On a previous Create Daily i talked about taking inspiration and putting it to use. in that same post i mentioned keeping a small journal and how i have multiple journals. i wasn't kidding. those journals all serve a different purpose. Some are completely filled, others are halfway there, and some are just blank. but what i wanted to talk about today is digging deeper into that notion of writing & creativity.
We all lead very busy lives these days. When i am feeling stressed over all i have to get done, both in daily life & business, i usually come to the realization that i am in my head too much. Stress kills CREATIVITY, but the written word can help inspire creativity. So let's eliminate stress and build creativity by taking the time to write things down. these petite journals are great for writing down daily life lists, jotting down inspiration (doodle, words, sketch), random thoughts that come to our brains, quotes, funny sayings, epiphanies, etc. If you are like me, you cannot help drawing a little doodle here and there, even if it is irrelevant to the notes. these little journals document our daily lives and become very much like an everyday art journal.
i have this deliciously wonderful artist friend named Arleigh. She has lived many lives and her words ooze with wisdom. She's one of those people that you could listen to for hours and hang on every word. Arleigh carries around this little journal every where she goes. as you can see she doodles and documents her life daily by making little lists, attaching receipts, jotting down notes, haiku's (her current favorite topic), etc. arleigh only writes on the right page at first. once it fills up, she flips the journal over and starts again. i wish you could pick up this 4x6 journal (pictured above) and dig deep into all the layers. it's simple yet ever so brilliant and most definitely inspiring. it definitely sparks my creativity.
it all starts with a blank journal. all you need to add is your words. you don't have to an artist to carry one of these around. you don't even have to consider yourself creative (although i would like to argue that everyone is creative on some level...but that's another debate). just start one. see where it leads. look back on it after a few months of carrying one around and be amazed. i dare you.
here are some small journals i just love:
Moleskin XSmall Volant Notebooks, lined or blank, they come in a variety of plain colored covers. 2.5" x 4"
7 Gypsies Notebook Set, these were release several CHA shows ago but still one of my favorites. I still have a couple sets. 3.25" x 5.5"
Cavallini Mini Notebooks, so very pretty and they have many styles. 4"x5"
This Pentalic Pocket journal is similar to the one arleigh uses. it comes in both 3" x 5" and 4" x 6".
have you created something this week? Anything goes...doodle, scrapbook page, art journal, card...just something creative. Share a link at the bottom of this post with the inlinkz button. Just leave a link to a specific blog post or image on flickr, rather than a general url. This way we can see your stellar creation.