Creative Art Journals – Be Inspired By Some Of The 10 Most Original

In my previous post I already introduced you to the many advantages and reasons to keep a diary. Maybe in the meantime you’ve started working on your own project: How do you like it?

For those of you who don’t know how to get started, this article might inspire you. Did you know that there are a lot of cool editions of original, creative diaries?

To show you the way, I will give you an overview of the 10 most inspiring journals. Not only do they all have an attractive layout, also the content makes it really fun to use them on a daily basis.


1. Zen as F*ck: A Journal for Practicing the Mindful Art of Not Giving a Sh*t – Monica Sweeney

Zen-as-f*ckA great original diary full of beautiful illustrations, with an attractive layout. The words are printed in colorful letters.

Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a professional writer for this journal. You can choose how to work in it. It doesn’t necessarily have to be gone through from front to back.

Feel free to pick activities that suit your feelings at that moment. For example: “Think of one person who has made your world just a bit better. Write down the feeling they give you in a word or two. Grab your decorative pens and make this page as f*cking awesome as they are.”  This book will help you find more peace and let go of minor or major irritations. It’s also a very nice present for friends and loved ones!


Click here to order it!



2. The Happiness Project One-Sentence Journal: A Five-Year Record – Gretchen Rubin

happiness-project-one-sentence-journalThe author of The Happiness Project brought out this one-sentence-by-day diary.

It’s really fun to start it, because you collect some kind of time capsule over a time span of 5 years of your life.

Every night you write down a sentence or three about what happened that day.

This will help you to appreciate the little things in life and feel more gratitude.




Ready for your five-year-project?



3. Get Your Sh*t Together Journal: Practical Ways to Cut the Bullsh*t and Win at Life – Sarah Knight

Get-your-sht-togetherThis journal by the author of ‘Don’t Give A F*ck’ will help you ‘Get Your Sh*t Together’.

The following topics are covered: the power of negative thinking, how to spend less money and save more, how to manage your fears, practical tools to get your sh*t in order, ending the bullshit cycle, preventing avoidance behavior and lots of other good sh*t!  🙂

It is a powerful, witty written, practical guide to finally reach your goals by focusing on what is really important for you.



Start getting your sh*t together right here!



4. Count your rainbows: A Gratitude Journal – Jenny Mecher


This gorgeous diary helps you cultivate gratitude.

It is beautifully illustrated and filled with thought-provoking clues.

Through many inspirational quotes you will be trained to focus on the positive things in life.

In this way you will feel more appreciation for yourself and others and your overall well-being will increase.



You find it here.



5. Start Where You Are – Meera Lee Patel

Start-where-you-areThrough this beautiful diary you will be challenged to integrate mindfulness and conscious breathing into your life.

With its playful and colorful look it invites you to have fun and play.

The edition is printed in very nice full colour and offers unique possibilities to look at your day and the moment.

It offers a rich variety of activities, from writing prompts to games.

Moreover, it is richly illustrated and contains a lot of quotes that give food for thought.




START right here!



6. Wreck This Journal – Keri Smith

Wreck-this-journalThis is the right book for young and old, if you want to live life to the fullest!

This book is full of the most diverse, stimulating assignments: You can throw it away, take it in the shower or fill it with little things you found on the street.

You’re allowed to mix and match all the assignments in the way you want.

The results are often stunning and addictive. Once you’ve scribbled/written and pasted a Wreck this Journal, you’ll want more….
A new edition has also been released for those who love colours!



Get the original one here!



7. 365: A Daily Creativity Journal – Noah Scalin

365-daily-CreativeLooking for a nice creative DIY book? It is right here.

With this journal Noah Scalin offers you 365 project prompts to kick start your creativity. On top of that you’ll have plenty of room for journaling, sketching, and writing down new ideas.

You can work according to the letter but also give it your own twist.

Through working with this journal you will learn to choose your subject and document your work.

In addition, you will master new techniques such as clay-making, quilling and paper pop-up engineering.


Start your daily creativity here.



8. The Scribble Diary – Lisa Currie

Scribble-diaryThis is a very nice diary that helps you clear your head.

It’s all about the following question: What’s going through your mind right now?

You can use it during the day to take a short break or if you get stuck during a creative thinking process.

The booklet is nicely designed with simple black and white drawings.

This gives you a lot of room to fill it in as you wish.



Click here for your personal copy!



9. The 5-Minute Journal – Intelligent Change

5-minute-journalThe Five-Minute Journal was created with leading research into positive psychology by The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California. Among the benefits were mentioned:

– Higher levels of positive emotion
– More joy, optimism and happiness
– Feeling less lonely and isolated
– Acting with more generosity and compassion
–  Stronger immune systems

With a simple format based on this psychological research, you begin and end each day with an awareness of what makes you happy and what you are grateful for.
And this with only 5 minutes a day! You can add little drawings and scribbles wherever you like.

Get in less than 5 minutes!



10. Tiny Buddha’s Worry Journal – Lori Deschene

tiny-buddha-worry-journalThis beautifully designed interactive diary was released by the founder of the popular online community Tiny Buddha.

It helps you cope with stress, reduce your fears and find more inner peace.

It’s a wonderful collection of life directions, quotes, questions for reflection, and color and scribble pages.

The diary consists of 3 chapters: Let It Go, Plan Forward, Color and Draw Yourself Calm.

With the help of this diary you will be able to take a little me-time every day and consciously pay attention to yourself.

You can purchase it here.


I’m sure you’ll really like at least one journal from the series above! I wish you lots of inspiration and creativity with it.

Please let me know what your experiences were like by leaving a comment below.

With love ❤,





  1. Hello Catherine,

    Thank you for sharing these journals. I personally know hoe good journalling can be for the mind and soul. I always journal when I go travelling but always stop when I get back to reality, when in fact, that is when I should journal the most to help with the craziness of life.

    I definitely have to get The Tine Buddha’s Worry Journal. That is the path I need to take, especially the part “let it go”.

    Thank you!

  2. Good afternoon! I currently keep a diary, and I love looking back over the years at my thoughts, my mental processes, and how things and I have changed. Life is beautiful, and when we begin to see our own personal transformation-physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually-it really (or at least should) inspire us to reach for the stars, chase our dreams, reach our fullest potential, and be the best versions of ourselves that we can possibly be. Great read! God bless you!

  3. Hi Catherine, amazing options!! I’m truly into journaling. I do it very often. It helps me to think and, in the same time, free my mind. It is almost a way of meditation if you like. It is really a good practice. It doesn’t matter if it is a fancy one or if you get a simple notebook, but the practice of it. It’s amazing. However, when you have a nice journal notebook it inspires you for sure. Love it. Well-done.

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