I chose a short-hand text book that I picked up at Salvation Army for under a dollar. One of the important aspects for a book that is going to take this much painting, adding, etc. is that it has a sewn binding. You have to remove lots of pages so that the altered pages fit. Good quality paper for the pages is also a definite plus.
I have been doing pretty well at keeping up each week. I am going to post a few of the beginning parts of the book today. She also encouraged us to choose a word for the year to focus on. Mine is "Humility", which was a word that God kept laying on my heart for several weeks leading up to the start of this book. I just felt it was going to be my word for the year.
This is the cover of my book. The paper along the right side of the book came in a wonderful package I received from Patty Symkowicz when I won a drawing from her blog. I just felt it was so beautiful that I wanted to include it on the cover.
This is the inside covers where Effy asked us to write a letter to say goodbye to 2011 and hello to 2012. She challenged us to use an envelope in our spread. The photo is not a very good one, partly because I couldn't get rid of the shadow on the left side and the metallic paint on the envelopes caused the camera to go a bit wonky.
This is the first two-page spread that I did celebrating Jan. 1 - Happy New Year. I used a decoupaged napkin, stickers and a cut-out from a calendar page.
This is my first Monday spread using Effy's recommended theme of "looking ahead". It has lots of layers, paint, ink stamping and collage pieces. This is one of my favorite spreads.
This is my first multi-day spread for the first week in January. I journaled a bit about each day. I painted the background yellow and then used post-it notes to mask off the writing squares when I painted the rest of the page. More stickers, stamping and ink sprays finished it off.
Well that is a look into my first week of Book of Days. You should really check out Effy's blog and her Book of Days course. It is not to late to start.
I am also linking up with Paint Party Friday. You can hop over there and check out many wonderful artists who are sharing their passion for painting. They are such a wonderful, friendly and welcoming group of people who are always encouraging. It has been a blessing to me to find this Friday party.
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That's it for today! We are having a rare spell of fabulous March weather, so I am going to go out and enjoy some of it. Blessings to you all.