Once I got out of college, I stopped keeping a journal and really didn't think about them again until I ran across a journal stuffed into a brown accordion file folder.
That inspired me to make a new time capsule journal page with stenciled backgrounds for my mini class at Birdsong.
For backgrounds on my journal pages, I played with a combination of stamp pads, stiff plastic doilies, paper doilies, colored pencils and distress brush markers.
For the green and blue pages I put a stiff plastic doily under my paper and rubbed colored pencils over the paper, picking up the pattern of the doily. In some places, I used more than one color and after rubbing, blended the colors with a baby wipe.
The brown page on the left was made by putting an ornate paper doily over the paper and using a distress marker to paint through the cut-outs in the doily.
The brown page on the right has a very faint pattern. I made it by pressing a stamp pad on to a plastic doily, which pressed the pattern of the doily INTO the stamp pad. Then I pressed the stamp pad onto the paper.
To make my May 29, 2015 time capsule page, I used two types of doilies and distress markers to make a lacy background.
I added a coordinating piece of wallpaper to one side of the page and started writing.
Just for fun, I took one of my 1982 "time capsules" and reworked it into a journal page in the style I might use today.
"Mr Mom", "War Games" "Serpentine"- does anyone else remember those? It was fun to go back and remember some of the little details of my life 30 years ago.
Making my 2015 journal page was fun, and I'm planning on making more of them, maybe a few times a year, so I can record the minutia of life in 2015 and beyond.
If you'd like to make your own time capsule pages, here's a list of prompts that I had written in my original journal. If you right click on the image you can save it to your computer.