The ABCs of Journaling
by Abbey Sy

Summit Media

Rarely do we review “book-like objects” but The ABCs of Journaling hints at a significant trend riffing off the Slow Movement. By Abbey Sy, a blogger, artist and “moment collector” from Manila, in the Philippines, it aims to encourage people to create artsy journals that allow them to communicate with their inner selves, as she puts it. These records bring together personal stories and memories with supposedly mundane things: ticket stubs, photographs, sketches and the like. Sy, who packs every page with cheerful illustrations, holds your hand as she takes you from a definition of terms such as “flow-writing”, to famous diarists (Thomas Edison apparently kept a diary in 1885, which was his first sustained break from work in 26 years), and explains how and what to document daily. Food is an obvious subject as are lists – for example, “5 Things I’m Grateful For”. If you’re wondering who has time for such things, Sy is not for you, although this armchair observer was happy to learn a few things from the book (such as who makes the best notebooks and the quality of paper recommended). The ABCs of Journaling follows the author’s bestselling The ABCs of Hand Lettering.