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Welcome to [community profile] journalsandplanners, the comm devoted to discussing all kinds of journals and planners (even the electronic variety) and associated paraphernalia such as pens, stickers, and washi tape. Pictures are encouraged!

We welcome anything as long as it’s related to journals, planners, etc. Looking for inspiration? Wondering what to do with old journals or planners? Want to squee about new media you’re using or a journal style you love? Wondering about which products will work best for what you need? Whatever you think of, it’s all welcome here.


1. Cut for lengthy text and for pictures.

2. Don't be a jerk. Mods reserve the right to decide when that line
has been crossed.

3. In the course of normal participation in the community, links to things you've made to sell are okay. For example, in a post about making your own journals, you can link to your store for examples. We do not, however, allow commercial advertisements here. Swaps and such are at your own risk and must take place outside of community spaces.


We do have a tagging structure for the comm we’d like you to follow. Use as many tags as you want. Listed below are some examples; they are not exclusive. If you don’t see a tag you need, add it!


  • medium: paper; medium: electronic; medium: mixed

  • style: writing; style: bullet; style: art; style: planner;

  • materials: pens; materials: stickers; materials: notebook

  • post type: discussion; post type: photography; post type: advice wanted

  • other: constructive criticism welcome

Constructive criticism:

Our policy on constructive criticism: the poster must explicitly ask for it and it must be constructive in form, such as using the sandwich method. Pure criticism is never allowed. If the poster does not ask for concrit, don’t do it. Otherwise known as: see Rule 2.

If you have further questions, please ask them here or feel free to PM
your mods [personal profile] independence1776 and [personal profile] lunabee34.
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[personal profile] gokuma
So I found these two great wildflower tutorials by Jordan Clark. They're very easy to follow and recreate in your journal, diary, planner...

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[personal profile] used_songs
I saw this post on tumblr and immediately thought of this community. What I love about the journal in the post is that she starts it with one intention, then it gets used very differently, and then it evolves into something else. The book measures changes in her and in her life over time. And it's also a tool that helped her to make it through tough times.

I wanted to share because I found that post very inspirational; it made me think about the purposes that journals serve, about how we mix media in order to make something meaningful, how personal and yet universal the act of journaling is.
lunabee34: (journalsandplanners mod by independence1)
[personal profile] lunabee34
Recommend a favorite notebook or pen. Tell us about a cool electronic gadget or app that helps you journal or plan. In other words, help us all add to our wishlists by telling us about your favorite supplies. :)
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[personal profile] egret
 Hi everyone, I'm new to the comm but not to journaling.

I was really fascinated by this debate today and wondered if anyone else saw it. I am, like many, a longtime user of the Mac/iOS journaling app DayOne. If you are not familiar, it's a very beautifully designed app that syncs between all your devices and lets you insert photos as well as whatever your tweets or instagram posts were that day, etc. It automatically records the place you're posting from and the weather in that location at the time of your post. It's terrific. There have always been some vaguely answered questions about the security of their syncing system though, but I figured nothing I was writing was valuable to anyone but me. Anyway, just recently DayOne announced that they are moving to a subscription model and going forward users will have to pay a monthly/yearly fee. I've seen discussion in several places (MacRumors [in link], a Mac focused FB group) and people are overwhelmingly outraged. 

I am annoyed and unwilling to pay because I will feel locked in and I feel like I've already paid for the software and then paid again to upgrade it and enough is enough. As I read so many angry comments, though, I wondered if part of this anger is because it's a journaling app, and we have emotions of reliance and trust in our journals, and to be reminded that our outpourings are being monetized is wounding. 

My personal solution is that I am going to begin moving my entries by pasting and copying them into dreamwidth, which will then be my only internet journal. I have a paid DW journal, and I don't mind that subscription at all -- I think it feels different because the DW developers have always been open and transparent about how they're making their money from this service. And of course it feels different because there is still at least a vestige of online community on DW, unlike a solo journaling app. If I need to write something in the notes app of my phone and then copy and paste it into Dreamwidth that evening, I can live with that. 

I guess I am curious as to whether others
- have feelings one way or another about DayOne or any of the other journaling apps
- have feelings about Dreamwidth itself as a journal that is different from other journals
- have ideas about our emotional connections to our journaling tools

Sorry if this post is too much for a brand new member of the group; I'll delete it if it's inappropriate. I was happy to find this group though!
Crossposting some of this to my own journal. 

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[personal profile] used_songs
Has anyone here found a great, inspirational book for art journaling, something that was really useful for you? I was doing a Wreck This Journal with a friend for a while, but she is several states away so it meant long delays between it being mailed back and forth and I didn't find it terribly inspiring. Then another friend got me a really pretty book called Journal Fodder 365 and it looked great ... but I barely used it because it just didn't meet my needs.

Are there any books or card sets or websites out there that you have found helpful it pushing your creativity?

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[personal profile] gokuma
Where do you buy your stationery supplies? Good stationery stores, supermarkets, dollar stores, flea markets, Etsy?  I find myself constantly having dilemma whether to buy more cheaper things or less, but of higher quality.

What are your stationery shopping habits?
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[personal profile] gokuma
I know this suggestion might seem a bit weird but I've discovered you can totally use old/discarded/not-really-liked eyeshadows to decorate journal/planner pages. They make pretty and colourful smudges, you can use them to decorate edges of the page, space around stickers or below/above washi tape. They don't damage pages in any way, all the writing, stamps, doodles are still perfectly visible.

