Not sure how I missed this as the date today but today is two years for Revenge of Eve! Wow!!
Not sure how I missed this as the date today but today is two years for Revenge of Eve! Wow!!
That’s right folks! I have a few entries completed in my #julyjournalchallenge and today I shall give y’all a peek!! Yay!
Before I begin, allow me to refer to the basics of this challenge. Initially, I had planned to create four individual inserts to record, plan, and create in. It just so happened that four wasn’t necessary.
I created a standard size insert and a passport insert. I then used a store bought calendar insert. This totals three inserts that were used to help me organize and promote creativity in my life. The two I created are my July insert and a writing insert (pictured below). The passport size insert is where I write life’s little synchronicity’s, ah ha moments or things I have tied together as a result of patterned behavior.
The July insert is where I have been expressing my creativity and trying new things, exploring my own creativity. The goal in doing so is to build trust in my own ideas and assist in developing my style. Both inserts are being used for the July Journal Challenge prompts (below). The same goes for being used to record specific events that have happened this month.
When I created the list of prompts, I chose random ideas and typed ’em up. That became apparent the first time I sat down to create. But hey, the only way you learn is by jumping in! And so I did. I think randomness keeps it interesting but I also like to have more of a themed guide. I suppose I will figure it out as I go.
This month has been a pretty rough one and when that is the case, my focus is zilch, however, I am on an increased dose of the new medication- I start the new mg tomorrow….let’s hope it works. Lord knows I need something because the thoughts in this head have nooooo direction. They begin, the whole plan is thought through and after a nights rest, barely visited again 😞 (sigh). Example: I have 41 draft posts!?!?
I feel like I may be distancing myself too much from the habit of blogging. Writing is my chosen medium of art. Words do something for me that cannot be explained but I am also trying to explore other avenues of creativity and until I discover my style, I won’t be satisfied. I suppose its like finding your voice as a blogger/writer. Stepping out of my comfort zone is, well, stepping out of my comfort zone but I am enjoying myself. The lack of focus does get to me though. It’s frustrating.
I have so much I want to share but in an effort to keep some focus, I take photos and hope to remember the process so that I can eventually write a shitload of material. And I mean a shitload!! I would literally have content for a year if I went solely off the photos I’ve been snapping over the 14 months of my creative journey. Like probably daily material. I’ll bookmark that idea..lol.
As an addition to my creative skills, I’ve recently taught myself about using a scanner. Like… ok, where the hell was I when this brilliant technology was given to us?? Because ummmm, can you say addicted?!?!? Sheesh! I really have so much going on but the great thing is, it all revolves around paper. So that is a plus for me and y’all because guess what??? I will be having a nice giveaway soon!! Yay…oh, and fingers crossed, some digital products 🙂 but I’m not going to spoil the surprises. Note to self: you should’ve put that in the newsletter you haven’t written in three months – gggrrrr. See! TOO MUCH! Anyone wanna be a virtual life assistant? 😂😂
I’ve come to realize that what is lacking in adulting is the use of our imagination. Today, I hope you search for the gold at the end of the rainbow. Because I will be. Always.
Good morning dear friends. Today I decided I would like to touch on a topic near and dear to my heart, journaling. Wait! Don’t scatter!! I am not talking about your typical style of journaling rather creative journaling.
In the linked article you will find the author goes into a brief history about creative journaling, proper strategy’s that result in therapeutic benefits, as well as her personal experience with creative journaling. I have yet to define what it is creative journaling is for me. At the moment I would say that it is more so me combining designs and techniques in search of my own individual style. I am finding that I struggle to actually journal over the pretty collaging and choose to add my journaling to a separate piece of decorated paper and attach it or put it in a pocket on the page I came up with.
The more and more I practice I seem to improve but I have to be honest when I say I still struggle with perfection and achieving desired results. I am too hard on myself and I am an unforgiving critic. I assumed that such creative journaling would come easy to me because of the habit I have developed over the course of 30 years of journal writing but that hasn’t been my experience. Others compliment my work but I am not to the point of where I am satisfied. I put creating journals on hold in order to focus on my own development whuch in return will improve those I look to sell.
You may have found yourself needing an outlet to release your fears or worries, your personal struggles or you may simply enjoy writing for memory purposes. Whichever the case, I would love to introduce you to creative journaling.
Give me a second of your time and I’ll explain in further detail what creative journaling means to me.
