4 ways to Hide Journaling

In my free Inspired Mini Course I share an art journal prompt (among other things! Learn more here: Inspired Mini Course.) In it, I hide my journaling with a collage.

I wanted to share a few more options for hiding your writing in your art journal.

Why would you want to hide your journaling?

Most of the time you probably don’t need to or want to, but sometimes you may. If you share your art journal pages, you may want to hide journaling that is particularly personal or if it mentions something or someone you don’t want to share publically.

You may want to hide your journaling from yourself as well. You may want to get something out that is on your mind or heavy on your heart, but you don’t want to see it again. In that case, you may want to use one of these 4 ways to hide your journaling.


#1 Pockets or Envelopes

One solution to hide journaling is to slip it into a pocket or envelope.

#2 Collage Over Journaling

The second solution is to write it out and then collage over it. This page is from my free Inspired Mini Course.

#3 Write Over

The third idea is to simply write over your writing. You could fill a page and then start writing over what you just wrote and continue writing.

Or you could just strike out your words or use cute circles like this:

#4 Paint Over

The final idea is to paint over your writing. You can experiment with paints, but I usually use acrylics to cover writing. Watercolor (in my experience) will not cover your writing. If you use a dark color, you may need to use a thick layer of paint.

So those are 4 ways to cover up your journaling that you want to keep hidden.

In my free Inspired Mini Course, you’ll get a creativity booster, an art journal prompt (where you can use the tips from this post), learn how to pull out inspiration from your art journal page to design your own jewelry piece. I also share a full jewelry tutorial that you can customize to suit your own personal style.

Learn more and sign up here: Inspired Mini Course.

Free Inspired Mini Course – Introduction & Part 1

Sometimes you don’t feel 100% creative and you need a little boost.  You might be in the middle of a creative block and need a little inspiration to get your creative motivation back.

Today I’m sharing Part 1 of a new free mini eCourse to help inspire you and get you started toward creativity again.

[Below is basically a transcript of the video.]

This free mini course is in 5 parts:

  • Part 1 is a creative activity to inspire you and boost your creativity.
  • Part 2 is creating an art journal page.  Don’t worry if you haven’t done this before, I’ll suggest ideas for your art journal – even if you don’t feel like an artist.  Even though I’ll be sharing my pages, your art journal is just for you and you don’t have to share your pages with anyone.
  • In Part 3 we’ll pull out themes and ideas from your art journal page.
  • In Part 4 we’ll sketch our jewelry ideas.  Don’t worry if you don’t think you can sketch or draw.
  • Part 5 is a jewelry tutorial.  In this mini course I hope that you’ll be inspired to come up with your own unique ideas with your own personal style.  If you do, I hope you’ll make your own piece.  However, if you’re not sure, I have a fun, customizable jewelry tutorial for you using materials you likely already have on hand.

As I said, I’ll share Part 1 here today.  To get the remaining lessons, Parts 2-5, just sign up below and I’ll send you the link to enroll in the mini course for free!

This mini course will give you a taste of my full eCourse, Inspired eCourse.  Inspired eCourse is a creativity/art journal/jewelry making course.  If you like this mini course, you’ll love Inspired eCourse.  You can check out the full Inspired eCourse here: Inspired eCourse.

Now, let’s get started.

Part 1:  Creativity Booster:  Clean Your Workspace

Part 1 is a creativity boosting exercise.  The exercise is clean your workspace.

By workspace I mean anywhere you work, whether you have a full studio, a drawer stashed with beads or anything in between.

I think the main reasons this works are:

#1  You will get your mind off of creativity.  This will actually help you come up with ideas.  My very best ideas happen when I’m doing something else.  Have you ever noticed you get ideas in the shower or when you’re doing mindless chores around the house?

#2  You will actually see and touch your supplies.  You might find things you forgot about or lost and get ideas of what to do with those supplies.

#3  Have a clean space makes you want to dive back into a project.

Sometimes it’s our tendency to want to “come up with ideas” or really push ourselves when we have creative blocks.  Instead I find it helpful to do something — almost anything — else.

For instance, cleaning your workspace, taking a shower, cleaning your house, doing the dishes, basically doing something that takes your mind off creativity, but something you don’t have to think about too hard.  Maybe reading a fun novel or magazine would work for you.

