We’ve had previous posts on the Austen Authors blog about Jane Austen themed gifts and goodies to buy, from blankets to coffee cups, playing cards to bed pillows.
I’ve bought a few of those things myself. They’re nice to have; but what really catches my eye and makes my hand go for my credit card is Austen-inspired ephemera. Here’s why:
For as long as I can remember I’ve kept journals on different topics; but my main journal, the one that sits open on my desk every day, is my writing journal. Here’s the journal I’m currently filling:
In it I track my daily words counts, plan social media posts, list weekly blog post topics, and document the tasks I perform related to my business of writing.
Any journal-writer will tell you how satisfying it is to fill a journal page with things to do and tasks completed; but I think it’s even better when you can enhance your journal writing with color.
I’ve seen some people add beautiful lettering, borders and designs to their journal pages; but I’m not particularly artistic, so I’m never satisfied with my free-hand efforts. Instead, I rely on stickers, decorative washi tape and images that relate to my journal topic.
Not long ago I pulled out that credit card I mentioned and purchased some washi tape and Austen-inspired illustrations that are perfect for my writing journal.
Stickers and washi tape come in handy in other documents I use regularly, too. For years I’ve been compiling a dictionary of Regency terms. Here’s a sample page:
The initial header at the top of the page came from a set of alphabet printables I purchased on Etsy. But the page is still a little plain; wouldn’t a line of washi tape at the bottom add a much-needed dash of color to the page?
I use other Austen inspired stickers and printables to brighten plot and character sheets I build when I’m working on a story. Here’s the first page my current character sheet for Charles Bingley:
Adding a new element like the Charles Bingley apothecary card is a fun way to bring color and whimsy to an otherwise bland document. And since these are documents I look at fairly regularly, why not make them nice to look at?
If you like to journal, I’d love to know what subjects you write about. What’s your favorite method for decorating your journal pages?
If you’d like to visit the Etsy shop where I purchased the Jane Austen alphabet initials and apothecary cards, here’s a link. Just enter “Jane Austen” in the shop’s search box. (Please know, I’m not an Etsy affiliate and I don’t receive any reward from the Etsy shop; I just like to share fun things I find online.)
There are lots of places to find inexpensive decorative washi tape. Amazon.com has a good selection, as do most office supply and craft stores. Now, get out there and make your papers pretty!
You can see the full, blank version of my character sheet. Just click here to view or print.
You can also see a longer sample of my Regency dictionary by clicking here.