Falcon Travelers

Dutch Design Leather, Est 2013

Sometime in december last year I ran accross the documented Life Project. I was immediately intrigued. A combination of planner and art journal, executed any which way you would like. My favorite things combined. So I started looking into it and joined the facebook group, where lot’s af people were already busy making the most fabulous planners and journals. Sharing all that they did generously.

So I decided to join in the fun as soon as the two art journals were safely on their way. Last week I finally got those travelling again and I started thinking about how I wanted to participate in this project.

I had a planner and that was working just fine for me. I did a video about that last monday. This is part one.

And part 2.

I really didn’t want to change that, so I gathered I would do it a bit differently and just do the weekly prompts in a seperate booklet. I had some wonderful and colourful painted papers, just waiting to be made into a booklet. They had been living underneath my artsy endeavors for almost half a year now and were definitely ready for other use =)

So that’s what I did.

I gathered the papers and cut them to a manageable size.

Folded them.

And sewed them into a booklet.

Stuck two pieces of scraps, left over from making inserts for my traveler’s Notebooks, to the cover. Overlapping them, so that now they said NO NOTES, instead of NOTES =)

I’m really in love with this colourful booklet and think I’m going to enjoy every little bit of this project working in it.

I had lots of leftover bits and pieces and saved those for collage work and things I might come up with.

Here are a few of the pages inside the booklet.

And as a happy coincidence, somewhere in the middle of my dropsheets I once stamped this sentiment “Art makes me happy” which is now a part of my booklet….and you know, it does make me happy!

The last page and the Traveler’s Notebook I use to keep all the bits and pieces for this project together.

Before I started on the first weeks prompt for the Documented Life Project, I made some tiny notepads from the leftovers of the painted paper and some off-cuts from making inserts for the Traveler’s Notebooks.

Which I thought were so cute.

The prompt for the first week was to make a photo or anything you would like of your front door. Interpreted any way you would like.

So I took a photo of a door I once came across on the internet. Not my door, but a door I wish I had. A safe haven for all who enter.

The second weeks challenge was a selfie and your word for the year, if you had one, and as fate would have it, just that week I got a question from and old friend for some photo’s of a vacation in Italy and greece, a long time ago. Amongst these photo’s was this picture of me.

A picture of me during simpler times, when life was easy and the world was mine.

Simplicity happened to be one of the two words I chose for this year, as I do need to work on that.

This page is a great way for me to visualize that simplicity is an attitude!

I journalled a little about me and who I think I am, added my second word, Resilience and felt it was done. I really like how it turned out.

This project is going to be so much fun! I don’t know if I will post every page every week, but we’ll see. Part of my “Simplicity” approach also entails me not to be so fussy with my blog and just do what I like and not what I think is expected of me. It seems this approach has made me turn to my blog more often (amongst other things) and share what I like.

So yeah, if you’re not already, join the fun in the documented life project, it’s not too late, you can hop in any time and maybe I’ll see you there.

I wish you a wonderful week.

5 thoughts on “The Documented Life Project

  1. Valerie-Jael says:

    I love the things you make, have fun with your new group! Valerie


  2. Alex says:

    Your notebooks are always a pleasure to look at, dear Monique! Enjoy this new group and please show us your results.


  3. lee says:

    loved looking at the documented book you made , I am in but didn't think about doing just the challenges what a smart idea, but I needed a planner anyway. I am having fun doing mine, and I hope to see yours as well. Loving your pages you finished as well as the book, you are one talented lady



  4. Roben-Marie says:

    So happy to have you joining us on this journey! Your journal is beautiful and love how you made it personal to you. Looking forward to seeing more of your work throughout the year.


  5. Mini says:

    I love your work.
    Years ago I also made a Travelers Notebook by myself. But its not so professional like yours.


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