It seems like everywhere I turn this year, my word, DISCOVER, is making itself known. Last year my word chose me and while I wanted that to happen again this year, I thought I was choosing IT. I thought I was making a conscious decision to change things in my life by discovering ways to make decisions that put my life and family and happiness first, but I honestly think somewhere along the way, my word really did choose me.
The assignment for this month was to create a vision board. You could fill it with things that pertained to your word or not. There were no rules. It was only month two of the year and I thought- I am not doing this. I don't need to create a vision board to know what my word means to me. And then I started leafing through some magazines and the next think you know I am cutting out dozens of images and words that were speaking to me. A few days later I had this amazing collage of all the discoveries that were whirling around inside my head. Some old, some new, some just inspiration for a new day. I love that it came together and told a story- with some obvious representations of my life and some not so obvious.
I took a photo of my vision board, and following Ali's lead, printed it and added it to my journal. I have been adding kraft colored card stock spines to to my "faux pages" and embellishing them with lots of stickers and stitching. It is all part of my goal to keep this very much doable and very much me.
I added a scalloped border to the top of the page that I cut from an Art Strip Sticker©, a few scribbles and marks using pens and pencils, a date stamp, and more stitching around all the edges of my print. I love that it is represented in my journal. I discovered that I while I might not have needed to create a vision board to know what my word meant to me, it definitely helped define how I look at it and what I want to accomplish with it this year. I am so happy I JUST DID IT!
I think I mentioned before that I am cheating a little bit on the photography. I am creating these little 2 x 2 images in photoshop and printing them on card stock on home. They are kind of grainy and vintage looking and I am okay with that. I am doing this so that I have NO EXCUSES for why I am not "keeping up." I am doing everything I can not to fall behind. This is helping AND I am okay with the photos like this. Here is a peek at the tiny page protectors I am putting them in. I love them. They are only 4 x 4 and each side holds 4 tiny images. I am sure I will add other sizes as I go. I relish the idea of a book filled with all different size pages and photos.
So February has come and gone and I am on track. I was so excited to be doing the lessons that I actually counted down the days for March's assignment to show up in my inbox. I can't wait to DISCOVER what is in store for my word and I this month!