I journal.  I have since I was old enough to write.  I have a tendency toward traditional journaling, but I’m always wanting to try new things with my journaling.  I tried bullet journaling a couple of years ago but, while it has its uses, it didn’t quite work for me.  Recently, I came across Rebecca Spooner’s Journal Me Organized (2018, 144 pages).

Journal Me Organized is geared more toward planning and  bullet journaling, and is full of colorful layout designs, or spreads.  It also has suggestions for trackers, which are spreads that focus on keeping track of a particular thing, such as the weather, your mood, or your eating habits.  The text of the book is clearly divided into sections, to allow for quick browsing, for those who just want to pick up some tips.

As a traditional journaler, I did pick up some inspirations for how to add some color and creativity into my journaling with Spooner’s drawing and lettering guides.  I am also incorporating a mood tracker, so that I can identify patterns.  Additionally, I really appreciate Spooner’s instructions for adding pockets to your journals!

And, try these other fantastic journaling resources…

Artful Journals: Making and Embellishing Memory Books, Garden Diaries, & Travel Albums

By Janet Takahasi

2007, 128 pages


Blogging for Bliss: Crafting Your Own Online Journal, A Guide for Crafters, Artists & Creatives of All Kinds

By Tara Frey

2009, 155 pages


Crafting Beautiful Journals & Albums: How to Personalize, Embellish, and Make Diaries and Scrapbooks

By Anna Morgan

2001, 127 pages


The Decorated Page: Journals, Scrapbooks & Albums Made Simply Beautiful

By Gwen Diehn

2002, 127 pages



Journal It!: Perspectives in Creative Journaling

By Jenny Doh

2012, 160 pages



The Journal Junkies Workshop: Visual Ammunition for the Art Addict

By Eric M. Scott

2010, 160 pages



Keeping a Journal You Love

By Sheila Bender

2001, 214 pages



Making and Keeping Creative Journals

By Suzanne J. E. Tourtillott

2001, 128 pages



Making Family Journals: Projects and Ideas for Sharing and Recording Memories Together

By Linda Blinn

2006, 128 pages


Mixed Media Masterpieces with Jenny & Aaron: Create Incredible Art Journals and Handmade Mixed Media Treasures with Two Master Crafters

By Jenny Heid

2013, 176 pages


Quilted Memories: Journaling, Scrapbooking & Creating Keepsakes with Fabric

By Lesley Riley

2005, 128 pages