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Hi Awesome Ladies! For those who don’t know me, my name is Sarah (@lifethroughjournals) and I’m one of the new Creative Team members. I’m primarily an art journaler, so I was really excited to receive the new Story Journal and start using it in combination it with the other amazing Awesome Ladies products.

I’ve decided to use the journal for a project I have been thinking about starting for a while: letters to my 18 year old self. I thought the prompts would be the perfect jumping off point for the project and the journal a great way to share my stories (and what I wish I’d known) with my past self.

My plan is to do something uncommon for me and work through the journal in order. The first spread is “This is me and these are my stories”. I decided to use this as a way to introduce the idea, share a bit of my background, and set the intention for the rest of the journal.

The first thing I did was to get some color on to the page just to get rid of the blank space and make it easier for me to layer other media later. I used purple and white acrylic paint for this. You can ignore my terrible attempts at stamping; I covered over those pretty quickly!

I then riffled through the Pretty Paper Pack to select some ephemera I could incorporate into the page. There is so much to choose from in the pack, it was hard to decide! Eventually, I narrowed it down to a page from a vintage book that spoke to me in terms of what I wanted to say, a clear wax papered envelope, and a journaling card from the Quote Journaling Card pack.

I affixed the book page to the journal, altered it by blacking out some of the text and layered acrylic paint over the edges. I added the envelope over the page so that the altered text acts a secret message of sorts, and then added a highly contrasted photograph of myself from this year which I altered with painting the blank space with watercolors. The journaling card fits nicely into the envelope, guarded safely by my present self.

To complete the spread, I painted a crow hovering over myself and the card. On the opposite side, I changed the color of a few words, painted a border with some doodles, and added the last part of a poem I wrote when I was 18. The journaling card reads:

There was a time in my life where I never thought I would be happy. I lost myself. I couldn’t see a clear path to the future and I thought I would feel stuck forever. This may have been over-dramatic, but I vividly remember how I felt. When I was 18 I wrote a poem – the last lines of which are on the opposite page. Over ten years later I’m still (mostly) dressed in black, still followed by crows, but I’m in an entirely different Valley – and finally HAPPY. These pages are going to be letters to my 18 year old angst-y self and what I wish she had known.

I think this spread sets the tone for the rest of the journal – combining a mixture of the past and present, and allowing myself to tell the story of what I’ve learned in the last ten years or so.

How will you be using your Story Journals? I’d love to hear how everyone else will approach it!

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