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Currently… An Exploration In Micro Journaling And A Free Download

October 26th, 2011 by Avital

Currently - Micro Journaling

I am revisiting the idea of micro journaling, not because I didn’t keep up – but because I filled up every single page of my last journal.

Micro journaling is so easy. Nothing profound needs to be written (although some great revelations have occurred). The prompts are provided and are repetitive so you don’t have to think much before documenting a day in your life. Thanks to the ease of keeping up, I now have a treasury of micro memories to leaf through.

Here’s how you can make one for yourself:

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how-To

  1. Cut the cardstock to size. First cut the cardstock in half, to 6″ by 12″ then cut each strip at 8″ and 4″, to make 6 pieces, measured 4″ by 6″ each.
  2. Feed the stack of cut cardstock through your printer, the same way you would put photo paper to print photos at home. I found that using the software that came with the printer is better then using the default printer driver. Start by printing the front page on all pages, then flip the pages (back-side-front) but keep the same orientation they had when you printed the fronts (up-side-up). You might want to try it on a demo page before printing on all your pre-cut cardstock.

    In case you cannot use 4″ by 6″ paper with your printer, or if you simply don’t want the hassle, you can just send the 4″ by 6″ files you downloaded to your favorite printing-service.

  3. Punch the holes, as marked on the printable. I use the bigger setting in my Crop-a-Dile and align the bottom of the punch with the bottom of the marked circle, to stay farther from the edge.
  4. Cut the chipboard to size. The best tool for it is a plain box-cutter… But any sharp knife will do.
  5. Cut the patterned paper to size and adhere to the exposed chipboard.
  6. Adhere the letter stickers to the cover. I put a dab of liquid glue on each letter, despite using self-adhesive letter stickers, to secure it in place. After all, it is a journal that is meant to be used – often.
  7. Bind all the pages together with the book binding rings and start recording.

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8 Comments to “Currently… An Exploration In Micro Journaling And A Free Download”

  1. Kate Ware says:

    I love this idea!! Cute, cute printable. The only thing I would add is a date line, because I know I would do one every day. Would be cute for Project Life or something similar, where you could do one once a month or so. Might even put it in my 2012 gratitude journal. Thanks for sharing!! I love it!

    • Avital says:

      You are very welcome! Thanks for your sweet words! [I added the squares for the day/month/year details, but they did turn out a wee bit small... - employ your inner smurf]

  2. As you know I love the concept of recording our “currents”, this book would be perfect to record them.
    Many Thanks Avital!

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  5. Rachel says:

    Love this idea :) I keep trying to journal and getting stuck, I found this on Pinterest and my printer is currently making happy noises. Journalling helps me if I’m feeling a bit down, by forcing me to acknowledge the good along with the bad. Thanks for these tools!

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