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One Obsession Leads To Another

So.

I’m obsessed with my giant journal. I just LOVE the format, and I’m doing a pretty good job of keeping up on it (by my horrendously low standards.)

I’m only missing a few days in July, and I’m making nearly daily progress getting caught up with the earlier part of the year where I’m having to go back and reconstruct what happened.

Vacation days and special occasions are pretty easy because there are photos to jog my memory,

 

but normal days aren’t as hard as I thought they would be because I have Facebook notes to fall back on, credit card statements to show where I’ve been, and notes on our regular calendar.

 

 

Did you happen to notice along the edges of the pages, the decorative stripes? This is washi tape, and it’s become a staple on this project. I use it on every single page. You could say I’ve developed a “style.”

That wasn’t my intention. I just did the first page using it, and I liked it so much I don’t want to do a page without it.

And thus was born another obsession. Well. It wasn’t BORN here. I already had noticed I seemed to be accumulating a lot of it. I purchased cute little boxes to store it in…first 3, then 8, then 10. I made myself stop there.

I was buying multiple little packages of tape at a time.

They are just so darn CUTE!

But it went from being something I bought every once in awhile, to what is becoming a full blown, “crack-addict” obsession. I can’t walk into a craft store without heading to the washi section, and now I’m buying multiple large tubes at a time instead a few little packages. What kind of an industry preys on people’s weaknesses like this???

I wish I could tell you this was the only time I did this, but it’s not. There are more.

And yeah, the 10 boxes? Truth be told, this last orgy of buying pretty much filled them and then some. I’m going to have to order more before I can’t find them. Queen and Co. (the people who came out with them) don’t have them on their website any more, so I have to go to Amazon and HOPE they’re still available. But how many more? 3? 5? Sweet Jesus, I can’t keep doing this. Seriously.

I have to have tape for every theme known to man, and if I can’t find anything, I become agitated. I’ve taken to doing google searches to locate obscure companies hoping to find what I’m looking for.

Every once in awhile, there is none to be found. Like volleyball tape. Can’t find it. So I had to improvise, using nondescript tape and adding stickers.

The lengths an addict will go to.

The good news is, I’m using it, not just collecting it, which is pretty much what I was doing before starting this project.

So, I’m off to buy more cases. But no more tape. Not tonight, any way.

 

 

 

 

Well, I’ve started (Journally Speaking!)

So, you remember my crazy idea about re-creating the 1st 5+ months of the year in a journal, then continuing on for the year?

Well, I actually started it.

The idea of going back to the 1st of the year was a little daunting, and some friends suggested I just start with June and not worry about the rest of the year, but my anal-ness won’t allow it. It was all or nothing.

I started by going over my calendar, my blog and my daily check-in with my on-line art group friends to make notes for each day. I used sticky notes to put on each day, and got caught up to the end of May in just a few hours. I’ll go over photos to add even more information.

It was a lot easier than I thought it it would be. It won’t be as complete as it will be going forward, but I’ll be able to do something for each day. An added photo here and there will help to fill the pages on the days where there is isn’t a lot of detail, and I can always do a little extra art or find sayings I want to remember if I need to fill in space.

I’ve put a little date on each page in the corner with pencil for the 1st six months, and now that the last three journals have arrived, I’ll do the same for July – December.

The plan is that I will start with a current date, and work on the earlier months as I have the time. Having the pages all set up will make it so I can work on whatever day I want, whenever I want. If I want to work on the trip to Ecuador, I’ll find those days in April. Feeling more in a Maui frame of mind? Flip to February/March. I can even work ahead on embellishing a page if there is a theme or season coming up I want to play with.

So today I decided to jump in – that’s usually my biggest issue, just actually starting that first page. And, I was glad I’d set up the dates on pages, because I decide to start with our Maui trip which was back in February.

I’m not declaring victory yet, but I’m starting, and for me, that’s a good thing!

 

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