Journaling: In your own words | Dina Wakley

Why is journaling on your layouts important to you? Journaling is important to me because I want my boys to have no doubt about what I think and feel about them. Lately I’ve been scrapping older photos, and I can’t remember every detail about what was going on at the time. But I do remember how I felt about them then, and of course how I feel about them now…so I include that.
Do you try to include all the details in your journaling? No, I don’t try to include every detail, but I do include what stands out to me. I especially try to record my feelings on the page, so there’s a record of my thoughts & emotions, too. I also love to give advice in my journaling. I’m not sure if my boys will appreciate that, but it makes me feel better when I write it!

How do you decide how much or little of the story to tell? Well, this is bad, but sometimes how much of the story I tell depends on my page design. I love to capture humorous things, personality quirks, and everyday life.
What do you find the most difficult about journaling? Telling a comprehensive story. That’s not my strength at all–I’m more of a “moments” journaler. I keep a journal (both regular journal and an art journal) where I do a lot of writing, so the journaling on my pages tends to be fairly short.

Take us through your journaling process: My process is very organic and not well thought out. I always journal last, and I never ever practice first or write it out first. I write from the heart and just let what comes out be enough. Often I have glued or sewed down my journaling block, so I have one shot to write and make it fit. It usually works out fine! Of course, there have been a few times when what I have written hasn’t made sense, or I’ve made a writing error. In that case, I just shrug my shoulders & start over.
Supply List: Patterned Paper: Basic Grey, vintage music sheet, Bazzill strips; cardstock: Bazzill; tape: 7Gypsies; alphabet: American Crafts Thickers; embellishments: vintage buttons, Prima felt vine shape; journaling tag: Elle’s Studio; Ink: Maya Mist; Paint: Liquitex Soft Body Acrylic

I’m Dina Wakley, and I live in the hot Arizona desert with my husband and 3 boys. I love everything about the paper arts, including stamping, scrapping, and art journaling. My style is messy and grungy and imperfect. My favorite supply is spray ink–I have about 100 bottles! I love to travel, eat good food, and hang out with good friends. Teaching is another passion of mine. I love to spread the love of art and scrapping! I teach both online and in-person classes. I’m a docent (tour guide) at the Phoenix Art Museum. I love to give tours to school groups. It’s so fun to introduce kids to art and to see it take root in their souls. Let me know if you’re ever in Phoenix, I’ll give you a tour!

You can find Dina at her blog, Facebook, and on Twitter.


  1. Amy Heller says

    Dina is such an amazing artist!! Thank you so much for inspiring us all!!

  2. Tami says

    amazing love getting a glimpse inside the mind of such an artistic person

  3. Jude says

    Just had the pleasure of being taught by Dina and it was fantastic. I’ve always had a hard time ‘planning’ a journal page but really don’t worry about it now – just make a start and see where it takes me – love that so much and the results are amazing! xx

  4. Dawn says

    Great job sweetie! Love hearing different spins on each creator.

  5. Kathy M says

    Great job! Love the layout. 🙂

  6. Sarah C says

    Love your page and your journalling ideas. Thank you xx

  7. Cassie says

    The colors are amazing!!!

  8. I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Dina and love love love love her lo!! It is AMAZING! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  9. NanaBeth says

    I think you really nailed it about the feelings. My sons are all grown-and what matters most to them are the feelings not the dates.

  10. Melanie says

    Dina is amazing! Love her interview–full of truth and laughs 🙂

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