Issue 1.3 Every Thing Every Where Journaling Bibliography

Issue 1.3 of Useful Journaling is now available on my Ko-Fi page. Below is the bibliography and associated readings I read before, during and some after drafting my posts. While I didn’t use as many of these in the writing this time, I did a LOT of reading on the topic. Enjoy!

UJ1.3 Bibliography:

Alvarez, K. (n.d.). Tiny Ray of Sunshine. Retrieved 11 27, 2020, from

Gregory, D. (2003). Everyday Matters (1st paperback edition ed.). Hyperion.

Holiday, R. (n.d.). The Art of Journaling: How To Start Journaling, Benefits of Journaling, and More. Retrieved 11 25, 2020, from

Holiday, R. (2014, 1 24). How And Why To Keep A “Commonplace Book”. Ryan Holiday Meditations on Strategy and LIfe. Retrieved 11 26, 2020, from

Kim. (2020, 4 8). HOW & WHY TO START A COMMONPLACE BOOK. Gently Being on Youtube. Retrieved 11 26, 2020, from

Konnikova, M. (2014). The Lost Art of the Unsent Angry Letter.

MACKENZIE, S. (2015, 3 2). WHAT I KEEP IN MY COMMONPLACE BOOK. REad Aloud Revival. Retrieved 11 26, 2020, from

Phelan, H. (2018, 10 25). What’s All This About Journaling? New York Times. Retrieved 11 26, 2020, from

Price, D. (1999). How to Make a Journal of Your LIfe (first ed.). Ten Speed Press.

Spangenberg, L. L. (2020, 2 5). The Commonplace Book LIves. Lisa L. SPangenberg. Retrieved 12 28, 2020, from (n.d.).

Wikimedia Foundation. (2020, 5 24). Commonplace book. Wikipedia. Retrieved 11 26, 2020, from

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Issue 1.2

Issue 2 is out! I put the finishing touches on issue 2 a few days ago and got it all printed. I think it looks amazing. As a last minute addition I cut the spines off a few copies of Scientific American from 1986. Then I printed the word Ephemera on them. A chunk is included in each copy for you to use as ephemera.

This issue features 16 pages of information and instruction on counteracting fear of the white page. This issue features physical alterations for the page and journaling. These techniques are adaptable for written and visual journaling.

I really dig the cover. I copied the journal page from the thesaurus then manipulated it and crumpled it and manipulated it some more. Then I printed it on a gorgeous ivory colored coverstock that matched the pulpy thesaurus paper. Despite it being lighter weight coverstock, it’s thick and amazing feeling. The printer loved this paper and the black toner really pops.

I stapled it all together with purple staples.

The first 125 copies are arriving with a bonus copy of “Some Notes on Building a Journaling Practice.” The mini zine will be available separately after this printing. The mini zine explores the idea of how do you get yourself to journal and fight your internal resistance to self care.

Get it here.

A word on the various pieces of Scientific American inside, I am not taking requests from anyone asking for a specific chunk. You get what you get, unless you request to not get an alcohol ad. There were 3 or 4 spread through out and I’ll check to make sure you don’t get one if you don’t want a booze ad in your mail.

Craft Notes Zine

Now Carried By!

Great news, Useful Journaling 1.1 will be carried by The Word Distribution, a zine distro that specializes in light hearted and fun zines. I’m pretty stoked to ship off a few copies and expand journaling goodness to more people!


Simplicity Issue, Bibliography

This is the full bibliography for the Simplicity Issue, links are arranged in the order they were mentioned in the zine, not correct APA format. Any links to books in this list will be to an Amazon Affiliates page in an attempt to get a few sweet cents of referral money, but please use your local library or book seller!


Emmons, R. 2010, Why Gratitude is Good,=.

Price, C. 2007. Stumbling Toward Gratitude.


Craft Notes

Printing Notes

The full color laser printer has been both a joy and a heart ache. It needed a new drum. Sadly the printer has been discontinued as has the drum. There are repair parts available and at some point I’ll be looking into them. It is possible to rebuild the drum with a few purchases on eBay. I was lucky and found a remanufactured drum for decent money on Amazon.

I picked up bright white smooooooth Neenah heavy weight cardstock for the covers. I tested on another cardstock and the print was perfect. Sadly the Neenah is thicker and heavier than the stuff I tested and the printer fought me on it EVERY STEP. As a result I have a few test prints with errors and glitches. Smears of ink and other ick. Anyway. I found some heavyweight glossy photo paper for the first run of covers. I only had enough to print 90 covers. I’d hoped for a first run of 100. Of the 90 good covers, probably only 75 will look good. I also tested printing on some photo paper made for inkjets. I was really lucky that the crud stayed ON the paper and didn’t glue itself to my drum or rollers.

Then I ran out of yellow toner, right after I’d printed 20 copies of the inside cover. Yay.

I have 16 messy covers which I’ll use to mess around with more printing and end up with something neat.

The insides are printing up easily and look great.


Coming Soon!

I’m working on a new low(er) tech zine. Returning a bit to my roots of simple design with black and white printing inside. I’m attempting to design it all in the computer, but we all know how much I love a glue stick and scissors.

So what will Useful Journaling be? each issue will focus on a style and method of journaling; it’ll combine writing and art to give you ideas on how to get started with keeping a journal. There will be prompts and thoughts to get you writing.

It’ll have 16 pages of goodness in a pocket sized package. I’m going to make them the size of a pocket notebook, think Field Notes or 3.5×5.5 inches. The right size to slip into the back pocket of a Leuchturm1917 or a Moleskine or one of the many A5 notebooks available.

Where will you be able to pick up Useful Journaling? I’ll be launching on Ko-Fi’s new shop system. You can also support my endeavors at Ko-Fi by purchasing me a coffee.