Visual Journaling Part 2: How to make a simple Visual Journal

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Use thick drawing paper. You will need 5 or more sheets. You can also use other papers like brown paper bags cut to size, wrapping paper or newspaper…whatever you have around

 

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Create back grounds on the paper. You can do this first or leave all your pages blank and do it afterwards, or a use a mix of both as I have.
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Water colour back grounds
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More water colour
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Collage
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Wax crayon and water colour
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Make the journal cover from a cardboard box cut to size. Draw a line half way down the middle  and then  mark a line 0.5cm on either side of this line.
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Score the outer two lines and fold them. This creates the spine of the book.
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Choose the centre page. Measure in 3 cm from the top and the bottom edge and mark with a dot. Measure half way between these points and mark.
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Place all the papers in a stack and clamp with clothes pegs
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Use an awl to make 3 holes at each dot
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The reverse side looks like this
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Bring a length of thick waxed thread or string up through the bottom hole and down through the top hole leaving a tail of about 5cm
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Turn the pages over and take the needle down through the centre hole. Repeat for the tail end. Both tails will now be on the reverse side.
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This is what it looks like .
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Tie a knot
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Fold the pages in half and press firmly. You can also press the pages under heavy books overnight.
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Create the fabric cover. Cut fabric to size allowing a few cm on each edge
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Glue down using a glue stick
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Place the pages inside the cardboard cover and glue the front piece
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Stick it to the cover. Repeat for the back cover.
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Finished journal with tie!

A conversation with mySelf

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I’ve kept many versions of a visual journal over the years. This little pocket of the universe has been my saviour in challenging times. On that blank page your inner world can be explored with sometimes remarkable insight. I often return to my journals for inspiration and guidance. We all have an inner wisdom, a wise Self , but its voice is often ignored or unheard amongst the clamour in our heads. Keeping a journal gives the opportunity for regular communing and an ongoing dialogue and record of your psyche’s life journey.

Please feel free to comment on how Visual Journalling has helped you!