At the beginning of this year, I looked at what was going on in the world around me, as well as my desire to journal a bit, and decided that I was tired of saving the good supplies for “one day” and that there was no time like the present. So I pulled out the Musubi notebook I had been hoarding since the Chicago Pen Show in 2018 and put it to good use.
I’ve only journaled half a dozen times so far, but I’ve used this process and a few cool tools (detailed at the bottom) to help me along the way. I end up primarily tracking my knitting projects, but I’ve also taken to adding my thoughts about what’s going on in the world, and every now and again a quote or two. While this is still a work in progress, I like that there isn’t the pressure of a dated journal so I can write whenever I want. I also love that the blank pages allow me to add in whatever media I want to use.
So far I’ve used:
- My Musubi Diary
- My Platinum Procyon Maki-e, Brush Warbler on Plum Tree filled with Pilot Iroshizuku Momiji ink.
- The Himekuri Sticky Note Calendar (for dating my posts)
- Kamiterior Memo Pad in Twilight Indigo and a Pilot Gold Metallic Paint Marker Extra-fine (for memorializing quotes)
- Assorted washi tape.
It feels good to use my tools and also to track what I’m up to over time. Whether this journal lasts me 1 year or spans 10, this is a habit I’m working on keeping!