My Remains of the Day (ROD) journal is finally done. Mary Ann began offering the class back in 2009. I didn't sign up for the class until a couple years ago, so this almost feels like a vintage craft.
I love the premise of the class- using bits and pieces of leftover paper ("the remains of the day") to put together a journal. Like everyone else who crafts I have lots and lots of paper that is good and just begging to be part of a project but I don't always know what to use it in.
When I gathered my papers for this I really did just grab random papers and started to sew....and then put the whole project away for 18 months.
I finally finshed my journal, took pictures and as I was editing the pictures for this post, I was NOT "wowed'. I'm happy with what I made, and I'll definitely make more journals, but I started to think "this isn't blog worthy".
(By the way, the class itself is awesome, I'm just going to make better choices for my materials with my next journal.)
Then I had a second thought- this project was a good reminder of what I'm always saying about crafting. "It's the process, not the product". In otherwords, sometimes you work on a project just for the sheer joy of creating something.
There are all sorts of studies about how crafting, art, and making things is GOOD for you- it releases those good mood producting chemicals in your brain and stimulates making new connections in your brain. In other words, crafting makes you smarter.