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10+1 Spring journaling ideas to boost your creativity

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Ah, spring! The season of renewal; the time when nature wakes up from its winter slumber, and the world bursts into a riot of colours and scents. 

There's something about the fresh air, the blooming flowers, and the longer days that stirs our spirits and revitalises our minds.

As the world around us awakens, so too does our creative energy, making spring the perfect time to harness that energy and channel it into creative pursuits. And what better place is there to do this than in yourspring journal?

Whether you’re into painting, sketching, writing, music or building a bee hotel in your garden,  – whatever exhilarates and uplifts you, spring journaling helps you to find inspiration, plan your creative projects, stay on track and reflect on the experience.

So much more than just a diary of your daily activities, yourspring journal is a canvas for your imagination, a repository for your thoughts and observations, a space where you can dream your wildest dreams, a sanctuary in which your creativity can flourish.

Looking to infuse a little more springtime magic into your life? Try these ten ideas and journal prompts designed to help you blossom into your most creative self.

1. Make room to bloom with a gorgeous spring journal or notebook

Our brand newWildflowers collection features a range of delightfulnotebooks andwall plannersthat will have you fired up and ready to start journaling like a wild thing this spring.

Inspired by the abundance of beautiful flora that burst into bloom in spring, Notely founder and designer Jenica Smith has carefully craftedthis stunning new collection that’s brimming with the vibrant colours and lush textures of the season. 

With covers featuring gorgeous watercolour paintings that thrum with the energy of wildflowers dancing in the spring breeze, this collection is a must-have for boosting your creativity with spring journalling.

2. Springtime sketches & watercolours

If you're artistically inclined, spring is the perfect time to get yoursketchbook out and capture the splendour of nature at her finest. 

Grab your favouritespring notebook,pocket notebook orjournal and head outdoors for a day, or even an hour on your lunch break and spend some time capturing the beauty of blooming trees, buzzing insects, or even the play of light and shadow on the ground.

Experiment with watercolours, coloured pencils, or whatever medium speaks to you. You don't need to be a professional artist; the act of creating is what matters!

Springtime sketching & painting prompts
  • Start a mood board in yourbullet journal ornotebook by collecting images, quotes and clippings that resonate with the spirit of spring. This visual inspiration can be a powerful way to kickstart your creative process. It can also help you explore colour palettes, themes and emotions that you want to convey in your work.
  • Take yourspiral notebook on a hike and draw some of the wildflowers you see on your walk.
  • Use pencils, crayons, pastels or paints to express the feelings that spring awakens in you. 
  • Paint a picture of a spring storm brewing on the horizon.
  • Find a fascinating insect and draw it in detail.
  • Sketch spring scenes in your local park.
  • Try somenature journalingwith a combination of drawing, painting and writing. Take your Wildflower orFern Fancy notebook and write down your feelings, thoughts and observations. Try to describe the plants, insects, birds, animals or landscape around you. Write about the weather conditions. Reflect on the emotions evoked by your surroundings.

3. Burgeoning poetry

Spring is a season that has inspired poets through the ages. The feeling of freshness in the air, the multicoloured flowers blooming everywhere, the gentle breeze, birdsong in the trees – it all comes together to form a symphony of inspiration. 

Now is the time, if ever there was, to unleash your inner poet! So, grab yourbottle blush orAnna Manolatos notebook and start penning your own spring-inspired (or other) poems. Release your inhibitions and let your words bloom like the flowers in spring. 

Use your Wildflower notebooks to capture moods, emotions, desires  inspired by the beauty of the season in poetry. Give yourself permission to experiment with form and style. Play around and see what you can come up with.

Stuck for ideas?  Here are some prompts to get you started.

Poetry prompts

  • Write a haiku capturing the essence of a spring morning.
  • Describe the colours and scents of the flowers in your garden.
  • Imagine yourself as a budding flower, about to bloom. What would you say to the world?
  • Write a poem about the first flower you see today and imagine the story it holds within its petals. 
  • Describe the colours of the flowers you find on your daily walk.
  • Write about the birdsong you hear in the morning.
  • Try to capture the feeling of warmth on your skin. Man Watching Waterfall Notely Notebook In Pocket

4. Soundscapes of spring

Music has the power to evoke emotions and transport us to different times and places. OurCup Notes notebooks (with covers made from a mix of recycled coffee cups) provide the perfect place to compose lyrics and create fresh melodies that capture the essence of this scintillating season. 

