Thursday, September 13, 2012

Summer Smashing!

Time to reveal a few more pages in our journals as we wrap up the summer fun!


These Smash journals are so much fun to work on because they have interesting backgrounds that inspire you to be creative!


I put these seashells on top of my pages just for the photo shoot!


And no….I don’t sit around all day and color in my coloring books…


but I have a couple handy when I’m in the mood.


I mention that I keep a journal and thought I would give you an idea of what it looks like, too.


I have written in a journal every day of my life

…for years…for decades!


For the past 15 years, I have written my journal in my day planner. Then I file the pages in small loose leaf binders. This has been easier for me to use and I can keep other notes in my planner. I write ideas, quotes, make lists, dream and ponder. (I have sections for everything!) It was my goal this summer to create an ‘art journal’. I worked on the smash journal as a step in that direction. I’m still learning!

I’m joining Ricki Jill and Angie for this fun party!

Do you keep a journal?

Are you artistic?


Do you have a new box of crayons?

(I do!)


Jettie said...

I don't keep a journal,I've thought about it from time to time, but decided against it.
I'm creative, don't know if you could consider me artistic. I do a lot of crafting.

Cranberry Morning said...

Your journal looks fascinating!! I made a travel journal that looks very much like that when we went to England, but haven't really journaled since. Now I'm thinking I should pick it up, especially during the long winter months. It feels like playing, doesn't it! And I don't have a new box of crayons because I have a whole card catalog drawer full of them. :-)

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Hi Diane! I so admire you for keeping a journal Every day for years! I wish I could say I have. Beneficial in So many ways! I DO have a new box of crayons. Coloring was my favorite 'game' as a child and I still love them. I really like your smash journal. I have a couple of them and think they are a great springboard to art journaling. I'm glad you found an Irmi:) Have a beautiful day! Twyla

jody said...

what a great idea... and fun im sure to do! ive been coloring scobby doo these days with a 6 year old. enjoy your day!

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

Love coloring!! Super cute smash journal!!

jinxxxygirl said...

I've kept a journal for the last 25 years....ever since becoming pregnant with my daughter...I don't mix my journal with my art..its something i've been considering trying though...hugs! deb

Sunny Simple Life said...

I love that you journal daily. I see it as a tool for life and something enjoyable. A wonderful keepsake too.

cucki said...

Super cute journal..I love it so much
Hugs xxx

Debbiedoos said...

Awww..that is so sweet Diane. I use to keep a journal after my boys were born. Now I have my blog and I suppose that is my journal.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Diane I love those cute pages in your Smash journal. I 'collected' things but never got them in the journal. I'm not giving up and I'll work on it for sure! Hugs, Linda

Della said...

You are a great color artist! These are two coloring books I need...I have some nature coloring books, and a sea themed one :)

I love the Smash journal! You are very dedicated to journal every day. I guess it is quite a habit now after so many years. It really makes me wish I had stuck with it. I have taken a step in that direction, and bought a new small journal. I have yet to use it!
Have wonderful day! Hugs!

maddyrose said...

I don't have any crayons but I do have a couple hundred colored pencils. I've never kept a journal of any kind but lately I've thought about starting one but am not sure how to begin. I don't even know what a smash journal is. Have fun coloring and have a great day. Hugs

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

I don't keep a journal, just to-do lists!!! Sometimes I actually check off everything on the list!!! Love your smash journal. You are so creative!

Daniella said...

Hi! I'm visiting from the smash party! I haven't visited you is a long time!! I am so sorry!
I love your book, and I have many journals! Mostly art journals, but my 1 date book journal is my lifeline!!
And yes, I have a box of crayons!!

Miss Angie said...

I love it, your smashbook is soooo creative with those shells and everything! :) Thanks for the inspiration, and for linking up!

Danielle said...

I used to keep written journals when I was younger....but last month I started doing an art journal...similar to what you are showing here...and I absolutely love it...just yesterday after class the manager of Hobby Lobby (a former student) said... "That must be some project you are working on....didn't I just see you in here yesterday?"...I was picking up some watercolors to try. ;).....BTW...I love the Oak Run shout out for my will probably get a couple of chuckles with the grasshopper photo. Thanks to your husband! Isn't Hernando wonderful? I am getting my bike serviced to tomorrow so I can get back to riding the trail which is at that intersection.

Danielle said...

P.S. thanks for the coloring book idea...what a great stress reliever.

Anonymous said...

wow, thats such a treasure, beautiful to have kept all those memories on paper,

Michelle Palmer said...

Treasured journals! They're wonderful :)
Thank you for stopping by... I was called away by my teen son & couldn't list them earlier~ Getting ready to put my post card fabrics to Etsy now. Sorry for my delay~
Smiles to you!

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

I love your SMASH book! Such a cute idea. I don't keep a journal, but I am a frantic list maker. LOL!

SImple and Serene Living said...

Good for you for keeping up your journal I've tried, but have never been able to stick with it.

An Oasis in the Desert said...

Your daily journal looks & sounds (from your description) just like the one I always kept until just a couple of years ago when I retired. I was still feeling the need to have some kind of daily record, but not as detailed, when I discovered the Smash Books. I use one of mine as my daily planner/journal -- less complex but still fills my need to have a written, organized schedule. I like how you added the shells to your Smash Book for photo-effect! You color very well!


NanaDiana said...

I used to journal daily for years and years and years. I finally gave it up when I started blogging....don't know why- I just did.

ummm...yes...I do have a new box of crayons@;>) shhhhh...I don't want the kids to know- xo Diana

Ricki Treleaven said...

I really love what you did with your photo shoot, Diane! This is the cutest thing I have ever seen!!! :D I love Ariel....she is one of my faves!

Oh, and I wouldn't judge you even if you did sit around all day coloring!!! ;P

Thanks so, so much for linking up!!!

Ricki Jill

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

You are so creative, Diane! I consider my blog my 'life'm journal, but I do keep a gratitude journal. I also collect quotations and favorite poems in a journal and often enjoy reading them over and over again.

Musings from Kim K. said...

I love the idea of a smash journal. How lovely that you've written regularly. I especially love the idea of you coloring away in a coloring book. I regularly join Josie with a new box of crayons.


cynthia lee designs said...

Hi Diane,
I used to write in a journal when I was younger, but got away from it as the years went by. I still love to color...and the grandkids love it when I color with them.

Unknown said...

Nope, no journal for me.. I somehow just dont have time to sit and write some. :)


Cameron said...

I see those smash journals everywhere....and they do intrigue me....just afariad I'll never find the time to use it!

Good for you finding the time and having fun!! I bet it's nice to go back through the pages of all your journals :)

Beth W said...

The coloring book idea is brilliant! And you could totally smash the little shells in there. Way to go on combining a journal with an art project and unlocking that creative side! :D

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

That's a great idea for your journal. I keep a bible study journal that sometimes doubles for a "diary" journal, but have never tried an artistic one.