I used to sit and create a page without any journaling...then the time came to write something and NOTHING came. I really couldn't stand that! The last thing you want to worry about is your journaling right? Or do you ever forget what exactly you were going to write? That's happened to me before one too many times. So here is my challenge to you...let's make a book of reference. I've been art journaling and have found this to work better than I'd ever expected. I simply write a short paragraph either about a specific picture (or it can be general) in my art journal...then I write out a couple of ideas for either a title for the page OR some color schemes I think would go well with the page. I have been doing this for about a month now and have not had a problem since. I simply look through my art journal pick a journaling entry and select some papers and a picture. I sometimes don't even end up using ALL the journaling. I just choose a sentance/phrase that sparks ideas for the layout. I LOVE this. I don't have to sit idly at my computer or typewriter anymore trying to think of something clever to write. Or figure out what papers I think will go together or embellishments. It's already there in my journal! So next time you want to write something jot it down quick in your journal. And add to it, maybe print a couple of pictures and slip them between the pages ready and waiting to be made into a page. Or, even if you type out your journaling in your word processor program, its always best to get a couple of journal entries printed at once rather than going back and doing each at separate times. It gives you more time to be creative and not hassle with going back and forth to your computer/typewriter at the most inconvenient times.
Here is a page I created referencing some journaling I had written a week before the page came together.
I had already printed out some pictures I had archived in my FlickR set. I printed my journaling on a random piece of notepaper and slipped that in my journal as well. Then the time came to select some papers and I used the Urban Prep collection for this. It's SO easy to pick your papers etc. when you already have a kit put together for you :) Then I had a few moments and I grabbed the photos, the journaling and the kit and now a new page! Very easy. Especially since I take FOREVER to complete a page. This process for me, has really helped finish pages faster. AND I'm happier since I don't feel like I "hurried" to finish a complete layout.
So try it.
I think you'll love it too.
rock it girls!