Soundscape prompts

  • Use birdsong as the inspiration for a new piece of music.
  • Write a song about the awakening of nature in spring.
  • Create a piece of instrumental music that reflects the changing moods of spring.
  • Craft a set of lyrics inspired by the sounds you hear during a springtime walk.

5. Spring short stories 

Your Wildflowernotebook orblossom journal is the ideal place to create short stories that capture the essence of spring. Think about the changes in nature and how they mirror the changes in our lives. Maybe your characters embark on an adventure in a blooming forest, or perhaps they find a hidden treasure beneath a field of wildflowers. Let your imagination run wild and don't forget to include the sensory details that make spring so special.

Spring-themed short story prompts

  • The awakening: Write a story about a character who hibernates through the winter and wakes up in the vibrant, blooming world of spring. What changes do they notice? How does this newfound awakening affect their life?
  • The enchanted garden: A mysterious garden blooms overnight in the heart of the city. Tell the tale of a person who stumbles upon this enchanted place and discovers that the flowers have the power to grant wishes. What would they wish for? At what cost?
  • Spring festival: Describe the preparations and experiences of a small town as they get ready for their annual spring festival. Explore the traditions, relationships and surprises that come with this joyful event. 
  • A stranger in springtime: A lonely child befriends a magical creature that only appears during the spring. Write a story about their adventures together and the bond they form as the season unfolds.
  • The forgotten diary: A character finds an old diary hidden in the attic, chronicling the springtime adventures of someone who lived in their house a hundred years ago. As they read, they begin to feel a mysterious connection to the past. What secrets will they uncover? How will it impact their present?

Feel free to add a dark twist to any of the above, if that’s more your thing.

Plant Journal Picnic Eating Strawberries

6. Green fingers plant journal

With nature putting on a spectacular show, it’s hard for plant lovers to resist getting stuck in to the garden around this time of year. Why not double down on the benefits of growing things by opening up a spring section of yourplant journal?

Use your plant journal torecord your plants’ progress, likes and dislikes, and any feelings and insights gained as you watch them grow and mature.

Plant journal prompts

  • Write about the changes spring has brought to your garden.
  • Draw and/or write about your plans for a garden makeover.
  • Reflect on how you can make your garden more attractive to bees and butterflies.
  • Create a jobs list to get your garden ready for the summertime.
  • Create an entry for each of your houseplants. Draw or paint them. Record their progress, what energy they add to the room and how they make you feel.

7. Spring culinary adventures

Spring brings an abundance of fresh produce and flavours. Use your spring journal to document your culinary adventures and create your own recipes inspired by the season. 

Culinary journaling prompts

  • Keep a record of the seasonal fruits and vegetables you encounter at your local farmers' market.
  • Create a recipe for a spring-inspired dish and illustrate it with watercolours or sketches.
  • Write a food diary of a picnic in the park, describing the tastes and aromas of your springtime meal.
Woman journaling in a flower field with Blossom notebook

    8. Gratitude garden

    Spring is the perfect time to start a gratitude journal and reflect on all the blessings bestowed on us. Cultivating a mindset of appreciation can boost your overall well-being and inspire creativity. 

    For a springtime twist, dedicate a section of your journal to a "Gratitude Garden" where you can write down things you're grateful for and illustrate them with symbols of spring.

    Gratitude garden prompts

    Man Journaling Writing List On Picnic Rug
    • List five things in nature that you're grateful for each day.
    • Draw a bird to represent the joy of birdsong and write a short passage about what you love about it.
    • Write a thank-you letter to the Earth for the beauty and abundance of spring.
    • Draw a blooming flower to symbolise growth and renewal and write a paragraph or two about ways you’ve grown that you’re grateful for.
    • Reflect on the small moments of joy you've experienced, like a butterfly landing on your hand or the scent of blooming lilacs.
    • Draw a dark storm to represent the troubles you’ve weathered that you’re grateful for because they made you stronger. Write about the tough times you went through and the joy of coming through them as a stronger, wiser person.

    9. Springtime self-care

    Self-care is important all year round, and spring gives us the opportunity to channel all the fresh clean energy of the season into our self-care routines.

