This is my second finished layout from Julie Balzer's "30 Days In Your Journal" class - which I am completely loving (the class - although the page is pretty great too). The timing of this class with Deb's "30 Days of Thanks" project was appropriate because it's causing me to focus a lot of my journaling and art - which is also causing me to pick up the camera more regularly and grab some photos. I love looking at close up photos of people's journals - and of talking my own. I think it's the bokeh (blurring) you get around the edges since I think a lot of people use a really low aperture when capturing these photos so you get this really soft look around the edges.
So, now for a few closeups...
I have this quote in a wall cling that I will put up if I ever get the studio painted. It's appropriate for what I was journaling about though so I decided to add it to the page. I love quotes - you can see my collection on my Tumblr page (there is a link to it at the top of the page). I've never had a hang up about using my own handwriting on a page - it's part of the history. [And...thanks mom for making me sit and write every day after I got less than perfect marks in handwriting in third grade...too bad we no longer teach penmanship to kids - a tragedy in my opinion.]
Close up on the left side before I journaled. The "What It Is" graphic on the left was made with stamps and some embossing powder - and my orange sharpie (after I found it). It says "It Is What It Is" all the way around the image in orange sharpie and then red sharpie. I use that phrase a lot.
The right side with that stitched paper element - which I love - and will post about how I did it tomorrow.
Do you have a journaling practice (even if it's just a daily tweet)? I love to know how people record their own personal histories.