Ways To Start A Creative Journal

Ways To Start A Creative Journal

Making a journal can be more than just words.
Jade H
Jade H
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If you've ever tried and failed to keep up a daily journal where you write down each and every intimate thought you have, you're definitely not alone. These traditional daily journals can seem daunting with a daily demand for content, and to be honest can feel repetitive if you're the kind of person who has a usual routine.

Why, then, do we write journals? Personally, whenever I think of a journal or diary, I think of memories. Getting to go back in time and see my thoughts and what my life was like in the past, and having a record of things I definitely want to remember are all reasons I've attempted journaling in the past. I've always failed, though, until I came across a new way to think about it.

Creative journaling is a type of journaling that doesn't have to be done every single day, and there are countless ways to go about doing it. All you need is a blank notebook, a few scrapbooking supplies such as decorative tapes and stickers, and if you really want a scrapbook feeling, a method of printing out small pictures. If you're artistically inclined, you can also draw pictures, color things in, or anything else you can think of. There are very few rules other than to have fun!

The point of this type of journal is not necessarily to make entries every day, but make an entry every time something special or meaningful to you happens that you'd like to hold onto, or every time inspiration for a page strikes. If you take a trip, hang out with new friends somewhere, or start a new activity, these are all great examples of when to journal.

One of the first things you want to do is figure out what you want out of your journal. Do you want to write long entries about what's happening, take quick notes beside other mementos you've taped in, or find another way to visually represent what happened?

The first method is pretty easy. This is what is closest to a traditional journal or diary. Whenever you feel like writing, you can fill the pages with almost entirely your own writing, then go back after and decorate any blank spaces or borders with things like stickers, decorative tape, sticky notes, or anything else you can think of to put in. Spending time making the page look the way you want it will not only help your memories stay strong, but will leave you with a really pretty journal!

The next possible method is my personal favorite. It's a pretty even mix of writing and mixed media on a page. Say you go somewhere you've never been to before, and you get different pamphlets, notes, or even shopping tags while you're there. You could glue or tape in pieces of the flyers, pretty tags you found, and even pictures you might have taken into the journal. Around each memento, you can jot down the details of the day. Again, you're left with a visually interesting and memory-filled page.

The final way is for anyone who really likes drawing or doodling, and the journal would be more of a sketch journal. Any event you want to remember, you can draw out in any way that makes sense to you. A bit of scenery from the day, abstract representations, or even stick figures of yourself all make up a perfectly good way to make memories. Any medium you can think to put in such as marker or watercolor will also liven up the page with a bit of color.

These are just a few of the options available as well. Anything you can think of putting on a page is as good as the next! If you thrift and craft with clothing, bits of cloth on the page can serve as reminders of accomplishments. Pressing flowers or leaves is a classic. The only limit is what you can imagine.

So the next time you ever think of journaling or want a fun way to remember special events in your life, think about taking up creative journaling. And always remember; there is not pressure to create a perfect product. Just have fun with what you do and keep some special memories!

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If Taylor Swift Songs Were Types Of Alcohol

Because what's better than a drink and some T-Swift?
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With Taylor Swift's quick return to the music scene... and in a big way, might I add, I decided to associate some of the best Taylor Swift songs with alcohol.

I mean, who wouldn't want to drink to Taylor Swift's catchy melodies and perfect choruses to get over an ex or tell someone exactly how you feel about them?

Taylor Swift has been around for a decade at this point, and let's face it, pretty much all of her songs could go along with at least one type of alcohol.

1. "Welcome To New York" - Moscow Mule

It only makes sense. Visit the Big Apple and you have to indulge in the state's signature cocktail. Moscow mules are a New York classic, and if it's your first night in the city and you haven't bought yourself one, are you even in New York?

2. "Blank Space" - Everclear

Think about it... A night of drinking Everclear will leave you with a giant blank space the next day. You might also look like Taylor did in the music video.

3. "Tim McGraw" - Beer

Tim McGraw is a throwback to Taylor's high school love. What better way to reminisce than with a couple friends and a keg of your favorite cheap beer?

4. "Style" - Cristal Champagne

What's more stylish than with a glass of the most expensive bubbly you can find? Just like Taylor Swift, Cristal will never go out of style.

5. "Shake It Off" - Martini

Get it? Cause you shake a martini? I might be the only one who thinks that's funny but you might end up dancing a little bit with a martini in hand when "Shake It Off" come on the radio.

6. "Red" - Merlot


Red has to go along with a red wine. What else could go along with yet *another* T-Swift breakup song?

7. "22" - Margaritas

Let's face it, when you're 22, you really only drink margaritas. They're fun- and all the hipsters are probably drinking them too.

8. "Teardrops On My Guitar" - Southern Comfort

When your heart is broken, who are you going to turn to besides the only alcohol that gives you comfort...Southern Comfort that is.

9. "I Knew You Were Trouble" - Fireball

I can't say I've ever met anyone who spent a night with Fireball and didn't regret it the next morning.

10. "Look What You Mad Me Do" - Tequila

T-Swift's latest single is an angry one. What better to make you angry than tequila? Taylor basically just called out everyone who had ever talked about her behind her back and she did it in true Taylor fashion-by writing a song. She was probably drunk on tequila when she wrote it too.

11. ...Ready For It? - Bottomless Mimosas

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Board Games Are More Important Than You Think They Are

They've become a defining part of my family.

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Remember when you were a kid and you'd have a family game night? Or your friends would come over and you'd open the game cabinet and play at least three different games together?

Maybe it's just me, but those are some of my best memories from my childhood. My family loves games, board games, and electronic games.

Of course, as I got older, gaming consoles like PlayStation and Wii became more and more popular. That meant that the game cabinet was opened less and less, collecting dust.

Thankfully, I live in New Jersey near the shore and Hurricane Sandy left my family with no power for five days. Sure, it was scary not having power and walking around my neighborhood seeing fallen trees or roof shingles, but we were inland enough to not have had any flood water damage.

No power also meant no PlayStation or Wii games. The gaming cabinet was opened again, this time with vigor. Now, four years later, and I still think about sitting in the dark with a flashlight playing Scrabble with my family.

That was also the week I learned how to play Yahtzee and dominated my dad in every game. My sister constantly was looking for someone to play her to Battleship. We exhausted Rummikub.

The game was already a family favorite, and that's including extended family. Family barbeques had been ending with late night games of Rummikub for at least a year by the time Sandy hit.

We were ready to strategize and crunch numbers, but after day three, we never wanted to a number ever again.

This semester, there's been a surge of board game love again in my family. My sister bought Jenga, which we are currently trying to exhaust ourselves with. My favorite board game also had a comeback: Life.

I loved this game so much that I had the SpongeBob version as a kid. I would play it with my best friend, just the two of us, playing game after game of Bikini Bottom themed Life. Now, I have a car full of "kids" that I've started to make pets in my head. I can handle having five pretend dogs, but not five pretend kids.

I don't know what it is about board games, but my family has always had an affinity for them. We've gone through our cycles of playing video games and card games, but we always come back to the classics. Maybe it's more a defining part of my family than I originally thought.

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