Oh my goodness! Am I a sucker for challenges or what???
Well I was introduced to the idea of The Documented Life project by my dear friend Darcy. Now this seemed a fab idea. To combine a planner with art journaling etc! Weekly prompts and some like minded people in a fb group… What could possibly go wrong?
Well as per usual I set off at a ridiculous speed and enthusiasm! Bizarre considering my chosen word for the year is actually PACE as a reminder to myself not to do too much! So on the night I bought my chosen notebook in the sale at Hobbycraft, I designed 27 weekly templates and printed them off (times two) using CraftArtist. I then cut them out using the trimmer, with the princess helping me keep count of how many I had done.
Then I decided on how to stick them in, with glue and washi tape for embellishment. Then I stamped or hand wrote the dates in for the full year in different colours. Next I started adding the blog post topics in for the full year for those that I have already planned!
So in just one night I had gone from zero to a hundred miles an hour into the project … And this is several days before the thing even got off the ground!
After this I was determined to throw myself into the project even more! Yes I was completely forgetting my word of the year! As per usual I was going off on one! When will I learn?
Well my body decided to put pay to me doing too much more as then I got a sore throat, lost my voice and had a raging headache. So I slowed down! I managed to insert some tip ins (extra pieces of paper added to the edge of a page to fold out and give more space to write/art/play!) just one for each month to start with using watercolour paper from my mountain in the cupboard, and washi tape! Yes finally get to use some of my washi tape stash properly! Ha ha!
Next I started on the cover. Didn’t really know what I wanted from it so decided to put my name on it and try a bit of Zentangle fun!
And then I grabbed my Promarkers and added some colour. This was as much as I could manage as feeling so rough … So it was put down again for a couple of days despite the desperate desire to continue!
So it was New Year’s Eve and whilst the hubby and princess were Wii engrossed, I decided I had enough energy to pick up the documented life project once more. I decided rather than work on the cover, that I would instead create a monthly calendar for January in the style of Kate Crane and her Calendar challenge. So here was my process…
And the final view of the calendar …
As for the tip in … Well this is what I did with this… In keeping with the butterfly theme…
The Neil Gaiman quote came from the Facebook group for the Documented Life Project and I thought was a perfect start to the project for me to include.
Really pleased with how this came out … And boy was I tired at the end of it! Now I await finding out what the first prompt will be and then getting on with using the planner and journal. My intention is to try and map my moods so I can see if there are themes to my mental health issues that I can then start to deal with in addition to sorting my crafting life out etc. will be interesting to track how I progress!