Wrappin' up March and gettin' started with April in this installment of journal spreads!
March 30th: We started reading a new book, PAX, about a fox and his boy. It seemed like the perfect occasion to bring out the FOX materials, and the perfect piece turned out to be the journal card of a fox reading a book! It also happened to be the highly-anticipated holiday known as PENCIL DAY, so pencils also found their way onto my pages. (Get it? Pencils found their onto my PAGES?)
IDEAS & TIPS:
1. If you need a theme to anchor your page, pick a single item from your day and play that up to the HILT. Since the high point of the day was starting a new book, I used FOX as my theme, and since foxes are so popular now, it wasn't hard to find a bunch in my stash.
2. If my day has been light, I like to take the opportunity to explore a theme. Here, I created a bullet list of my FAVE AUTHORS from CHILDHOOD (because it relates to the book we were reading), a list of FOXES in KIDDIE LIT, and a LIST of FOX IDIOMS. This is just another way to capture 'loved things', it's also a way for me to gather ideas for potential storytelling, or story-widening. (And it's good way to use space!)
3. I used page flags to create washi-esque rows at the top and bottom of the page (stripes and dots). Sometimes you won't have the perfect washi, and time &/or money won't allow purchasing the perfect washi, even if it DID exist. I don't know about you, but I seem to have more page flags than what's truly necessary (there aren't THAT many pages in my life, and they don't all need to be flagged), so why not use them up in a decorative way?
4. When the day is SUNNY and I have emoji stickers, I like using the various HAPPY FACE ones to act as the center of the sun. I like to try and match the
emotion on the sun to match my emotion. I use an orange marker (Flair) to draw the rays.
5. Got a wide expanse of washi that looks a little plain or unconsidered? Adding some alpha or word stickers can add some visual interest AND underscore the theme of your page. (Here I used 'FOX' and 'PAX' for just those reasons!)
March 31st: This day was a DOODLE LIST challenge day (doodling fave mugs and doing some accompanying journaling). The pastel rainbow-y sticky notes from Target seemed to be the perfect background for showcasing the doodles with enough room leftover to do some writing.
IDEAS & TIPS:
1. Try using sticky notes as a frame for a SINGLE ITEM or use MULTIPLES of the SAME sticky note when you're LISTING ITEMS IN A THEME, as I've done here. (Keeping the sticky note the same allows the focus to be on the MUGS and JOURNALING, rather than, "Wow! She had 5 different kinds of sticky notes and used them ALL!")
2. I used the companion sticky note to the doodle-y frame one ("Hello Spring") and cut it on its scalloped edge. I attached them to the page AFTER I'd put down a row of the black dotted washi. (The "HOORAY!"s at the bottom of the page are page flags that I used in multiple to act as a sort of washi.)
April 1st: I don't often use brown in my work, but there was a fair amount in a pack of ephemera that came with a subscription kit I had, so I rolled with it. The fact that the Hallmark bag I'd got this day ALSO had brown just "worked out". The bag had some cute border doodles and writing, so I found a way to use these in a way that complimented the BIGNESS of the Bingo card, but didn't perfectly mirror it. (Too much symmetry = stagnation. Stagnation = Your page is a big bucket of Zzzzzz.)
IDEAS & TIPS:
1. Use the junk from your day ON THE DAY it came into your life. It doesn't fit in perfectly with what you've already started? So what -- you're more inventive that that! Figure out a way to use it; Challenge yourself!
2. Not a lover of a certain color and tend to avoid it like The Plague? Have a day where you MAKE THAT COLOR WORK for yourself, and allow what the inclusion of that color to open what you're able to do in your OTHER ART. (Here: Brown and Glitter ain't really my bag. But I LOVE how that brown interacts with the pastels, and I LOVE the reflective and jazzy qualities of the glitter. I'll use both again!)
3. If it's a holiday or a pseudo-holiday, journal on memories from past years. Since this was April Fools' Day, I journaled about the types of pranks I've played in the past; none of them were played on April 1st, but that part really isn't important.
April 2nd: In the past I've been given the nickname "Doodles" and have been told, "I dub thee -- NOTETAKER!" I take notes pretty much any time I have to go somewhere and listen to someone (classes, lectures, sermons, etc.). And inevitably: I doodle. Yesterday I was purging old notebooks and rescued some doodles. ** Note: journals and sketchbooks are sacrosanct to me: I would not go through THEM and rip stuff out to paste elsewhere. **
IDEAS & TIPS:
1. If you've got a GREAT doodle on the phone pad, on the church bulletin, on the notes from that borrrrrring meeting: THROW 'EM in the JOURNAL! The BENEFIT of the doodle having started life on another piece of paper is that you can ARRANGE the doodles in a pleasing design that considers SPACE and leaves room for writing.
2. You can journal about the doodles; journal about how you feel NOW about something you'd written in an old notebook. Do you still feel the same? Have you radically changed your POV? Maybe you doodled in class or in church and you have memories of those places or of your classmates/ other congregants that are worth journaling about?
3. When you find a glue stick that you LIKE, get a bunch of them. I've been suffering through a bunch of poor quality glue sticks and a poor quality glue stick can make a page a struggle, not a joy.
So, that's it for this entry! As always, please feel free to interact by posting a comment/ question/ conundrum/ journaling-AHA! moment and THANK YOU for stopping by!