I am a sap for journals - big ones, small ones, fancy ones, homemade ones - I love journals and the idea of keeping a journal.
Anyone can keep one. A blog is a public journal (assuming anyone reads it) and they're great. But the look and feel of a physical journal cannot be beat.
I have been working on three journals for the upcoming trip. I'll use them to sketch things I see, and to write what I feel in the moment. Take a look:
So easy to make. No special tools required and no special paper required. Every piece of these was gathered from a scrap pile, from magazines, newspapers, scraps of paper, envelopes - you get the idea.
Take a look inside:
More inside pics:
But don't limit their use to travel. Use it to chronicle anything - your garden, walks through your neighborhood, random thoughts - anything of interest to you.
There are a zillion web references for journals - I'm not going to go into it here. Google "art journals" and you will find many great examples, tutorials and experts on the matter.
Two of these journals I will use to chronicle my experiences, and one I'll use for guests to write in.
I will have a lot of guests this summer.
SO! Get loose, get creative. Gather up a bunch of "junk" paper, some paint, some pens and whatever and "smash" a journal together. Tie it together with string or bind it with a few rings. It is insanely fun and easy so give it a try.