My sketchbook journal habit has taken a serious hit in the past five-ish years; but it was justified because I was busy with, you know, college. However, now that I am not in college, I have resolved to give my sketchbook journal the attention it deserves.
I have two complete sketchbook journals from my high school years, and I love looking through them because of the memories and feelings they evoke. All the little things that were special to me — notes from friends, pictures, quotes — went in my sketchbook journal.
So, what’s the difference between a sketchbook journal and a scrapbook? In my opinion, a sketchbook journal is more intuitive. There’s less explanation and more feeling. You still include elements like photos and old notes, but you guide your viewer through them with color and symbols more than text. For example, here’s the sketchbook journal spread I finished this morning: