Nothing at all to do with photography, but some readers whom I follow on WordPress wanted to know what the journals I make at home look like.
So here they are! Not much to look at I agree, but making them keeps me out of trouble and as the wife says, keeps me away from ogling at yet more cameras and worse still, buying them!
These journals are very, very easy to make….all you need is 3 pieces of cardboard (1 thin piece for the spine, 2 for the front and back covers), plain or lined paper folded and cut to size, a nice decorative covering (you can go mad here and use whatever takes your fancy…I use sections cut form old magazine pages) and of course, glue and string (the string is for sewing the pages together before gluing, otherwise they’d fall out after a while!).
I tend to stick to small ones, as they look cute and are easier to make…these ones here are all approx. 8cm x 7cm or thereabouts, a nice size, really easy to take anywhere, and just about as small as you can go without having difficulty writing in them. I always have at least one wherever I go…one in the car, one in my pocket, one carried in my camera bag, etc, so wherever I am, I am never away from writing something down. I find it especially useful when on a shooting trip….there are 1001 things you need to note down at times like that, like which part of town you went to, who you saw, what they said, etc etc.
Not only that. I find that these journals are very handy if you get sudden inspirational thoughts and need to write them down before you forget them. Trust me, like many people, I’ve tried using my cellphone for this (I downloaded a really good app for just this purpose), but try as I may, writing it down the old fashioned way never fails, while my cellphone app sometimes locks up or the battery runs out! Maybe technology just doesn’t like me!
If anybody wants to know step by step how I go about it, I’ll see if I can find the time to do a simple guide. But there’s loads of superb ideas on the internet, too…just type the words into any search engine.
With some of them, depending on how I feel, I may stick amusing cutouts from magazines, or even flowers or leaves from my garden.
I particularly like the one with cameras on it….I wonder why!