    Springtime self-care prompts

    • Make a list (in words or pictures) of aspects of spring that bring you joy, replenish your energy and restore your balance. 
    • Reflect on ways you can incorporate the beauty and freshness of spring into your self-care routine, e.g., eat more seasonal fruit and veg, take more walks, dance barefoot in the rain.
    • Take a look at ourself-care tips for different personality types, pick one item that resonates with you, do it and write or draw your experience in your spring journal.

    10. Personal growth

    Spring is not only a time for nature to flourish but also a great opportunity for your own personal growth. Take some time out this spring and use your journal for self-reflection. You could also use yourWildflower notebook and wall planner for a springtimepersonal and/or business reset

    You can also use your springjournal or notebook to plan for future growth. Write, draw, create vision boards or collages to create a vibrant representation of your dreams and aspirations for the season and beyond. 

    Personal growth prompts

    • Record any areas in your life where you’ve noticed growth and progress. And jot down some growth areas and personal growth goals you have in mind that you can revisit next spring.
    • Describe the moments of renewal and self-discovery you've experienced recently.
    • Write down your goals and intentions for the coming months. Add spring-inspired pictures or illustrations that will motivate you.
    • Reflect on the changes you've experienced since the beginning of the year. How have you grown?
    • Create a vision board of your goals for spring:
      • Collect images, quotes and symbols that represent your springtime aspirations and paste them into your journal.
      • Write down specific goals you hope to achieve during the season, both creatively and personally.
      • Reflect on the steps you need to take to make your dreams a reality and use your Wildflower notebook orbotanical journal as a roadmap to success.

    Bonus Idea: Seasonal sensory journaling

    Spring engages all your senses. Try sensory journaling by focusing on what you see, hear, smell, taste and touch. Engaging your senses in this way can help you connect more deeply with the season and infuse your creative work with vivid details.

    Sensory journaling prompts

    • Write about the scent of blooming flowers, the sound of a gentle breeze or the taste of fresh fruit.
    • Describe a secret garden you stumble upon while taking a spring walk. Use all your senses.
    • Reflect on the feeling of spring sunshine on your skin and how it affects your mood.
    • Write about the many different ways spring awakens your senses.

    4 Quick spring journaling tips

    As you embark on your spring journaling adventure, keep these tips in mind.

    1. Consistency is key

    Try to make journaling a regular habit, whether it's daily, weekly, or whenever inspiration strikes. The more you engage with your springjournal ornotebook, the more your creativity will flourish.

    2. Take it outside

    Don't limit your creativity to your writing desk or studio. Take yourjournal ornotebook outdoors and let nature itself become your muse. The sights, sounds and scents of spring will infuse your work with authenticity.

    3. Share and connect

     If you're comfortable, share your spring journaling journey with others. Join online communities or creative groups where you can exchange ideas, receive feedback and find inspiration from fellow artists and writers. 

    Try looking up local groups on your socials and take a gander atMiranda Balogh’s suggestions for art communities to join. Also, Writers’ Digest reviews and rates websites and online communities for Writers annually. Check out their101 Best Websites for Writers 2023 for ideas.

    4. Embrace imperfection

    Remember, your springjournal is a place for exploration and experimentation. It doesn't need to be a masterpiece. So, don't be afraid to make mistakes or create imperfect art. 

    If you’re feeling blocked or overwhelmed, take a look atthese tips on how to overcome journaling road blocks. Then, just let go of your inhibitions, silence your inner critic and watch your creativity blossom like the flowers in your garden. Embrace imperfections and mistakes as opportunities to learn and grow as a creator. It's all part of the process.

    Get started on your spring journal today

    Spring is only here for a short time, so don’t waste another minute! Grab your Wildflower notebook, wall planner orjournal and let the spirit of spring guide your creative endeavours. 

    Whether you're penning poetry, weaving stories or crafting art, ourjournals and notebooks provide the perfect companion to help you bloom and grow – and they’re kind to the environment! 

    All our products, including the newWildflower collection, are made using post-consumer waste, includingFSC-certified recycled paper and card stock made from discarded coffee cups.

    Plus, you’ll be helping us to achieveour mission to replant 100,000 trees by 2025. For every order, we plant one native tree, and every three orders protect an extra two square metres of our native rainforest.