Bullet Journaling,  Tools

Journal Tools – Photography

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In lieu of an exercise for this month, we are talking about journaling tools. And photography is something that can add so much to your journal. I hope you try it for yourself.

For many, photos aren’t generally a journaling tool. However, adding photo’s to any journal helps to connect the written word with an image.

It is a really cool thing.

Just an FYI – There are no affiliate links in this post. Just my opinion and experience.

I’ve always loved photography and have dreamed of taking beautiful pictures. Scattered around my house are vintage cameras to lend to this love. However, I have long been a purist where my journal is concerned.

That means journals are for written words and photography, well, they are just pictures.

Recently, I’ve found a way to merge the two.

Though the technology isn’t new, the ability to print from a phone is quite new. For me anyway.

As I’ve been following other bloggers and Youtuber’s, I’ve discovered these little mini printers that people were using in their written journals and bullet journals. Immediately, my interest peaked and I knew I must have one.

That was over a year ago.

As I have explored bullet journals more and have begun to get more creative with them, I decided it was time to purchase one. And It has been so much fun.

Here are some of my pages where I’ve added photos to my daily log:

The model I chose was the Canon Ivy. I read the reviews and looked at other models. After finding that the different models were all quite similar in price and picture quality.

Using the Canon Ivy for adding photography into your journal.

Basically, my decision came down to the fact that the printer came in rose gold – which matched my phone. Lame, I get that. But, hey, I’m coordinated.

Here is a list of the things that I really like about it:

1. Small and compact
2. Relatively cheap
3. Easy set up
4. Photo paper is on sticky paper

Lets break those down.

Small and compact

The actual printer is about 5 x 3 inches and roughly 1/2 inch thick. It can be tucked into your bag easily or in a carrying case. It is actually bluetooth enabled so once its charged, you don’t need the cord to go with you.

I did buy a case to go with it because I wanted everything to be in one place. But the case, with the cord and extra printing paper, fits easily into the backpack I take with me most often.

Relatively cheap

The printer itself runs about $100. Not bad for something that you can take a photo on and print immediately.

As far as the photo paper goes, the price is about $.50 per photo when you purchase a large package on Amazon. The thing I was most impressed with was that the paper comes in packs of 10 which I believe is the amount that fits easily into the printer. But when you purchase a pack of 50, it still comes in wrapped packages of 10, keeping the rest of the paper fresh and clean for the next time your printer needs to be loaded.

And, the printer lets you know when its empty and refilling it is easy.

Easy Set-Up

I’m putting this as one of the things that I really like about the printer but I did have to search for a video that showed me how things worked.

Included in the packaging are printed instructions but I struggled to understand those. A quick video showed me that I needed to add it to my bluetooth menu and how to open the printer to add the paper.

That is easy though I think the instructions that come with it aren’t as easy to understand.

Photo paper is sticky

This is the option that I really like. I like being able to take a picture of a sunset, or a butterfly cocoon (or a stray grandchild or two), print it and stick it into my journal. Having a picture that goes along with my words is amazing.

How this works for journaling.

I was concerned that the paper would cause issues when I wrote on the next page of my journal. If you look at instant photo paper you can see my concern. However, the paper that the Canon Ivy uses is quite thin – think card stock. The only time I have an issue writing is when the edge is right in the line that I am trying to write on. Otherwise, I barely realize that I am writing where the photo is.

Another issue I’ve found – and I think this is my own issue – is that since I use my #bujo for nearly everything in my life, there isn’t always room for the photos. I’ve been making adjustments and it works because bullet journals are nothing if not flexible. Photography is just another added layer to my bullet journal.

I don’t use them all of the time. That is the other thing. I do believe that I’ve seen other bullet journal users add spreads for their photos. However, I prefer my #bujo to be really organic, meaning that adding things as they come and being flexible is important.

One thing that I’ve struggled with is the picture quality. I’ve found that the pictures turn out a bit dark. Whether this is from the photos I choose to print or that I struggle with picture editing (and I do), this printer seems to work best with lighter photos. Inside the app that comes with the Ivy, there is a possibility of editing and I would suggest learning to use it.

If you’ve thought about getting one of these printers, I would encourage you to go ahead. It is a fun tool, even if you aren’t a bullet journaler, as your own photos can enhance your journal writing. Or at least give you a photo (worth 1000 words) to remember what it is you were writing about.

Until next time,

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