Today I turned a blank Moleskine into a customized spot (pun intended) to record my notes-to-self. If you'd like to do something similar, all you need to gather is
- a blank notebook
- various papers (I used what I already had on hand: origami paper, a postcard, and a TOMS catalog that came in the mail yesterday. But think of the possibilities! Gloriously colored junk mail, favorite photographs, index cards, graph paper, wrapping paper scraps, etc. etc. etc.!)
- a 1" diameter circle punch (similar to this guy)
I simply punched out some circles of the colors and patterns I fancied, arranged them around the cover until I had a layout I liked, then glued the little dots in place. My only suggestion to help you make a less janky version is to use a paint brush when applying the glue. Distributing a smooth and even layer of glue might help eliminate some of the bumpiness I saw under some of the thinner papers (I'm looking at you, origami paper!). If you don't have a circle punch on hand, you can use something circular, like a can of tomato paste or a quarter, and trace it with a pencil, then cut it out with scissors. I think different-sized circles would be très cute, too. Or abandon the circle idea altogether, and cut out star shapes or triangles or hearts. Or create whatever kind of collage you like. Endless, the possibilities are!
A tiny little notebook is perfect for carrying around with you at all times. You never know when you'll need to record a magical moment (e.g. when you discover a fantastic mural in your otherwise sleepy hometown, splash about in some puddles with your fancy rain boots, or create the perfectly cheerful playlist). I write in mine at the end of each day, and challenge myself to list all of the wonderful things I observed, created, or felt during the past 24 hours. By simply knowing that I expect this of myself each evening, I am more aware of noticing the goodness as its happening each day.
Or you could use a little notebook like this to keep a running list of all the things you'd like to create. Here's a list of ideas to get you started, if you're drawing a blank. ;)
Happy weekend, everyone!
p.s. (Blurry) bonus photo of Cleo's photobomb attempt.