"finish Germany journal" has been on my "do-list" for weeks, and I've been completely avoiding it. perfection and a perceived lack of time settled in and paralyzed my progress until...
spencer planned a 'guy's Psych marathon" for saturday, which gave mom a few hours of creative time. over the past few weeks, I've been focusing on finishing the projects I have in progress instead of starting new. this project could be avoided no more!
in preparing for our trip to Germany, I knew that I wanted to have a documenting journal with me, but just wasn't sure how to put it all together. so before mark and I left, I purchased Ali Edwards' "Scrapbook on the Road" self paced class to gain inspiration from a scrapbooker whose I style I admire.
ali's approach of making the scrapbook a visual and emotional experience was just what I wanted. my goal was not to create a picture album but more of a visual written journal, so I could step out of my comfort zone and share my observations and experiences with words, not only photos. the photos are comfortable; the words are more of a challenge.
because mark and I were going to create an iphoto book of the trip when we returned, I wasn't concerned that this "scrapbook" be archivaly safe. I simply wanted a journal full of honest, moment by moment experiences with lots of local documentation added in. Ali's class helped me create just what I wanted.
finishing this project turned out to be the least rewarding thing about it. each physical item affixed stirred an emotional memory. it was like being there all over again. I learned so much about myself during our Germany trip. reading back over my unfiltered thoughts reminded me of the little joys, struggles and moments that I might too soon forget. if it were not, that is, for my finished Germany visual journal.