At the end of 2012, I stumbled upon this post by Jessi (Naptime Diaries). She recapped her 2012 and I quickly came to realize that without looking in my Project Life album, I couldn’t really tell you all of the sweet bits of 2012. My memory is horrendous (scarily bad sometimes…like forgetting how old I am) and my journaling track record isn’t much better. But then I stumbled upon this artist and her work inspired me so much that the next day (December 31st!!!) I went to the store and got a Smashbook and set out to create a 2013 journal to record the good, the bad and all of the little things that will happen this year.
So far I’ve recorded something for each day. I’ve started gluing ticket stubs, portions of receipts and other things from daily life to look at later. I’m excited about the fact that I can look at this in the years to come and remember all of the good (and not-so-good) things that happened to our family in 2013. That’s right, this book is not going to be all fluff. I’ve already journaled a rough day that I was having in the first week. These days are important to remember as well.
When I posted the picture of the start of the journal on Instagram, I had lots of questions…so here’s a quick FAQ for you on how I’m doing my 2013 book:
What type of journal did you use? It’s a K&Co Smashbook, 8×10″ size
Did it come with the calendar? It did not. Smashbooks come spiral-bound with different paper designs on each page. I used half-sheet labels to create the calendar. I printed out the numbers for the days and then used a square punch to cut them out. I’ll probably do something different each month to add variety.
Where do you buy the label sheets for your calendar? esupplystore.com although I’m sure you won’t need that many. Check your local Office Supply store for smaller packages.
Where are your colored markers from? StampinUP!
What will you do with all of the extra pages in your book? I’m creating the calendar one month at a time. For example, I’ve only created January so far. That’s so that I can leave room to put in pictures, extra creative journaling, etc on the pages after January’s calendar page. I don’t want to have a set number of extra pages per month, I’m just filling it in as I go. As time moves on I’ll share more pages to give you all examples!