this of course as I journal, like that library card I added the floral die cut to that I ripped from my original page. I like to add these little cards to the first page and jot down when I started the journal. Then at the end, jot down when I’ve finished it. Makes it seem like a really book of sorts.
My “stats” page fit SO PERFECTLY into this new journal–at least the original cluster did. I love how bit of it–like the white doily–hang off the edge of my little book. It only adds a lovely extra layer to the journal.
And I managed to get the first part of my journaling about my guiding words for the year down on that little journaling spot. I still have to transfer over my individual supporting words I did on the library cards, but I haven’t quite figured out how. I think the cards I used are a little too big, so I may just have to recreate that entire tiered pocket but on a smaller scale. That will definitely be the next thing I do in this book!
But yeah, it’s perfectly okay to change things up if it doesn’t work for you. I especially believe this with an unraveling journal because it should be a book you want to journal in. Because for me, my unraveling journal is not only a place to explore myself, but I also use it as a source of inspiration for me to look back on. So I should really love it.