don’t be afraid

This journal is not an assessment, a deadline, or a duty. It should be a set aside time that is completely for you. It’s a time for you to reflect, rest and rejuvenate yourself. Let go of the looming to-do list, stop cowering under expectations and don’t restrain yourself out of fear. Journaling isn’t about doing a good job; it’s about doing what’s necessary to make you feel better.

Don’t be afraid to start an altered book because you don’t think you’re creative enough. This isn’t a competition or a show for anyone else. This is just for you. Don’t be afraid to try new things. You’re going to mess up, and that’s going to be okay. Don’t be afraid to skip a day or do an extra page. Some days you will feel more creative than others. Don’t be afraid to mark on the page. There are no accidents in art.

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This whole experience will be a journey of you learning to let go. Get creative. Get excited. Get unique. You can use the page to encompass a reflection of your day, or what you hope to get out of the next day, or of your favorite memory from the day, or of something you wish you could change from the day, etc. It can be anything. There is no right or wrong when it comes to this.

When inspiration comes, make time for it. Whether it comes in colors, words, phrases, or pictures, just let it run wild and free. I hope this blog is a place you can find encouragement, support and inspiration for all of your creative endeavors. You can also visit my Pinterest Board for altered books if you need any extra ideas: Chanda Scobee’s Pinterest Board, “alter this!”.

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