Give a Girl a Journal Open Up Her HeART

My delightful friend, Jamie Ridler, of Jamie Ridler Studios, is unveiling a project aimed at getting journals into the hands of as many girls as possible AND empowering them to use them!

TODAY is the official launch date of Give a Girl a Journal! #giveagirlajournal

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When I met Jamie Ridler almost a year ago at Toronto’s GDay celebration*, I connected with her immediately. It’s something you do easily when you’ve met a kindred spirit, one who is full of creative joy. I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Jamie over coffee in my backyard and in our mutual ‘hood. We share a delight in our world and our creative work, so when Jamie mentioned the Give a Girl a Journal project, my heart immediately flung wide open. I believe in the next breath I said, “I love it! What can I do to help?”

Fast forward a few months and tons of hard work by Jamie. Her project is ready to be unveiled and I’m thrilled to help promote this joy-filled endeavour, which Jamie describes, as creating a “. . . bridge between grown-ups who want to share the gift of journaling and girls around the world.”

*btw I was introduced to GDay by the wonderful Kim and Amy Sedgwick, a.k.a. the Red Tent Sisters, who are also part of this project. Check out their videos.

 

Give a Girl a Journal

Let Her Sing Her Beautiful Note and Open up Her HeART!

My own journaling experience as a young person had more to do with hidden diaries where you were supposed to write about boys. Boring stuff really. I wish someone had given me a book of blank pages and introduced me to the magic of my own thoughts, and images.

I came to journaling later in life and I use my journal to explore ideas and play with images daily. It is a quiet place and judgement-free zone I cherish.

There is no rule for what a journal should look like. Journals are as individual as fingerprints and so they should be! You don’t have to decorate your journal, but I say, “Why wouldn’t you?” My journals are a revolving parade of colour, good and bad ideas and experimental art.

 

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I have different journals for different moments . . .

Two small journals like these ones I carry in my purse. I can write down thoughts and ideas that come to me when I'm not at home (and continue to decorate when I don't feel like writing anything).

Two small journals like these ones I carry in my purse. I can write down thoughts and ideas that come to me when I’m not at home (and continue to decorate when I don’t feel like writing anything).

A large hard cover journal I keep by my bed to write down ideas or images first thing in the morning.

A large hard cover journal I keep by my bed to write down ideas or images first thing in the morning.

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A second large hardcover journal which sits on my desk for daytime dreams and ideas.

 

My Give a Girl a Journal video . . .

 

Here are more deets on Jamie’s #giveagirlajournal project . . .

  • Any girl or group of girls can be nominated to receive the gift of a journal.
  • When a supporter “gives a girl a journal”, we will send the next girl on our nominated list an inspiration pack of a journal, a pen and simple instructions on how to get started. In this way we will spread not only the magic of journaling but we will also foster a world rich with generosity and goodwill.
  • Find out more at GiveaGirlaJournal.com.

p. s.  I have an upcoming class in Toronto on Saturday, March 19th for grown-ups who want to learn more about reviving or starting their own art journal, please visit my class page to find out more about or to SIGN UP NOW visit Creating An Art Journal Practice.

 

Artist Christine Pensa believes in spreading creative joy daily!