Going to show a sampling of days in the journal -- for the pages that aren't shown here, you can find them on my Facebook page!
The starting point for this page came from the Listers prompt re: office supplies. I decided to use some REAL office supplies for that answer, then decided to carry out the office supply theme and the neon theme throughout. Some of these items I'd frankly forgotten about, so here are some IDEAS & TIPS:
1. If you keep all your like-things together (office supplies -- sticky notes, page flags, index cards), then taking a "walk" through them to remind yourself of what you have will be an easy adventure. It'll also benefit you when you actually have to use them for their intended purpose.
2. I used a journal card as a guide for cutting out the neon orange journal card -- made from cardstock -- then used a corner-rounder. Making your own journal cards is great because: A. It's cheap, B. You don't have to go searching for the perfect card; you're MAKING it, C. You can draw and write and decorate it to your heart's content, D. Since you're the one making it, you don't have to work around pre-existing type and image.
3. I've mentioned this tip before, but adding MOTION LINES and/or SHADOWS to some of the elements on your page can make the items POP or can GROUND THEM.
4. I extended the rectangular page markers (left side of page) into pennants by using gel pens in similar colors. Fluorescent highlighters would give the same effect.
People have been so sweet by sending me RAKs (Random Acts of Kindness), and it's fun to incorporate the items they send into my pages. On this page, I mention at least 4 different folks who've gifted me with nifty stuff.
Once again, the thing that got this page rolling, thematically-speaking, was the Listers challenge. In jotting down some of my favorite childhood games and toys, I knew I wanted to include some actual cards from games. I went through my stash and was reminded that I have a 1950s space-themed deck of Old Maid playing cards. The phrase "Old Maid" prompted me to journal about my take on this, and then to add another piece of ephemera to further "chat" about the topic.
I really like this style of journaling -- where I don't know where I'm going to go with it, I just let one piece influence what the next piece of the puzzle will be. I want to be spontaneous and responsive to the "conversation" I'm having with myself, via the page. When I do this -- no matter what the subject matter -- I get into that really good ZONE of MAKING, and there's a sort of peace that comes with that. And when I say ZONE, I mean that feeling you get where you are HAPPY with what you're doing, and time does the MELT THING. Here is a very early picture of me that I call "IN THE ZONE". When I see this picture, I remember how that felt to be so happy and so involved in the making of that necklace.
I used journal cards from the same set (another RAK) to have this page hang together. I used washi tapes that featured ORANGE and then interacted with those. For the WORLD card I was a bit stymied at first because I soooooo did not want to do another WHERE I WANT TO TRAVEL or show where I HAVE traveled. Sometimes after you've done enough prompts, there will be a lot of repeats and before it becomes annoying to you, you gotta switch it up. Change it. Throw something UNEXPECTED at yourself to make your BRAIN a little bit harder.
So I just looked at the land masses in their different colors and thought that I should do what I like to have my students do, and that is: FIND THE CHARACTER OR CREATURE in the shape. Doing that led me to alter the card to say, "See the World WITH NEW EYES", which became far more interesting to me. When I first started this spread, I was kinda "Ho hum" about the whole thing, but by the end, I really liked it, and that's because at some point, I made it PLAYFUL for myself.
Since it was National Library Week, I wanted to be sure I acknowledged that in some way with my pages. Which meant: going through my stuff and pulling items that would work. I used products from about 4 different companies, and landing on the mint/yellow color way was helpful for keeping the page hanging together.
I had a lot to say about libraries, and I've got a lot more to say. Once one story comes out, that story that's sitting on the top of the pile, then the other stories want to be told too. It's a fun process.
Some IDEAS for remembering your stories if you're "stuck":
1. Talk with a friend. Share a story, let's say a memory about libraries. Have your friend share a memory. I almost guarantee you that a story s/he tells will prompt another memory of yours. JOT IT DOWN. REPEAT.
2. In your mind, place yourself in a space, let's take the example of a library again. Go through your senses as you try to recall the space. Are you sitting on the floor on a carpet square? In a beanbag chair? What sounds do you hear? Is that the bubbling sound of an aquarium? Jot these sensory memories down, because it's quite possible that a memory, a story will come attached. Like maybe, through hearing the aquarium noises you'll recall how pleased you were when you were allowed to feed the fish, or that sitting in a beanbag chair will help you recall that the YELLOW beanbag chair was your favorite, and you RACED through picking your books so you could get to THAT chair the first and fastest so you could plop your books down and get to reading.
This page was alll about getting my taxes prepared, and for once I was grateful for endless supply of promotional crap they throw at you. Cutting stuff up and applying it to journal cards I had in my collection was fun.
IDEAS & TIPS:
1. If you have a notion you'll be journaling about an event, keep your ears and eyes open for snatches of conversation, for how people are dressed, about anything that stands out as being noteworthy -- funny, weird, sad. It's all fodder for journaling.
2. I rec'd some Slick Writers as a RAK, and they work great on washi tape and other slick surfaces. Sometimes I don't use my plain washi cuz it's not "zippy" enough, but I foresee myself writing and doodling on top of that washi a LOT in the future.
That's it for this installment; hope you liked it & got something from it! Thanks for stopping by!