My Journaling Story...

My Journaling Story...

Hello,
First thing I am going to do is warn you, this is going to be a long one! So if you have the time grab yourself a nice cup of your favourite beverage and get comfy. Alternatively you may want to dip in and out of this post, as and when you have a couple of minutes to spare. Either way I would like to say thank you for stopping by and I am looking forward to sharing my story with you.

I've been journaling in some way or another, since I was about 10/11 years old. It started with a scrapbook style and I would include photos of my hamsters and write about them. I then started documenting specific events - birthday parties, Christmas' and I'd be making up little journals for each occasion. This carried on throughout my teens and my love for horse riding provided more photos to collect and journal with. When I hit about 18, I was lucky enough to be able to afford my own horse and the journaling stopped for a while. All my time was spent with my horse - Harley and although I did take photos, without cameras on mobile phones back then, I don't have nearly as many as I wish I did!

(Me with Harley)

Roll on 10 years, I'd got married and had my first little boy - Cooper. I'd found my way back to journaling again and had started a baby journal (more about this in a minute). I very sadly lost Harley when Cooper was about 7 months old and later gathered all the photos together that I had of him (as I said before, no where near as many as I would have liked) and started making a scrapbook style journal, documenting my life with Harley, (more about this in a minute too). It was around now I discovered journaling video's on YouTube and got inspired by the idea of keeping a journal of Cooper's life, that I could keep adding to and give to him when he was older. Cooper had now become a big brother, with the arrival of Caleb and I was so excited about documenting them growing up and all the adventures they would be going on. I started making my own travelers notebooks, one for each boy and one for me. With a camera on my phone now, photos were so easy to take and I had loads to choose from to add to our journals. 

(A few of the boys' journals)

Cooper's baby journal and Harley's journal are embarrassingly, still not completed! Harley's journal I am hoping to document completing that on my YouTube channel. It will hopefully encourage me and I can plan it into my YouTube schedule, which should keep me accountable and then you'll be able to follow along too. I will also try to film some of the baby journals too, because of course, I now have another baby journal to make and I've not even started Caleb's! I've jotted dates and info down and have boxes full of photos, so it's all ready to go, it's just waiting for time, which I will hopefully get soon!

Cooper is 11 in a couple of months and Caleb is 8. They both have journals full of memories from the last 8 years! My journals have changed slightly, I still do the boys' journaling in travelers notebooks that I make myself, but I have moved my own journaling into slightly bigger journals. Again I make these myself and when I made my first one back in 2019 I realised how much I enjoyed it. I started making more and realised I could sell them to other journalers, so set up my Etsy shop. If you are wondering about the name, my favourite flowers are cornflowers and at the time we lived in a lovely little cottage on a lane. I thought Cornflower Lane sounded like a lovely place to visit and I really wanted other people to feel the same way. 

(A few of my journals) 

I have lots of plans for Cornflower Lane. I would love for you to join me and follow my progress. 

Thank you so much and if you have reached the end of this blog post. I have enjoyed sharing my story with you and I think it's one of the longest blog post I've ever written, so well done if you reached the end, you deserve a pat on the back! 

I would love to hear from you too. Let me know if you are a journaler and what type of journaler you are and how long have you been journaling? 

Take care,
Erica x
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