Hey <<First Name>>,
When I was in high school, I was a part of this weird little livejournal (before livejournal was a russian propaganda site) community called "jr__nl". Maybe is was "jr_nal" or "jr____nl", I don't remember, but the point is that it was this cool community where people shared scanned pages of their journals/sketchbooks.
This livejournal community was such a huge source of creative inspiration for me. It's where I learned the Moleskine notebooks were a thing! I remember uploading scans from my sketchbook to the community before I applied to art school so I could get feedback. Of course, this magic little place on the internet is no longer around. At least, not in the same iteration. The sketchbook project comes pretty close, but doesn't have the same weirdness.
Over the years, I've gone through phases of journalling regularly, but sometimes I fall off the journal wagon for months at a time. I recently started reading Walter Isaacson's bio of Leonardo Da Vinci, and it's amazing how much we know about this man who lived 500 years ago. He spent his life documenting his ideas on paper, which we are able to read centuries later. Some of Da Vinci's journals were only discovered in recent decades! What a gift to the world.
I think about my own journalling habits and how some of my journals are in notebooks, some are on livejournal, some are on an defunct blog that I can no longer access, there are my endless Google Keep lists, and then there are large blank gaps of nothing. Not that I believe they'll be important to anyone in 500 years, but they might be important to me in 5 years, 10 years, or 50 years.
Yesterday I bought a little 3.5 x 5.5 inch notebook that I intend to carry everywhere. I'm not following any "rules" with this journal except "don't be precious". If I think of a funny joke at dinner, I'll write it in the book. If I have a to-do list for my sister's wedding, I'll write it in the book. A new idea for a quilt layout: book. It was $20 for 192 dot-grid pages, so I expect I'm going to need a cheaper option to make this a life-habit.
We'll see how it goes.
Recommended reading this month:
🏡A tiny apartment... with a giant dome.
🌻Love this print with American wildflowers, I would love something similar with wildflowers of Canada for my home. I haven't found it yet, so maybe something I have to make myself?
😎Chappell Ellison has one of my favourite weekly newsletters, and this article she wrote about giving and accepting criticism as a designer and creative is essential reading.
🌛Why don't we dream about our smartphones? Is this the most 2018 question ever?
💸I've never used Venmo (an app that lets you easily share expenses with friends) because in Canada we already have that shit figured out with e-transfers where you essentially just email people money. Like other stuff in the states that seems crazy to me, I can't believe that Venmo transactions default to public.
🔩Amazon's new part-finder tool sounds like a cool new app for DIY'ers and IKEA enthusiasts. However, you have to place your piece next to a penny in order for it to know the size. In Canada, we don't have pennies, what do we do?!
🤖Futurists tell us what work will look like in 2100.
Recommended Listening & Watching:
The new season of Glow is on Netflix!! Also I'm dying to see Three Perfect Strangers and 8th Grade.
If you read all the way to the end:
DUCKS GO TO DAY CARE. This is beyond cute.
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