I'm embarrassed to say how long it's been since I just played with my supplies and wasn't doing "work" - getting something ready for a class or the things that go along with that - it's been so long that I don't even know how long! Maybe a year or more???
Although I have a huge list of things that must get done, I couldn't stop myself by working on this week's challenge for The Documented Life Project - the brain child of a group of five very talented friends, who are sharing this year long project with everyone - for FREE! I had the honor of getting to spend time with three of these gals at CHA in January in California... we had a blast!
I really wanted to use the Moleskine Weekly Planner that they were using, but had a hard time finding one at this time of year - I had several attempted purchases canceled on Ebay and Amazon and then got two Moleskine journals in the mail from unknown people. It turned out that the last one that came was the right one. Even though I purchased it on Ebay, it was sent as a gift from Amazon. Weird! We started to think that I had a "Moleskine stalker" or something! ;)
You can read about The Documented Life Project HERE. As it says on the website, it is one part planner, one part journal, and one part art journal. You can do it in any book, any journal, any format. Every Saturday they share a new art challenge on the website and on the Facebook group. There are thousands signed up to do it from all over the world - how cool is that!
I am going to use mine as a planner and as an inspirational journal and art journal. My to-do lists and plans will go on the left page, and the flap or fold out that will be attached to each right hand edge will be where I'll do the art challenge (I'm going to add them one at a time as I do them rather than all at one time like some people do), and then under the flap I'm going to write things I find as I read during the week - inspirational thoughts from my Bible reading or from reading Jesus Calling or from the message at church on Sunday - just whatever strikes me that week that I want to remember.
I read an interesting article this week about Bullet Journaling. I'm always looking for ways to be more efficient, and I love lists, so this struck a chord with me (although I'm not going to do it strictly.)
The challenge this week was to add a flap to your flap. You know how I love a flap, so this was a good week for me to take the plunge and join in!
Disclaimer! :) I tried to use the Blur tool in Photoshop to blur out my list and journaling to keep it private, but even after watching a couple YouTube videos, I still couldn't figure it out, so you get to see it all - nothing too personal or embarrassing - just the vulnerable thoughts close to my heart this week and lots of things to get done. (The cancer diagnosis for little four year old Ben Sauer has been heavy on my heart this week and I've been praying for him and his sweet family all the time. You can read the blog his mom Mindy has started HERE.)
I gathered some supplies together - some paints and some inks; some washi tape and some tags; and I got to plunge into my drawer of random papers and ephemera, and also pull out some favorite stamps.
This kind of thing is so out of my comfort zone but I had a great time and I love it so much - I keep opening my book to look at it! I tried not to think about anyone else's journals that I had seen, but just do my own thing - be true to me! :)
I made a mess experimenting with the different paints and gesso and pens - I wanted to see which combination wouldn't bleed through the thin pages of the Moleskine journal and how it would work on some different papers. (Although this week's page ended up with my favorite pastel colors, I can't wait to venture into some neon colors too!)
Every time I find a piece of paper or an old book or something interesting, I throw it into this drawer...
Love these stamps!
I decided that my large flap would be made from a piece of vintage lined music paper and the small flap would be a piece of a page from a very worn Trixie Belden book. I painted the back of each with a light coat of gesso, so I would have a surface to write on. I attached them to the page with washi tape that I got at the store Merci in Paris - I love the Liberty print washi tape! I added a sales tag from Merci to the back of the little page and a little life is good Tim Holtz rub on to the front. A piece of vintage ribbon added a little texture to that page.
On the large flap I stamped the oval and the birds using one of my new AHA Art stamps but the star of the page is the paper doll that Jackie Peters, who lives in Oklahoma City and teaches at Paper Crown, made for me when I taught there last year. I just love it and was so happy to use it in my journal. I added the little vintage swag ephemera piece from the Vanves flea market in Paris across her middle. A little turquoise alphabet tape (I think I got this at the South Street Museum store in NYC last year) finishes the pages off just right.
I made a third little flap inside with Jackie's darling business card that I hinged to the page with tape.
One other little thing that I did was cut off the ribbon bookmark that came on the book and replace it with a ribbon necklace from Merci with Liberty fabric strands and a pretty little charm. I poked the ends down into the top binding with an embossing stylus and added a little glue. I think it's going to hold well!
Edited to add... I did the monthly tabs at the top today. It feels good to use some old scrapbook product that I've been hoarding! I used old Heidi Swapp plastic tabs with old Girl's Paperie paper in them with new We R MemoryKeepers month tab stickers. I also added one of the silver scallop metal edges from 7gypsies - the same one that I'm giving away a package of for one lucky commentor on this post! (For now I'm leaving the front of the journal black - I kind of like it that way and with all my traveling it will have to take a lot of wear and tear.)
Check it out - I love seeing friends in the Facebook group - come and play with me and all the others! It's fun (and it's free!) :) Just search for "The Documented Life Project" on Facebook and send a request to be admitted to the group.
In honor of this project and my time to play, I'm going to give away a roll of Liberty washi tape and a package of 7gypsies scalloped metal edges - I know those are a valuable commodity for the front edges of the journals! Just leave a comment on this post before 9pm Eastern time on Sunday, February 23rd, and I'll randomly choose a winner then.
Have a great weekend! We're packing kits like mad around here! Seventy - 70! - Little Golden Seashore class kits just got shipped off to The Crafty Scrapper in Texas tonight for my classes next weekend - plus a bunch of other kits - six boxes and about 200 pounds in all! Then the next weekend I'll be near San Jose and then in St. Petersburg, Florida, and a week after that in Paris for my classes there! See why I'm over-whelmed?! It's all good - just need to focus....