As part of my more mindful for this year I decided to start a creative journal to keep track of my makes, plans and aspirations for 2016. The most significant difference between this and my previous attempts at logging my creative endeavours was that it would be free from toddler scribble!
I started the journal with double page spreads under the following headings;
- knitting/ crochet
- operation Christmas
One page listed all the projects under each heading that I wanted to accomplish over the course of the year and the second page was a gant chart mapping progress on these.
At the back of the journal I set up a record of yarn usage and purchases and the same for my fibre stash not with any particular usage goal in mind other than using more than I buy.
That left the middle section blank, after a few months of faffing about with different formats I think I have finally found one that works for me.
The first page for the month sets out my to do list for that month noting if any of the items are carried forward from the month before) and lists ideas I have had for blog posts, I have many of these but sadly not enough time to write them all each month. The second page charts the activities that I would like to do on a daily basis which mainly stay the same each month but may vary over time depending on my mood. I can already see a massive difference between my ability to complete the activities between weekdays and weekends, weekends being the times I am less likely to accomplish them as I have to spend more time with family and be less anti-social (weekdays I can stay up until the wee small hours crafting like a demon as the children are asleep and my OH is working nights).
The second double page spread covers my individual projects, I may need to re-arrange some of the boxes in future months but I like how this looks for now.
For April I also added 2 more pages the first set out the challenges for the #30daycreativeyou project hosted by Fall for DIY and the second was useful information on measuring yarn weights based on stitches per inch and wraps per inch. Sadly the 30 day creative you challenge disappeared off the face of the earth after day 18 which was a massive shame as that was the one thing I was managing to keep up with every day.
Rather than seeming like a chore to complete I am actually really enjoying it as it is helping me realise just how much I have accomplished already this year and it is stopping me from getting side tracked by pretty new projects that I don’t need just because everyone else is making it or from buying wool or fibre that I don’t need. So far it has even remained free from toddler scribble but this may have something to do with hiding it under the bed during the day and only working on it during the dead of night – ah the things mum’s do!