If you search on Instagram you can hashtag search creative planning and millions of photos will be at your fingertips. I first discussed creative planning at the beginning of the new year. It is where you decorate your planner pages using sticker kits, markers, washi tape, decorative paper clips… you get the picture…
It isn’t that this form of journaling/planning is more productive or has superpowers that take you to Oz but what it does do is it adds character to your pages and breaks the monotony of a blank, white page.
There are a million ways you can approach this style of journaling. Personally I achieve unique pages by layering bits of ephemera from my day to day life or by pulling from my insane collection, where I go on to create a background for my writing.
You can either hide your writing under the layers of paper so that only you know what lies beneath or you can add your writing to a separate piece of paper and then add it to the college of papers you’ve glued down. Here is a more visual description.
This doesn’t have to be exclusively for your personal info. You can use the idea when creating a piece of fiction writing. Sketch what each character looks like, to you, on a piece of paper and adhere it to your page. From there you can write out ways to describe them using specific adjectives that make your character come to life.
You can do this with each setting, every character, and you will have a visual and written representation of your ideas. Begin a fresh page with a new chapter and this will help to organize your thoughts for the book you are writing!! Buy a cheap notebook and dedicate it to use for this idea!!
It creates interest when you layer specific papers to your pages. The papers used do not have to mean anything because it is about writing your thoughts. Or..you can be like me and use a mixture of meaningful papers and decorative papers. That’s the beauty of it. It is all personal preference and totally up to you. What’s even better is that you can make a mistake and cover it up with a layer of paper 🙂 The sky’s the limit.
My tendency to become obsessed with ideas that include bit and pieces of paper that accumulate from everyday life is off the charts. From my earliest years, I’ve held on to notes written from friends, tickets from concerts, wristbands from waterparks, movie ticket stubs and anything else that brought back to life a moment in time that I enjoyed. Due to an invasion of privacy, any memories kept prior to my sophomore year went up in flames.
Keeping journals and other bits and pieces of paper became a routine of stuffing in designated drawers and writing in code so that if there were another breach in privacy, the perpetrator would not know specifics. These pieces of my life remain in a trunk stored in my storage unit while my journaling is scattered among notebooks. Since stumbling upon creative journaling I have made it my mission to gather any and all papers and combine them to best of my ability. My ultimate goal would be to bind them together in one book for my daughter to have when I am gone. Will that happen? I hope so.
My code writing days have become more elusive with my give a damn and my life of collecting papers along the way has doubled with an influx of ideas. Using everyday papers collected from your experiences and adding them to your journaling is referred to as junk journaling. Oh, the possibilities paper holds!! Hours upon hours have been spent watching YouTube videos of creating memory masterpieces transforming my love of paper into an idea catalog that I haven’t quite yet to organize but I am getting there. Much to my surprise, this creative endeavor has led to the discovery of art journaling, glue books, and a travelers notebook system. Talk about paper heaven!! I can’t get enough.
I have made it my mission to combine vintage and modern designs with designer paper as well as daily junk paper to create memory keeping books for others to record and store their most precious moments. May 2, 2018, I declared my beginning of a creative journey and boy let me tell ya a journey it’s been. The hours I have invested in research, trial and error, practice using my own life’s memories, creating a studio, organizing and reorganizing my new space, shopping, purchasing, disassembling books and magazines, cutting, gluing…can not be totaled. The best part is that I have LOVED every minute of it!!
If I had my own brick and mortar store I would celebrate the day surrounded by beautiful stationery…
I do that already!!
The infamous Stationery Show in London gives me #goals. I hope to (one day) walk around and feel the different textures of paper, see the new product lines of my favorite stationery designers, and most of all to stock up on more notebooks!! (Of course, after I achieve what I have set out over the next five years).
My love for stationery overflows into desk accessories and I’ve never worked at a desk in my life😂. But if I did…you can bet it would be the prettiest, cleanest white and gold desk you’ve ever seen. I vision it now:
A gold stapler
A 24karat gold block as my paperweight.
All white pens, pencils, and notebook covers. I would throw in a few gold pens.
Gold paper clips. Jumbo to a mini in size.
My charging port area would be set up with a huge comfy gold, leather, oversized chair adorned with a white sequence pillow and a fluffy white, long pillow.
The chargers and cords would be gold and my laptop alternating gold and white stripes.
My office chair would be a metallic gold while my desk, a crisp white.
Pictures hanging throughout the space that is simple and singular in design.
