The Little Book of Dread: Journaling with Negative Emotions

Today I’d like to talk to you about the benefits of journaling with Negative Emotions. Quite often we see posts about the positivity of journaling. Mostly memory journals, project life and posts that always end in some sort of positive outcome. 

However, if you are like me sometimes life just feels really unfair, overwhelming or damn right shit. 

I have a little journal which I call my Little Book of Dread. I keep it separately from everything else and don’t write in it daily. When I do write in it though I unleash all my anger, sadness and hate for whatever it is at the time. I scream at the page with my frustrations. Scribble, swear and have tear drops all over. I don’t care. This journal is never going to be seen by anyone else. This is my journal of true and honest feeling. 

I am only human and yes I know it’s great to try and look at every silver lining etc but sometimes I don’t want too. Sometimes I feel like enough is enough and why me?

Everyone feels like that but not many will admit it because we think it makes us selfish, it makes people pity us. It makes us feel weak. At least that’s how I often feel. I’m a pretty strong outgoing person but I can only tolerate so much.

There are benefits to this sort of journaling. 

1) A problem shared is a problem halved. This way it’s shared judgement free.

2) You can be brutal and honest with yourself and about others.

3) It helps you to de-stress and feel less overwhelmed.

4) You can tell it your deepest darkest secret and learn a lot about yourself in the process.

5) It can leave you exhausted but in the best way. 

6) It leaves you feeling much lighter, like you don’t have to carry that burden around with you.

7) You can unleash your inner crazy voice, this is great since as it’s generally not appropriate to do that in public.

If you haven’t tried this yourself I would highly recommend it. The process is very cathartic. I’ve even gone so far as to burn the book when it’s full, and it really does feel good. Like letting good of everything that’s tried to break you.

Give it a go you won’t regret it. Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x


Life Documented 2017

Hey Everyone, 

I have posted previously about creative journaling that I do. Up until recently it was something I did to celebrate or mark an occasion or memory. This meant that I could go weeks without doing a page.

I had seen the lovely Geraldine mention on her BlogYouTube and Instagram something called The Documented Life project. Unfortunately the original project doesn’t run anymore however there is a Facebook group set up for a 2017 similar version.

Each week on the Life Documented 2017 Facebook group and blog a Prompt and Quote are posted for you to follow. There is also a monthly overall theme. Of course you don’t have to stick to the themes and you can do use your own ideas.

I didn’t start this journey until February but I’ve really enjoyed it so far. I really like the prompts and quotes as they force me to be more creative and think out of the box.

I will be posting regular updates on this project. 

Right, let me go through the spreads so far I have undertaken which are all in my Webster’s Traveler’s Notebook. 

My first week was Week 5.

Challenge: to incorporate a Zentangle or doodle in my journal.

Prompt: “Do not fear mistakes – there are none.” Miles Davis

Week 6

Challenge: Layers

Quote: “I love Layers” Alexander Wang

For this spread I actually did the ballons and tree’s as fold up flaps so I could write within them as you can see on the 2nd picture.

Week 7

Prompt: Valentine’s

Quote: Even after all this time, the sun never says to the earth “Look you owe me” Look what happens with a love like that, it lights the whole sky – Hãfiz 

For this spread I chose to do heart ballons for the week days amongst a night sky. Using quote on the tag.

And that is me up to date. This week’s spread is something that has taken me completely out of my comfort zone and made my inner perfectionist cry, but that’s a good thing! 

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x 

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Creative Journaling in my Travelers Notebook


I have always wanted to start creative journaling but due to my perfectionist issues I have put it off.

However after watching some YouTube videos from Geraldine Jayne I decided that I was going to give it a whirl.

As it turns out I absolutely love it. Every planner I own is functional so I have decided the Websters TN will be for my creative endeavours.

Creative Journaling is such much fun and I really feel it’s good for the mind and soul. I’m exploring different materials to use and techniques to try.

I’ve even found that I am more aware of my surroundings,  everything I look at is an opportunity to include in my creative journal.

I’ve even added things like watercolour paint, leaves, photos etc.
There is no definitive way to get started, everyone’s journal is unique.

I’ve now found other YouTubers to follow as they have some great ideas, tips and trick. Anna Brim and My Green Cow are two of them, along with Geraldine.

Here are some photo’s of my progress so far.






Do you have a creative journal and find it therapeutic? If not but you think it is something you’d enjoy I’d definitely try it 🙂

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x