Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A Journal With a Purpose

My daughter made me this beautiful journal and matching gift box quite some time ago. I know she intended me to use this journal but I did not want to spoil it by writing just anything in it. I guess I have been reserving it for something a little more special than just a few handwritten, random thoughts.

Then I saw Diane's (from Lavender Dreams) recent post.  Click here to see Diane's post. In her post she gives us a glimpse into creative journaling. She calls it her art journal . After reading her post I had an epiphany!!! I knew exactly how I wanted to use my beautiful journal and I am so excited to get started.

I will use it to creatively journalize my favorite things and all the things I am grateful for! This is going to be fun! 

I love the shade of green my daughter used to cover this journal.

On the inside cover: "to mom love jenn".

Each page corner has a hand stamped decoration....did I mention that I love these colors?

Must have taken some time to stamp the entire journal....

I love these little leaves.

So pretty....

Of course, this is my favorite part!!!!! (Above)

This little box held a handmade bar of soap....it smelled sooooo good!

I really like the natural look of the paper that she used to cover both the journal and gift box.

close up view!

A perfect gift for this mom!

I think my daughter will be happy that I have finally found a purpose for this lovely gift. I have Diane to thank for giving me inspiration for this project! I am also honored that she included a gift tag from me on her journal page (page 1 in fact) dedicated to her blogging buddies. 

Someday this journal will be full of words, pictures and other snippets of my favorite things and all that I am grateful for. I hope it looks every bit as creative and artistic as Diane's. I would like to make entries every day. It cannot hurt to purposely make oneself more conscious of all of life's blessings on a daily basis. I have much to be thankful for! ....and having new blogging friends is the icing on the cake!

I will post an update when I have a few pages to share.