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monthly art journal page

I art journal for a number of reasons, but one of the main ones (yet probably the least shown here) is simply to remember normal details from our lives…while they still seem normal.

I tried calendar journaling as a way to document the everyday a couple of years ago. It seemed the easiest way to do art journaling with a newborn since it only requires one spread per month and a tiny bit of journaling each day. And even though I love having that record of the early days with Kirby, calendar journaling isn’t for me. This, on the other hand, is; a quick page or two showing the highlights of the month.

I kept the background as simple as possible to let the words and images speak for themselves. I used an old background where I had already put down water soluble crayons and cling film over rough image transfers (one of my favourite techniques) as my base, and took it from there. The rest is pretty much just writing and doodles.

monthly art journal background

monthly art journal page


  1. You seem to capture all those little moments that will mean the most to you years from now. I love the photo of Aoife with the hula hoop!
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  2. I think it is a fabulous way to keep a record… you will be so pleased that you did this in years to come…xx
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  3. I am gobsmacked by creative people like yourself, I have no idea how you can go from a blank sheet to that, it’s amazing and a brilliant way to journal – gorgeous page.
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  4. I love that you art journal to capture the things that are normal while they are still normal….LOVE it!!! I have been thinking a lot about what used to be normal in my life…I miss those “normal” times with my kids!! when they were little!!!!

  5. SO Awesome! I agree, the hula hoop is my favorite part!
    Thank you too for your comments about the SOC – and just to let you know – the poll is now fixed, thankfully!!! xoxo
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