I am obsessed with journaling. I have been enjoying paper crafts for about four years now, but about a year ago, I saw some art journals. Boy! Everything just clicked for me. I have never religiously kept a diary, but I do enjoy writing...letters to friends, emails, and writing just for the sake of writing.
Journaling seems to be the perfect fit for me. I feel free to do whatever I please in a journal. Some pages are jammed with words, some only images, some doodles. I write about whatever I am inspired about at the time.
With three small tots running about, I seldom have the time to sit down and do anything to completion. Even a scrapbook page seems a monumental task, taking days to complete. But, the interruptions of the day don't seem so bothersome when I am in my journal. I can write for 5 minutes or and hour, whatever time is allowed. It is portable, so it goes most everywhere with me. The only accessory it demands is a pen.
When the a glorious stint in the craft room presents itself, I can spend more time being artsy and exploring any artsy inclination I have had.
I find I jump around in my journal: a diary type entry here, an art journal style page there, a page o'doodles over yonder. I don't set explicit rules for my journal. The constriction of a traditional diary of every page being a sequential rehashing of each day's events turned keeping a diary into a chore.
Now, I look forward to time alone with my journal...to express, create, and record.