Another project I am working on besides Ali’s OLW (mentioned here) is the Documented Life Project. It is a project started by five artists after seeing Lorraine Bell’s awesome altered Moleskine planner. The planner then becomes your calendar, journal and artist sketchbook.
Here is the journal I made starting with the cover.
I’m a little disappointed in the front cover and I think I’m going to change it up a bit. I want to add something lacy. Under Fearless there is a bit of lace but you really can’t see it. I think I’m going to tea die a bit of paper doily and add that. I also don’t like the looks of Knitter’s above Manifesto, so I might lighten that up a bit.
Inside are added bits of ephemera and cut up artist paper and card stock. These are called tip-ins and are the part of the calendar that makes the sketchbook. I bought the 14 month weekly planner and didn’t realize it, it should have been a 12 month, so I ended up cutting out some of the pages. I did keep the information pages in the beginning; time zones, flight length, ruler, sizes, holidays, etc. The ephemera are attached with washi tape. I had a ton of fun doing this.
A lot of the ephemera had special meaning to me that I collected over the years and I was glad I was able to use it. Other things I added had and have meaning for me throughout the year, like December 2013.
Over the holiday we went to California to spend Christmas with my oldest Robert, his wife Jill and my grandson Kristoffer. We left on the 20th of Dec. so I added a map of the area and marked the spots we visited. I also detailed the twisty, turny road that the map didn’t do justice with. He rented a 3 bedroom cabin in Lake Arrowhead, which is very near Big Bear.
Each day that we visited a different city I marked that on my calendar. We also went to the Sonny Bono National Wildlife Preserve on the Salton Sea for a day, so I cut out a map of that area. I again marked the different places we went to. By the way, if you are ever in southern California and love birding this is the place to go. Driving down to the observation deck you go through the middle of two fields, on the left there were hundreds of Sandhill Cranes and to the right 100’s of Snow Geese.
If you open the tip-in Moleskine has a lined page, I used that to journal about the happenings of that week.
December 2015 we are talking about going to Hawaii with my eldest and family so I cut out a page of a few of the islands and put there in. Positive thinking ::wink, wink::
Now for a few of the tip-in pages.
Brenda Dayne of Cast-on did an artwork special a while back. This is one of her pieces.
There are many other things, like more envelopes just different sizes, I put a few around the time I’m going to Europe to hold ephemera while there.
I then made tabs for the journal using a punch and stamped on the months.
Last night I was so tired, on new meds and they kept me awake most of Tuesday night, so I chilled in front of the TV with hubby. I grabbed some of my pens and doodled my One Little Word and added a mantra.
This was definitely fun and made me think outside of the box.