I've always kept some of kind journal or diary- blank books that I wrote in diary style; when I was in high school I'd clip my favorite pictures from Seventeen and Glamour magazine and put them in a scrapbook; when I got older, it was magazine clips from decorating magazines.
It wasn't until I started reading blogs that I heard about visual journals- a combination of diary, clip art, doodling and play. I don't journal every day, and I don't have any plans in mind when I pull out my journal.
Some pages are like the first picture- a combination of bits of vintage wallpaper that were too pretty not to use in something.
Some pages are like this, based around a fun business card from a friend.
This page was made after I got a Sizzix circle cutter. I wanted to try it out, so I grabbed some wallpaper and started cutting. When I got done playing, I didn't want to waste the circles, so I glued them onto a journal page and doodled around them. This isn't my usual style, but it was fun to do something different.
Anyway, the point of all this talk about journals is that they are very RANDOM.
And so is my current on-going project- a journal quilt.
My "journal quilt" started as a long cotton runner found in a box lot of linens at an auction. All this long runner had on it was two sets of the blue flowers shown above and a whole lot of white space.
I almost put it in the "donate" pile because I couldn't imagine using it or selling it, and then I got the idea to use it the same way I do my journal... Add to it with random fabrics scraps and stitching.
I brought journal quilt along to a craft day at Tami Hacker's and got an idea. To remember the day, I had everyone sign the quilt and add a few words if they wanted.
I told everyone not to worry about neatness or what kind of pen they were using or if they made a mistake. If they didn't like what they wrote,they could start over and I'd cover the old writing with a fabric patch.
"Why must life get in the way of art?" from Lindy Waldrop Porter. Life has gotten in the way of all the stitching I want to do.
I'm planning on bringing my journal quilt with me to other craft days and get togethers so it will keep on being a collaborative project. Don't worry if you see me chasing you with a long white sheet and a pen. I probably just want your autograph for my journal quilt.