Scribble Diary: Week 4

Standard

This week’s Scribble Diary page, has me tracking background noise and playing with the idea of saying something important.  With a month of pages completed, I can honestly say my perspective has changed for the better. I notice things I never did before, which makes even the most mundane things explode with vibrancy.

Scribble Diary: Week 4

My favorite thing about this page is the small memo I wrote in response to the prompt,”something that needs to be said.” I’m a big believer that real freedom comes living to expectations we set for ourselves, rather than those set by others or society as a whole. The concept of what “success” means to Western Society has trapped so many into a life that leaves them feeling empty.  We must be brave enough to follow our own path and reap the joy that comes from living on our own terms.

On a lighter note, recording the background noise of my favorite writing spot was fun. I’ve always been very aware of the music playing the conversations going on, but I never noticed how many people slurped their coffee or tea.  It’s loud and it made me laugh!

As for coin flipping, I let a quarter decide whether I would brave to coat racks at Kohl’s or attempt cooking a meal that involves using the stove instead of the microwave. Heads won, so I steeled my self-confidence and went clothes shopping. I’m in the market for a wool, double-breasted, grey or black peacoat. This would probably be a lot easier if I wasn’t looking for a style that borders more on casual than formal. No such luck at Kohl’s!

– – –

For more on The Scribble Diary: http://www.thescribblediary.com/

Stay inspired!

– – –

c.b.w. 2012

Scribble Diary: Week 3

Standard

This week’s Scribble Diary page has me exploring everything from what’s going on inside my brain to creating a tombstone for something in my life.

Scribble Diary: Week 3
(Click image for full size)

After staying up until 1 a.m. to fold the laundry, I have to say I was really surprised to wake up and find the pile I created on the living room chair was gone. My wonderful husband put everything away and it totally made my day.

My diet is practically non-existent, so I guess I can say its DOA. However, with the weather finally cooling down a bit, I can get out there and do some power walking.  I’m looking forward to being outside and getting my pulse to do more than just thump along. Maybe then I won’t feel as guilty when I grab those peanut butter M&Ms.

The inside of my brain has always been a mess of different thoughts all happening at the same time. It’s a crazy place, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Things really are as mangled and mixed together as I depicted on this page, but somehow I manage to make sense of it all.

Try as I may, drawing a car just isn’t in my skill set, so I went with a cloud vehicle that shows everywhere I went that day.  It just isn’t a complete day without a visit to my favorite bookstore. This is where I write, drink coffee, and hang out with friends. I have a favorite place to sit and everybody knows that’s my table!

Once again, I thank my scribble diary for reminding me life is good and the little things are grand.

– – –

For more page ideas, visit http://www.thescribblediary.com/

– – –

c.b.w. 2012

Scribble Diary: Week 2

Standard

The random prompts in The Scribble Diary are definitely challenging me to look at my day from a different perspective, (just as I hoped they would). This week’s page had me thinking of small things like first thoughts in the morning and deeper questions about the cost of a day.

Scribble Diary, Week 2
(Click for full-size image)

One day years from now, I’m going to enjoy recalling the memory of how my cats wake me up every morning because they want their breakfast.  One always sits on my head, while the other pulls at the blinds so they bang against the window.  Both acts are very annoying, but once I see those sweet little faces, all is forgiven.

I found the “my poison” prompt to be the most fun.  I’ve been addicted to chocolate my entire life and only seems to be getting worse! Those mint M&Ms were in a HUGE bag and they’re almost gone. And let’s not even get into how my Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups I at this week.  The number is ridiculous and that is all I will divulge.

The most interesting prompt was “what today cost me.” I ended up taking this in a very literal way as well as with a more abstract perspective. My usual cup of coffee and cookie are my usual purchases at the bookstore (the cookie should probably be added to the poison list), while my MacBook’s battery life is spent in the same way almost everyday.  This is a silly thing to be aware of, but I am still very grateful for my new laptop. Six hours of battery life allows me to write for much longer than my previous laptop!  This prompt also made me realize how important it is to me to be aware of how I use time.  I don’t like to waste a minute with boredom or lethargy. Each day is a gift and I always strive to make it count.

Here’s hoping, my little spark will shoot back up to fire in my belly.  I worked a little too hard this week and I’m paying for it now. Burnt out I may be for today, but my flame still thrives when it comes to my dreams and goals.

All in all, this page was a nice way to remember the little things in life and record their importance in my life. From cats waking me up before the sun rises to glorious bits of chocolate, life is good.

– – –

c.b.w. 2012

Scribble Diary: Week 1

Standard

With Wreck This Journal essentially complete, I was starting to worry about finding a new outlet for my reckless creativity. I  had a couple of false starts with other books by Keri Smith, but my muse and I could not find the same groove as we did with WTJ. Finish This Book, Mess, and This Is Not A Book are all amazing sources of inspiration, but I realized I wanted something whimsical and challenging without the threat of sticky fingers or dirt-stained pages. Of course, destroying things was fun, but I’m ready to try something else.

While perusing shelves in my local bookstore, I came across a little book called The Scribble Diary by Lisa Currie.  As soon as I paged through it, I knew I’d found my new project.  Each page offers unique ways of recording thoughts, experiences, and opinions, while also encouraging creative expression.  Currie uses an interesting fusion of questions, prompts, and visual cues to spur creativity in both written and visual formats.

Just as I did with Wreck This Journal, I will be featuring pages from my Scribble Diary on a weekly basis. I plan on working through the diary in order (quite a departure from the random nature of WTJ) with the hope that different prompts on each page will inspire me to think about my day or week with a perspective I hadn’t previously considered.

The inaugural page of my Scribble Diary explores everything from gossip to little victories to what I’m reading.

Scribble Diary, Week 1
(Click for full-size image)

My favorite thing on this page was the challenge of recreating the cover of the magazine I was reading at the time. I didn’t have a pencil handy to create a “rough draft,” so I just had to jump in with a pen and hope for the best.  It’s not a masterpiece, but I’m proud of it anyway!  This little exercise was a nice reminder that  perfection is sometimes overrated. As I head into revising and editing two different writing projects, this is an important concept to keep in mind.  Fate must have realized I need this message thoroughly embedded in my subconscious!

This page also clearly demonstrates that I’ve never met a box of crayons I didn’t like. I suspect every page will be decked out in color, especially since I bought a new box of crayons specifically for this project. The art of coloring has always played a special role in my creative life and I can’t wait to see how it manifests itself on the pages to come.

Stay inspired!

– – –

Want to join in the fun? Click on the link for The Scribble Diary to start your creative journey. If you decide to post your pages, please share the link in the comment section.

– – –

c.b.w. 2012