This past Advent, I created an Art Journal. I got the idea from artist Ali Edwards who comes up with creative ways for memory keeping. She calls it December Daily and makes a journal for the 25 days of December. I liked a lot of what she did, including making the empty "bones" of the book, the blank pages, ahead of time and then doing the actual recording as it happens in December. I like how she records the mundane, the "everyday" things in life that happen to her family.
So, this year, I decided to do a similar thing. I followed along and made the bones of the book in late November. This was actual quite fun. I decided to make the book from Thanksgiving through New Year's Day because I think of that time as "Christmas time". Throughout that time, I see my family, work on Christmas thoughts and year end reflections.
So, I made the cover and pages and then thought about ways to fill them.
The hardest part was starting! At first, I thought that each day had to have something poignant. But, in fact, the everyday things are what matters. Some days, I took photos that I used in the journal when I was ready. Other days, I drew or painted and included that in the journal. Still other times, I just wrote things, -thoughts, feelings, reflections --- all because that is what matters to me....
I am still not finished recording my days. But, I have all the things I need to do it.
I kept a box on my desk and added to it as the days progressed. I kept a quick note that Allie wrote me on Christmas, a menu from my father, a thank you card from my niece. All these things will go into the final product and help me as "prompts" for the memories I want to include. I also kept a scrap of paper where I jotted down ideas. Some ideas won't make it into this year's journal -- but they will make it into next year's journal!
Here is my cover. At first, I thought it was too simple. But, the beauty is that I can add to it if I want. Now, I kind of like the simplicity.
Here is the first page when you open the journal. I have a simple clear sheet, the word family and a picture of a autumn leaf. Looking back on it in January, reminds me of how the seasons have changed so quickly. Since it is clear, you can see through to the following pages (another tip from Ali Edwards).
The next page reflects the actual day - Thanksgiving.
More pics from the journal soon.