Incited Media is a process using your choice of lettering, writing, photography, or any mixed media techniques in your notebook or journal. The main purpose of the Incited Media Journal Process is to make you feel inspired and excited (incited) about designing a life and/or business that excites you.
My incited media journal has become my very own blueprint for my life and business. It’s my creative outlet, as well as being therapeutic, calming, and fun. It keeps me inspired and excited (incited) about my learning, life, and business, and gives me a place to brainstorm, plan and document my journey. It helps me look forward to what’s to come, and is also a time capsule that I can use for reflection. I freaking love it.
I developed the process when homeschooling my daughter, Avah, who is dyslexic. Instead of reading and writing pages and pages of text, we used photos, sketchnotes (doodles and lettering), different textures and materials, newspaper/ magazine clippings, and stickers to create a visual representation of what she was learning.
We turned a plain, old notebook into her incited media journal for research, projects, visual essays, book reviews, and as her personal diary. Not only did the process help her learn, it was also lots of fun, aesthetically pleasing, and quite therapeutic and calming. It also gave us a creative outlet, which was great because I have no artistic talent at all.
I loved it so much, I created my own incited media journal for planning, brainstorming and documenting. In fact, my whole business plan for my work as a content strategist was done using the incited media process. Now I create editorial calendars, design vision boards, take research notes from books and podcasts, and record the evolution and progress of my business all in my journal.
1) Use any notebook you like. Some people like blank pages, others like lines or a dot grid layout. Me? I prefer a graph paper grid journal. Sometimes, I will use my wire board or a clipboard, too.
2) Journal as you go. I find the bullet journal method and traditional planners too restrictive. I need room for doodles, brainstorming, and brain dumping. So, rather than preparing your pages in advance, use as much room as you like before you move on to the next day, month, or topic.
3) Start a media file. As you read papers or magazines, cut out relevant headlines or pictures and keep them in an envelope or file. I also keep scraps of craft paper, doodles I’ve done, and photos, too.
4) Use whatever materials or techniques you like. It really is all about making your journal something you enjoy using and looking back over to make you feel inspired and excited (incited) about your life, learning, or business. Seek inspiration by looking on Pinterest and Instagram, and have fun creating your own style.
Check out the resources I’ve created to help you get started. Grab a notebook, some pens, and use your journal to get incited!
P.S. Check out more photos and tips on my Instagram @lynda_cahill_incited_media.
I use #incitedmedia and I’d love you to use that hashtag too so I can see your spreads. You can also join my INCITED MEDIA JOURNAL COLLECTIVE Facebook Group here.