While I worked on some mundane tasks at work yesterday I daydreamed. I remodeled, refurbished and redecorated my first home. I made a mental list of all the things that need to be upgraded and replaced. I reconfigured the kitchen workspaces. I imaged my favorite pieces of furniture carefully placed in each room. I whiled away the whole morning in this happy pursuit of pleasing interior designs.
My mental exercise yesterday goes hand in hand with today's crafty show and tell post. Since I hate to throw away magazines, necessity has forced me to come up with a plan to save the bits I like while also getting rid of clutter. Now instead of magazines, I have boxes of pages torn from those publications. Random images go into some boxes and interior design and pattern images go into others. (notice I use the plural to describe how many boxes of paper I have saved)
I bought inexpensive sketch pads and with my trusty glue stick I began to collage my favorite images down. Color might be the theme of one 2 page spread. The next 2 pages might be united by room or pattern. On some pages I put images together because I liked them juxtapositioned next to one another. It's my book so I can do anything I like.
Sometimes I write notes to myself; notes to remind me why I like a certain cabinet or a particular style of decoration. Sometimes I draw a piece of the picture that I like. It's my book so I can fill it anyway I choose, can't I?
I like some sparse rooms and I like some rooms filled to the bursting with art and artifacts. It's just a book so I can clutter anytime I feel like it.
I love architectural designs so I tear out any I find.
And smart ideas.
And designs for gardens I will never grow.
And sometimes I just glue things down for the sheer joy of having a glue stick all of my own!
You don't have to be an artist or even artistic to enjoy making your own idea book. So get to work tearing up your magazines.