Inspired by Mary Ann Moss from Dispatch from LA, I've been preparing some of my journal pages in advance, with spaces ready for me to write in. (Or stick photos into, or paste bits of artwork over.)
I'm having a lot of fun with this. Without worrying about colours and not giving much thought to composition, I'm just using up the scraps lying around my art studio. When I have a bit of paper I like, a note from someone, an image that doesn't have a home, I often tack it to the wall. And then when I'm doing collage, I grab whatever is handy and glue it down.
The above left page was a practise run with a stamp I made. I love how one tiny simple stamp can create an entire pattern. Having practised it, the page just sat on my desk and I didn't know what to do with it. Now it's got a home and strangely, it's one of my very favourite pages in this whole book.
This one has a space for a big column of writing, but also labels ready to receive smaller observations or to do lists.