The best way to begin working with your dreams is to record them on a regular basis. If you do not have a dream journal I suggest buying or making one. Finding a journal that suits you is akin to finding the right traveling shoes. Sometimes you have to try on many versions before you find the right one.

Simple and Easy

Spiral or perfect bound notebooks
A simple and inexpensive way to record your dreams is to use a pre-bound (spiral or perfect bound) notebook. Many drugstores and paper supply stores, including places like Target, carry a wide variety of designs in many colors with sturdy covers.

Loose Leaf, Lined or Plain Paper, 3-Ring Notebook
Another simple technique is to use loose leaf paper and a 3-ring binder. The beauty of the 3-ring option is that you can use lined or unlined paper in a variety of colors and textures. A 3-hole punch is necessary unless you purchase pre-punched paper. With this system, artistic pieces of odd sizes and shapes can be included, too. But, you will have to have holes in your journal pages.

Pre-Made Dream Journals

Hard and Soft Cover
Most book stores carry elaborate journals with covers made in leather, vinyl, linen, or colorful papers. They come in hard and soft covers, with lined and unlined paper inside, and may have enclosures, book marks, or pockets. The beauty of this system is that when you have filled the pages you have a nicely bound book to protect your dreams.

Artist’s Sketchbook

Similar to the pre-made journal is the artist’s sketchbook. They come in all shapes and sizes, colors and bindings.

Black hard covered journals run about $10-$20, depending on size, and usually contain plain white paper. Their covers can easily be decorated using collage and something like “Mod Podge.”

One of my old journal covers (to the left) has a collage of magazine images with a layer of Mod Podge over it.

How to create a Collage Cover

Supplies:

images (from magazines, cards, postcards, photos, scrapbooks, etc.)
scissors
glue stick
Mod PodgeÒ
paint brush for glue
smooth stone, spoon or roller for print making

Arrange images on the cover of your journal and glue in place with a glue stick. As you glue, smooth the images with the stone, spoon or roller to ensure each image sticks to the surface and that the air bubbles are eliminated.

When everything is glued in place, let the glue dry before brushing Mod PodgeÒ over the entire collage, ensuring all images are covered. If you plan to decorate both sides of your journal, only do one side at a time. Mod PodgeÒ is sticky and takes a few minutes to dry thoroughly. Let the collage dry fully before turning over.

Adding Mod PodgeÒ will protect the images and help them stay intact longer than if you simply glue the images to the surface. Mod Podge is fairly durable, but can peel with a lot of wear and tear.

Fabric Cover

You can also put a fabric cover over a pre-bound journal. There are many book binding books with directions on how to do this.

 

Making Your Own Dream Journal

If you’re feeling creative and inspired, you can make your own journal. Here are a few books to help you get started:

Bookworks: Books, Memory and Photo Albums, Journals and Diaries Made by Hand (Hardcover)by Sue Doggett
Cover to Cover: Creative Techniques For Making Beautiful Books, Journals & Albumsby Shereen LaPlantz
Making Journals by Hand: 20 Creative Projects for Keeping Your Thoughts (Paperback)by Jason Thompson
The Essential Guide to Making Handmade Books: Gabrielle Fox (Paperback)by Gabrielle Fox
Visual Chronicles: The No-Fear Guide to Creating Art Journals, Creative Manifestos and Altered Books (Paperback)By Linda Woods and Karen Dinino


Typed and Audio Recorded

Some dreamers find their handwriting too difficult to read so they type their dreams shortly after waking, or record them into a digital audio recorder and then transcribe them later. I’ve discovered that there are advantages to doing this. One is that in the typing process many layers of meaning may be revealed. For most people, however, the audio recording and transcription are unnecessary steps that can feel daunting and may cause a person to become discouraged.