Tuesday, December 30, 2008

12 Mini Journals for 2009



I had the best time making these mini journals from cards I have collected over the years but have never used. I buy cards because I like the art, not because I need cards, so as you can imagine, I have a ton of them. :)

I was reading the last few chapters of The Creative Entrepreneur this weekend and she had a fabulous idea to make mini journals with your favorite cards as covers for a place to record your daily thoughts, plans, and dreams. The exercise keeps you connected to your ideas and also creates a wonderful record of your year all packaged in your favorite art!

I used white and yellow construction paper for the pages, folded them in half into a booklet and stapled them into the cards.

Then I made a calendar page for each month and glued it into the inside cover of each card.






I have already started planning for new product ideas, trips and classes for 2009.


I have two months in a card box I redecorated sitting on my desk for everyday use and the other 10 in a little bookcase for storage and inspiration.


I love making spaces to allow myself to create new ideas. I am so excited for 2009!
What fun things do you have planned for 2009? I would love to hear all about it!


21 comments:

Manon Doyle said...

Great ideas! I love the Boston idea journal... of course!
I have so many plans for 2009... too many to list! I hope to accomplish a lot of them!

Sherry said...

What a fantastic idea Melissa. I just started jotting down 2009 goals last night. Not quite as organized as you, but if I can keep up with my favorite journal, I'll have the goals close by as a constant remender.

cg said...

Beautiful idea! And those cards are great! Love it.

Pearl said...

I love these journals, Melissa! I think I will make a list of 2009 goals today!

Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

Furry khool idea my mom says!

She's spilled many a thought and tear on journal pages over the years -

Now she does it to the laptop but she still feels the therapeutic release - she does have a daily khalendar at work that she does skhribble short thoughts about things -

Have a PUGgy new year!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

lizzyl said...

this is such a cool idea! thanks for sharing it. i have literally 2 bins of cards I've collected over the years but no idea what I'd ever do with them...this just might be it! and I love the idea of having the calendar inside to keep yourself on track. i have been meaning to set aside time to go over my goals for next year and this is a great way to do it!

The Epiphany Artist said...

I love the cute little Puggy one :)

Maggie and Mitch said...

What a fabulous idea, Melissa! Your mom is so smart, Emmitt!

Yer friend,
Mitch, who is missing Maggie LOTS!

Clover said...

This is a great idea! Love your cute journals, and I think I will try to make some too!!!
Jess & Clover

Heather said...

what a great idea! And such cute art!~

Diana Evans said...

Hi Melissa...what a wonderful idea...I love that you turned your favorite cards into these mini journals....what fun...and what a great inspiration you are...

I wish you all the best now and always....I can only imagine what you will create in 2009!!!!

Hugs
Diana

Sandra y Coco said...

Hi Melissa! what a great idea to keep your goals and dreams handy! I think I've never set goals for the year to come, but I am motivated to do it this time.

Sandy Mastroni said...

great idea
thanks Melissa !

Jill Beninato said...

I love these Melissa...what a great way to keep all of your thoughts on this particular subject in one place that is easy to find and refer back to...

Jill Beninato said...

I love these Melissa...what a great way to keep all of your thoughts on this particular subject in one place that is easy to find and refer back to...

2DogStudio said...

Hi Melissa! I saw this on http://wendysees.blogspot.com/ scroll down to see the pugs tilting head. You may have seen this before but it's so cute and thought you would like it. My earthlink email was disconnected so it doesn't work. I'm not happy about that. I may have to now change providers. Happy New Year! Wendy

Risa.050 said...

Hi Melissa!
I am university student in Japan. I love art too. Then I found this blog. I really like your art! :-)

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It's great idea! and those cards are beautiful!! I like it!

marianne said...

2009 will be full of creativity for you I´m sure!
You are awesome!
where do you get all these ideas from.........

The Devil Dog said...

Mom is going to post her goals tomorrow. There is one thing she is planning, but she isn't going to tell anyone until she actually knows if she can do it or not. Does that make sense?

Roxy

lizzyl said...

Melissa, I thought these projects looked so fun I got the book the other night and started making a new journal instead of doing resolutions this year! It's so much fun! I can't wait to make some of these too. :)

Rachel said...

OMD - I am IN LOVE with this idea!! I have kept every single greeting card I've gotten for probably the past eight years. This gives me so many great ideas about ways to actually use them! Thanks for sharing, and happy new year!!