Try This! - Collect Quotes and Pictures

By Michelle Heidenrich Barnes:

When I was younger, I always had a scrapbook/quote journal going. It was a collection of quotes and pictures that spoke to me in some way.  I included my own poems and pictures too. 

Summer is the perfect time for collecting quote and picture treasures while you’re off exploring new places, whether in books or in person. Sometimes treasures even come to you in the form of postcards! 

Stick your quotes and pictures in a big envelope and then, when you have a quiet afternoon, play with them. Organize them into different themes or give them permission to stand alone if that’s what they’d like to do. When you're ready, transfer them into your journal. 

Notebook Entry - 1989

Oh, and don’t forget to date your entries. When you read them years later, it will be like opening a creative time capsule.

Here’s an entry from my journal archives (1989!) that has a summertime seagull theme: 
In case you’re not able to read my handwriting, here's the quote I included from JONATHAN LIVINGSTON SEAGULL: 

“The only true law is that which leads to freedom,” Jonathan said. “There is no other.“  

These days, I’m still a collector of quotes and pictures. They surround me– on snippets of paper, bookmarked on my computer, sticky notes on my desk, pinned on bulletin boards or on Pinterest, or scrawled in any number of little notebooks scattered throughout my house, my purse, and my car. Maybe this summer I’ll finally find that quiet afternoon!

MICHELLE HEIDENRICH BARNES enjoyed several years as a successful writer of greeting card copy before following her bliss as a writer of children's poetry and picture books. Her work appears in anthologies, magazines, and on her blog,Today's Little Ditty, where she features contemporary children’s writers and monthly challenges for anyone with a penchant for wordplay. Visit her at her website: or on Facebook.

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