This is my journal shelf, I just cleaned it out and organized a little bit. It's just the right of my computer in arms reach so when I'm studying I can just reach up and grab what I need. I keep my personal journal, my scripture and conference journals, a few religious books that I am reading, my scriptures (of course) and then my pens cases. If you want more information about any of those journals you can go to this post and this page.
To the right are some envelopes and cards for tithing and thank you's (in the bin) and at the very end (not pictured) I keep addressed and stamped envelopes, to Whitney, for the children to take one whenever they need.
This is my completed personal journal, 2 years worth of memories and seeing the Lord's hand in our lives. As you can see the spine is bulging from all the inserts that I glued into the spine, but it is holding up beautifully.
I used a moleskine planner the for the last couple of years. I originally started using the moleskine 18 month planner and then decided to make a change after 6 months, so I made my own planner page and inserted it each week. I used the rest of the paper for my journal. (You can see an example in this post.) I found that I often had more to say in my daily entries and less planning or vice versa.
This year I plan on using my favorite moleskine notebook (amazon link to product) and continue with my planner inserts. More about that in just a second. First I wanted to share something with you that I tried, tested and am excited to share.
A couple of months ago I stumbled across this video by Gina Rossi Armfield where she demonstrates how to add inserts to the outside page edge using washi tape. I knew it was the perfect solution I had not be looking for.
I rushed and tired it out, adding some cards and letters than have been sitting in a file, because I wasn't sure how I would include them in my journal. As you can see I just grabbed the washi tape that was left over from various holiday projects. I will be more judicious with the colors for 2014, because I'm like that.
Gina has you tape both sides of the seam which really gives the flap some strength. I had a few pages left in the notebook and didn't want to start 2014 so I created some project life project pages to help as I was editing the Christmas photos. The last of my journal is filled with that, not very worthwhile for anyone except me, but I'm not worried.
There is something wonderful about starting a new journal, perhaps that is silly to say, but it is. I created new weekly planner pages that I will tape in each Sunday. I added things to my to do lists that I do automatically, but I'm a list girl and I love crossing things off my list so I included them. Seeing them also helps me remember what is most important in my day and keeping that focus.
On the back side of a planner page each month I am printed a blog content page. I'm hoping this will help me stay on top of the blog and all that I want to accomplish. I will have to admit that 2013 was not a very good blogging year for me. The second half of that page is a blank numbered list box. I filled in a few things I want to accomplish for the year, but I am contemplating doing other fun things like this 52 list project over at Moorea Seal. That might be interesting.
I am providing the two planner pages, without to do personalization, if anyone is interested. They are sized approximately 7" x 9.5", just slightly smaller than the moleskine and are jpgs in the zipped file. The pdf's will print to an 8.5" x 11" paper. They aren't beautiful, but they get the job done.
Download Akimball_moleskineplanner (zipped files)
Download Akimball_moleskineplanner (pfd file)