To find the right journaling system for you might take some trial and error. Don’t be afraid to try multiple systems — try electronic instead of paper, paper instead of electronic, a stack of post-its instead of a bound journal, a clipboard, or an app. As long as it works for you, that’s all that matters.
Posts about journaling:
And here are some PBH journals to jumpstart your ideas!
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Sometimes I make notes directly into my journal, but usually I write on post-its and just stick them in. Later, I go through them and transcribe them and maybe add photos — this is when I reflect and plan. The notebook is a Rhodia Graph Reverse (you can have the spiral at top or side). The photos are just printed out on plain copy paper on a laserprinter. — Lori
I wrote more about my journal in these posts:
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This journal was a simple bound sketchbook, approximately 5.5 x 8.5 inches, bound on the short side.
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Here’s my sketchy little system. It’s plain as can be — no color pens or photos yet — and it’s gotten wet, too. But it is helping me to pay attention, and that's invaluable. :) — Suzie
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The girl and I made a trip to Colombia, her first trip off the North American continent! She watched me updating the journal and asked to participate in it. — HSofia
Materials: Purple gridded softcover Moleskine
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I am now on my third journal. I started one for my writing. — HSofia
Materials: Leuchtturm large hardcover squared journal
While away from home, I have worked on my journaling and, though it’s a work in progress, it always will be. And that’s awesome.
I finally took a few pictures of it…
The cover, which is a page out of a magazine with a post-it on top.
My only page of photos I have so far, from the first day of class!
My environment planning page, where I’m working from my memory of what my house is like!
Materials: Three-ring binder, loose-leaf paper
This was during his knight project. He’s thinking about extending into castles and such, but this was specifically during the time when he was designing and building weapons and armor.
I started printing photos on regular paper, but the process of cutting them just slowed me down and stalled my habit, so I bought 4 x 6 paper and am able to plug the camera card directly into our printer and can quickly chose, print, and tape in a short period of time. Anything longer just doesn't get done! (The color isn’t necessary and, while it uses more ink, it keeps my inkjets from clogging, so saves some by not having to clean the nozzle heads).
My routine is to write brief notes directly into the notebook, leaving space when I think one of the photos will fit. Immediately, or soon after project time, I print the photos, then when my toddler goes down for nap I tape them in and make a few more notes and highlight things to get, questions that came up or things to think about. Both kids are in the same book as the baby will often join in with his sister and it also saves me having too many parts to juggle.
As always, a work in progress that changes with us.
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Check out the bullet journal: http://bulletjournal.com