A friend of mine asked me this week, "Do you plan your journal pages?"
I don't plan my pages. When I sit down to play I reach for what I have in front of me or what catches my fancy in the moment. My routine is to start with the weekly 100 Mandalas Challenge post on Sunday. I like documenting here in my journal this project. This gorgeous artwork is by an artist who I interviewed named Valerie Sjoden. If you haven't seen the interview and her artwork, you HAVE to GO HERE.
Monday was a BIG day for me. I started a new and exciting year long project. One that I can't share just yet publicly. Since I love to share my journals and I wanted to document this occasion, I made a little pocket using some of my Gelli prints to tuck in my secret. I actually started with the postage stamp that I found in my stash. It was the perfect message. I flipped through my prints and selected the green piece - it gives a good contrast and the pattern wasn't too busy. I cut another piece selecting the orange to contrast with the green. I tucked in a little piece of paper with the news of the project.
My word for the week was SINCERITY. I pull a Virtues card and record key words and phrases in the journal. I was looking for an image to journal with when in my inbox I received this illustration of feathers from Lisa who designed the journal. It was perfect! I resized it to fit within the journaling square and added the color and little details like the dots and lines to the feather. Subscribe to Lisa's e-mail newsletter. She often includes a "musings page" to color.
For this journal page I started by flipping through magazines in search of inspiring words. Once I had a dozen or more words, I rearranged them to piece together a message.
Next I returned to the magazine in search of complementary images. These beautiful eyes were peering at me before I could get too far in the magazine. They seemed a perfect fit for the question, "What do I see?"
I love to wear stripped socks and picked this image to represent me walking in the new directions. I liked the negative space to the right where I could continue the message.
The last pieces were the background image, a photocopy of a map that had some paint on it leftover from a project, and the little repeating lines of musical notes and dots. These were added to give a sense of direction, movement, and visual interest.
What I love about this process of creating journal pages is that you never know what hidden treasures, divine inspirations, and perfectly fitting messages you'll uncover. As for me given the events earlier in the week, I'm definitely heading in some new directions. This message, "Dare to wake up your best" couldn't be more perfect right now.
I hope you are inspired to pull out a magazine and uncover your own divine message and hidden treasures. It sure is a fun process!
Join me each week as I share what I'm doing in my journal.
Until next time,
Kathryn Costa, Collage Diva + Creative Dabbler