You know how you stumble across random pages on the net by following a trail of links? I just found this list of "100 Ideas to Spark You Into Creative Action." I've only glanced through it, and haven't actually clicked on any of the links yet, but I'm excited by the idea. There's a void in my life, and there's so much I want to do and try and experience, but a lot of times I simply can't think of anything to do. It's like writer's block I guess. There's probably loads of lists like this out there, but just from glancing at this one I see a few things I'm excited about trying.
This blog is one creative outlet I'm exploring. I'm enjoying it so far. I didn't want to blog about just one topic. I want to actually write about my personal life. One reason for this is to have a record of my life, both good and bad. I've tried journaling before. I always got the urge to write while feeling very down and depressed, but never seemed to feel the same urge when happy. As a result, I have a written record of some very sad times in my life. Reading those old entries brings the old emotions flooding back. This is not a good thing, as depression is something I've been struggling with my whole life. I have things mostly under control now, but I have been seeing a psychologist. The sessions have been extremely helpful. She really believes that journaling is a good way to sort out your thoughts and feelings, and to understand your thought processes. I was hesitant at first, since I've never been able to stick with it before. I've tried a few suggestions she had for getting started, and this blog is the result.
I have a few other projects on the go right now as well. One I'm very excited about is my entry for the Moleskine contest. I picked up the notebook I'm going to use at Chapters today. I have a few more things I need to pick up for it, like book darts, and something to make clear pockets out of. I have to check out Staples and Michaels this week. It seemed so easy when I wrote my proposal for the contest, but now I'm wondering how to actually implement my design. I'm kind of hoping to come across some type of ready made pockets. Envelopes meant for cds and dvds might do the trick. They have a round clear window. You can get different colors too. Fun!
I've been gathering lots of different paper products, like old forms at work that would have been thrown out, junk mail envelopes and flyers. I have a few vague ideas for paper craft projects. I've seen things like notebooks and envelopes made from "junk" paper. Ripping up pieces and making new sheets of paper is something else that's totally doable. I have a Gocco printing press that I haven't used yet (I hang my head in shame). It's so cool, but I never thought of anything that seemed exciting enough to do. I didn't really try either. I want to somehow combine the idea of notebooks and screenprinting into something fun. I want to open up a shop on Etsy someday too, but that's a long way down the road, and a topic for another blog post.