Paper Daydreams

Choosing a Theme and Creating a Cover

Before you go off to your local Craft Store, have you figured out:
a. What do you want from your journal?
b. What is the content of your journal?
c. When and where do you see yourself journaling?
Unless you have a goal or a vision, you won’t know where to start.
Remember, there are no rules, no restrictions and most importantly, no timetable. Many journaling sites/books start off with discussions
about materials and some inspirational prompts. Some of the types
discussed are those of the authors. Some of these
prompts and ideas will be found in future posts.

There are many types of themes for journals. Some of them are:
1. Planning (wedding, baby shower)
2. Travel
3. Music
4. Sketches or fabric swatches
5. Quotes
6. Collections
Some of mine are ( I couldn’t resist!)
1. Card ideas
2. Sentiments
3. Magazine articles
4. Stamps
5. Die Cuts
After deciding on your theme, the next thing is to decide on the
book cover. The easiest journal is a composition book. These are
the inexpensive 100 or so line paged book you used in grade school. Put one in your bag, one near your bed and one in your car.
The traditional size is 8″ x 10″. The color of the book (red, black and white or green marble) does not matter much as it only serves as a canvas for your inspirations. The reason I mention this book is because it is familiar and comforting to you. Since the idea of writing a journal is intimidating enough, the use of
the composition book of old is like wearing a favorite piece of jewelry to an interview.

Your collage elements will be determined by your theme. For purposes of discussion, let’s say I was going to create a journal about my discovering mixed media. The steps are: sorting elements,
staging and starting small and planning big.
‘Til next time,
~Sallie

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