This is how my conference journal started out, I've never done a journal dedicated just to notes. So I printed off and cut out the labels (found here), added some washi tape every 10 or so pages for visual interest and took notes: simple things, quotes I liked, occasionally impressions I had. I started out using these thinner and more colorful moleskine notebooks. I envisioned a lovely array of journals over the years.
Conference for me at this point in our lives is more about helping my children remained focused or at least quiet so that one or two things will seep in. My conference listening is distracted so when I listen live any meaningful notes are not going to happen right now, I do manage a quick little watercolor.
The left hand page is what my notes look like if I take any, the basic note taking style. Then I discovered sketch noting and my conference journal came alive, right hand page. I loved listening more intently and focusing as I sketched.
There are many different ways of learning (my cousin has a great post about this here, be sure to check out her in depth links at the bottom the the page.) I took one of the quick tests and confirmed that I am a visual learner, not shocking news to anyone really. I have also learned some really interesting information about the brain and information retention in relation to drawing in general in this book, "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" by Betty Edwards.
My conference journal has taken on a whole new dynamic since I started sketch noting. I don't create these sketches in one sitting, like formal sketch noting teaches. I'm not that fast and I get lost in listening to the words of the prophets. So each talk is the result of multiple playbacks and some vigorous underlining and note insertion in the printed copies.
Not the best image, sorry, but it give you an idea of the mess my conference Ensign becomes.
As you can see there is no rhyme or reason to the order in which I study a talk. I planned for a two page spread for each talk, added the label and then I can study in whatever order I want, but the sketches will all be chronological order.
Not all the talks have inserts, but they are a fun visual addition. You can find many, many downloadable quotes in all sorts of styles online. I have a few over on Simple Testimony. Rhonna created these lovely little sketches.
Here is the beginning of the next talk I have just listened to. I am excited to see how this sketch will progress. I also need to re-evaluate this notebook because it's not holding the amount of ink that I am adding with the sketches. You can really see it in "The Atonement" sketch, "Where is the Pavilion?" is bleeding through. For now I will just glue additional pages to the book, but I will post more of that later as this post is a little lengthy.
When I finish a talk I will post the images over on Simple Testimony, but I will create a part two of this post in the next week or so.