This book is more comprehensive than a college class. It includes useful descriptions of different types of paper, adhesives, paints, pens, pencils, inks, etc. Many diverse techniques (wet processes, dry processes) are explained in detail, with instructive lists as to what you will need for each type of project. Novel layouts for the journal page, transparencies, layered or collage pages are explained, and the book is just loaded with full-color illustrations. Nature journals, illuminated manuscripts, journaling with children or in collaborative groups, and capturing "a sense of place" are included. Over a dozen artist profiles give the reader a wide array of perspectives and inspiration. The journaling process is also linked to the mental process ("from pattern to metaphor") and includes "the illusion of layers", "brains on paper", "the inner world" and "stepping-stone to the future", as well as spiritual and symbolic influences in journaling. If you want to bind your own journal, this book tells you how to do that too. I see myself referring to and reading this book over and over again.