2016 Documented Life Project: January

January 1

Along with trying to finish up my 2015 Documented Life Project, I'm chugging along with the 2016 DLP, called the unPlanner. The Art to the 5th gals put yet another twist on the 2016 project, creating individual pages in a binder. They've added in challenges for little cards and thoughtful prompts, and I'm figuring out what works for me and making it my own as I go along. The first binder you see above contains January-April. Looks like I'll be doing three volumes!

January 2

My goal for this project has been to use what I have, don't stress, and make it easy on myself so I can actually keep up! My spreads have been pretty simple (I'm doing the messy, more detailed spreads as I'm finishing up the 2015 book!),  and I'm incorporating all sorts of bits and pieces I have lying around. This was a card I received from Brave Girls Club that I added some simple swirls to and made the opening look at this first volume.

January 3

The first week's challenge was to use "2016" in some way, so I created this little 4 x 6 postcard, above. As I've gone along, I've started carrying out the challenges on the backs of the weekly calendar instead and adding in pops of things here and there to mix up the sizes.

January 3a

Yep, using what I have around! I cut the heart on the left out of some deli paper underpapers, and the purple scrap down the side is from the last of my sidekick from way back in Orly's class at An Artful Journey. It's on the back of the 2016 Choose Happy card. And on the right, that's a sweet message from Kelli May Krenz I received in a little piece of art I purchased from her. I thought it was so cute, I just had to save it and use it in something. This spread was the week of Dec 28-January 3, when we were still freshly navigating Benny's recovery from his quintuple bypass.

January 4

Week 2's prompt was to choose your favorite quote. I came across this "Do More of What Makes You Awesome" stamp and had to have it. We are full of all sorts of awesomeness around here. :-) I tried using the page inserts this week, but in the long run, I'm not really crazy about them. In the future, I'll likely just use them for pictures of the week.

January 5

More of Week 2's spread here. The girls and I helped out with Tallahassee Pet Adoptathon that weekend.

January 6

Something new the gals have added this year is this Dare 2 Be card. I'm using it some months, not others. Mine was Dare to be RESTED, and figuring out how to get more rest. The art prompt was to use text from a magazine or flyer. Not sure I did that here, but the background paper on the left came out of a Somerset Studio magazine. Does that count?

January 7

Look at those sweet faces. Sarah (on the right) had a field trip to the courthouse this week. This was a selfie she took with some friends.

January 8

Another new addition this year are these "List Ten" cards. These are kinda fun. This month was your 10 favorite books. I had a hard tome coming up with 10 off the top of my head; I've read and loved so many! The Book Thief and The One and Only Ivan both made me cry like a baby, so they are my top two for now.

January 9

Totally did not follow this week's prompt, which was to add a receipt. Instead, I added cookies. I saved the recipe on the back. :-)

January 10

And lastly for January, in the spirit of using what I have on hand, one thing I always have on hand is magazines (it's a sickness really), so in the spirit of also simply making this easier on myself at times, I'm pulling out magazine pages that speak to me and adding them in for easy color. I did doodle on this one! This was the week of our State Music Symposium, held at University of North Florida, so I got to spend a few days back home in Jacksonville and get into the shelter for some pics. Missing those pups!

Thanks for stopping through this week. I'll post one month at a time until I catch up to where I am. Learn more about this project here on the Art to the 5th blog!

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