Banner Theme Headings
for My Everyday Journal

Before I jump into more blog posts about my word of the year, I thought it might be helpful to show some headings of page themes. Once again, what I love about making a calendar journal in a dotted or grid journal is the versatility it offers. Because my focus and interests may change each year, my theme pages often change too. I take some time for listening prayer, asking what to focus on, and also reflect on things that have caught my attention over the past month or two. This year, meaningful quotes and verses keep catching my attention, so I’ve dedicated some pages to those at the beginning of my journal to refer to over the year. I also came across a great website for finding quotes: It is a new find for me, and a treasure trove of inspirational quotes.

Having already done a definition word study for my word of the year, now I do a Scripture word study and read through all the verses that have my word, or the idea of the word, in them. From the list, I choose the most meaningful to me personally and write them down in my journal. Last year I wrote down the Scripture references, but this year I’ve decided to write down the entire verse/s in the journal. Here is a post link I wrote in the past about how to do a word study:

As I look through 2017’s journal I look for what I want to repeat and what I want to modify. I referred to the banner page ideas often to make my monthly calendar. I thought I might include one again, but realized that all that practice in making banners enables me to freehand them now. I’m not going to include it in this year’s journal, but here is a photo of last year’s banner page:

Instead, I am drawing banners as the headings for most of my major theme pages as you can see below. I am also making some modifications for page titles such as: “Interests & Ideas” are replacing “Goals” or “To Do” lists. The “Artworks Made” section in 2017 will be modified to “Art & Projects” since I’m doing more developing and writing this year. Here is a photo of last year’s art banner and this year’s. Then the spread to record my interests, ideas, art, and projects.

“Books Read” has been changed to “Books”. I’ve decided to write the books in pencil I want to read or am in process, then when I finish reading them I will write over the pencil with pen, erase the pencil lines, and color the “books” with colored pencil. I am adding a “Movies & TV” category this year. It’s one category I wish I would’ve included in previous journals.

My daily entry banners kind of “fell off the wagon” last year, so this year I would like to be more consistent. I bought a bullet journal stencil pack from Amazon and gave myself permission to play with possibilities for the daily banners.

As I was playing, I thought I have enough banners going on already, so I am going to focus on a shape or vertical small banner with the number date on it for my daily heading. I will use the same heading for each month and might even mix a symbol with it. The key for me is that the daily entry title needs to be fast and easy to do.

I have a few more pages I want to feature, such as Significant Symbols and my animal of the year… but all in good time. Right now I have my quotes & verses and am excited to focus on my word of the year with a new project I will share more about next time. Here is a preview picture of my “Mystery” word of the year:

Cosmic Galaxy & Space theme Washi tape ~ Purchase Online from: Etsy by PasoKuma

Blessings of Hope to You this New Year 2018!

Links to Posts about Word-of-the-Year & Everyday Journaling:

How I make an everyday calendar journal in a Leuchtturm1917 journal:

About exploring a word of the year:

A surprise that led to an animal of the year:

“Why Journal? The Benefits of Journaling” . In addition to the post contents, check out the comments. People have contributed great reasons for journal keeping.

If you are seeking a Word for the year, you may find inspiration in the post “Listening for My Word of the Year.”

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Bernice Hopper, and Mary Brack, and I share insights through blog posts for keeping an Everyday Calendar Journal. We will be using the journal to record events, experiences and relationships; to explore our word’s meaning in visual and fun ways. If you would like to connect with others in creative way about organizing your word, your ideas, thoughts, prayers, events, or your projects all in one place, you are invited to join our Facebook group: Everyday Journals ~ Living Your Word of the Year.
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Cosmic Galaxy & Space theme Washi tape ~ Purchase Online from: Etsy by PasoKuma

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  1. I am enjoying my for involved “bullet” journal and just ordered the stencils you used. I think they will help me keep this simple as well as creative and useful. Good luck with your new Everyday Journal group. I have joined and enjoy what is posted. I think the three of you are doing us a great service and my hope it that it will not exhaust any of you physically, personally or spiritually. Remember to take care of you. And now I will stop sounding like your mother! 😉

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