9 ways to get creative through journalling

My top tips for getting creative through journalling…

I am absolutely rubbish at art and any kind of painting or drawing but journalling as well as creating websites are my creative outlets which I thoroughly enjoy. I have kept a diary on and off since I was a young girl and have loved seeing the rise of journalling as I think it is such a wonderful way of releasing people’s creative sides which in turn, can be so good for overall wellbeing.

If you are interested in new ways to keep track of your day-to-day life, then keep on reading! It can be something as simple as keeping a notebook or journal or it can be more creative like making a timeline, scrapbook or even turning your journalling into artwork. The choice is yours. But here are our  9 ways to get creative through journalling below…

1. Keep track of your progress towards a goal

When it comes to reaching new goals nothing helps quite as much as seeing progress happen right in front of your eyes. Your journal is a great place to track the progress of your goals over time. From fitness goals to learning a new language or writing that novel you have always dreamed of, tracking your progress can be very motivating in all aspects of life.

2. Have fun with bullet journaling

Making the most of your journal can be as simple as using it for planning or tracking the goals that enrich your life. There are plenty of creative ways to use it, from being prepped each night before bed by creating a schedule or checking how many hours you’ve spent working on specific projects. Stickers, coloring, and writing in your journals will make them into personalized works of art! I may be slightly addicted to fine tip pens and markers because of my love for journaling. Bullet journaling is appealing to me as it can sometimes be a very logical way of recording things, and then I like adding a bit of creativity into it by using some gorgeous glittery pens.

3. Doodles

Did you doodle on your homework as a kid? I still doodle on everything! This can be a creative way to relax and calm stress. Use your journal as a place to mindlessly doodle to help you relax on a rough day. If you are more serious about art you can still put this trick into play by using your journal as a safe place to create things that hold personal meaning to you.

You can turn your doodles into a whole art book if you want! The possibilities with journaling truly are endless and I love seeing what everyone comes up with when they tap into their creativity. Even if you don’t feel like you’re the best at drawing, a journal is a perfect spot to practice all of your skills. You could even practice lettering, calligraphy, etc. So fun!

Or consider using something like Fancy Fonts online can enable you to add fantastic flourishes and curls to your journal. They have all sorts of options available including  calligraphy fonts, handwritten fonts, brush fonts  and more!

4. Write letters to loved ones

When we are long gone, our journals will be left behind. A heartfelt way to make use of your journal is to write letters to your loved ones that will be found when you are no longer here with them. This can be one big journal for everyone to pass around or you could work on smaller journals for each person to hold close to them one day. This is the perfect place to write your hopes, your dreams, and the things they have done that make you proud of them. Try to do this over time if you don’t have the energy to spend too much time on it.

5. Write affirmations

Affirmations are an amazing technique for self-love and self-growth and you can be as creative as you like with them. Filling a journal full of affirmations that remind you that you are valuable, you are loved, and you are worthy can go a long way to helping give yourself a mental boost. One technique is to write about a situation that is bothering you and then writing an affirmation to go with it to help yourself over the hurdle.

6. Save your favorite recipes

What better place than your journal to look back on your favorite recipes and the memories connected to them? The best place to store your favorite recipes is in a journal. You’ll want to keep some of them new, but if you have notes taken on memorable cooking experiences, pull out the old favorites and make new memories by whipping up the recipe again with the family!

7. Work on your own gratitude journal

Writing down what you are thankful for is a wonderful way to change your mindset on a rough day. When you are having a hard time finding joy on a particular day, look back at your gratitude journal to see all the things you have to be thankful for. Make this a daily habit to truly change your life. If you aren’t sure what to write about, try these gratitude journaling prompts.

3. Start keeping lists

Lists are an amazing thing that can help you think, plan, and appreciate your life in new and amazing ways. One helpful way to use your journal is to keep a bunch of lists. From your bucket list to a list of your favorite books, you can use this idea to really get to know yourself on a deeper level than you ever imagined before.

Here are a few simple list ideas:

  • Places I want to go
  • My favorite books
  • Songs that speak to me
  • People that have left a mark on my life
  • Things I am proud of myself for

9. How will you use your journal?

Record an interesting quote, keep track of books you’ve read, or just make a scrapbook. Be as creative or ‘non-creative’ as you want with it. Just remember that it ‘s up to you! You’ll find that keeping a journal is great fun and it has lots of benefits. I’d love to hear more ideas! Leave a comment below letting us know the most creative ways you use your journals. Who knows, you may inspire someone!


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