COVID Journal

Before we get started this is a long post with lots of pictures, so grab a coffee, tea, or your beverage of choice…….maybe a little snack too & enjoy!

We all know this year has been full of change, challenges and experiences we never thought we’d have in our lifetime. I know you’re all thinking the same thing…hopefully we never experience again. But I also believe that it’s important to record these things, capture the little day to day moments that are a direct result of COVID lockdown and social distancing. There’s lots we can learn from this year, things we can change long term to better our lives…and journaling helps us deal with the mental challenges many are facing all year.

Ok, enough chatter let’s get on with the show! This little book uses a new binding style I learned this year, (I think I mentioned in my last post or two I’ve been spending some time learning & exploring), it’s called jacobs ladder. Basically, it uses tabs of fabric or washi tape to bind the pages together.

I made all the pages out of craft cardstock, which I cut using a Tim Holtz tag die. The cover is a piece of raw canvas that I died with some sprays, then added some texture paste for a little detail. I also added the lace tie under the canvas so I can keep the book closed, it’s a little fat just the way I like my journals!

See it’s just a little book, no taller than a tube of Nuvo glue!!

Like many my birthday was very different, even a state of emergency was declared for my birthday. Pandemic or not I still enjoyed the day!

When we first started working from home we didn’t know how long that would last so I started at the dining room table. That quickly wasn’t working for me for many reasons, so I made a ‘desk’ for myself in my bedroom & created a piece of art to enjoy in my new ‘office’. All these months later I am still working at home, but I have made some good upgrades to my ‘office’!

We all had to adjust to new ways of doing things, including Lori with starting to teach online classes! Big move and I have to say I love it!

After working at home for a few weeks, and still adjusting, I was missing my team, coworkers & friends! But my home ‘office’ (really it’s a corner in my bedroom) has a really nice view!

The inaugural Love Is In The Details online class was a huge success!!! It was so fun to learn from Lori, and see so many scrappy friends!

With everything in lockdown, and a 30 second commute from work, I found more time to spend cooking and baking! Aside from xmas baking I didn’t do too much the rest of the year….so yes I have a happy family!

My very large, becoming adult children missed the easter egg hunt so much they hid eggs for each other!! It was fun to see them make the most of the day!

The hair cutting kit we’ve had for years finally came in handy! Honestly, I didn’t do a very good job, so Zach stepped in and saved my husbands hair!

The days started getting longer and warmer, since we were still in lockdown this was a blessing! More time was spent outside going for walks with Mike and our pup. The day was so nice we did a full loop across the river and back!

Hopefully I made my Baba proud with my attempt at her bread recipe! As you can see it’s a good thing I moved off the dining room table, Zach needed it to finish up school.

One of the coolest things that has come from COVID is my kids embracing their artistic side! My son Zach has continued to explore & sell his art! Yes this momma is pretty proud!

This boy has no fear to try new things! Oh wait he’s 20 now so I probably should start calling him a man, LOL!

Yes my very first outing from the house was to drive Mike to the emergency room. I wasn’t allowed in of course so I dropped him off until he was all patched up. Fortunately a bit of glue and he was fine, the scar only shows when he first gets his hair cut.

I’ve only recorded up to May, I’m quite behind, but this little book will be a great thing to look back on years after we’ve moved past COVID.

Now that the weather is getting colder we will all need to continue to find ways to connect with people, and I think classes are a great way to do that. So if you’re interested in learning how to make a book using the same binding technique I used her leave a comment or message Lori!

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