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!