Journal With Purpose - Autumn Journaling Essentials

Helen Colebrook

There is something about autumn that is so inviting. The colours of the leaves, the promise of cosy evenings and warm knitted jumpers. It also feels like the last chance to make the most of getting outside before the cold days of winter set in.


To make sure I don’t miss any opportunities to enjoy the season, I like to use my journal to create an autumn bucket list. It’s a fun and easy reminder of the things that really make this time of year special to me.

  Helen Colebrook

One of my favourite ways to add colour to my doodles is using Tombow ABT brush pens. They come in a huge choice of colours and blend together really well. I also like that they are dual-tipped, meaning that there is a thinner nib for when more detail is required.

Along with making the most of being outside, I make sure to factor in some time in front of the fire with plenty of hot chocolate, especially with those long, dark evenings ahead.

  Helen Colebrook

The Tombow brush pens are also great for lettering, which I used on the title page. The brush nib makes it easy to get the thick downstrokes when you push more firmly. I blended two colours together, outlined the letters using a Staedtler Pigment Liner and then added highlights to the top of the letters using a white Uni Signo gel pen.


My final touch to these pages was to use some brightly coloured mt washi tape for a colourful border. With so many choices of washi tape, the only difficult part was choosing which one to use for these pages.

  Helen Colebrook

Once my bucket list was finished, I wanted to make sure that I had somewhere to record my autumn adventures, so I created a notes page.


I used a pastel coloured Tombow brush pen to add some coloured lines to my page, just to give it a bit more visual impact. For the November welcome page, I used strips of MT washi tape for a quick and effective background. This technique also works well to cover the front of a notebook, or as the background for handmade greetings cards.

  Helen Colebrook

I created the ‘November’ heading by cutting up the alphabet washi tape and sticking down the letters I needed.


Now that my journal is ready, I am off to start making the most of this wonderful season, ticking things off my bucket list as I go. I hope you have fun documenting this colourful time of year in your journal too.

21 November 2018


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