I am gearing up to start a new theme next week: a daily holiday journal from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day. I love this time of year, but am typically too busy to savor it. This year things are a titch slower and I am taking advantage of that little bit of extra time.
My goal was to create an album in advance of the holidays using supplies I already have on hand.
This is an old 3-ring binder that I covered with (you guessed it) an old scrap of marbleized paper and green bookcloth.
Then I took all the green, red, black and cream papers in my stash and trimmed them to the same size. Some are two-sided (bonus!) and others are two sheets adhered together (to create a coordinating front & back).
I also went through my embellishments and pulled out anything that coordinates:
And I saved my scraps to use for photo mats & journaling blocks:
My scrap table is mostly-cleared off except for the album, the pile of scraps, and the tray of embellishments. I have a list started to generate ideas for those days when nothing comes to mind. (I want to be sure to capture a photo of our Christmas lights, for example.) My goal is to capture one memory each day -- holiday related or not -- and to try to stay "caught up" by having the materials close at hand (and by keeping each page simple).
For more about this idea, see this post by Ali Edwards. Hers is considerably more elaborate, but her idea definitely inspired mine.
See golden days, fruitful of golden deeds, with joy & love triumphing.
Above all else, it is about leaving a mark that I existed: I was here. I was hungry. I was defeated. I was happy. I was sad. I was in love. I was afraid. I was hopeful. I had an idea and I had a good purpose and that's why I made works of art.
The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.
I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart.
This is the true joy in life, being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one: being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no "brief candle" to me. It is a sort of splendid torch that I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
George Bernard Shaw
(Trying to think less about guilty obligation lately, and more about joyful responsibility.)
And to answer Dar's comment yesterday:
This is how I accumulate my quotations.
I have many times considered sorting them, but I have yet to figure out the right combination of beauty and organization on this one. And I do love knowing that the Helen Keller quote is on the bottom of the August calendar page, and ee cummings is on a sheet of green notebook paper.
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