Do you remember that feeling when you’re in the bead store or online shopping and you find a great bead, clasp, etc. that you can’t wait to use?

Sometimes you don’t use it right away.  Then life calls and you’ve moved on.  The beads get stashed on your worktable or in a box or wherever and you forget about them.

This happens to everyone.

Sometimes you have a few beautiful leftover beads from a project that have been tossed aside or forgotten.

When you organize your supplies, you will see them again.  It’s like when you got them the first time!  Now you’re excited to use them again.

I find this to be the case even with leftover beads from other projects.  I’ll be like, “Yay!  I still have a few of these beads!”  And start coming up with an idea.

What you can do right now:

Even if you have very little time to do a whole big reorganization, you can set a timer for 15 or 20 minutes and see how far you get.


  • Putting away beads leftover from a project.
  • Organizing your tools.
  • Just picking out the scrap wire to recycle.
  • Just picking out any trash that accumulated.
  • Separating your mess into piles of like items (i.e. a pile of wire, a pile of beads, a pile of tools, a pile of findings)
  • Make a list of things you need to get at the store to complete your organization (i.e. bins, bead containers, etc.)

As you can see, even if you don’t have hours to devote, you can just set a timer for 5 minutes and take one step.  Even just 5 minutes can really get your creativity percolating. 

Also, you may find things you want to let go of.  You can donate this items to a charity thrift store or someone who would love them.

I go through and purge my supplies every so often and I love the feeling of knowing I love everything I have left.

So dive in and clean up your workspace.  When you find some beads that you’re really inspired by as you go along, go ahead and put them to the side for a jewelry project.  I like to collect beads I want to use next in a pretty bowl or on a tray.

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Mini Binder Art Journal Update 2

Mini Binder Art Journal Update 2

I’ve been using my Mini Binder Art Journal for a couple of weeks now, and I have an update for you today.

I’m loving the freedom of this art journal and it’s really inspiring my creativity.  I love that I can add in little things that just delight me like postcards or Project Life cards that I love anywhere I like.

I shared my intentions and an introduction into my Mini Binder Art Journal here.

Update 1 is here.

Here’s a video flip through of this update:

(if you prefer to just look at the photos of my pages, see below)

Photos and descriptions of the pages: 

Mini Binder Art Journal Update 2

Mini Binder Art Journal Update 2

Postcard with quote written on the back.  “There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”  ~Henri Matisse

Next page is a reminder of this quote in my own words.

  • Background is watercolor.
  • I drew the flowers.
  • I used chalk markers to color in the flowers.

Mini Binder Art Journal Update 2

On this page I drew pictures of the creatures we saw during a hike at the Swatara State Park.  No, I can’t draw, but I wanted to remember this day anyway, so I just went for it.  (And who knows?  With practice I could get better!)

Mini Binder Art Journal Update 2

5 Good Things from this day.  I saw someone on Instagram had this prompt in their art journal and I decided to give it a try.

I taped strips of masking tape and then used watercolors to pain the stripes.  After the paint dried I pulled the tape off and wrote the list.

Mini Binder Art Journal Update 2

I love great blue herons, so I decided to look up some information about them and put it in my art journal.

The background is watercolor.  I took the photo.  On the back I wrote my own reflections about great blue herons.  (See next photo.)

Mini Binder Art Journal Update 2

Right side:  very minimalist art journal page.  Background is kraft paper.  I used a Project Life card and then a printed out quote.

Mini Binder Art Journal Update 2

The next few pages are dedicated to one fun day I had with my husband.

This page is a drawing of our day and what we did.

Mini Binder Art Journal Update 2

Left side is a collection of receipts from the day.  Right side is a few feathers I collected at the lake we visited.  Background is watercolor.

I love using everyday ephemera and collecting little memorabilia I can use in my art journal.

Mini Binder Art Journal Update 2

This page was something else I saw on Instagram.  What’s working and what’s not working.  Background is watercolor.

Mini Binder Art Journal Update 2

This page contains tags and a receipt from a shopping trip to Community Aid, a thrift store and charity.  I love how the different colors work together.  Background is acrylic paint.  I had painted the page and didn’t like it, but I like it with the ephemera on top.

