Journaling the Hard with Wendy Antenucci

Struggles that we have in our live deserve to be recorded, too, just so that we can appreciate the good times! Today design team member Wendy Antenucci is reminding us of this, and sharing a tip on how you can get those not-so-perfect details included your project in an easy way using our September kit and add-ons.

Hello everyone! It’s Wendy here today with a traveler’s notebook spread in my “Back-2-School TN” which focuses on my journaling. One of my boys has not transitioned well to school life and so this spread was important to me to write down the facts of the year.

Supplies | September 2019 Kit, Die Cut Labels — Jewel Tones, Happy Moments Puffy StickersHome Sweet Home 6 x 6 Paper Stack, Good Times Stamp

I continued to use white cardstock to make the base of my notebook, which allows me to customize each page to fit the story. I wanted to bring some primary colors into this school page, so I chose some of my leftovers from the Home Sweet Home Paper Stack to mat my pictures. I also used the “new season/new routine” 4″ x 6″ tag from the September Kit to further the theme of our new schedule.

The “rated” tag from the September kit was the perfect addition to add to my pictures, as he definitely was not rating this experience very many stars… Can you tell from his look?!

I used a star die-cut from the September Kit and puffy stickers from the Happy Moments Puffy Stickers to embellish and continue to tie together my primary color choice for this spread.

The “currently” sticker from the Happy Moments Puffy Stickers added in the time frame for my journaling and added a pop of red to really give the page a school feel.

The jewel-tone Die Cut Labels were the perfect place to hold my journaling and the numbers from the Good Times Stamp allowed me to number each step of the journey in my son’s transition to school. By using list-style journaling I could focus on the details, without all of the emotion that this journey has brought to the surface in both my son and I.

What is something that you’d really like to document, but maybe you don’t want to really share the emotions at this time? Lists are a great way to get your journaling down in a more matter-of-fact method, sticking just to the details, providing a quick easy way to write the details in your story. I hope you’ll give this journaling technique a try today when you have to document the not-so-perfect memories of your life!

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