February 16, 2012
I have a long standing love affair with journals. I also have a long standing tradition of using them for about a week and never picking them up again. And yet, because of my eternally optimistic personality, I continue to try. This year, not to be outdone, I'm starting 3, a line a day 5 year journal, an inspiration journal and this one which I made to capture month by month family memories.
I wanted to make the journal using materials on hand so I took this flat canvas panel and cut it in half and covered it with pretty papers, I wrapped the paper on the inside and then cut another piece to cover the gaps as you can see on the left side in the picture below.
I'm dividing the journal into months and just used scraps of fabric stamped using a Stazon inkpad to prevent smudging) and my fave Cavallini number stamps to make a divider for each month. I plan on filling the journal with photos, mementos and journaling. I'm trying not to hold myself to too high a standard as I think that is usually my downfall.
I'm keeping it simple and just using things I already have like glassine envelopes, pretty paper and japanese masking tape. I'm using these rings to make it easy to get things in and out but at the end of the year I'm going to replace them with fabric or ribbon.
Blogging is the only form of journaling that I've ever been able to maintain. I'm often amazed that it's held my interest for this long. I hope this year I can build on that.