I think I have found the format I need to create for my monthly journals (which are for some reason heavily linked to and connected with the monthly newsletter theme).
I am still working within the whole recycled old book for the covers, adding in my own pages binding system.
Just so you know…the March newsletter included at least one tutorial run-through of how I created said journal.
It’s an old book, with basic cardstock pages…a la Donna Downey, which is where I got the idea from, when I took her year-long Inspiration Wednesday ride a couple years back…or something along those lines — time is not something I can keep a good grip on lately…
Basically, every morning, I get up and I swab, literally swab, like a deck, watercolor all over the pages, smudging, blurring, sometimes making mud, sometimes splashing dots of color here and there, sometimes having a plan, usually just playing. I have a space to write a small stone or bit from my day. Usually that’s all there is.
I have glued things in. Here and there. I have written things. My watercolor is the artists loft brand and they leave a lot of residue, so before I write–using a simple Bic cristal pen–I have to scrub the pages down with a paper towel or tissue…or else my pen gets clogged up…pens I write over semi-wet acrylic paint with that don’t clog then…just sayin’…
I have done some classwork in there. I have done some gratitude work in there. I so love my youngest’s dentist office, everyone of them on her staff, her, the whole shebang (email me if you want/need her info and are in the area –North County St Louis…and yes, they are part of a trio of clinics that takes from birth to death patients…they are all awesome)–and they have been a big part of this month’s journal because he has had to go there a few times…his spacer on his bottom teeth that apparently the first dentist he saw a couple years ago should have known better and put in there, but didn’t….I just cannot say enough positive about these people…
Anyway…this is the style of journal I will be using going forward. I am debating on whether or not to continue to use old books…I have stacks of antique book pages that I removed from books just sitting around now (so, again, if you want some of those, email me…).
We’ll see what the coming month brings in the new journal.
Thanks for coming along with me every month as I play with these things.