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Digital Art Journaling

Journal Cover

Front and Back Covers once they are glued to the cardboard

Above is my February Journal Cover. It’s part of my Digital Art Journaling and monthly journals. It’s actually very small, 1/2 of a 8.5″ x 11″ piece of paper. I discovered in January that I only need about 4 pages at this point to document the month. First thing I did I altered my monthly journal size. Because I am photographing and posting my art and creations, I always have what I need to keep my journals relevant and up to date. Of course it can’t be all work and no play so I also make sure I have personal and fun pages.

Mom’s Birthday Page

Above is one side of a page documenting my Mom’s 89th birthday, February 2. First I print and glue the page down. I then add embellishments and other artsy things I want on that page. Here is the page after it’s finished. Just a little script from a Home Magazine and a bit of journaling and it’s done.

Why Digital Art Journaling?

Digital Art Journaling is a way for me to meet my goals each month. By documenting my work and personal life on the pages, I have a visual. Here are the steps I take to make each page.

  • Figure out what size you want your journal to be
  • Decide on the theme and get the backgrounds of the page set up
  • Add embellishments and leave room for photos or add your photos from your computer
  • leave room for journaling free hand
  • Glue the pages in your journal
  • Add your journaling and extras to make it personal

I love making my covers for each month and the best part is everything is saved on my computer so I can use it again. Here is a page I am working on for Scrapbooking 12″ x 12″. I had to shrink the file to get it on the page so it is quite blurry but the original is perfect.

If you haven’t tried art journaling I encourage you to try it. It is a wonderful way to relax and a perfect outlet for creativity. You never have to show your journal to anyone so it is the perfect place to experiment with new art techniques.

What I Use for Digital Art Journaling

  • I Mac computer
  • Photoshop Elements but Canva works great too!
  • Digital stamps, Photoshop Brushes and embellishments that I either create or buy on Etsy
  • Watercolor paper
  • Copy Paper and Card stock
  • Stamps and ink- Always use Archival Permanent ink
  • Old magazines for script
  • Decoupage papers and any papers I find that would work
  • lots of scraps
  • Glue I use a glue that is specific to paper gluing and working with books
  • Journaling Pens

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4 Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing all this info. I think it’s a great idea. I so enjoy your posts and creative sharingđŸ˜‰

    1. I am so glad you found it valuable. I will be in the Art Journaling FB group today March 1st to share my March Journal beginnings. Thank you so much for commenting it means a lot!

  2. This is such a great idea for journaling. I would love to see you do a live on this. I love your creativity. Thank you!

    1. Thank you Sue! I am trying to figure out how I can do a live and it might work if I pre-record some of it! I will keep you posted.

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