Since I assessed the state of my numerous journals-in-progress, I've decided to revisit ones that have been neglected for longer than desired. The first one I chose to work in is a little 6 by 6-inch journal I call "Love Letters to Myself" (all my journals have titles.) Each page in this journal features a quick little affirmation and/or reminder that I need to live a happier, more fulfilled life. I keep the collages in this journal extremely simple, just enough to illustrate the message. I also do not date this journal as I want the pages to have a sense of timelessness.
I collage some sort of text for the background in advance and then, when inspiration for a new page hits, I can jump right in and start playing. I prep backgrounds in advance a lot; often I will prepare an entire journal before I ever work in it. There is an intial time investment but later, it means that I am rarely confronted by a white page when sitting down to work. Plus, background prep work is the perfect studio activity when I'm having a lousy health day.