Everywhere gold and white intricate frames, some small and some big. No pics occupy the frames. Instead, beautiful papers that deserve to be framed.
I would have an adjacent desk that is black with gold drawer pulls and white front faced drawers. There would be something white and abstract that displays an art form on my desk.
No, I’ve never thought about what my office would look like 😂😂😂
I started a post about yesterdays # put I didn’t finish it because… who the hell knows why but I didn’t. This post is being published a bit later than my normal but what the hell? It’s all good in tha hood.
I will share with you my favorite brand of pen and that is Sigma Micron micro pigmented artists pens. These pricey archival ink pens are worth every cent. The words you string together will be forever when using them. Each time I write something I want to last, in terms of actual documenting, I use these to ensure the life of my words live on.
Do you have a favorite brand of pen or do you use a particular ink tip?
I hope today brought smiles and laughter in your lives and for tomorrow,
I’ll deal with that when it gets here.
I am ready to let go of the attachment
that has caused me to quit giving.
I am a giving person
and do so with thought
I am ready to rid myself of
I am not good enough.
I am ready to initiate change in my life
trust the outcome.
I have stopped trying to find
Allowing it to be.
I am stepping from behind
what everyone expects,
Me to be.
Let’s begin by acknowledging the other form of the word stationary which means to stand or stay in one place, not moving. The spelling of the two is different by one letter. Make sure when you are discussing stationery, as discussed here on Revenge of Eve, you use the spelling with the ‘e’. I wouldn’t feel this was necessary but I have seen it misspelled being used in this context quite a few times.
Although my love of paper and office supplies can be traced back to my childhood, I never knew the extent of the terminology that defines it. To be honest I wasn’t aware that stationery included office supplies. I innocently thought it to be pretty, decorated or personalized paper pad/notebooks. See even I learn something every day!
That leads to the research behind this in-depth post, defining 62 terms of stationery. Be sure to comment if I have left something out. By no means do I have it all figured out. Y’all ready?
Let’s do this thang: Beginning with the definition of stationery.
Stationery is a mass noun referring to commercially manufactured writing materials, including cut paper envelopes, writing implements, continuous form paper, and other office supplies. It includes materials to be written on by hand or by equipment such as computer printers.
adhesive: a sticky substance applied to objects to adhere them to another object.
appointment book: a book used to write out the time and date of a scheduled appointment.
acetate: a sheet of clear plastic film fastened over the front of artwork for protection, as an overlay, or the like.
ballpoint pen: an ink writing instrument with a tiny ball as its writing point.
bookends: two sturdy pieces of material that go on each end of a stack of books, stacked against each other standing up, holding them in place.
binder: a hardcover that holds loose papers together.
binder clip: a large metal and plastic tool used to hold papers tightly together.
blotter: a sheet or pad of blotting paper inserted into a frame and kept on a desk.
brad: a slender wire nail having either a small, deep head or a projection to one side of the head end.
chipboard: a low grade of cardboard, used as backing pads of paper, a stiffener for photographs in the mailing, etc. A thin, stiff sheet material made from waste paper.
clipboard: a small, hardboard that you can attach papers to so that you can write on them while easily moving around.
correction fluid: applied with the provided brush leaving a white strip of fluid covering the mistake. Once dry one can write on top of it correcting the error.
correction tape: the dry form of correction liquid.
dater: a calendar.
desk pad: a cushioned pad, often topped with a blotter, for the surface of a desk.
desk tray: a tray used to hold and organize items you display on your desk.
envelope: an enclosure used for mailing documents, and letters that seal the contents inside.
eraser: used to remove unwanted pencil markings from the page.
expanding files: a folder that is used for organization and storage of documents and files and that has pleated sides which allow expansion of the folder.
fastener binder: any of various devices as a snap or hook and eye, for holding together two objects or parts sometimes required to be separate.
filing box: a box that contains file folders. These folders keep documents bundled together in separate files all contained within a box.
folder: a folded sheet of cardboard used to cover or hold papers, letters, etc.
fountain pen: a pen with a refillable reservoir that provides a continuous supply of usually fluid ink to its point.
glue stick: a stick with glue used for the easy application.
greeting card: a card that expresses feelings. Given to another person on holidays, birthdays, sick days, etc.
hanging folder: a folder with brackets that hang from the inside of a file box.
highlighter: a fluorescent pen that is translucent and used to highlight important terms or sentences. Quick reference.
index card: one of a set of the small card on which you write information.