And the best thing? Even cheap eyeshadows work! In fact, I've discovered the cheap, no-name ones seem to look the best (maybe because I'm not worried about "wasting" them so I'm more likely to experiment with them than with the better/more expensive ones). Plus, you can have them in so many colours! They can competely change the way your journal/planner looks, changing a bland ("Give me a break, I was so tired on that day") page into a pretty one :)

One warning though: decorate the page AFTER you finish writing; otherwise your pen may not work on the pigmented paper.
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[personal profile] gokuma
Journaling / planning / scrapbooking makes you broaden your horizons in some very... unexpected ways. I've started laughing today when I noticed I was customizing my journal cover using: a) a cross-shaped screwdriver, b) a long nail, c) an upholstery needle I bought once in some stroke of brilliance/foresight.

What's the weirdest tool/medium your journaling/planning made you use?
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[personal profile] gokuma
When do you decorate your pages? Do you do that in advance, during writing on an actual page or afterwards, when all of the writing is done? What supplies do you enjoy using (stickers, markers, watercolours, stamps etc.)?
Do you use tip-ins?
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[personal profile] swingandswirl
 /points to title/ Yeah, that's... pretty much my question in a nutshell.

When I was in grad school in 2016, a Filofax with inserts worked beautifully for me, and I bought the 2017 inserts. Except now I'm not in grad school any more, and the inserts REALLY don't. (In fairness, I don't think they ever did, they were just very good quality paper and made by a woman-owned small business that I was happy to support, so I did.)

I plan to switch over to a bullet journal (which I think will work much better for me) but I'm struggling to deal with the guilt of 'wasting' the old inserts - not helped by that I also bought a bound planner for a work thing that wound up not happening. Intellectually, I know it's just $40, and I've spent more money on stupider things, but try telling that to the brainweasels. Does anyone else get this? How do you deal with it? 
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[personal profile] peartreealley
In my early 20s, I got introduced to online journaling (aka LJ), and later on blogs. I used them extensively and nattered on about just about everything in my life. In my late 20s, I got introduced to 750Words, in which I nattered on privately and even more intimately.

Then, in my mid-30s, I went through some serious life upheavals and changes, and I found that even journaling "privately" on someone else's server felt uncomfortable and potentially invasive. I've moved through various versions of offline-but-still electronic journaling, and then moving into old fashioned pen and paper. I've even become proficient in a form of shorthand/code to further increase my privacy (but sadly means whoever inherits them will probably not be very interested in them :P)

Anyway! The thing is, when I reverted to private journaling, I left my online journals in neglect, and even now, I'm finding myself having trouble knowing what to write on them, because either I feel like I'm not being personal enough, or I'm revealing too much. Even behind locked posts.

So now that I've blabbed on about myself, I turn to ask you--what do you put on your online/public journals? How does it differ from what goes into your private journals? I find high value in journaling privately, but I miss being part of an online journaling community. Please give me advice on how to be an online journaler again!
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[personal profile] lunabee34
Has your approach to journaling, planning, etc. changed over the years? What would you like to do in the future?
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[personal profile] used_songs
I've been reading the Mr Robot book, Red Wheelbarrow (eps1.91_redwheelbarr0w.txt) , which is designed to look like a composition book journal kept by the main character. It got me thinking about fictional journals and then about historical journals.

Does anyone have any recommendations of interesting fictional journals, particularly those that are commentaries on the act of journaling? I'm liking the Mr Robot one but it's really an extended exercise in unreliable narrative, so I'm curious as to how else journaling has been used in fiction in interesting ways.

It also made me think of the book Maud: The Illustrated Diary of a Victorian Woman which I loved as a kid/teenager. It's actually the book that inspired me to start keeping journals. Does anyone know of any other cool, creative or fascinating historical journals that might serve as inspiration for journal keepers today?

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[personal profile] used_songs
I did read the rules, but please let me know if I've managed to break them I like seeing other people's creativity, so I thought I'd share some pics of my previous journal (on the left in the first pic) and my current one. I use composition books plus a lot of bits of other stuff taped and glued into them. And lots of stickers.

Created with flickr slideshow.
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[personal profile] lunabee34
Tell everyone about the top five topics you write about (or chart, record, etc.) in your journal or planner. Pictures always encouraged!
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[personal profile] independence1776
Recommend a favorite planner! Tell or show us why you love it.

New Rule

Mar. 1st, 2017 05:53 pm
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[personal profile] independence1776
In the course of normal participation in the community, links to things you've made to sell are okay. For example, in a post about making your own journals, you can link to your store for examples. We do not, however, allow commercial advertisements here.

Swaps and such are at your own risk and must take place outside of community spaces.
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[personal profile] lunabee34
I have just purchased a Leuchtturm1917 A5 dot grid in navy blue. *rubs hands together in glee*

I have also just purchased a pack of Papermate Inkjoy gel pens and some Pilot Precise pens in .7. I am ready to journal!!

I have to admit that I am currently using my work planner to keep me on track and get everything done; I'm thinking of approaching the Leuchtturm1917 as more of an artsy type project--more like the collections pages in a bullet journal than the actual functional part of a bujo. LOL I realize this might be Doing It Wrong, but I'm having an inordinate amount of fun being creative and drawing and stickering.

Does anybody have recs for decorative pages or pretty collections or layouts that you can link me to? Or show me a picture in your own journal I can use for inspiration?
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[personal profile] lunabee34
Post a photograph of your journal or planner! Show off what you've been doing. :)
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[personal profile] independence1776
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