While the hubs was away for 7 weeks I kept myself busy with a little photo project. I tried to take a photo-a-day and then actually print it. It’s funny how the vast majority of my photos never see paper. But I decided this would be the occasion and since the ink in my pen has been running a bit dry, maybe a visual journal would be a little more intuitive. I used a baseball card holder for the photos and each shot is 2 1/2 by 3 1/2. I also included a date page and then a poem; it’s actually a seven stanza poem by Wendell Berry (The Country of Marriage). (I thought it was appropriate for the project at hand.) And although I have yet to fill those last three slots — I’m thinking I will actually type up my thoughts on the project and our time apart — I’m happy with the way it turned out. I could see doing this for our next adventure — near or far.
I love hanging onto travel ephemera. But very rarely do I actually put it anywhere but in a box. However, I stumbled across this lovely travel journal by Victoria and I am completely inspired for my next trip. (And now I can’t wait to see the hubs’ upon his return.) See all of her lovely pages here.
I wouldn’t consider myself much of a “group project” kind of gal. I’ve got bad flashbacks of school projects gone awry. Typically what happened is that my type A personality would take over because I didn’t want to have my name on something that I didn’t have full control over and of course no one was going to be able to do things the way I would. Obnoxious, I know.
But I did, however, find a group project that I actually chose to join. The Sketchbook Project is a unique collaboration of individual sketchbooks that will tour the country. The catch? Anyone can join and submit their book. The day that Shannon posted about it, I immediately signed up and sent off for my own book. Then a few days later she had the brilliant idea to collaborate with other bloggers and have us each create a page or two in one book. I am so excited about both. I received my book last week and have been staring at the blank pages for inspiration. I love the accessibility of this project. It’s for everyone from the professional to the amateur. I hope I get to make it to Austin next spring to see it in person.
This weekend I took a break and quickly put together a new mini. I was recently asked about my other mini… the daily 2009. I stopped making pages in June. It started to feel like more of an obligation rather than a joy. I was also becoming busier and then when we put our house on the market, I couldn’t keep my crafts out in the open. (I keep them in rubbermaid bins under the bed.) I also started feeling weird about posting things that were so personal. All of that combined… I decided to stop that book where it was. I can’t say that I’ve done much with paper since. My summer was so busy and dragging out the boxes wasn’t too appealing.
But alas, on Sunday, creativity came calling and I thought it would be worth the effort. I think the whole idea of a “mini-book” will work for me if it’s already pre-made, or almost done… just add words, photos and a date stamp. I am also too much of a type A personality to not love having more of a uniform look. I like each page being the same size and a similar color scheme or theme. (I know… all kinds of crazy!)
So I created this one on Sunday as a gift…but it will be hard to part with it. Here are just a few pages:
I haven’t neglected my little habit… we were just busy for a bit. But Monday and Tuesday were spent crafting away: catching up on journal pages and making thank you cards. Here are a few of the highlights.
I’ve just been crafting away. I’ve really enjoyed the process even though I’m not always happy with the final product. But I have also surprised myself and made some pages I actually like. I really like using and making mixed media projects. We’ll see where it goes…