Well. I have been doing Permission to Play for a couple of weeks and I am very happy with my junk cardboard art journal. I was a bit torn – I waffled back and forth between just the pages with inspirational or thought-provoking quotes, mostly related to my diagnosis of statin-induced necrotizing Myosotis/NAM and a proper journal, which I could write in. I never really bought in to the scribble journaling concept, as I like to be able to look back at my thought and see if I’ve progressed, or learnt anything – hard to do if the text is just scribbles. And fitting in text on a page I had already decorated a bit as part of the P2P process didn’t work easily for me either.
Lo and behold, my morning email from Carolyn!
Use a supply you have lots of on hand.
HA! As evidenced by my piece from the other day, made up of little arty samples, I went back to look at my stash of bigger sheets:
and looking at them I could see many were plain on the reverse. I folded them all and punched holes to match the holes in my cardboard journal:
Then slotted these between the pages.
The idea is that I can write on the outside and/or the inside when I want to, and I can easily add more folded pages as or when I want! So if a quote prompts me to write, more than once, the journal will evolve with every new insertion.
Here are a few more of the quotes pages:
The quote on that orange page is a great one from Michael J. Fox, about his Parkinson’s:
I don’t have any choice whether or not I have Parkinson’s, but surrounding that non-choice is a million other choices that I can make.
I slightly altered it by substituting [what I have] for Parkinson’s. It was too good, too inspirational, to pass up.
I should have taken photos of all the pages before adding the inserts. Oh well.
And here is the cover:
The book rings, rather than the painted ribbon tied for the binding, works better for me.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the P2P class I’ve never made an art journal this way before, and I’ve loved using up stuff that I have been hoarding for years, like the cardboard box with the handle-ovals, and my box of random inked or painted sheets and old Gelli prints. The arty samples box isn’t empty yet, but I’ve made two things I am totally thrilled with. Definitely a win in my book. If you fancy joining in with P2P, there is a link in the sidebar over there —>>