I was digging around in my craft room and found an old blank book that was one of my first attempts at journaling. I don't think I called it journaling. This was just a book that contained a little doodling, jottings of ideas and clips from magazines, mostly Victoria Magazine from the 1990s.
For me, the 1990's was the "golden age" of inspirational magazines. Country Home, Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion and Victoria were all magazines I spent hours looking at and couldn't throw away.
(MEHC was so sacred, I could not cut from it, I've just kept all the issues.)
As many people before me have said, the internet really changed how and where I go for inspiration.
What surprised me about the clips I'd put in my journal was that I still like the same things.
Buttons, for example.
(Note my vintage journal tricks: fancy cutout around the bow of the box and the bold move of placing a picture at an angle.)
Oh, wouldn't you love to make this button tree?
This picture of bookshelves has so many things to love. The gold spines on the books, the framed botanical specimans, the compotes.
I wonder if that magazine picture was somewhere in the back of mind when I put together this display in my booth at the antique mall a few years ago.
The colors of the textures of this bedroom are so cozy. I was surprised to see this picture that I clipped at least ten years ago and compare to my actual bedroom.
For quite a while my story about my bedroom has been that I've left it "undecorated" because the rest of my house is so busy and full of stuff. That's partially the truth, some of my undecorated bedroom is just laziness.
Here's another page where I added a little doodle, turning this picture into the top of a cupboard.
And here's a shelf from my actual kitchen cupboard.
I love all the inspiration and resources the internet has brought us, but I do miss reading a magazine in a bubble bath or snuggling up with a magazine in my four poster, covered in pillows, get the dog out of the way, damask draped bed.