... quite so simple, what's a scrapbooker to do? I have been following all your thoughts and creative plans for this year with great interest and enjoyment ... My one-sie solution last year was for everything in the same place - digital pages mounted on card, mixed with paper scrapbooking and the odd bit of fabric fun, all in a spiral-bound album. Well, it didn't work out. I found I was wondering why I was sticking whole printed but digitally-designed pages onto high quality mixed media paper, and feeling intimidated by the same expanse of beautiful surface when it came to dropping colour onto it, or doodling. Longing to keep a record of my days, a handwritten diary just looked so boring that even I couldn't summon up the interest to turn a page. There were avidly-read books on journalling and drawing, and a descent into near-paralysis ...
And then there was Project Life. Everywhere. I umm-ed and ahh-ed, and ooh-ed with admiration at the lovely pages I saw - but, you know, I have not quite been able to feel my way into it. Finally, the penny has dropped: there are two of me in here, and the simplest solution is to give them each something different. So, here are the 2014 plans for ...
The Would-Be Artsy One
She has a souped-up diary, with inspiration from The Documented Life Project on Art to the 5th. Over there, you'll see that a Moleskin is being used as a planner-cum-art-journal. Mine has a few adaptations ...
The Documented Life Project Me
a Moleskin, Week-to-View a cheaper two-days-per-page diary
'tip-in' blank water-colour pages added to every spread 'tip-in' pages every couple of spreads
curved with the additional pages: slim at the spine, lies flat, pages removed from hard
fat at the outer edge cover and rebound with a Bind-it-All
acts as a daily planner as well as art-journal not a planner, more a record of my days
and a reflective journal, including One
Little Word etc.
I have prepared mine to last six months, and will see how it's going by June; it also needs to fit it into my bag! Should you be interested in The Documented Life Project, there is a useful short class, costing twelve dollars, which has several videos, instructions and ideas for decorating the Moleskin cover - but it is not essential. The 'tip-in' pages are fixed in place along the outside edges of the Moleskin/diary pages with washi tape, opening outwards, so you can make your planner as colourful or as subdued as you like. And so far, so good; my Would-Be Artsy feels it's quite manageable and ticks all the boxes, with plenty of room for additional expansion if needed.
My Would-Be-Digital-Diva is, however, champing at the bit, so I am off to give her something clean and simple to be getting on with - and I''ll share that next time :).