Wednesday, June 8, 2011

New journal page

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.

Some weeks, making a new page is a lovely, seamless, happily creative experience.  Other weeks?  Not so much.

I've always loved that bit of advice you hear from successful creative types:  if you wait for inspiration, you'll never get anything done.  Or in many more words:  if you want to create on a consistent basis, you must sit down, be disciplined, and get to work, regardless of whether inspiration is sitting on your shoulder whispering into your ear or, more often than not, off partying in Vegas and refusing to return your calls.

I believe this advice to be absolutely true.  It's the butt-in-seat, focus-on-the-task-at-hand approach that always comes through in the end.  Except, sometimes it takes a little longer.

So, without any further excuses, today's page begins with a quote that reminds me that it's just fine (even desirable) when things don't work out exactly as one expects . . .

There's also a spot to think about the little things that make a big difference . . .

The full page looks strikingly like this one here . . .

and you'll find it here (without even a hint of a border) and here (with a hint of border, but absolutely no colour) and here (completely and oh so colourfully bordered.)

Happy Wednesday, friends!


  1. Completely agree with you....consistent effort. Trying to apply this theory to scientific writing. I wish I could say it was a creative endeavour!

  2. Firstly i would like to say HI Christie, I have just stumbled onto your page,thankyou so much for sharing your Journal Pages they are just unique, beautiful and perfect. I have big plans for these pages. will post to you once i have completed them (probably in about 44 days :)). Only problem i am having is downloading page 36 and 39 no idea why all others are perfect. Also the little PDF Love Notes dont want to play either.... I am adding you to my favourites.
    Thankyou Again have a wonderful day

  3. Hi Miranda and Kamali!

    Miranda - So nice to see your comment! I can think of nothing to offer regarding inspiration and scientific writing, except this measly bit: the sooner you finish, the sooner you can move on to your creative endeavours. :) Yeah, not all that helpful, I suspect.

    Kamali - Thanks so much for stopping by to say hello! Sorry that you're having some issues downloading; if you'd like to send me an email at christie(at)graceisoverrated(dot)com, I'm sure we can sort it out. Can't wait to hear about your big plans!

  4. Another great journal page!!! Thank you so much!

  5. great page, as usual! thank you!

  6. Thank you for the things that you are sharing! The journal is amazing!

    PS: saw it on, and I'm your fan now :)

  7. Hi Meg and Olzaru -- thanks so much for stopping by!

  8. This is my first visit to your blog and I am blown away by your cool journal pages! I have downloaded this week's page and I am going to give it a try! I enjoyed reading your post about creativity. I need to follow your good advice on the "butt-in-seat, focus-on-the-task-at-hand approach" HaHa - but that is so true. Thanks so much for sharing these. The generosity of bloggers never ceases to amaze me. Have a wonderful day!

  9. Hi Tricia! Welcome and thanks for your kind words. The butt-in-seat approach is always a work in progress for me, but I need to keep reminding myself to stick with it. Glad it struck a chord with you, too!

  10. I have just found your journal pages. They are very inspiring. Thank you for sharing your hard work.

  11. Hi Christie, I have just found your journal pages through Pinterest - and I love them! I'm looking forward to completing some of them really soon. If I do, may I post a picture of my pages on my blog? Directing everyone to come here and get their own of course!

  12. Hi CatWay and Sian! Thanks so much for stopping by with your comments. Sian - I've sent along an email to answer your question. :)

  13. Hi Christie,
    I was just stopping in to look around again (I love looking at the photos you have up, of the pages and other things, even if there's no new posts), and I thought I'd say I stopped by, I continue to admire your artistic talents, and I hope you are enjoying your summer. :) (Hey, if one has something nice to say, one should say it!)

  14. Hi!! I just discovered your AMAZING, PRICELESS journaling pages through Pinterest and I just wanted to say THANK YOU!!!! I absolutely love them and appreciated your hard work!! Thank you! Sabrina

  15. Hi, I love, love, love your journaling pages. I am having trouble with the most recent pages. When I hit the link and it takes me to google docs, there is no pdf that pops up or promt to print. On most of the older pages, I could click on print, the download window poped up and I was able to print from there. I would love to keep this up. This is just what I've needed to start journaling again. Muffy

  16. I like your journal pages and found your blog from Sian at highinthesky. Very cool pages, thanks.
    Mandy McK

  17. Hi Carin, Sabrina, Muffy and Mandy!

    Carin - You always have such nice things to say and I'm so happy that you stopped by to say them here. It's been a lovely summer 'round these parts and I hope that you are enjoying your summer as well. Thanks, Carin and very best wishes!

    Sabrina - So glad you stopped by! Thanks so much for your comment and you are most welcome!

    Muffy - Sorry to hear you're having issues with the most recent pages. Could you send me an email at christie(at) (I tried to find yours, but it's not on your profile.) I know we can sort it out!

    Mandy - Thanks so much for stopping by!


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