Dorothy Frances Gurney, "Garden Thoughts"
The back interior page is very simple with a card-style motif. I chose to mat with several layers of papers and printed the poem noted above. The photograph does not do some of these pages justice! You can also use this space to journal a note to a friend or loved one, when making journals as gifts.
The back page stands on its own. I love the antiquey stamping and subdued color pallete. For the college-ruled pages, I stamped alternating location and used several different stamps to visually change-up and make journaling a little more interesting for the writer.
For those of you who would rather journal on the computer, like me, similar journals can be used for many other uses when the computer is not handy such as daily to-do lists, on-going large projects, note taking, bird watching, travel and/or gardening combos, telephone message lists, etc. The telephone message pad comes in handy to write notes to family about calls or leaving messages. You could also use something like this as a grocery store list. It's pretty and can sit out on a counter. Or when you'd rather curl up at night with desert and use pen and paper, use it as an Inspiration Journal. You can doodle, quote Scriptures, reflect, record family memories, or write about the latest heart break, heart throb or office politics! Perhaps you bring out your inner-diva and plan your next romantic encounter - step-by-step! Over the years, I've had gardening journals and would record the various types of flowers being planted each Spring. I'd also include snapshots of Spring's bursting forth or random photos I thought were cool. There, I'd also reflect on my children and their sweet expressions. I've written lyrics for musics, poetry or feelings about life. Journaling can help you create a picture of success or calculate the next phase of your life through written imagery and expression. It can help you sort through life and gauge what is truly important. They say that you can't understand life looking forward, only backward, but you must move forward to get through life! I do believe you can get to the understanding of it much quicker through journaling. And creating those all necessary lists, as some of us age, help us keep balance through the daily tasks of life.
There is much to be said for the lost ART OF WRITING. The beautiful transcripts of gorgeous penmanship that was so artfully and carefully scribed. Penmanship was one of my favorite classes and I took a lot of pride in perfecting it. I've enjoyed watching my written words change in appearance, just as the phases of my life do.