For this entry, I'm showing a selection of pages from the 10th on up. The reason for missing pages? Personal stuff; foul language; no energy to make pages "pretty" and more energy for just writing. I've come to see that a 2-page spread (in a composition book) per day is just too much area to cover, so I'll have to do something different (again) for April. ENOUGH with the EXCUSES, now on to the pages!
March 10th -- The Doodle List prompt for the day was to doodle your bumper stickers (& other stickers), window clings, and any other "expressions of self" on your car (present or past). I initiated this challenge because I'd been in CAR MODE: I'd had all sorts of maintenance done to it (oil, tires rotated, new air filter, new battery), then I'd cleaned and vacuumed out its interior, AND had got a sticker for the parks here in town. All this spurred on by need, early spring weather, and because my car will be celebrating its 20th birthday next month.
TIP for this page: If you screw up on the page, cover it over with sticky note paper that's in the same color-way you're establishing. You can see how many times I screwed up -- smiley face, pitbull writing, leaf sticker. Just make it work for you. Since I added those hot pink notes, I had to push the neon vibe and worked hot pink gel pen into areas, as well as neon orange and yellow. Regardless of what you MAY have heard, it isn't about the JOURNEY, it's about the DESTINATION.
March 13th: The item that got this spread rolling was the receipt from MacDonald's where I'd ordered a Shamrock Shake. After that, going with the Irish theme brought in more hits of green and rainbow stickers. Other talk bubble stickers also influenced the page. This day I'd been listening to a bunch of YouTube videos, and a lot of the stuff that one guy was saying really hit home for me, so the right hand side is basically QUOTES of what he was saying. To keep this from being a bleh-boring page to look at, I chose some words and phrases to stand out -- both in terms of LETTERING and COLOR. I had a caricature of ANOTHER YouTuber I enjoy that I'd done a while back that had been sitting on my desk, so I cut him out and pasted him in and got to throw away the rest of that paper.
So there's two TIPs for ya: If you feel more like WRITING on a day, emphasize what's important with more pronounced LETTERING and COLOR.
If you don't feel like drawing, pop in a drawing you did on a day you DID feel like drawing. No one is going to penalize you for not making a drawing on the exact day you're journaling.
March 17th: On this day, St. Patty's Day, a piece of junk mail from the Lawn Doctor arrived hawking grub-killing services. I used a LOT of this packet, from the envelope to the innards with its repetitive green thumb logos. As you can see if you read the page, the word "grub" conjured up a memory, along the lines of "What's for Grub?" but with a slightly different twist. I dug into my "Smaller Ephemera" stash and pulled any words that were green or that I could skew to make St. Patty-ish. I also used some grass washi that a kind fellow Fauxbonichi Journaler had sent me as a R.A.K. because it complemented the "green grass" theme that was developing. It also helped that this day's Doodle List challenge was to doodle GREEN THINGS that you love, be they food items, clothing, whatEVER. The goal here is to doodle from one's LIFE and to add corresponding journaling.
So here's a TIP for you to try if you're "stuck" on how to fill your pages: Pick a COLOR for your page and doodle items in that color that you have an attachment to. Add journaling as captions detailing where you got x, why you love it, why it's meaningful, why you've held onto it for however-many years. Having a theme like COLOR will almost guarantee that there will be cohesion to your page, if you like that sort of thing...
Another TIP: Dip into your bin of ephemera, and pull out a piece. Does the image or the wording on it prompt a memory that you could journal about? It does? Great: Write it down! Then add the piece of ephemera that prompted the memory!
March 23rd: Remember when I said in an earlier post that I swing back and forth between being more painterly and being more designer-y? Well I'm back in designer-y land again, for whatever reason. So for this page I played with washi tape combos, a page from a list pad, and a scrapbook sticker I've had forEVer. Lots of writing (again with stand-out LETTERING in various COLORS) completed the page.
So the take-away TIP from this page is: Play with your washi and stickers and see how the interactions between their COLORs and PATTERNs can make for a pleasing page. After you get a start, you'll "know" what else to add from your Stash O'Stuff that would be fun, and if nothing suggests itself, just take a "walk-through" the usual go-tos -- your stickers, journaling cards, etc. SOMETHING will raise its hand and say, "Ooh! Ooh! Pick me! Pick me!" Try it; you'll see!
March 25th was GOOD FRIDAY, so I tried to work the word GOOD in where I could.
We had a Five on Friday challenge on this day, too, and that was:
1. Add a bunny or chick. (Bunnies in header and at bottom.)
2. Add something that reminds you of spring. (Grass clump; butterflies)
3. Add some zingy colors. (They're there.)
4. Add something chocolate. (Didn't have any wrappers so I added a word sticker that said "chocolate". Ha ha!)
5. Add some spots or dots. (Washi.)
Most of the applied ephemera came from a pack that was included in the kit I'd purchased from The Reset Girl. Earlier on this day I'd covered a journal insert with some of the ephemera, so I just kept on using it. RAK'd (bunny & squirrel( stickers were used at the top of the page, and interestingly enough there was a bunny and squirrel included in the ephemera pack, so I decided to have it be an ongoing conversations, but then Squirrel wanted to deny, deny, deny, so a word sticker (also from The Reset Girl kit) of "He said, She Said" acts as commentary on this situation.
Which brings us to an Idea: Think of your stickers as characters in an ongoing series. Stickers typically come with multiple images of the same character, so why not exploit that by having them show up a myriad of times, with different talk bubbles and with their facial expressions changed? I'll have an Altering Your Stickers post coming up soon where I'll get into this more, but for now: It doesn't take much to make a character look mad or surprised. It's all in the angle of the eyebrows!
That's it for this installment -- thank you for reading! As always, any questions/ feedback/ journaling tales you'd like to share, please leave them in the Comments section!