Discover more about bullet journalist Helen Colebrook

Manuscript Ambassador Helen Colebrook is a creative journal maker who has been inspiring bujo artists for over three years across both her website and Instagram – which boasts over 66,000 creative minds.

She is renowned for her use of bold colours and intricate designs that always impress!

Helen Colebrook switch tips artwork

How long have you been journaling and what made you start the hobby?

I have journaled on and off for most of my life, but it’s been more of a consistent habit since 2016 – it’s become a real passion and habit. I was looking for a way to express myself creatively and journaling became the perfect outlet for me.

What inspires you?

Nature and changing seasons definitely is a massive inspiration in the way that I create. The colours outside my window always find a way of showing up on my pages. It may have something to do with the weather too.

I love watching YouTube videos to see how other people document their days too; there is always something new to learn. Whether it’s a technique, a style, a new writing technique, I can always add to my creative arsenal.

What is it about journaling that you enjoy?

There is no pressure and there is not a “wrong” way of journaling!

A sketchbook always makes me feel that I need to create a great sketch or piece of artwork. In my journal, I feel free to create and document in any way that I like, with no expectations, limitations or pressure.

What is your favourite Manuscript product and why?

The Switch Tip pens are my personal favourite. I love that I can quickly change the nibs around for brush lettering, writing and doodling, in such a wide variety of colours. I do have to keep getting refills.

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What benefits do you find to journaling?

Creating in my journal helps me switch off from a busy work day, so it’s a relaxing experience. It’s also somewhere that I can create my plans, note down funny conversations and explore any difficulties that I’m facing. It’s a memory keeping exercise as much as a creative one.

Where do you most like to get creative?

I have a desk devoted to creative fun. I’m surrounded by all my favourite supplies and I can see straight out into the garden. As soon as I sit there, I can’t help but feel inspired.

Does a blank page scare you?

Yes, I’m not a fan of blank pages! To take away the fear, I very often add some bright colours, washi tape or stickers. Best just to doodle! As soon as something is on my page, I immediately relax and he creativity starts flowing

If you had to give one tip to aspiring journal artists, what would it be?

Don’t over-think it – just start! You will find your own unique style by trying out different techniques and you will be amazed at how different your journal pages look in just a few months’ time. Always have a look back and see how far you’ve come. These pages will be part of your journaling journey.

Check out a gallery of her work below...

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Helen Colebrook

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