Many artists and crafters (and others I’m sure, but these are the ones I see) like to select one word as a touchstone for the year. I like the idea, but it can be tricky to find a word that can apply to a whole year. I mean, I have an attention span of about 5 minutes, so a year is FOR.EV.ER!
Nevertheless, I gave it some thought. Based on my decision to reduce my stash, I considered words like “Green” or “Recycle.” They don’t seem inspiring, though. I ‘tried on’ some generic words – Dream, Create, Focus, Love – nothing rings my bell.
Then I received an ad for the 2014 Art Journal Caravan and the right word came to me.
I had to join the Caravan right then and there! If you’re not familiar with AJC, it’s a combination online class, journaling group, and community hosted by Tangie Baxter at ScrapbookGraphics.com (SBG). She provides journaling prompts, collage elements, and guidance for a year of creative experiences.
This is the first journal page I created. I chose this word because I want 2014 to be a year of exploring new experiences, learning new skills, and exploring new ways to do ‘old’ things – like using up a stash! This can apply to many aspects of my life, not just the creativity.
This week, my explorations led me into the mechanics of navigating the SBG forums and uploading pictures, as well as an introduction into digital journaling. Well, visual journaling anyway, since blogging is definitely a form of journaling! At first it was quite a maze, but I am finding my way and can’t wait to continue.
Today’s page. A reminder to take a breath and enjoy the journey.
Explore: map fragment, hot air balloon, book courtesy of thegraphicsfairy.com; all other elements, courtesy of tangie baxter
Nature does not hurry: Snowflake background = rubber stamp on painted paper; Quote, gold splatter, foreground tree = tangiebaxter, Art Journal Caravan January ’14 Collection; Background trees = Death to Stock Photos, Cozy collection; Bird silhouettes = courtesy of vectorolie/FreeDigitalPhotos.net