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Thursday, March 6, 2014


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Do you journal? As in, do you spend time with yourself collecting your thoughts and putting them in some sort of order? I used to; for years, in fact. Starting at the age of six, I kept a diary. This continued (in one form or another) until recently. (My personal blog has been silent for awhile, to be perfectly honest.) However, I have started keeping a journal of sorts for myself. Handwritten and taken with me wherever I go. Going back to my roots, so to speak. This is how I check in with myself. This is how I honor myself. One small detail concerning my reawakened love for writing in an actual journal is my obsession with finding the perfect one to use. I am fastidiously particular and never settle when it comes to the journal itself.

Richenda Brim is the artist behind Richenda Brim Letterpress Studio & Bindery and her work sets the bar, friends. From small batch letterpress cards to handbound journals, Brim’s work is worthy of your innermost passions and dreams. These journals are the sort you buy with the intention of giving away and then you find yourself squirreling them away for yourself. (There is something to be said for that impulse, don’t you think?) Also, if you are in the Los Angeles area, Brim teaches non-adhesive book binding classes. Maybe we’ll run into each other there and truly live our March theme of “Community.”

Richenda Brim Letterpress Studio & Bindery is giving away one Recycled Leather Journal to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Thursday, March 13th.
Please visit Richenda Brim Letterpress Studio & Bindery and tell us: Do you journal? Scrapbook? Collect photos? How do you document your life?
Start checking the winner’s box on Tuesday, March 18th, to see if you’ve won!
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    Pumpernickel says:

    I have two little boys and their baby books have gotten quite out of hand. They’re like journals busting at the seams with ticket stubs from hockey games, first drawings, photos and their first funny quotes written on random scraps of paper. I have to keep each of the books together with big rubber bands. One of these days I will go through and convert it into something beautiful but right now it’s a really great representation of how chaotic life with little ones is.

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    social media is my way of collecting events. FB and twitter, esp. 

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    cindy says:

    I don’t journal per se, but I do what I call “notes and quotes”. I keep several notebooks so there is always one around when something happens or someone says something I want to remember. I love looking back on these notes and quotes. They help me to remember the moments that make up my life.

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    Coral M. says:

    I have a GIANT corkboard and I collect lots of little things from my life. Ticket stubs, trinkets, foreign currency, postcards, pictures, pins, drawings, etc. etc. and I tack it all up there. Over the years it has become massive. When someone comes in to my office and they look at that board they can understand me without asking anything!

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    ren says:

    i have recently begun documenting the food i eat with digital watercolor drawings on my ipad. i am hoping that it will spur me to paint more with real watercolors. i also tend to scribble down things on scraps of paper as i think of them, thus i am faced with a giant pile of scraps every day. i could do better. i really could.

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    Heidi says:

    I take pictures and scrapbook. I wish I did better at journaling. That’s going to be a new resolution… someday!

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    Lynda Del says:

    Love making photo collages and compile them in a scrapbook.

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    I keep art journals and sketchbooks, my whole life is collections. I also document my life by blogging.

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    Rachael says:

    I collect photos of my memories. I don’t do anything with most of them but I save just about every picture I take-both digitally and on 35mm still. 
    I also collect blank journals and notebooks, some of them I write or sketch in and some are saved for the perfect project.
    I occasionally blog and sometimes post things on FB but mark them as for me only so that I have them saved someplace I won’t lose them.

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    Alexis says:

    Journaling has been instrumental in battling depression and anxiety for me.  Like many of the other respondents, I do more with my books than write:  I draw, design jewelry, tuck wisps of my dog’s hair away, and pour my heart out into pages that feel safe and meaningful.  As a process, journaling has carried over into many aspects of my life, and without it, I can’t say with any confidence that I would have been able to see the “light” again.  In a world chalk full of oversharing, I find it essential to have something that is perfectly private.

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    Denise H says:

    Over the last decade my “journaling” has been mostly typed in Word documents on my computer. But that is so unsatisfying to my soul. I rarely go back and look at what I have written. It is not as comforting in times of reflection. They are my words, but they seem impersonal when not written by hand. Thank you for reminding me of the joy in a hand-written journal!

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    Tiffany S. says:

    I journal. I’ve been writing my story down since early high school. I have filled the pages of several books and it’s fascinating for me to go back and read them. I can see how I’ve matured not only by reading the entries but by seeing the type of journal I picked out through the years. The styles of my journals vary greatly from crushed velvet to beautiful leather covers. My current journal (Alice in Wonderland themed) only has a few pages left and I’ll soon be in the market for a new one.

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    Monica Borge says:

    I have a huge passion for food! I love cooking, especially for other people. My food is a representation of me. I have a food blog which documents my life because the food I make daily is a basically me on a plate and when I put that on my blog it tracks who I am. I also write monthly letters to myself talking about that month and send it to myself.

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    Samantha S says:

    I’ve been journaling for many years, but since moving and starting grad school I’ve also started taking more pictures. There’s so much newness in my life that words often can’t describe, so I’m hoping that if posterity matches up my pictures with my journal entries, I’ll have put together a fairly comprehensive picture of my life.

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    Jennifer says:

    I journal, but not on a daily basis. I strive for one entry a month. I find that this way I hit upon the really big things that are going on in my life and it also forces me to really think about how I’m feeling about things, because I know I will look back on what I’ve written. Journaling this way also helps me keep the big picture in sight – when I’ve gone back and reread my entries, I can see patterns in my life that I don’t see when I’m living in the day to day.

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    Sparrow says:

    I love to journal. I got in the habitant years ago during a hiking study abroad I did across Scotland and England. But it’s a visceral experience for me. The paper must be thick and have texture. The binding must be beautiful. I don’t write about what happens, I write about images that stay with me or mean something to me. I write words that move me. I love to write. Journals are a sacred space for me.

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    Sue F says:

    I’ve been doing something really cool for my gradndkids – I found a “Grandma’s Journal’ – it asks questions about my life growing up, raising kids and all in between including first kiss, date and lots about my childhood memories – 

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    Sharon says:

    My chronicling is a hodge podge of methods, mostly mementos and photos. My daughter, however, is an avid journaler since she was a child and I would love to gift this journal to her.

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    megan says:

    I guess I use Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest to collect and share my experiences and interests. I have always struggled with journaling although I had to practice a daily journal several times in my past. In a high school writing class, we were required to keep a daily journal. In another class, we did something I actually would like to get back into: writing your daily consolation and desolation. 

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    Charlotte D. says:

    I had pictures of my birthday every year when I was younger.   I do the same for my three children  I take pictures of them every year on their birthday.  I keep an album for each of them and will eventually give it to them when they are older.

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    c says:

    My first diary was at eight years. Decades later, I still journal (although those “I hate my sister” entries still creep in sometimes 🙂 I’ve experimented with online journalling but can’t resist the lure of paper. I treasure beautiful notebooks and enjoy the variety of paper and designs available. I’d love to add this one to my collection!

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    Oluwaseun says:

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