Finding Your Writing Voice Through Journaling

There are several methods of journaling that I incorporate in my daily life. The one activity they all have in common is they tell a story. They hold a deep and lasting meaning of my life and the lives I see around me. Looking back on all my journals and diaries, I’ve come to realize that in this endeavor is where I discovered my true writing voice. It wasn’t from reading books, though reading helps one grow their understanding of the written word, how stories are told, other life experiences and expands on one’s vocabulary, my writing voice developed over time from writing in journals. Could have it also been from blogging? Yes, I do find blogging a form of journal writing. A record keeping of thoughts, words, expression, emotions and even those awkward sentences where I couldn’t quite express myself in the way I felt inside. Those particular words don’t always come naturally to me in public form or rather, my private journals is what speaks of my truest inner voice.

Many people want to write in their journals but their uncertainty is holding them back. They say, “I’m not a writer or I would ruin my page, or rather my beautiful journal with my awkward words and ramblings.” Those awkward words and ramblings are what drives one to become a stronger writer. You must be deliberate with your writing and in the time, you take to write. Think of all the visits you made to a library filled with books that hold millions of words. Often times, those words did not come easy to the writer. Imagine the time and deliberate ink to paper or key strokes the writer put forth to build worlds in those numerous books. Believe me, it didn’t happen overnight for them. Don’t allow that voice in your head saying, “You’re not a writer,” intimidate you. Writing is a beautiful art regardless of one’s uncertainty in the act. Write what you know, write what you see and hear. Write a word or two and keep adding words after that. Allow those words to build on each other and soon you’ll find your voice as a writer. Once you do, words will flow and writing will be like exploring space. The act will take you to limitless places.

Stephanie Hopkins

New Craft Series and Art Journal Tags for Sale

Mixed Media Weave Made From Fabric Snippet Stripes

I have several new YouTube videos up on my channel! Be sure to check them out. I have started a new series and it’s going to be so much fun! These crafts are great and I offer tips an alternative way of creating. Please like and subscribe to my channel to get the latest videos when they are posted.

Mini Art Journal Tag sets for sale at my Instagram shop!

I offer discount shipping and a free gift with these tags. If you buy two sets, you get the third set half off.

Mini Art Journal Tags

These tags are sturdy and great for arts and crafts projects, gifts, gift tags, pen pal mail, collage work and journal projects. There is room to write on the back of them.

At this time, I ship in the US only.

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How to Make Mixed Media Bookmarks

Great Tips for Beginners

Over the weekend, I have been working on bookmarks for an upcoming bookmark swap on Instagram and I have made three-part videos on this endeavor. Each video shows different mixed media techniques you can use in your crafting. They are simple to follow and they give you a beginner look at creating Mixed Media.

Mixed Media is visual art that uses a mix of materials (usually non-visual) and combine them to create a finished piece. The general rule is using two or more materials such as collage, paint, inks, fabrics, buttons, metal, thread and the list goes on… You can really get creative with this style of medium. This process (besides painting) is my absolute favorite way of creating and I use this method in various crafting endeavors.

Part I: I show how to create a painted background using different color paints and a Dollar Tree cutting mat.

Part II: I show how to use a collage of fabric scraps as a background.

Part III: I show how to use a collage fodder background. In part one, I explain a little bit about how I start the collage fodder process.  

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I’ve decided to create a separate IG account for my art, journals and other Mixed Media products I sell on Instagram. I’d like to keep @stephsartjourney a bit more personal and to not flood my feed with my products. Please follow my shop @layeredfindsshop for updates on my professional art and products for sale! -Stephanie Hopkins

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How to Make DIY Specimen Slides

Check out how I made these specimen slides at my YouTube channel!

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Coming up tomorrow on YouTube, I’m going to be sharing how to make the painted paper below with a Dollar Tree cutting mat, copy paper and paint!

I have three newly listed Spring journals for sale in my Etsy shop and will be listing two more this week! These are great journals for you to personalize. Visit my shops by clicking on each shop.

Painted Papers/Tomorrow’s Tutorial

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The Bullet Journal Method

On November 11th, I discussed forming positive reading habits and I mentioned a few steps I was taking to incorporate reading every day. One of the topics, was to use better system on organizing my notes and using the Bullet Journal method for that purpose.

In my research about this style of journaling, I soon discovered a writer who wrote a book on this very subject. Ryder Carroll’s, “The Bullet Journal Method”, explores what it means to live an intentional life. The journal is to help you develop mindfulness and use the Bullet Journal as a medium for productivity. I’ve added Carroll’s book to my to-read list and I’m looking forward to delving in the practice.

Why the the method is important for me to improve on a number of activities.

  1. Accountability.
  2. To strengthen my organization skills.
  3. To encourage daily reading and writing.
  4. To help me remember details in stories that have made an impression on me and that I feel are important to focus on in my reviews, or to further research.
  5. To keep learning and growing intellectually.

The five steps I mentioned are just a few of habits I want my focus to be on with my reading and writing. I’m confident that Carroll’s book will be helpful with my journey.

I’m still not entirely certain what medium I will use for my journal. I’m leaning towards altering a book. That way I can create art pages and add images as well that relate to the story. Of course, you can do that with a blank notebook or an actual journal. I prefer to use what I have on hand to limit my spending. I’m really looking forward to this worth-while endeavor and sharing my progress with you all.

Be sure to read, before the second sleep’s post on, Bullet Journaling 101. There are wonderful insights on the art of using the Bullet Journal method and how you can utilize the journal in other ways.

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