At the suggestion of several of my scrappy-happy friends, I am embarking on a year-long art journaling journey this year with Ali Edwards' One Little Word class. This is my very first time of taking a class online for scrapping as well as its my first time with a project of this length and magnitude.
The first lesson in the class is to select a word to focus on for the year. I contemplated using “Create” or “Enjoy” or “Family” but then while just daydreaming while working on a sudoku puzzle and having a cup of coffee a word just popped into my head: “CULTIVATE”.
What could “CULTIVATE” possibly mean for me this year? I mean I love to create and enjoy my family, but “CULTIVATE”? I think that this has something to do with my faith, family relationships and my need to cultivate new skills in the classroom. Don’t get me wrong, there are no “issues” with my family relationships - there’s always room for improvement, right?
To maintain a focus on the word “CULTIVATE”, I have created 12 intentions, one for each month of the year. Along with intentions, there needs to be action and I’ll be working on what actions need to occur. So here are my 12 intentions:
1) cultivate myself
2) cultivate learning
3) cultivate relationships
4) cultivate faith
5) cultivate being healthy
6) cultivate my marriage
7) cultivate creating
8) cultivate new skills
9) cultivate the day-to-day
10) cultivate simplicity
11) cultivate frugality
12) cultivate family
Very shortly, I will create my OLW title page and writing out my intentions and actions. Once I have all of this put together in my album, I’ll continue to post here on the blog.
I’m still trying to determine a color scheme for this project, most likely I’ll dive into my scrapbooking stash and pull a few items out of there to get myself started.
I’m really excited about this art journaling journey and hope that you will be inspired and blessed by this project in the same way that I pray that I will be inspired and blessed.