Keeping Summer Memories

Keeping Summer Memories

December 07, 2015

Hello Sea Sun Folk readers!

I'm Carley from the LA Bound Thrifter blog! (laboundthrifter.blogspot.com) Being a huge fan and keeper of a journal, I thought I could share easy ways to start a creative journal to keep your memories in. Living in the Unites States it is currently fall time; for Australians it is currently late spring - transitioning into summer. Regardless this journal idea can be translated and used for any season.

For this journal I used a small sketchbook that has a space for a journal entry as well. These are perfect because they allow you to mix pictures with words; making your journal more personal, colorful and fun to look back on. I have met many people reluctant to start a journal, claiming "I have nothing to write about". Journals do not have to be pages and pages of writing. Journals do not even have to be written in everyday. They can be as short, long, colorful, plain or graphic as you want them to be. And anyone can start one.

One method of journaling is shown in the picture above: sketching! I composed a little painting from watercolor paint into a journal and wrote a little note about what I was drawing about. For this method, I chose water colors because it is fast,cheap, and easy. Finding any basic watercolor pallet will work. You can easily have access to every color by mixing, it only needs a little water, it isn't too messy and its small and portable to carry around with you. This is great practice and a great way to unwind for the artistic folks.

If painting is not your thing you can always opt for photographs. Bring a Polaroid camera (like my white instax mini) or a disposable one. Take pictures on your phone and print them. This can be a cheaper version of a scrapbook and a great memory to look at. You can include photos of nature, food, travels, shops you visit, people you've met. It is endless!

If you don't want to do either of those methods. You can always choose the "gatherer" method. Find sticks, flowers, leaves, sand, brochures, maps, movie tickets, train passes, napkins: basically any keepsake from somewhere you have been. This can create a very nature inspired, dimensional look to you journal. This is probably the cheapest way of journaling as well.

Or you can be a rebel and opt for all three methods in one. Add photos, drawings, tickets - everything. Journals are such a personal, unique thing. A journal is such a powerful thing. They allow you to reflect on your moment and turn your focus inward. I have noticed I remember more because I have written about it. We use social media as memories but its great to have something tangible as well. Something you can look through and hold in your hands. Memories that are tangible.

Often looking back on a day, a week, a summer, or a year; we tend to forget all of the funny, quirky, adventurous days we had. There are really so many benefits of keeping a journal. When you journal you take the time to appreciate and give thought to the little things surrounding you. I have kept a journal since I was 8 years old. I'm 19 now and continue to keep a journal. I would recommend a journal to anyone. It's like magic; it's therapy for your own soul!

Thanks for reading! And thanks Sea Sun Folk for having me!

- Carley




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