Category: In the Studio with Jamie

Grab your journal, a pen and a cuppa and join me for this free Journal Class

If you liked that, you’re going to LOVE a whole season!
I hope you’ll join me for Journal Club!

The Details

  • Schedule: Summer Journal Club runs for 10 weeks . Our summer dates: June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5, 12. (Note: no session on July 1, Canada Day)
  • Time: Journal sessions are live online Fridays at 1:00 – 2:00 pm EST. Recordings are generally available within 24 hours.
  • Recordings: We’ll record every club session so you’ll be able to take part whenever is convenient for you. Of course, you’ll want to be there live as much as you can to be a part of our great creative community!
  • Online Location: We’ll be meeting online in my “Zoom Room.” You can join via your computer or call in, whichever is more convenient for you.
    Your Guide
  • Your Guide: A journaler for decades, I am a creative living coach who has led creative workshops covering everything from dreamboards to journaling for entrepreneurs. I am also the founder of Give a Girl a Journal, a do-good initiative that brings journals to girls around the world!
  • Community: In addition to our weekly meet-ups, we’ll have a private Facebook group where we can continue to be in community and encourage one another’s journal practice throughout the week.

JRS Journal Club Evergreen

Season’s Registration is $120 US

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365 Collage Journal Flip Through

In my 365 Collage Journal each page is a collage created to capture the mood and the events of the day. I’ll glue in images of what’s inspiring me or what’s in my heart. I’ll add photos and movie tickets, fortune cookie messages and receipts. Occasionally I’ll write a word or two but my intention is to create a visual record of these moments in time. I keep it easy and doable and am surprised at just how meaningful these journals become.

I have just completed my current journal and thought I would share this flip-through with you. Maybe it will inspire you to try this simple creative approach to expressing your heart and gathering your year.

If you’re interested in how to make your own, last year I shared more about the process: Create a 365 Collage Journal

Here’s the journal I use.

Journal Showdown

This week Journaling Sage Akiyo Kano, my sister Shannon and I were chatting about the journals we use and how we use them. Next thing you know: showdown! We’ve decided to share videos of our “live” journals and we’re inviting you to do the same! Below I not only share a summary of the journals I use but tucked beneath that you’ll find a spot to put a link to your own Journal Showdown! We can’t wait to see what you use how and why!

As of today, here are the journals I actively use…

For Writing

Morning Pages: I use an old-school Canada exercise book for my morning pages. Keeping the journal non-fussy really works for me and keeps me free and easy in this daily practice.

Weekly To-Dos: A composition book serves me well as the place where I list and track all of the to-dos I want to accomplish each week.

Gathering My Day: Moleskin Classic Notebook, Large, Ruled, Hardcover. This is where I gather my thoughts and experiences each day.

Working Journal: Moleskin Cahier Journal. I keep this journal nearby at all times to gather information, plan and work things out.

Idea Journal: Also a Moleskin Cahier Journal. Recently I’ve started keeping all of my ideas in one place. Random thoughts and inspirations all go here.

For Art

Doodle Journal: When I started using the Moleskin Volant Notebook, Large, Plain, Softcover, I had no idea what an essential it would become for my creative life. Sitting doodling in my notebook has been a meditation and a blessing – plus improved my drawing skills!

Art Journal: I am currently using two different sizes to keep my range expanding and the possibilities going: Strathmore Mixed Media Journal 8.5 x 11 and the Strathmore Watercolor Art Journal 8.5 x 5.5. Plus I recently started using Strathmore Softcover Mixed Media Journal, 7.75 by 9.75 and am trying to find my way to gathering my day artfully.

Collage Art: I am just about to start using a Fabriano Sketchbook like this one. for working on art pieces using collage.

Art Field Notes: I have also just bought a Strathmore Sketch journal like this one but with white paper to start gathering the creative exercises I do and what I learn from them.

For Collage

365 Collage Journal: For my daily collages I use this strong, colourful and affordable journal from DeSerres. Learn more about keeping a 365 Collage Journal here.

Everything Journal: I love using a big old hardcover book to gather anything and everything from life around me. Next year I’m going to try combining the 365 and Everything.

Dream Journal: I used a book from my bookshelf. I looked for something strong with not too many pages, that would lie flat and that could add some colour or interest.

Looking at all of these journals, I still can’t quite believe how many there are – and that I use every one!

More Journal Showdowns!

We Invite You to Participate in the Journal Showdown!

Create a video or a blog post and share the link here. We can’t wait to see how you journal!

Collage Materials & Tools for the Artist in You

In the Studio with Jamie: Collage Materials & Tools

Being familiar with the tools and supplies for an art form gives every artist, beginner and experienced, confidence and ground on which to grow. When I enrolled in a collage intensive at art school, I was delighted to not only get a detailed list of required supplies but also to receive guidance on how to use them. We even had a whole demonstration just on adhesives! In this first In the Studio with Jamie video, I share with you everything I learned at art school about the tools and materials you need for collage.

Prefer to Watch in Segments?

Because I do share everything, this has turned into a long-ish video and so I thought it might be helpful to break it down into smaller sections for those of you who would rather watch a bit at a
time. Please let me know if this was useful.

More of This?

Over the past year I have had the joy of creating art journaling/visual journaling classes for both 21 Secrets at Dirty Footprints Studio and Spectrum at Hali Karla Arts. I’d love to know if this is something you’d like to see here at Jamie Ridler Studios.