Prep Multiple Pages
When you have a significant block of time to devote to your journal, start some backgrounds with paint and paper. When you get ready to journal again, you'll already have something on the page to stimulate your creative juices.
Carry a Small Notebook
It seems like we spend a lot of time just waiting. We wait for doctor's appointments. We wait for our kids after practice for one thing or another - (well, I don't have to do that anymore!). Make the time go faster by pulling out your notebook. Doodle, write song lyrics, make lists, jot down ideas, or write swear words. You can tear out your page and incorporate it into your journal as inspiration.
Journal at the Same Time
Try to journal at the same time every day. Just like any other routine, it takes approximately 30 days to establish a habit. It's especially difficult to develop a routine this time of year with gardening, sports, and other impromptu social events taking place, but give it a try anyway. Even if it's for just 5 minutes, it's 5 minutes of you time. Stop. Breathe. Reflect. Create.
Journal with Your Camera
It only takes a couple seconds to snap a photo of something that inspires you. Take those pics and print them out for use in your journal, or as inspiration for a page.
Journal in Your Mind
Even when you absolutely can't find 5 minutes to pull out your journal and work on the pages, you can absolutely create pages in your mind. Take note of what you're doing throughout the day. What emotions did you feel? What moment in time caused you to pause - whether it was positive or negative. Did you remember a dream when you awoke? How can you translate those feelings to the page? What colors would convey your emotion? What patterns or symbols would work?
I hope these tips help and encourage you in your creativity. It isn't always possible to create pages in your journal every day, but it is possible to create artistic expression every day - even if it's just in your mind.
CELEBRATE * LOVE * CREATE