Thursday, June 3, 2010

Part Journal, part to-do list, part procrastination device . . .

Update: The journal page in this post is no longer available for download. For a selection of free, printable journal pages, please visit my Printable Journal Pages collection.

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I love fill-in-the-blanks, multiple choice questionnaires, to-do lists and word games of any shape or size.



On the surface, they're fun and quick and even silly, but they can also capture something a wee bit deeper . . . a snapshot of a person's thoughts and feelings at a certain moment in time.  The simple to-do list, for example, can also be viewed as a record of goals and accomplishments. 


Lately, I've been fiddling with ideas for journal pages that act like snapshots.  They'd offer the chance to fill in a few blanks for fun, while also recording a few of the day's comings and goings.  A little whimsy, a whiff of substance.  Here's a glimpse at one I've been working on:


It's a work-in-progress and I have a few more on the go.  Over the next few weeks, I'll post one each weekday.  They're undated, printable and free to download here if you'd like fill in a few blanks about your day.

I hope you'll stop by tomorrow for the next page!

20 comments:

  1. You say "procrastination device", I say "meditation device". I think this is a brilliant way to give yourself a quick break during the day.

    If you had 30 of these (all different), they would be a fantastic tool for seeing where you are from month to month.

    You should compile them in an e-book format - I'll buy the first copy!

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  2. Patrick,

    An e-book . . . I hadn't considered that. Thanks for the encouragement!

    I love the idea of holding on to the pages -- to see how far you've come and who's been on your mind. I punched binder holes in mine, but also an envelope or even a big paper clip (or e-book!) would do.

    Thanks, as always, for a great comment!

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  3. I really love this!
    Thank you.
    I'm printing it out right now :-)

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  4. Thanks Liberty! I'd love to hear what you think after you've filled in the blanks!

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  5. I've tried to go back and print all of the sheets out, they won't print or download.. any ides's what is wrong.. I really like this..

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  6. Hi Squirrel,

    I'm sorry you've had trouble downloading the pages! I'm not sure what the problem could be. If you could send me an email at christie@graceisoverrated.com I'd be happy to discuss it with you in more detail and I'm sure we can figure it out!

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  7. I'm so excited to give myself a little fun and get to fill these pages in. Perhaps save them for my young daughter to peek at one day when she's all grown up.

    I downloaded almost all of them and then pages one and two won't download or even show up. Ack! Any suggestions? I'd love to have the full collection before I begin.

    I'll also definitely pass your blog on to other folks.

    Thanks!

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  8. I waited a while and tried again and they worked! Hooray!

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  9. I tried to download pages 1-7 and they won't. I was able to get the other pages just not those first seven. What can I do to get it to work?? Thanks!!

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  10. Nevermind, I figured it out! :) Yay!!!

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  11. I'm having trouble downloading it, every time I click the "here" button it just leads me to a blank page. Is there anything I can do to get a hold of the first page because I really love this idea :)

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  12. I just wanted to say thank you! I absolutely love this idea! I even got my pencils out and coloured it in like I was back in school. Cannot wait to do it all up to give to the kids one day ~ thank you for all your effort and for sharing x

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  13. Do you make these in Photoshop? I love them so much!! Thanks for the downloads!!

    Jenny

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  14. My mother's birthday is this week and I'm so excited to give her this collection. I know that she would love to journal but a blank canvas can be so daunting and intimidating so the prompts are perfect! I truly appreciate all of the work you did to create these and the are truly wonderful. Thank you so so much!!!

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  15. This is so amazing! Thank you for all the effort you went to to make these! You are a very creative and generous person. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  16. I just discovered your page via Pinterest. What ever did we do before the internet? Thank you for the joural pages! It is a marvelous idea and I can't wait to get started.

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  17. I was wanting the whole set of, to do list. However when I click on the image it's different the the pictures on the page. Just wondering if you have all of them in one place, cuz I seen like 20 some pages.

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