What Inspired Me...?

Back in elementary school, I was always excited whenever the Scholastic books came out. They would have book fairs within our library and I would be jumping for joy and looking through the catalog. One book that truly caught my attention was Amelia's Notebook.

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It was a book that resembled a Composition notebook and I thought it was the coolest thing ever. The illustrations were what intrigued me. Then when I got to reading the book, I was easily engrossed in each page I flipped through. 

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Ever since I was a kid, I've always been fascinated with journaling and just documenting my life in a variety of ways. I think that was the first time I saw an example of creative journaling. I probably thought to myself, "Who would've thought journaling and doodling could look so good?" I think that day I brought the book home with me, I immediately wanted a composition notebook and start making my "Charlene's Notebook" and fill it up with my words and doodles. I did ask my parents to take me shopping for school supplies and I gotta say, once I started journaling, it didn't turn out the way I had hoped. lol. And with that, I got discouraged to go on with it, but I took that book along with me everywhere I went! 

The reason why I decided to blog about this is because I mentioned it to my niece earlier this week. I told her it was my favorite book of all time and then I thought about it and thought I'd give it a go once more. It's pretty similar to my Moment Diary, but with that series I plan how I want my pages to look before I film. I want to get back into journaling my day, whether it be a normal day or if I go traveling. I just want to fill a sketchbook with my words, sketches, photos and found objects. No planning in advance, just letting my mind and hand flow the way they naturally do, sans camera overhead. I think it'll be very therapeutic :)

Anyway, I'm thinking of buying the Amelia's Notebook for my niece and see if she'll appreciate it the way I did.