Journal of Inspiration

I love looking through magazines for inspiration. Some of my favourites are Somerset Studio, Somerset Art Journaling, Sew Somerset, and Daphne’s Diary. I also love reading gardening magazines and the Australian Country Craft magazines. I am very lucky to have a wonderful mum who also loves to read magazines and passes them on to me after she has finished with them. Once I have read the magazines (often several times), I pull out pages with crafts or recipes that I would like to try, home decor, botanical art, poems, or pictures that make me feel happy. I also take out pages and cut out words that I can use in my collage. After that, what is left goes in the recycling.

Recently I decided to take the folder of inspirational pages I had pulled from the magazines and make them into a big journal of things that I love. To make the journal I took one of my magazines and removed all the pages from it that I didn’t want to keep, leaving a half inch border along the spine of each page. Then I took my stash of inspirational pages and glued them onto the half-inch tabs, while others I attached with my favourite washi tapes.

Some pages I glued back to back, covering up the sides I didn’t want to keep. On other pages I made mini collages, or used paint and washi tape to cover up parts I didn’t want.

I made a pocket on one of the pages to hold some of my vintage greeting cards.

I decorated the cover using gesso, acrylic paints, inks, paint pens, and washi tapes, and I added some fibers and beads down the side.

My journal is a big book of inspiration that I can take out and look through when I want to relax. And the good thing is I can keep adding pages to the journal – the bulkier the better!

25 thoughts on “Journal of Inspiration

  1. I also love the Somerset magazines but I can’t afford to buy them from the news stand. Luckily there is someone in town who donates them to the local thrift store and I can get them there sometimes. I love your journal Kristah!


    • Thank you so much! The Somerset magazines are very pricey. I’m glad you are able to get them at your local thrift store. I find them so full of inspiration and love seeing all the arty and crafty things that people do.


  2. Thank you for giving me some new magazine titles to try. I always struggle to find good magazines to recycle for collage ๐Ÿ˜


  3. What a beautiful journal! The covers look amazing with the panel design and washi tape and I love the blue dot detail you added – perfect ๐Ÿ˜. The inside looks wonderful too with all the lovely images and bright coloured pocket that you created, when I see the pretty images and words you have captured it fills me with happiness! Sending you happy and creative wishes! J ๐Ÿ˜Š x


  4. Great idea Kristah. I have started to do some drawing myself, and also like getting inspiration from magazines especially Australian Country Living. I should keep my pages altogether as theyโ€™re flapping around in a disorganised fashion.


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