Documented Life Project

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.

Cover

Cover

Back cover

Back cover

Front Cover

Front 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.

Washi Tape

Washi Tape

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.

Lake Arrowhead

Lake Arrowhead

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.

Salton Sea

Salton Sea

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.

Journaling

Journaling

If you open the tip-in Moleskine has a lined page, I used that to journal about the happenings of that week.

Hawaii

Hawaii

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.

Thank you card from my nieces and nephew about 15 years ago.

Thank you card from my nieces and nephew about 15 years ago.

A thank you card from a friend put into the week of National Thank You Day.

A thank you card from a friend put into the week of National Thank You Day.

A 4th of July invitation I made a few years ago. This had a mistake so I saved it for a keepsake.

A 4th of July invitation I made a few years ago. This had a mistake so I saved it for a keepsake.

 

Brenda Dayne of Cast-on did an artwork special a while back. This is one of her pieces.

Artwork by Brenda Dayne

Artwork by Brenda Dayne

In May I'm going to Europe, I attached an Air Mail envelope.

In May I’m going to Europe, I attached an Air Mail envelope.

Vellum envelope I made.

Vellum envelope I made.

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Envelope with a magazine cut-out that I loved.

Envelope with a magazine cut-out that I loved.

Birthday card a friend gave me 15+ years ago.

Birthday card a friend gave me 15+ years ago.

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.

Tabs

Tabs

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.

Fearless

Fearless

This was definitely fun and made me think outside of the box.

Hugs!!
Namaste!!

2 thoughts on “Documented Life Project

  1. Wow you did so much. I did not know what tip-ins were either. I guess I’ve been doing them without knowing the technique had a name. I learned something. I really like your tabs. A punch like that would be great.

  2. Thanks for sharing the link on The Documented Life group board for this blog post shoeing your journal and your “tip- ins”! Now I understand what they are and I will be sure to add some to mine through-out the year. We also live in North Carolina…Rakeighbtight now. We are moving to Charleston SC this year…in October…but will continue to travel to Charlotte once a month to visit my grand-babies ;). I listed my blog but I am no longer blogging and will be taking it down by April so I am posting my journal progress on a Pinterest board. Have a great day! Fondly, Roberta

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