Starting an altered book can be a daunting task because it requires a lot of time and there’s a false impression that it requires a lot of talent and effort. The truth is that setting aside time to journal can take some time, but it doesn’t have to be a lot, and it is 100% worth it. The stress relief that you get from just taking a minute to journal, reflect, and create is well-worth the amount of time it requires.

Rather than trying to do a whole page at one time, you could even do bits and pieces of it throughout the day. Whenever you get really stressed, you could just take a break to paint a section or mark out some words. You could even do a bit while you’re on the phone or watching TV. I’ve even journaled while cooking or while taking a break in between homework. It’s a good way to do something enjoyable in the middle of a hectic and stressful day.

Instead of spending an extra 10 minutes on Instagram or Twitter, why not take part in something tangible? Take a few minutes to journal and decorate a page. You’ll be able to have these pages to hold onto and look through, so that you can reflect and remember what you were feeling in that moment in time.


Another misconception of the altered journal is that it requires a lot of talent and effort. The truth is that anyone can do it. The whole purpose of this journal is to relieve stress and to provide you with an outlet in which you can express yourself. You are your own audience for this project. It isn’t for anyone else so it doesn’t have to look a certain way. It can look however you want it to.

Additionally, journaling can be as easy or as difficult as you want it to be. There are countless altering options, so don’t be afraid to try something easy to begin with and then move on to more challenging tasks. Don’t make it harder than it has to be. It’s supposed to be an enjoyable process. Just don’t overthink it.


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