Dreams really do come true. Keep dreaming!
I took a vacation day today. My plan last week was to spend it raking. Only it snowed this past weekend and now with a couple of inches of snow on the ground and temperatures in the teens, the raking will have to wait – maybe until spring. So instead I’m quite content to spend my vacation day at home and inside.
I always have a Plan B, and that is tackling my to-do list. At least that had been my plan. Then the mail came. More specifically, the new Paper Source Catalog came in the mail. Now I happen to be a lifelong fan of just about anything paper – always have been and always will be. And when it comes to paper, Paper Source takes it to a whole new level.
I actually have somewhat of a routine when it comes to this catalog. I open it. I browse it. Sometimes I browse it more than once. I always savor each non-shiny page and all the wonderful layout designs, and then I do my best to refrain from calling the 888-number and ordering nearly everything in the catalog. My creative brain goes into overdrive as I take in so many of their new paper creations and colorful products. I would love to meet the artists and designers behind these treasures. I even savor many of the words too. And then almost immediately after browsing, I grab my scissors and cut the catalog apart. Literally.
You see, I’m a serious fan of ephemera. It’s the stuff that may not be significant to a lot of people, the random paper and miscellaneous things, like ticket stubs, and programs, and paper memorabilia that may not be meant to have any lasting value but sometimes to some people (yours truly) it has meaning or a reason to be saved. And to me, the Paper Source Catalog has some of the best ephemera. If you don’t believe me, get on the mailing list and see for yourself. I also love that the catalog paper is matt finished recycled paper, so whatever is left over is easily recyclable.
Years ago, after first reading Simple Abundance, by Sarah Ban Breathnach, I was inspired to start an Illustrated Journal. It has become the perfect place for me to keep most of my random ephemera and things that I want to save and remember. I always have a basket or container that contains little scraps of paper or odds and ends waiting for creative moments or time in my studio.
Sometimes I don’t have time to finish a page, so I have a number of pages with pasted images or stickers or scrapbook paper just waiting for the day when I do have some extra time.
I love a day spent adding my words or pasting in more saved images. It’s a wonderful creative writing exercise.
I find this creative outlet such wonderful therapy and healing time. I always feel refreshed and renewed after spending time in my studio.
Sometimes I record the date I finished the page or added the words.
Remember when you were a kid and loved a day spent with scissors and paste? I think the child within me, just never grew up. I still love a day spent that way. How about you?
Inserted envelopes make great catchers for the things that are double sided.
I wish there was a way to turn this into a full-time job.
This illustrated journal really is a happy place.
Even Diana has a page waiting…
Let me know if I’ve inspired you to spend some time with scissors and paste or maybe even starting your own Illustrated Journal. I would love to see it. For now, that pesky to-do list is waiting. Or maybe just one more peek at the Paper Source catalog…I did notice on page 32 that they have a Holiday Card Contest – hello. Oh man, wish me luck.