I can’t believe that 15th October is the one year anniversary of my first book, Journal with Purpose, being published! What a year it’s been too. I’ve been absolutely overwhelmed by the support shown by the journaling and creative community who have been buying the book and sharing their wonderful creations with me on social media. It’s particularly special to me when people say how proud they are of their journal pages, when previously they hadn’t thought they were creative.
During the last year, the book has now been translated and published in three other languages. So along with the English edition, it is now available in Spanish, Swedish and Polish. I couldn’t possibly have imagined this at the time of creating the book and I still have to pinch myself every day. I’ve been very lucky to work with such a great publisher and agent, along with Cult Pens who helped support the launch of the book right from the beginning and made it such an exciting experience.
I still refer to my book when I’m setting up my own journal pages. It’s a really useful resource of creative inspiration when I’m looking for some themes or particular decorations.
In my daily journal, I often like to include some big decorative elements on the right-hand page and florals are definitely one of my favourite topics.
When I set up my bullet journal for a new month, I always like to create a cover page to mark the new chapter. I try to include something which is relevant to the time of year or something that is happening in my life at that moment. For September I went for mushrooms as I was starting to see so many of them on my morning dog walks.
Another useful way I like to use the book is looking for doodles that can be turned into a repeating pattern. This is a great way of adding a border or divider on your page. Plus, the book has a whole section devoted to borders too.
Each season, I also enjoy creating a mini bucket list, where I doodle out some activities that I really want to carry out over the coming months. The book has lots of sections including nature, hobbies, cooking, sport, travel and home, so there should be a wide range of inspiration there.
During the last few months particularly, where children (and adults) have been at home more than usual, I’ve been so thrilled to see people recreating some of the images along with their children too. What a great way to document some of these unusual times we’ve been going through. If you’ve recreated anything yourself, please do tag me in on Instagram as I would love to see them.
What’s next? Well, all I can say for now is “watch this space!” …