Creative Emergence Day 20: Interview with Jamie Ridler


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I wanted to include a few interviews with journalers I admire as a part of Creative Emergence to give you some different perspective and ideas about journaling.

JamieJamie Ridler is a creative force! From her popular Creative Living with Jamie podcast to her inspirational Behind the Scenes vlogs, from innovative workshops to inspirational blogging, Jamie has helped thousands of women around the world find the courage and confidence to bring their creativity to life, whether that means re-discovering their artistic self or bringing their creative heart to their work.

Get to know Jamie at Jamie Ridler Studios.

I’ve known Jamie online for years and have even had the privilege of being able to hang out with her in real life, she is a true creative kindred and I’m happy to share her thoughts and ideas about journaling with you.

Why do you journal?

To engage with my life and to remember who I am. I?ve found that having a safe place for processing and expressing keeps me balanced and in tune with my heart. Though I would always tell you that journaling is one of my core practices, and a core practice for most creatives I know, only recently did I realize that I use journaling for just about everything I do, from planning my week to gathering my day, from creative exercise to business development. Journaling is woven deeply into the fabric of my life.

How did you get started?

I?m not sure I remember! It seems I?ve always taken pen to paper. I think I came to journaling earnestly and continuously since I discovered the Artist?s Way in university. Julia Cameron?s practice of writing three pages daily changed the direction of my life. Since then I?ve been journaling most days in many ways.

What?s your favourite thing to do in your journal?

Dump my whole heart in!! Whether that emerges in words, doodles, lists or collage, it?s all wonderful to me. I have a sometimes overwhelming amount of ideas and energy but I know that I?m never too much for my journal!

Do you have a specific brand/type of journal that you use?

A million of them, LOL! Over the past few years I have been trying to really settle into what works for me so that I could keep things simple.

For morning pages, I use inexpensive school exercise books, the kind that say ?Canada? and have a map on the cover – totally accessible and unintimidating.

For my daily journaling, I use a Moleskin classic notebook, large and lined. (It?s not really large; that?s just what they call it)

For gathering ideas, I carry a Moleskine cahier.

For my daily planning, I use a composition book.

For art journaling I love Strathmore mixed media journals. I also have sketchbooks, a negative space journal, a 365 Collage Journal, an Everything Journal? um? did I say simple?!

Do you get creative with art supplies in your journal?? If so, which ones?

Sometimes. I have a general rule to not let anything stop me from journaling, so I never wait until I have something special or specific on hand. As long as I have paper and pen, I am good to go! But I do love collaging images into my journal and also gathering mementoes. I have been doing that since I was a teenager.

Recently I?ve started drawing in my journal, which is a big stretch for me! And I definitely try to make time each week to do some art journaling, for which I love to use collage, watercolour paints, coloured pencils and Posca paint pens.


If you want to see more from Jamie, I encourage you to visit her at Jamie Ridler Studios – there is so much nourishment there for your creative soul.

Again today I want you to meet with your intention in your journal.

Using the technique I teach in my free class or anything you have learned in my classes inside the Creative Dream Circle, see what happens when you meet with the heart and soul of your intention today. Remember that each time you do this, you are clearing the channels of communication between you and your dream.

Inspired by Jamie and how she’s been creatively stretching herself by drawing in her journal – is there something that you’d like to do that you’ve been afraid to try?? Can you take a creative stretch in your journal today?

Once you’re done – let us know how it went.

Did your dream have anything new to show you today?

Share your daily journaling pics on Instagram using the #creativeemergence hashtag, or post them here on Facebook. (I’ll be sharing my pics and thoughts on my Instagram.)

And/or leave a comment below. (Yes, you will need a Facebook account in order to comment. Apologies to those of you who don’t have Facebook.)


Because I loooove my Circle members, I’ll be posting links to resources inside the Circle in most of these posts so they can dive into the lessons a little deeper. If you’re not a Circle member you can just ignore this part – or join us!


  • For more new ideas and perspectives, we’ve got the following amazing interviews and audio classes with inspiring people in the Advanced Creative Badassery Resource Library:

Being an Artist with a Chronic Illness With Samie Harding, Change with Shannon Wilkinson, Coming Out as your Authentic Self with Liv Lane, Creative Projects and Creative Practice with Jamie Ridler, Divine Guidance with Laurel Bleadon-Maffei, Poetry is a Lifeline with Liz Lamoreux, Sharing Your Story with Susannah Conway, Trailblazing with Chris Zydel, WordPress/Putting Yourself Out There Online with Angel Sullivan

You’ll need to be logged into your Creative Dream Circle account for these links to work.


See you back here tomorrow for day 21 of Creative Emergence.