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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Sharing some of my Inner Work Journal

I first shared about my new Inner Work Journal HERE. It's my self-discovery journal inspired by the concept of a "Sweet Trash Journal" a la Effy Wild. It's a place where you can capture ALL the stuff, and although it's more private than the art journal you share with friends or online, I thought you might be inspired by some of my pages. 
My word for 2017 is SHINE, and many of the intentions align so well with this journal - especially the "I - Inner Work" . So here's some of what's in there : 
My art - present and past - I re-discovered this manifesto from daily journaling last year and it is just as relevant today ♥ This art was a Book of Days lesson HERE. Click on the photo to see it larger.
I can print out inspiring emails
Write responses to the daily prompts from Book of Days
Remember what I've been reading/watching/listening to during the month
Print off inspiring things like this
and I've been enjoying drawing some tarot and oracle cards - as a mirror/tool to explore what's going on inside.  I have these 3 decks
I don't like the guide book that comes with the Morgan-Greer, so I turn instead to learntarot.com and pyschic revelation when I want a bit more useful insight to help me interpret what the card might be telling me. And I like thinking about my responses to cards drawn and how I can use them to develop myself
You can see I've covered some of my thoughts above with a card that is for the One Little Word workshop  - my most recent spread in this journal is a background for my February prompt for that class.
So some of it's pretty, and much of it's not - and mostly it's not of interest or relevance to anyone else, but the main thing is that I'm getting my thoughts onto the page and it's helping me write out frustrations, discover more about myself, grapple with problems in a different way, and capture joys. So even when I'm not posting completed projects on my blog, know that I am still keeping up with a daily creative practice.
This journal's getting fuller, and I've only been doing it for a month - loving it. Have you started a new creative practice this year?

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Daily Journaling Week 7

I'm following the prompts of the original Documented Life project 2014Week 7 : Draw one shape - repeat - add colour. And once I read the prompt from the blog for Life Documented 2017 HERE it was pretty obvious what that shape should be (Valentine). First to gatherings....I'm not really a Valentines day girl, but seem to have lots of pretty heart shapes!
I really liked Lorraine Bell's layering of hearts in 2014, so began by layering some heart papers and stitching them to a backing which will become a flap for this week. They are only stitched through the middle so still dimensional :-)
Then time to start layering - I decided to use spray paint - large stencil is one I cut myself
Here's the inside flap finished - loving the found words too
I also thought 2 stencils layered and sponged might be cool....
and it is ♥
Here's my main page of repeating shapes
And the entire spread open
and with the flap closed
It looks like it's overlapping here, but once flattened to close it's fine - loving the look of the journal blooming already ♥
Lesson learned - the flaps attached to the outside edge close quite well without adding too much bulk, but the ones done in the centre of the journal (as I did in weeks 3 and 4) make it harder to close. 
Wishing you a week filled with love ♥
You can see all my posts about this project HERE and my Flickr album HERE

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Work Diary 2017

February means back to school here in New Zealand. I am very lucky to be a school librarian working part-time in a private school. It's the perfect mix of professional development, balanced life style (limited hours and school holidays off), and another chance to be creative (remember Craft Club in December?) A creative girl needs to art up her work diary. This is my 4th year now and it's fun to look back. In 2014 I was inspired by the original Documented Life project and using all the washi tape to edge pages ;-)
In 2015 it looked like this - used my {new then} moonlight pens
Last year I went in a different direction and printed out a background from an art journal page to use on my cover - loved this too ♥
I was still using sari ribbon for my bookmark
This year I decided to use my own art again and make sure that SHINE (my word of the year) is also part of my work time. This art is from December last year
And I included one of my current fav washi tapes - gorgeous soft turquoise with lovely gold dots for some more shine ♥ I've used it to stick together the holiday weeks so my diary is divided into school terms
I decided to do something different for a bookmark as well. Each term I have slightly different priorities and the times classes visit change. Decided this year I would include a flap that will do double duty as a bookmark
and also so that I can write a priority list and stick it down on the card so I can see it out to the side of my week without it floating around as a loose piece of paper
I didn't have to paint new card for this - it was one of the ones I considered when I made my Inner Work Journal cover HERE.
So none of this took a lot of time but it makes me happy that I am including my art in my working day.
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