Thank you to the handful of crusaders who took on the last challenge and shared it with us. It's always so fun to see how each of you interpret it. I appreciate how much time it takes to complete the work and then blog about it - but in doing so you widen our perspective of how to work in a journal, AND we got to know more about you. So thanks!
Since last summer we have been on a renovation spree at home. We gutted and re-did the entire bathroom, and other rooms just got facelifts. New paint in the kitchen, living room, and our daughter's room. Seems we cycle through the house every five or six years. With new paint comes a few other new things. I have always kept a record of each new look. I love revisiting pages I made that document the kids rooms from when they were alot younger. It's part of our history and the visuals evoke many memories.
My challenge for you this month is to make a page or two about your home. You can tell us about where you live now and how you have chosen to represent yourself within. Or you can revisit all the locations you've lived. You could start an evidence page of all the things that are important to you in the home, or you can share a simple story about the walls that surround you.
The spread below shows how I recalled every address I once called home.
When we paint the walls I always brush onto some tags - these are not only great resources to carry with me when I am accessorizing, but one always goes in my journal as part of the story.
Look around you. What can you capture - with clippings, or with photos, that could be inserted in your journal? What do you want to remember? As we know, things change. Maybe things don't change that often at home as changing a room is different changing your hair color. But someday you will be happy to have these pages.
Above are some of the photos I took to use on the 2010/2011 renovations pages. Below are pages done several years ago from our previous color scheme. I included paints, clippings from napkins and tablecloths, upholstery, and drapery. I even attached the "test" paper from some stamping I did on the walls.
My first career was as an interior architect/designer. I worked on hotels and restaurants and had several residential clients. Proposed plans for hotels would be presented on design boards for approval. For my residential clients I kept loose files, and eventually assembled everything into this journal. LOVE having all of it right there on the pages. Not only a great resource, but fun to remember the event of designing someone's living place - filled with their personal choices.
Here are some of those pages, from the archives...maybe they will provide some inspiration:
The beauty of *evidence* pages as they are records....documenting something of significance, and don't need to be polished and 'finished' so to speak. Think about how you want to interpret this challenge. Be literal and illustrate the details of your home - or go fantastical and makes pages of your dream home. Or be sentimental and write about your childhood home. These pages are for YOU. Do not feel like you have to give up your privacy to participate. To keep things sacred you sometimes have to keep them secret. I get that. Share what you are comfortable with....but make the pages as I promise you will love that you did....someday.