If you've read my blog before, you may remember that I'm intrigued with the concept of an artist challenge: you know, illustrating one postcard a week for a whole year or documenting your life in detailed photographs for a month.  But I can never seem to sustain an idea once I have it (see wall art challenge).  I have so many "requirements" to be successful: I need to enjoy the process but also know that I'm working towards a satisfying goal.  It can't take too long, but long enough that it's worth the time I do spend.  And it should be playful. A few weeks ago I hit upon another idea and since it was right before the new year was starting, I jumped in with both feet.  I was thinking about my A to Z journal, which I loved making and which I add to from time to time -- but only little bits and pieces.  I want something like that, only not that. Daily Journal Project cover by gina sekelsky studio My new Daily Journal Project is a way to combine what I loved most about the A to Z project with my desire to try a year-long (playful) challenge.  The fact that some days I get to do it first thing in the morning (making the most of that liminal creative time right after I wake up) is icing on the cake. DJP 01 by gina sekelsky studio My goal is to record one little tidbit from each day in 2014, to not get carried away with the aesthetics but to enjoy the process itself.  (I have a little list of prompts I've written just in case the well starts to run dry.)  Which reminds me, I was so excited to share this today that I forgot to record yesterday! It's not too late to get on board and create your own Daily Journal Project.  One of the few things I actually enjoy shopping for is art supplies, and I looked through quite a few sketchbooks before landing on this one, made in Japan and with the loveliest paper ever inside.  (If you were really savvy, you could paint the pages of an old book with gesso and get started today.)  Do let me know if you'd like to play along, and meanwhile, I'll share each week's page (or pages?) here on the blog.
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16 Responses to 2014 Daily Journal Project.

  1. chel says:

    I would LOVE to do this. I have a Project Life-esque binder going, but I’d like to do a journal card or an insert for each day/week. This would be perfect. Is it okay if I put my own spin on it? This would be a great way to document my life and be creative about it (and use my Tombow marker set!)

    • gina says:

      I would love to see where you take this idea, Chel! Actually, reviewing some of the awesome Project Life pages online is part of what led me in this direction. I’ve done PL for a couple of years, but was always mooning over the detail and simple elegance of Ali Edwards’ pages (while knowing that I didn’t want to devote that much energy to it either). This project seemed like a happy medium — I can keep my PL scrapbooks going as they are, get to do something fun that’s just for me, and have a neat album to look back on at the end of the year. I hope you’ll share your progress!

  2. CJ says:

    I really love it Gina, I’m going to suggest it to my eldest boy as well, it’s the kind of thing he would enjoy. It’s never too early to have a journal like this! Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. Linda T says:

    I like this idea…I shall try. Each time I think about journaling, I get hung up on making it look perfect. Yours are beautiful!

  4. Terry Hendrickson says:

    Gina, I want to join in the journal sharing. I have been keeping a daily log forever. The entries are mostly quotes from daily reading. This year i have been making cards including quotes that standout to me. I don’t know if I fall into the category of participants. I will e-mail you a photo of my journal and my cards.

  5. Deanna H says:

    I love this idea. Your journal is so incredibly beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration/challenge. I’m giving myself until the end of this month to actually make and write down all my resolutions. It’s still January so it still counts, right?

    • gina says:

      I like to do resolutions in January and again in May (summer vacation!) and again in September (new school year!). So if you miss this chance to set some goals, there’s another one right around the corner!

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  7. Audrie says:

    I have decided to try your idea starting today (I actually don’t like starting things on 1/1.) I will create a page a day using something interesting about writing and a stamp, since I have a huge collection of stamps…I will post each day on Pinterest girlgeek101/DJP

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  10. Nancy says:

    Oh, Gina! Your journal pages are fascinating–I have pinned ever so many of them. Thank you for sharing.

  11. yenna says:

    hi gina!
    love your work! may I know what kind of markers u use? they seem to be a lot lighter than my markers, i use sharpies and some cheap markers, but they are too dark and thick they go trough the pages. And since i live on a small island it is difficult to find the kind you are using. May i know the brand you are using?

    thank u! 😀

    • gina says:

      Hi Yenna, For most of the journal, I used watercolors rather than markers, that’s why they appear so light. I like to use watercolor pencils (similar to colored pencils, but water soluble). You can draw with the pencil, then get it wet to create a painted effect. The markers I use in the book are by Tombow. They are brighter colors typically, but don’t leak through to the back of the paper. Good luck!

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