Thursday, June 29, 2017

[Guest Article: Andrea] How-To Traveling Book of Shadows

A note from Witchy Words:  At the beginning of the year, I asked the circle I coordinate, Circle of Fountains, if they'd each like to do a guest article based on a topic that I might not be able to cover.  This is a great effort by my amazing circle to give you information that you might not otherwise encounter here at Witchy Words.  The following article is written not by me but another member of Circle of Fountains, with credit and notes about its author below.  Enjoy!


Items needed

Making your own traveling book of shadows is a great way to make a portable BOS and journal to take everywhere with you.  Above are the tools needed for your own travel BOS from either Etsy or Amazon. Be sure to search for the notebook that you like.

Inside mine, I currently have three notebooks but I have gotten five thin books in mine at one time. So don’t worry - you will have plenty of space for things. The three notebooks are also named so I know what I want to put in them.  The first notebook is called “year to year events for both normal and for Circle of Fountains." The second one is named “The Knowing Vol. 1” and the last one is called “To Dare Vol. 1."   On the right side of all the notebooks is an index.  By numbering the pages, I can easily access everything. I use the index different ways to organize them. The first two are like any normal index but the last one however is also color coded.

Inside the “year to year” notebook on the back of the cover I have the following written down:
  • Month by month list of the following:
    • Sabbats
    • Esbats
    • Mercury going retro and then back to normal
    • Comets ( if there is any for the year)
    • Eclipses
  • Events for Circle of Fountains
    • Blog post due 
    • Rituals I have created
    • Classes we are teaching, both as a group or to each other
    • Drunk Div nights with the girls

The second book “The Knowing Vol 1” is used for the following:
  • Wheel of the year
  • The sabbats
  • Elements
  • Esbats
  • The four seasons
  • Tarot card meanings and a couple spreads I liked
  • Pendulum Chart  (still a working one)
  • Witches pyramid

The last notebook “To Dare” has the color coded index:
  • Spell and energy work (Blue)
    • Spells
    • Quarter calls 
    • Circle casting
  • Circle of Fountain rituals (green)
  • Poems and chants (red)

Now onward to the crafting part!
  • Cut your mixed media paper to be 8 3/4th inches by 9 3/4th inches.
  • Take your 12x12 designer papers, you picked for a cover. Now cut it to 8 1/2 inches by 9 1/2 inches.
  • Feel free to add water color, stamps, crayons etc. The reason I prefer mixed media paper is that it can hold most art media, even watercolor.
  • Fold your mixed media paper in half.
  • Take the cover design paper and fold it around your stack of papers.
  • Cut it a few inches bigger than your mixed media paper
  • Place your note book on the cutting mat. 
  • Using a rotary blade or an Exacto knife and a metal ruler to keep the edges straight, cut the three side to be all even. 
    • Please be careful when using sharp object, and if you are young please make sure you have adult supervision. 
  • Repeat steps 4 through 7 until you have the desired amount of notebooks.
  • To get the three notebooks like I have in my journal, I used an extra-large rubber band and have the rubber band so it is in the center fold.  
  • At this point you can staple or sew your binding together if you choose.  I didn’t on mine as I found it easier to write in them.
  • Then take one of the notebooks and pull it behind the one using the elastic that came with the journal cover. This will give you three books using the elastic that come with the book and one rubber band.
  • Then let your imagination run wild on how you want to use these books and how you want to decorate them.  

Most of all have fun with this. It doesn’t have to be perfect!  Enjoy!


Andrea is a self-proclaimed lazy pagan and the Archivist for Circle of Fountains.  If she isn't hanging with the circlemates, she is at home surrounded by her husband and five cats playing games or reading. She loves to make greeting cards and is skilled in paper crafting. You will always find her with her Nook no matter where she goes.

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