PRINTABLE PAGES JOURNAL-MAKING KIT (to make a Reboot Journal of your own)

You can download this large, instant, digital kit of 35 printable pages to create your own journal to accompany your book “REBOOT After Recovery From Trauma”. It is available in my Etsy Shop. See the posts in this Reboot Resource menu for links to detailed videos on how to make your own journal from scratch.

The Reboot Book Printable Pages Kit contains quotes and headings from the book that you can cut out and glue in your journal. It also includes decorative ephemera that you can use to decorate your journal with pockets, or belly bands to hold photographs or other memorabilia.

Making a Journal from Scratch – “How To” Links

Beginner’s Guide to making Journals by Nik the Booksmith:

Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-GgMFXh_Ko&t=150s

Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3wVq57ej-s&t=113s

Part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AO0CSAkQgA&t=69s

Part 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciD1HD005M8&t=49s

Part 5: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2luSp6Jg7E&t=198s

Beginner Junk Journal Tutorial – Liz thepaperproject:

Another sequence of videos to help make a journal from scratch:

   1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-GgMFXh_Ko

    2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3wVq57ej-s

    3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AO0CSAkQgA

    4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciD1HD005M8

    5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2luSp6Jg7E

How to make a journal from an old book:

Guidelines for Art Journals

A FEW GUIDELINES FOR THERAPEUTIC, VISUAL JOURNALING

Whatever format you use to record the story of your past and to document your current work to move forward with your life, here are a few more guidelines about how to proceed:

  • The journal (hopefully a visual one) is the container for your story, your answers to the questions provided in the Reboot book, the place that captures your insights about what might be keeping you stuck, and ways you can move forward.
  • Address both the trauma and the triumphs. Don’t forget to include what inspires you, what gives you hope, signs of healing, dreams and plans for your future, etc. You want a written document of your pain and struggle, your recovery, and of your journey to create the kind of life you want.
  • To derive the most benefit, journaling should be a mainly relaxing, enjoyable experience.
  • Think of this journal as a “safe place”, even a sacred space, where you go to reflect, express, dream, re-evaluate, imagine, plan, and be authentically you. It may be that in this safe space memories you compartmentalized, minimized, or split off will re-emerge so you can deal with them now. While that is not the purpose of the journal – welcome what comes and make room for it in your journal.
  • Date every entry. You may come back to reread what you journaled and the dates will help provide context and meaning.
  • Add descriptive detail (words and images) to some of your journal entries. If you find it hard to express with words, then adding imagery or illustrations may be just your thing.
  • Do not judge your writing or your artwork – this kind of verbal expression and illustration is not supposed to be neat, pretty, orderly, follow any rules – or be judged. Spelling and grammar are not important. What you want on the page are your feelings, explorations, and insights in whatever form they take.
  • Be judicious about who you allow to see your journal. Even a slight furrowed brow from a friend could discourage you. You cannot expect others to understand your images or the value of this kind of work. This is your book to take back your life and re-imagine a future where you are free to follow your instincts, your dreams. To ensure privacy, find a safe place to keep your journal. 
  • Do a few Google or YouTube searches looking for examples of different styles and methods of visual journals to see what appeals to you. Seeing images or videos of what others are doing can awaken your interest and reveal that it is an exciting, easy, relaxing, and satisfying process.
  • Find a pen that feels good in your hand and glides easily across the page. If you want to add doodles or images to your pages, decide whether you will use colored pencils, pastels markers, or even watercolors – and, if you don’t have the tools you need now, you can often have them the next day by ordering online.
  • I like to fold over parts of a page, gluing down only the outer edges so that I end up with a pocket in which I can place notes made on other papers, letters, or bits of nostalgia. It makes the journal more interactive and dynamic.
  • If you decide to illustrate with paint, you don’t have to have special paints and/or paintbrushes. You can use a rag, sponge, paper towel or fingers to lay down paint – or borrow your children’s paints or brushes.
  • Google about mixed-media resources such as art stamps, stencils, washi tape, decorative papers, stickers, etc. There are hundreds of YouTube videos demonstrating how to use scrap paper and mixed-media resources in a journal.
  • Check out adhesive alphabet letters and pre-written words you can use for headings.
  • The purpose of a reboot journal is to break free of the old story of control, deception and exploitation, and re-imagine and re-vision your life in a format you will treasure for the rest of your life.

*** VALUABLE LINKS TO BOOKS & ARTICLES ON VISUAL JOURNALING:

A great article about combining art and writing into a visual journal: https://www.createwritenow.com/journal-writing-blog/art-therapy-combines-art-and-writing-into-deeply-personal-art-journals

Here is a website with extensive information on art journaling: https://yourvisualjournal.com/art-journal/

Inspiration & Information About Making an Art Journal – Links

MORE YOUTUBE VIDEOS THAT CAN INFORM AND INSPIRE YOU TO MAKE AN ART JOURNAL:

Journaling tips for survivors of abuse/trauma: https://www.loveisrespect.org/content/journaling-tips-for-survivors-of-abuse-and-trauma/

France Papillon gently guides you through an art journal session on calmness

France Papillon guides you through a visual journaling session on letting go

How to prepare an existing book to become a journal: https://artjournalist.com/how-to-prepare-an-old-book/

Article about value of visual journaling: https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/arts-and-health/201312/altered-book-and-visual-journaling

Altered Art Therapist Blog by Jennifer Navarrohttp://jennavarro.com/?s=altered+books

General information on altered books via “Go Make Something”: http://gomakesomething.com/category/ht/ab/

Great website with ideas on how to create an art journal:  https://mymodernmet.com/art-journal-ideas/

Reboot Bookmarks

Click on image to download this page of 4 bookmarks. Print on paper similar to card stock to have a firm bookmark.

These bookmarks can also be used as “belly bands” or “pockets” in a journal to hold notes or memorabilia you do not want to glue into the journal.

Personal Manifesto & Templates

MANIFESTO TEMPLATES by Bonnie Zieman TO DOWNLOAD

Please note these free downloads have been designed for your personal use only. To distribute or sell them constitutes copyright infringement. Thank you for respecting copyright.

Download this 300 dpi, 8.5″ x 11″ manifesto template by clicking on image.

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You can find posters and manifestos, designed by Bonnie Zieman, to download for free in the drop-down menu “Free Digital Downloads“.