I’m finally finding some time (and energy!) to get back out in my sewing room / art studio and work on a few projects. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to do that, mostly because LIFE happens and then suddenly you discover that weeks and even months have gone by and the best you’ve been able to accomplish is to get through a day. And everyone is still alive. It’s been a difficult winter, so I’m ready for spring!
I’ve had several pages planned and all set to go for my art journal for this year, but then suddenly it is March . . . and I haven’t even had time to work on this project that I really love. The other day I passed the counter top where all of my art journal supplies are all lined up, and I was feeling pretty sad about not having time or energy to “play” out there and I suddenly realized – I am in charge! So I stopped what I was doing (whatever it was at that moment) and decided to at least get started.
I’m not always able to STOP what I’m doing and work on my art journal pages, even when I feel up to it. If I’m on my way out the door to an appointment, or to pick up a kid from tennis or track practice, or go to the orthodontist or doctor, then I just have to keep on moving. But most days I really do have TIME that I can work with and fit things into my schedule that are important to me. I’ve often heard that “time management” isn’t possible. The best you can hope for, I guess, is prioritizing your activities within the time that is available. We all have the same amount of time in a day, it is a matter of taking charge of what you are doing with your time. So I guess it could be called “life management” because we can’t control time no matter what we do.
I was only able to play around with my paper, scissors, and glue for a little while on that day, but here’s the really fun part of art journaling (to me anyway!) . . . if I even have a few minutes to create a layout / design for one of my pages, then when I have a few more minutes, I can glue things in place. Then, after that, the next time I have a few minutes, the glue is dry on that page and I am ready to draw, embellish, or write on that page. And then I can plan the next page. So it keeps me looking forward to what the next page is going to look like!
Since I am not great at drawing my own pictures, and I really don’t like the way my pages look when I’ve tried to paint them, I prefer to do collage-type pages. I also love to make little pockets and envelopes, tags and tiny books where I can write things that are important to me. So my pages are more like my fiber art creations – paper patchwork with bits and pieces of ribbons, lace, and vintage buttons. It one way to use up some of the leftover scraps from other projects, and because I love to sew, I sometimes include fabric scraps on my pages. I even stitch some of the embellishments on my pages!
If you like tiny books or pockets or envelopes, stitching them together is a fun way to create added texture and dimension to your art journal pages. Stitching pages together for a little book is not only the easiest way to create an adorable little booklet to tuck into a pocket, it is really pretty. You can stitch on other paper designs, or ribbons and lace, or just use a decorative stitch on the cover of your little book.
Today I am hopeful that I can make a bit more progress on my 2018 art journal. Of course, I like to make other art journals just for fun, but my attempts at making a yearly art journal is to document some of my thoughts, dreams, ideas, plans, and goals for my year. How about you? Have you ever thought about creating your own art journal? Remember, if you do, that it is YOUR art journal and you can do it any way you want! You will find lots of inspiration online at other blogs and websites, so take a look at what other artists are creating and get started on your very own art journal for 2018! It’s not too late to get started . . . that’s what I’m doing!
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