invitation: a decorative piece of cardstock with the details of an event which request your presence. Wedding or a party; a gathering.
journal: a notebook that is used for logging personal information.
label: a blank sticker used for writing the contents of something for the organization.
label maker: a machine that types out information on labels to be placed on objects for organization purposes.
letter opener: a sleek, sharp knife like mechanism used to tear into the side of envelopes cutting a clean edge and opening the envelope.
letter scales: weighs the contents of the envelopes for postage.
magic marker: a permanent marker.
manila folder: a folder that is tan in color.
notebook: paper grouped together and bound by a spiral cord, thread or glue.
paper: material that is used for writing, mailing, wrapping, documenting and printing.
paper clips: a small piece of bent wire used for holding pieces of paper together.
paper punch: a tool used to punch designs or shapes out of paper.
pen: non-erasable writing implement offered with a variety of colored inks.
pencil: a writing implement made from wood or rubber and lead.
pencil sharpener: a hand-held tool or electric tool used to sharpen the lead of a pencil.
post it: a small, square, yellow piece of paper with an adhesive strip on the back. Used for taking brief notes and “posting” wherever it is convenient.
postal stationery: decorative papers with notes that are mailed to friends, family or work-related clients.
ring binder: a binder held together by rings. Allowing the contents to be removed and to add to the binder.
rotary file: a file that rotates.
rubber stamp: a stamp used to transfer ink that is made of rubber.
ruler: a straight line tool used to measure.
self-adhesive labels: strips of adhesive used to label containers for organization purposes.
signature: a grouping of papers held together using binding techniques.
stamp: a small tool with a pattern or writing on one side that you press into ink and use for printing a mark or design on paper.
staple remover: a claw-like tool that removes staples by prying them from where they are located.
stapler: a tool used to house staples to bind materials together.
staples: metal binding accessories used to hold groups of papers or other materials together.
stationer: these are either persons or a company who produce stationery commercially.
sticker: a decorative designed material with an adhesive backing used to decorate paper, planner, journal, etc.
tack: a short pin with a large, round top that can be used to fix a piece of paper to a surface temporarily.
tape: an adhesive that creates a bond for closure.
tape dispenser: holds the roll of tape while you peel and tear it from its spool.
trade card: a business card. There are now what are called artist trading cards and these are old playing cards or a page cut to that size that the artist decorates leaving their mark, if you will, and gives to others.
washi tape: a decorative tape that doesn’t damage paper if need to be moved or removed.
Due to recent events, I am saddened to say that I cannot afford to pay the up-coming annual fee that allows me to operate Revenge of Eve.
The annual fee of $97.00 is due no later than April 25th.
Because of a recent backslide in my mental health, I was forced to take a week off from work. There are no paid days off for those of us who work as service workers in the restaurant industry. On top of that, the hourly rate at which we are paid – $2.13, doesn’t compensate for any lost time acquired. Basically, I sell my personality in order to provide an income for my daughter and myself. When I am experiencing a mental episode I am unable to pretend that it does not exist. The timing in which this episode occurred couldn’t have come at a worse time; site renewal month.
As it stands, I owe $300.00 for March’s bills which I aim to pay, plus late fees, this week along with my car insurance and storage unit bills. This totals $575.00, not including late fees.
My living situation will also change in the upcoming two months. My daughter and I will get a small space of our own. April has always been the hardest month of the year for myself mentally for various reasons. I was hoping to change that this year but so far, yes only one day in, it isn’t looking so good. But I will say this… I am grateful to have a job, a roof over my head for the time being, and the ability to stay connected using my newsletter.
If you wish to donate more than $5, you can do so by opting to purchase multiples by changing the number in the box allocated. This will be done in $5 increments ( number in box: 4=$20 example).
Finding the silver lining in this situation, I will not lose the domain because it was purchased later than the plan. Please keep an eye out for postings that will offer paper product packages that can be used in your journals for creating beautiful pages or for use in your art journal projects. Because I currently do not have a store for such sales, purchasing a paper package will require you to send me your mailing address via email once payment is processed.
I will do everything possible to keep things going here on Revenge of Eve. Blogging has been my saving grace and I fear that if it goes, so will I.
I am not asking that you be a professional in the business planning arena. If you have a basic understanding of how it works and you would like to volunteer a little guidance or trade services, please contact me.
This will not require a lot of your time. If you can offer an example of what a business plan for homemakers looks like, that would be all I need. I need direction, blank spaces to fill, and good juju.
Got any of those??