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.
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 realized today as I was crafting away on my mini-book, that almost the entire month of February and most of March has been stamped with “2008”! What the…?! How did I not notice this HUGE editorial faux pas?!?!? Boy, I’m totally reliving the day I walked into the fabric store with my skirt tucked into my stockings.
so i’ve been working on a new mini. I have a hard time starting something in the middle of the month, day, etc., but I thought, if I don’t do it now, it won’t get done. And who cares if I didn’t start it on Jan 1 or monday morning. We’ll see where this little project takes me. I’m trying to not put pressure on myself. If I make a page a day, great; if not, that’s ok too.