Early in 2018 I started designing and creating mixed media journals to sell. My long affection for journaling rushed headlong into my art studio’s abundance of scrap paper, embellishments, and inspirational junk.
I also learned a new word for junk. Ephemera. What a fun word to roll around the lips and toss around as I shopped for special embellishments. Ephemera became my push into the dictionary, thesaurus, and frankly, my writing hobby became an obsession as much as the art projects had.
Soon after my production commenced I made a journal for my sermon notes. I have found practical use for Washi =-tape, putting the partial sticky tape to temporary use. I’ll opt for scotch tape once I finish my other rolls, but for now, my shiny copper and silver washi-tape rolls may need replacing next year.
I completed the cover, experimented with glues, gloss and matte sprays and took photos along the journey.
Adding scrapbook papers to the inside front and back cover created the desired handmade touch to an otherwise store bought journal.
I located a prominent place for those experimental photographs I printed or Typorama designs and Canva graphics.
The internet showered my next few months with innovative apps and software programs I’d only imagined.
One of the more unique apps from the Apple App store is called Percolator. I know. Even the menu and the directions use coffee brew and cream and grind terms for manipulating photos. Crazy inventive. Check it out here. Percolator.
Here are a few pages with simple sermon notes taped to the page. Our church holds series of messages and the preaching is accessible through the Sermon APP on audio. Perhaps your church has such a service.
I enjoyed the successive attachmenting of bits of papers normally misplaced, filed in baskets, and recovered multiple times without finding a home for the rogue notes. I could now review my sermon notes and potentially keep them as phonebooks.
The two year study of the Book of Revelation found a resting place in the pages of my notebook journal. So far, I’ve used a roll and a half to create a mini book within the mixed media journal sermon notebook. What else could I collect for quick reference?
The Precepts Bible study on the Gospel of John began at our church in September of 2018. Nearly a year later I am still listening to videos, creating visual highlights and outlines, and basking in the richness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Why didn’t I study one of the gospels before my 58th birthday?
Although an incredible amount of time goes into an inductive Bible study method, now I added triple the time with artsy, visual drawings and sketches. Prismacolors from architectural school design studio work as well, if not better than they did 40 years ago.