There are two moments in the year when I like to take stock and think things through. One is at the beginning of September – old school habits die hard – and the other is on January first. On that day I like to sit with my tarot deck and get an overview of the year to come. I think about the year that has just passed as well.
For the past two years I have had a weekly creative project (V’s 52 Portraits and V’s 52 Pick-up). I have loved them both so much. But this year I want to try something new, a daily habit. Mind you, I am creative daily already. But this would be a daily documenting project just like Julia did last year. I have so enjoyed her foray into daily documenting that I am hopping on her bandwagon.
At first, I wanted to get a special Moleskine for this, but then I thought about how I have so many notebooks that are just waiting to be filled that I decided to use two of them. They were fun and inspiring because they are filled with different types of paper. But then I went to Australia and found this daily planner at Typo
. And it changed my plans completely.
The other notebooks were not planners or diaries so there was no date on the pages. Of course I had planned to use a date stamps (even a time one!) and also some days of the weeks stamps to bring it together. But I kind of liked the idea of some printed elements being on the page already.
I love the softly striped pages. the paper isn’t too thick but I think I can work with it. I’ll just add clear gesso if need be. And so far it holds Sharpies with little bleeding, yay! I also love the idea of one book instead of two. Everything in its right place.
The clincher was the glitter cover of course!
I have so loved seeing Julia’s 2016 Moleskine evolve. I am hoping that this daily practice will give me a looseness and the freedom to explore some new techniques. I will share monthly on my blog and whenever I feel like it on Instagram using #vsdailydiary and #dailymoleskine
Keeping track of it all:
I have many projects going on at the same time: Get Messy, Awesome Ladies, the Zine Squad, Color Blast, collaborations with other artists, etc. I am on the Events Committee for the Canadian Club in Beijing where I organise Crafternoons (where we come together and work on our projects in real life), Crafterwork (workshops where we teach a craft to participants) and various happy hours and parties to create a sense of community for all Canadians posted here. I will also be starting a part-time 6 months contract today. All of this plus running and making notebooks for my Etsy shop. So how will I keep track of it all?
I’ll be using this great planner by Little Otsu
that I bought three years ago (luckily it’s not dated!). Here is the thing about me and planners: I never decorate them. They start out all cute and curated and by the 2nd week I’m back to not having time to use it in a cute way. Planners are a tool, a safety net for my thoughts. I loved the Get To Work Book but it is expensive for how I am actually using it.
This planner has all I need: a place for notes, a quick to do list, the week on a two page spread and not too many doo-dahs and thingamajigs to distract me. Also, it holds my Uni-ball pen without any bleeding. WIN!
This and the fact that it is pretty easy to carry around will make it a perfect tool for me.
A word for 2017:
As I was pondering this year to come, my One Little Word
came to me. I want to carry on with the seeds I have planted this year. I want to go forth and build on the foundations that have appeared in my life in 2016.
So my word for 2017 is: Momentum.
”The impetus and driving force gained by the development of a process or course of events.”
Here are some of my intentions for this year
- I will be creating another art journaling class, called Rituals, for release in 2018.
- I will continue to inspire the Get Messy community by being on the Creative Team just as I will continue to be inspired by the artists in my art tribe.
- I will give Awesome Ladies the strength to find and use their voice by being on the Learn and Explore teams.
- I will create daily and return to a deeper art journaling practice.
- I will carry on with projects like the Zine Squad, 30 Days of Lists and Color Blast.
- I will strive to make more journals and notebooks for my shop Vanessa’s Fancy.
- I will take care of my body and to feed it what it needs.
I am taking real and concrete steps to achieve these goals.