The ABCs of Journaling is your fundamental guide to documenting your life the way you want it. Artist and best-selling author Abbey Sy has been collecting journals for 10 years now, and in this book, she shares tips and advice on how to creatively chronicle day-to-day activities, travels and adventures, and honing your habit of keeping a journal — to make it a memorable recollection of personal memories & life events.


Published by Summit Books 

Where to buy

Major bookstores nationwide (National Bookstore, Fully Booked, Powerbooks)
Selected stores (SM Department Store, Robinsons supermarkets)
Buqo (e-book) : Click here to order

International Orders: Rainbowholic Shop

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The ABCs of Journaling Challenge

About the Challenge

Document your life the way you want it and make your memories count with the ABCs of Journaling Challenge. For 25 days, join me for a series of prompts that will hone your creative journaling skills and inspire you to chronicle your daily experiences together with my book, The ABCs of Journaling.

For three months, I’ll be guiding you with tips and advice on how to journal better and improve your creative skills. Feel free to browse the hashtag #ABCsJournalingChallenge and learn from each other! 🙂

Instructions
  1. To join, create artworks based on the challenge themes posted on my Instagram (@abbeysy).
  2. New themes come in every Wednesday & Saturday, at 8PM Philippine time. You can also refer to the list on page 113 of The ABCs of Journaling for the chronological list. We will be adding bonus prompts for every 4 prompts.
  3. To qualify, upload a photo of your journal entry on Instagram, tag @abbeysy, and add the hashtags #ABCsJournalingChallenge & #ABCsofJournaling. Don’t forget to include the book in some of your posts if you have your copy.
  4. Work output can be in different mediums for every submission. The more creative, the better!
  5. There will be bonus prompts and surprise giveaways in between the challenges, so don’t forget to regularly share your artworks on Instagram!
CHALLENGE SCHEDULE
DAY 01: DESIGN YOUR COVER

Make your journal extra personalized by designing your journal cover. Add embellishments, decorate with stickers, illustrate on it – the possibilities are endless!

DAY 02: GOALS FOR THE MONTH

What do you want to achieve on a new month? Sleep earlier? Eat better? Share them in a page.

DAY 03: DAY IN THE LIFE

I’m curious — how does a day look like for you from the moment you wake up until you call it a day? Journal it!

DAY 04: SOMETHING INTERESTING YOU SAW

What piqued your interest today? Illustrate it.

DAY 05: GO-TO JOURNALING TOOLS

Take a snap of your top tools for journaling. Why do you like using them? Share your answers.

DAY 06: GRATEFULNESS

What are you grateful for so far? Jot them down.

DAY 07: DAILY ESSENTIALS

What’s inside your bag?

DAY 08: NOW PLAYING

What’s on your current tracklist? Share with us your songs!

DAY 09: PASTIMES

What do you like doing when you’re not working or studying?

DAY 10: OOTD

What’s your go-to ootd?

DAY 11: HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK

What were the things that made your week memorable?

DAY 12: WORKSPACE

Where do you fuel your creative journaling energy? Share a snap or illustrate your workspace.

DAY 13: TRAVEL

Share either: snippets of your recent trip, or your dream destination. What excites you about traveling?

DAY 14: LOOKING FORWARD TO

What are you looking forward to in the coming months?

DAY 15: HOMETOWN

Where do you live and what do you love about it?

DAY 16: ME TIME

What are your fave self-care activities? 

DAY 17: NOTE TAKING

Jot down notes and insights from an article you’ve read.

DAY 18: A SKILL YOU WANT TO LEARN / IMPROVE ON

Share your thoughts and ways on how to learn / improve on this skill.

DAY 19: EPHEMERA

Create a collage of ephemera you like collecting.

DAY 20: LINES FROM YOUR FAVORITE BOOK OR FILM

Share why you like reading/watching that book/film and share a few lines from it.

DAY 21: 2017 SO FAR

List down a few highlights from your year so far.

DAY 22: WORK IN PROGRESS

Show a peek of the journal page you’re working on.

DAY 23: WHAT YOU ATE TODAY

Illustrate a food diary.

DAY 24: A MEMORABLE PAST EXPERIENCE

Write down a memorable past experience you wish to relive.

DAY 25: LIFE BUCKET LIST

Share 5 things that are on your life bucket list.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

I have no experience in journaling / This is my first time. Can I join the challenge?
Anyone can join! Doesn’t matter where you are in your creative journey or whether or not you have tried journaling. The important thing is to be open to try.

What journaling tools are needed?
Anything you have in your arsenal (ink, markers, pens, watercolours, washi tapes, stickers, etc.) and a copy of The ABCs of Journaling book.

How long is the challenge?
25 days spread out over 3 months. Don’t worry, we won’t do this every day! Only twice a week. You can still maintain your journaling habits.

What date/s should I post my artwork/s?
You may post anytime within the week. If you’d like to join me, post a day or two after the daily challenge prompt has been announced (e.g. I posted on Wednesday, you may post on Thursday or Friday).

I haven’t had time to catch up on the previous prompt. Can I still join?
Of course! I purposely didn’t do a continuous challenge to allot more time for practice. You may follow me on Instagram and check the hashtag #ABCsJournalingChallenge to track the list of prompts.

Journaling Tips

Making Time to Journal

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Top tips to stay on track with your journaling habit, and making time to document on a regular basis.

Daily Journaling

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Tips on how to make your pages stand out, ways on how to document daily and samples of journal entries you can get inspiration from.

Travel Journaling

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Things to remember when journaling in transit, materials to take with you, and how to keep your adventures in the pages of your own journals.