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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Referencing all those journals - the lazy way


An 8 1/2 x 11 page of thumbnails from one of my journals
I recently had reason to refer to something in an old journal, and it took me only 3 minutes to find it.  Knowing you journallers as I do, you, too have many, many volumes to keep track of.  I know there are people who have the discipline to number pages and create indexes but that's not me, and that's not how I recall information.....I recall events by the pictures I drew of them.  So, upon completing each journal, I photograph the cover and all the pages and print a contact sheet with thumbnails of every page.  I label the pages and pop them into a binder, divided by category (regular journal, garden journal, travel, etc.)  I can flip through those pages and find what I want very quickly!

12 comments:

  1. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Jeanette, that's absolutely brilliant! I often use my Flickr images to find something I need, but I don't scan or upload everything. Yours is a much better plan, thank you.

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  3. FABULOUS idea, Jeannette!!!!!

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  4. What an excellent idea. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. love this idea, thanks for the beautiful art that you do.

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  6. Ooooo, my tired and often absent memory loves this idea :)

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  7. this is precious! I use flickr sets to find things - but this is really a great substitute!

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  8. Great idea! I too sometimes go looking for a page. This would be quite helpful!

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  9. Good idea. I'm only a few sketchbooks in to this reclaimed hobby so I could go back and do this. I would use MS Publisher to make the index. I do scan everything, so I have them all by date and type in folders on my PC. In fact, that might just be good enough.
    --Kate

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  10. Goodness - you are organised ! I like the idea of the thumbnails on the front,- Great idea and I would like to try that. But I am not organised enough to index. I upload my drawings everyday drawing onto flickr and began to tag them all . I am a librarian - but definitely not a cataloguer

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  11. This is such a splendid idea! A lot of my journals are in storage right now, on the other side of the continent, but I'm going to start doing this with the ones I have handy.

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