My Documented Life Project 2015

I’ve decided to join in with the documented life project for next year which will be in an art journal this time, I must admit I signed up for it this year too but I never took to the paper in my planner as it didn’t *feel* right and it was too thin, so because of this I barely touched the planner or did any of the challenges.

I didn’t realise how important paper was before this and always took it for granted, its such a personal choice and what works for one person won’t necessarily work for another.  If it doesn’t feel right to you then you won’t use it, like I never used my planner this year because the quality of the paper set my teeth on edge!

The Challenge next year is taking part in a large Dylusions Journal, these journals are great for multiple techniques although I don’t like how the inks always bleed through the seams and ruins the previous pages. After seeing the initial announcement and excitement for next years challenge I set about thinking how it would work best for me. And in the end I decided to do it *MY* way as always…whats new! *rolls eyes*

Today I’m sharing with you what I plan to use for the challenges for my Document Life Project 2015!

I’m currently in love with creating on individual pages, they give me more artistic freedom than working in a journal, plus I can chop and change to different sizes whenever the mood takes me instead of abandoning another journal for the shiny new one (anyone recognise this trait or is it just me?)

So I decided to take a large A4 Lever Arch Ring Binder and decorate it myself to make it into a tip-in journal of sorts.

  • First thing I did was completely cover it with different colours of scrap papers, scrapbook papers and anything I could get my hands on, I didn’t think too much about this stage I just glued down the papers until I was happy with how it looked:



  • Once the glue was dry I painted over the entire thing in different shades of green and yellow acrylic paint:



To finish it off I used patterned duct tape along all the edges to give it strength:



I’m quite please with how it turned out!

Next I took a large stash of A4 papers, cards, scrapbook papers in different colours, types, grades and patterns and punched holes in them all and added sticky hole reinforcers to protect and give them strength. The 12×12 scrapbook pages where a little large for the file so I folded them to make a kind of pocket sleeve which I can either tear off or make into a pocket at a later date. I also finger painted the inside of the file to make it look a little brighter and cheery as you can see from the picture below:



While I have your attention Id like to share with you my first page that I did for the file, its for my 15 minute pact; a promise to myself to do 15 minutes of art everyday no matter how busy or tired or sore Im feeling. 15 minutes is very do-able I think 🙂


What are your creative plans for 2015?




13 thoughts on “My Documented Life Project 2015

  1. I signed up to do the documented life project for 2015. I just moved into a house so I have my own arts&crafts room. I have been getting a lot of overtime hours at work so I am taking the extra money from my paycheck and buying art supplies I have been wanting but never had the money to purchase until now

  2. Great idea Trish. I’m a bit behind with my 2014 one bit determined to catch up. I didn’t use a moleskine but a slightly bigger planner/diary with slightly better pages.

    I know what you mean about paper quality and I’m learning more about that. I’ve just been given a Strathmore mixed media journal and the paper is superb. I’m undecided about what to use and whether I will follow the prompts slavishly or mix it up a little. Will be watching yours with great interest

  3. Trish, this is a great idea! I need to remember what works for me, too…instead of jumping on every new project! Your “15 minutes a day” reminded me of something, too. I am going to leave a few pages and supplies on my kitchen counter, so I can do “drive by art.” I am there so much, and a few minutes here and there will add up when I can’t go lock myself in my studio!

  4. I so agree with doing it ‘my’ way. I like working on individual pages also which is why last year was an altered composition book with rings and this year I deconstructed the Dylsusions journal and altered it so I can use rings as the binding. You are right…it has to fit us or else we won’t use it 😉 Beautiful work on your journal!!!!

  5. I also signed up for this years challenge and haven’t really “done “many of them as I was also unhappy with the pages in the planner. I have signed up for 2015 and have also decided to do it my way. I have signed up for the Cover Story workshop and am looking forward to seeing the ideas and possibly using then for my cover

  6. Hi Trish – I did my 2014 journal exactly as you have done – A4 lever arch file, reworked the cover and the inside, all sorts of different papers for pages and made my own calendar pages- and it has worked brilliantly. I’m sure you will feel much more inspired to keep going in 2015.

  7. Trish I love your idea! I was going to spend the money to get the Dylusional journal but really I cannot justify spending that much money and then NOT using it.This year I used a regular planner and got about 14 pages done and stopped, next year I want to do better.. So I was going to get just a regular art type journal and use that but the ring binder makes so much sense and at the end of the year bind the pages together and have your own book! I also love the “15 minutes a day” idea, I have currently scheduled myself 30 minutes in the garden each day so that it doesn’t all pile up and give me anxiety at so much to get done, 30 minutes goes quickly and I see results each day. I think I’ll apply that motto to my art for next year! Thank you SO much for sharing your blog post!!

  8. What a great idea!! I was doing it on my own last year and well didn’t get very far – didn’t stick with it – but am seriously double thinking doing it in 2015 as I am re-opening my blog and reinventing myself creatively – (again, thanks to you, Trish, I appreciate it more than you know!!) Maybe it is just the right time to do this as well!!!

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