I have always been an avid journaler. The page has held my words, held my heart, and held the memories that I did not want to forget. I show up on the page often, no sensor or filter only an open heart and mind. It all spills out.
I have been intrigued by Project Life and Smash books but have not been able to dig deep into them. They are fantastic, but I felt confined. I have even tried filling a spiral bound notebook with memories but I give up before I even begin.
This is year is different though. I was determined to capture my world somehow, someway. I knew it had to fit me. I new it couldn't be confining. I knew I had to come up with my own thing.
And so I did
I folded color water paper in half and I began.
I went through magazines tearing out images that spoke to my heart and I collaged
I printed out photos, and added in tokens from our recent New Years Eve night away
I order more photos that will be arriving at my doorstep any day now, and I held on to mementos that I knew I wanted to glue in so I could onto them forever.
Currently the folded pages are slowly forming a book of memories, hopes, and dreams. It is becoming a catchall for my heart and a tool to express my creative soul. I love how organically it is unfolding. I love that there are no limitations and I can add as many pages as I want. I don't feel confined, but rather I feel free.
I have enjoyed sitting down and dreaming, remembering, and savoring the moments.
I am unsure of how I will bind it all together, but I just know in my heart that as this year progresses so will these pages. They are helping me to find my path. They are taking me to places I only dreamed about. And they are holding my heart.
How do you catch your dreams and hold onto your memories? What type of journal practice do you have?