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Hello folks!

It's about four months overdue, but this is a post I've wanted to make for a while. I went back home for Christmas, and was able to get my hands on my journal collection. I took a ton of photos and wanted to share them with you.

As always, this post is image-heavy :) Admittedly, I don't have a lot of things to say about these pictures and debated not posting them at all... but I thought you might like a little peek at some of my earlier volumes.

I've almost finished my second journal of the year, and I'll try to share pics of it soon. For now, I hope you aren't too bored or disappointed with today's offering...






So these are all my journals, aside from a couple of the very, very early ones that I lost. Let's see if I can explain them! The first three cover high school at various points (up to about age 15...), there's a moleskine tucked in to the right of the purple one, which was my first ever embodiment journal. I went by othela back then :) That was 2007, up until the journal to the right of the lime green one. 2008 was up to the thick, short one with the amber knob, which was 2009. 2009 had only three volumes. The orange spiral one, up to the tall spiral one, were 2010. Then there was a bit of a gap (I used the one slotted in to the left of the bright pink journal on and off until I left for Japan). The short one next in line was the first one I posted here as arantia. You already know about that one and all the ones that followed it! There is one more journal that I have here in Japan that is sort of a retrospective photo collection of my first month or so here, but I never finished it!



The earliest journal still in my posession. It's terrible drivel and I won't post any of it!

From the inside of my first embodiment journal.



Tail end of some revision notes for... Nietzsche, I think. My Master page was much more extensive...





Notes. I used my journals a lot for revision notes... I may be wrong, but I think these were actually both philosophy questions. Why I was discussing English literature in the top one I have no idea.

On to the second journal. I coffee-stained a whole bunch of pages, so that's what that is!



Embarrassing, highly unflattering picture of me with MP David Blunkett, made even more embarrassing by all those floating hearts ;A;



Possibly the only substance that could make the vending machine coffee almost palatable. Though it came out almost green on several disturbing occasions.

Journal three! We were gearing up for our A-level exams, so this journal was mostly revision notes.



POLITICS. I was re-sitting Athenian Democracy that year, as well as taking Philosophy of Politics. I would not have, had I had a choice in the matter. I am happy to announce that I CAN spell shield now.



Nope, I don't know what a Zeugite is either...



Love me some Odyssey.



Philosophy.



It goes on!



We had a ridiculous amount of rain that year, and parts of Sheffield had waist-deep water. I was taking a Japanese class that year :)



And then I changed to a moleskine cahier...



Extremely fuzzy "I got into University!" Entry. Not the best results in the world, but then I DID break my foot on the first day. I can do English in my sleep, but Classics and Philosophy are very hard work when you're in pain, so I was very happy with the result.





Hanging out in Cornwall with my parents...



From this journal, I learned that I don't like small, spiral-bound diaries. But it was still very, very cute.



I do believe I got this one in an embodiment-pif swap!



Knock-off moleskine. I started this one in November, I believe. This is still of my first year doing embodiment.



An article on Rachel Weisz, I think. One of my first "stick-ins"



Feeling very accomplished!



New year, new journal!



I started experimenting with paint, and I sucked at it!



I did, however, find myself to be rather adept at collaging.

I just realised that I can read most of the characters in the background. Yay!





I fear I may have skipped several volumes, because the next photo in my album is of this journal, which I started in December 2008 just before new year...



My journal masterpiece 8D







Comments

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sadeyedartist
Apr. 2nd, 2013 02:57 pm (UTC)
Watching you get more confident in art is amazing. Keep 'em coming!
herselfonline
Apr. 2nd, 2013 06:35 pm (UTC)
I really enjoy all of your posts. You share so much with us, and I'm really grateful for it. Beautiful work here, Helena!
kinston
Apr. 3rd, 2013 01:53 am (UTC)
I love watching how you progressed in your journals! I can't thank you enough for sharing all these photos, they are very inspiring. I really like the last journal- is that something you put together yourself with binder rings and hole punches or did it come like that and you glued everything in? I've thought of doing binder pages before but... I don't know. I'm not sure how it would feel so I have sort of been resisting. How did you like it?
arantia
Apr. 3rd, 2013 02:02 am (UTC)
The ring-bound journal... I think it was a 6x6 chipboard book from 7gypsies. I asked my Mum to get me a ton of stuff from their range for my birthday that year, and I also got a bunch of metal hardware, which is what I used for the "door knob" and the corners. I covered it up with scrapbooking paper. It didn't have many plain sheets inside, and because I was worried about it getting bashed up in my bag, I actually used a cheap sketchbook and punched the pages and put them in afterwards. It was a really fun project, and hands down my favourite journal of all time in terms of looks, but that giant knob on the front made it very hard to write in!
sullen_hearts
Apr. 3rd, 2013 04:58 pm (UTC)
Lovely to see :)
andjadesmiled
Apr. 10th, 2013 11:46 pm (UTC)
I love all this! Added to memories which I hope is okay <3 I love your journal covers! Do you print out the images of the ones you stick on moleskines? xox
arantia
Apr. 11th, 2013 12:14 am (UTC)
That's okay <3

The pictures I used on my earlier covers were arts prints from Deviant Art - the ones I remember are Queen of Spades (the artist name on the print was Beau de Noir) and 15 Years, which isn't pictured. I can't recall what the image is on the front of Embodiment 2008, sorry ;A; More recently, though, I've been using cute postcards, usually laminated so they can stand up to months and months getting battered around in my bag!
andjadesmiled
Apr. 12th, 2013 01:25 am (UTC)
That's such a good idea to have laminated postcards so they don't get battered or bashed being transported everywhere! I think it's amazing you use your journal for notes/planning too - do you ever think "Oh no I'm sure I wrote this down SOMEwhere?" or is it pretty easy to navigate through? I've never been able to keep a planner alongside a journal, I think it's a great thing you can, I"d love to be able to!

xox
arantia
Apr. 12th, 2013 01:48 am (UTC)
It depends on what I've "lost"! I keep a note of important dates in that Forward Planning section in the front, and each month gets its own tab or calendar. So generally I can think, "Okay XYZ happened in February," and open to that tab. My lesson plans and recipes/shoping lists usually go down in different inks, so if it's something like that, I can usually just flip through and find them pretty fast. Because I journal "events" - graduations, the bowling trip etc - then I can also think, "all right, I made this note around that time..." which gives me a ball-park area to look at.

...does this make sense? I'm not sure I can explain it so well, it's really intuitive to me...
andjadesmiled
Apr. 13th, 2013 01:33 am (UTC)
Ah I see how having the monthly tabs could make it easier to keep a hold of what goes where! It could be because I have OCD I just get so amazed by anyone being able to "mix things up" in that keeping dates and recipes and diary entries all in there - I'd want to have a separate book for each one haha! Having different inks is a good idea - I do that myself too, worries go in red ink!

<3
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