Use Your Journal as a Creative Outlet

Like any task, journaling can seem a bit tedious at first. It’s a habit you need to cultivate in order for it to seem natural. One way to make this easier is to remember that this is your personal place to use as you wish. Injecting some creativity into your journaling can help to make it more fun for you and increase your motivation to maintain this new practice. Take a look at the tips below for some inspiration on using your journal as a creative outlet.

Add Some Color

One of the easiest ways to jazz things up is to add color to your journal. Use colored pens or markers for title pages or to divide pages into sections. You may even wish to write in colored pens if you really want to make your pages pop.

Add Props

Another easy way to perk up your pages is to use props. Things like stickers or washi tape can be a fun way to insert some personal flair into your journaling. This is especially useful for those who don’t like to draw or who feel their artistic skills are lacking.

Doodle and Draw

If you would like to express yourself through drawing, there’s no better place to do that than in your journal. Doodles in the margins or in between entries can be a way to flesh out your ideas or just to add a little extra something. You can take the idea even further by creating a section in your journal for your drawings. Take a full page to draw pictures using your medium of choice. This can be quite therapeutic.

Write Poetry

If you like to play with words, perhaps poetry might be your thing. Writing a poem or two can be a wonderful way to explore your feelings, along with getting those creative juices flowing. Give it a shot, if you’re so inclined.

Make a Collage

If you want to add some visual appeal to your journal but don’t want to draw, why not consider making a collage? Cut photos from a magazine or print images from online to use. Find photos or words that appeal to you and glue them on a page of your journal. You can treat this as a vision board or mood board if you’d like. The pictures can help direct your focus to your goals and desires.

This is just a handful of ideas to get you started. Have fun using your journal to fuel your creativity and move you forward. Enjoy the process.

Coach Jackie Out.

Jackie Schwabe Mark

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