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Micro Journaling – Current Journal

November 15th, 2010 by Avital

Current Journal

I saw this idea first on Elise Blaha’s blog and I fell in love immediately. Apparently, the first to start the awesome “Currents” movement is talented Tina Aszmus – kudos to her.

The idea of micro journaling is just perfect for someone who likes to record everyday life but feels overwhelmed about it [Me. Me. Me].

One of my favorite things is going over old journals and reliving the days I took the time to record.

One of my deepest regrets is getting rid of the journal I’ve had all through high school and through law school. I mostly wrote bad things in it. Bad experiences. I think most of it was filled with teen unrequited love (I believe that goes hand in hand with being a teenager).

At the time I got rid of it I thought it will be therapeutic to get rid of all the harsh memories and concentrate on all the happiness and loveliness I have in my life. But in retrospective, I do regret throwing it away, because it seems like I have thrown away parts of my life. Not to mention that some of my best writing was manifested there.

Anyhow, let bygones be bygones. [and it's not like I can unearth it from the dumpster in Dublin]

This mini journal was so easy to make and I printed it on the back side of some OLD [even ancient] patterned papers. I got hooked on the idea of printing on patterned paper after I saw one of my workshop’s member, Mandy do that – amazingly! The only difference is that I printed mine on the back side of the pages and Mandy used double sided papers and printed her pages on the pattern.

Tools & Supply

  • Word processing software (I’m not providing a printable, because it isn’t an original idea of mine)
  • Old patterned paper
  • Recycled cardboard
  • Crop-a-dile
  • Binding rings
  • Chipboard letter stickers [mine are from Making Memories "5th Avenue" collection that I bought a while back]

How To

  1. Create a 4″ by 6″ page with your regular word processing software (make sure the page settings are set to the right size for easy printing) where you make a list of the categories you want to record
  2. Cut all your extra paper to 4″ by 6″ pieces (6 pieces out of each 12 by 12 sheet, unless you discard parts that have the company’s logo on it)
  3. Feed your cut paper through your printer, the same way you put a 4″ by 6″ photo paper in it to print photos.
  4. Cut 2 thicker 4″ by 6″ pieces for the cover. I used corrugated cardboard.
  5. Punch hols for the binding (or use any binding system that you love using).
  6. Bind all the pages together with binding rings or ribbon.
  7. Write. Write. Write. [Just put it on your desk, nightstand or purse and fill in a page whenever you have a minute - that's all it takes].

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14 Comments to “Micro Journaling – Current Journal”

  1. Tina S. says:

    Love, love, love this!!!! What a fabulous idea! I want to journal, I really do, but it seems like it takes huge chunks of time. This is so perfect. I want to make one right now!

  2. Melissa K says:

    I really love your take, Avital! I tend to obsess over my wording when I journal (which is why I never stick with it!), and this is such a fantastic solution. On my list to make this week…

  3. Love the currents, did you see our take on it => http://scraprendezvous.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-theme-lists-listes.html

    I totally understand what you’re saying about throwing your journals, I did that once with letters and will always regret it…

    Thank you Avital ~

    • Avital says:

      I can’t believe how I have missed that. Your take on it is fabulous (do you know how to be anything else but fabulous? I wonder).

  4. cate says:

    this looks great!I created something similar http://www.lifebehindthepurpledoor.com/2010/05/handmade-christmas-mini-diaries.html – although I’ve now updated it to being a 4×6 size. I’m out of the habit of using it regularly, but write in it every now and again!

    • Avital says:

      Love, love, love your take! I am also reluctant to start anything that I “must” do daily. However these are simple enough for me to duplicate and put everywhere, to spike my mood more often…

  5. your post really hit home. I also threw one of my first sketchbook journals away as a therapeutic way of getting rid of bad memories. I was barely 20 years old. Now at age 59 and 32 books later I enjoy going through the books every once in a while. I wish I would have kept that first book.

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  9. Shoregirl says:

    Love this idea — I’m going to make one too!

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