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.

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!


  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!

  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!

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

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

  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..

  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 I'd be happy to discuss it with you in more detail and I'm sure we can figure it out!

  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.


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

  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!!

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

  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 :)

  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

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


  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!!!

  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!

  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.

  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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