Mini Binder Art Journal Update 2

Background is watercolor.  Then I added feathers I picked up during a walk around my town one day.

Follow along with my posts of my art journal pages on my Instagram page:  @KimberlieKohler  I try to post daily, but sometimes I’m not quite as consistent.



Mini Binder Art Journal Update

Mini Binder Art Journal Update

I’m a week in with my Mini Binder Art Journal and I have art journal pages to show you.

I’m loving the freedom of this art journal and it’s really inspiring my creativity.  I love that I can add in little things that just delight me like postcards or Project Life cards that I love anywhere I like.

I shared my intentions and an introduction into my Mini Binder Art Journal here.

Here’s a video flip through of my pages so far:

(if you prefer to just look at the photos of my pages, see below)

Mini Binder Art Journal Page 1

  • Background is scrapbook paper
  • Map paper
  • Butterflies cut from scrapbook paper and fabric
  • A piece of a postcard.  The previous owner of the postcard wrote, “Where they go courting.”

Mini Binder Art Journal

Mini Binder Art Journal

Mini Binder Art Journal

  1. Postcard with a quote written on the back.  “Look deep into nature and you’ll understand everything better.”  – Albert Einstein
  2. The title page taken from an old (beat up) copy of The Velveteen Rabbit that I did a collage on.
  3. Back page from the title page.  The illustration is from the book, but I added the colorful fabric butterflies.

(Note:  I have a few copies of The Velveteen Rabbit.  It’s one of my favorite books.  I’ve collected them from flea markets so I can use them in my art journals.  I also have one pristine copy I don’t touch.)

The next page is rainbow stripes of watercolors.

Mini Binder Art Journal

Mini Binder Art Journal

  1. Postcard with nature quote.  “Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature.  It will never fail you.”  -Frank Lloyd Wright
  2. Page featuring another quote.  “The butterfly counts no months but moments, and has time enough.” -Rabindranath Tagore
    1. Background is scrapbook paper
    2. I drew the flowers
    3. More fabric butterflies

Mini Binder Art Journal

Mini Binder Art Journal

  1. Project Life card (I just liked it, so I added it as is.)
  2. Collage with scrapbook paper, magazine clippings and another Project Life card.

Mini Binder Art Journal

Mini Binder Art Journal

Mini Binder Art Journal

  1. Project Life card with a quote.  “I go to nature to be soothed and healed and to have my senses put in order.”  -John Burroughs
  2. Photo cut from an old book
  3. Journaling using the quote as inspiration *

*Click here for a post about this art journal prompt.

The next page has a watercolor background with a collage of paper strips.

I also added in a section for quotes and ideas that I can jot down and have in one place as they come to me.  Creativity begets more creativity, so I just wanted to be able to capture ideas as I’m working in my art journal.

Follow along with daily (mostly) posts of my art journal pages on my Instagram page:  @KimberlieKohler

Art Journal Prompt: I go to nature

Nature Art Journal Prompt

Lately I’ve been working in my Mini Binder Art Journal a lot.  In it I’ve just been playing in any way I feel like each day.  I love the freedom of the being able to add in any kind of paper I like.

It’s also inspired me to think about my layout in a different way.  For example, I made this 2 page layout in my regular art journal.

Nature Art Journal Prompt

This is pretty normal for me.  I like doing 2 page spreads.

But I used the same prompt in a different way in my Mini Binder Art Journal.

Nature Art Journal Prompt

Nature Art Journal Prompt

Nature Art Journal Prompt

I decided to use a Project Life card to write the quote.  Originally I was going to place it on the page with the deer image.  But it just didn’t seem to work.

Then I realized I could just place it in before the deer image, leaving the deer image as a full page.

On the back I did my journaling in response to the quote.

Art Journal Prompt:

I love this quote and you may want to use it for your own art journal:

“I go to nature to be soothed and healed and to have my senses put in order.”  ~John Burroughs

I simply took the first part of the quote and wrote my response to it.  “I go to nature . . .”

You could use any quote or poem this way.

Do you have a favorite quote?  How could you use it as a jumping off point in your art journal?