Tuesday, December 17, 2013

From the White Book

Oh boy, the White Book! What can I say? Of all the journals in my life I think this one has been the most  problematic to fill. It doesn't show in the pages much, but believe me when I say that this book is the first one where I sometimes skip more than ten days between entries. This is not a bad thing in general, but it is an unusual thing for me. My journaling has become so inconsistent lately and I don't like it.

I can't really pinpoint what it is, but just the fact alone that this book has been worked in for over a year already tells me it's trouble. ;-) Don't worry, I still love journaling and I still love this book to bits and I love working in it too, but I just can't seem to keep my almost daily habit going much lately.

I suppose it's one of those ebb and flow things we all go through from time to time, but I would feel better about it if I got back to the flow if you know what I mean. Oh well, I'll just have to ride it out. At least I am still journaling, it's not like I have abandoned the book completely!

Here are my latest pages:

I don't know if you can tell, but the first three spreads are quicky spreads that were done fast just to be able to do some writing on the page. I know I could just write on an empty white page, but I like visual elements on my pages even if it's just a few.

The next two were 'normal' everyday spreads that took about half an hour to make and I usually do those on work nights when I don't have much time, but still want to fill a spread with a layout.

The last two are more elaborate and time consuming. They involve more cutting of shapes and details and stuff.  These took about and hour and a half each. This is what gets done when I really sit down to work in my art journal and have plenty of time.

The last spread is also the one I showed you in my latest step by step post. For those who wondered how I would write on this one: now you know!  I just write across things. Nothing's sacred, haha. I actually often think my pages are a lot prettier without the writing over them, but after all my real journaling is in the writing, so I can't skip that part just because it looks better. Anyway, the less pretty does add more character I think.

Hope you enjoyed this peek in my journal and wish you all a wonderful and artsy day!