Thursday, January 04, 2018

Introduction and Cover Process Video | Heartful Reflections

Hello friends!

I am beginning a new personal journey combining photos, journalling and pretty things. Yes, it sounds so much like scrapbooking!  But it has a little twist, because it is for the "soul" purpose of helping me to make 2018 a more positive year than 2017 was.  This is 100% for me, and I am hoping to share it with you via Instagram and my You-Tube channel.

I would, of course, love for you to join me, if this is something you feel that you could benefit from, too!  Let me tell you a little about my thought process.  And then I will share a process video of how I prepped my "journal" so that I could begin later this week.

I try hard to be a positive person, although of course I am not always successful. I am certainly more successful in my hobby as it brings me so much joy and is a great stress release. So I thought maybe my hobby could help me focus more on the positives in life's journey. I thought about doing Ali Edward's "One Little Word", but I didn't want to feel "confined" to a specific word or thought.  I wanted to be free to adapt and change as the year progresses, if I need to or choose to.

After sitting down a couple of times I decided on a concept that seemed a little more fitting to my goal / needs.  Then I worked on a name - "heARTful" reflections came about because I wanted something that represented a personal journey via journalling / documenting and creating.

Heartful is defined as "an amount of emotion considered to be present in the heart" according to Wiktionary. And that seemed so perfect for what I was hoping to achieve.

I also created a pretty logo, so that you can look for it and follow along. I used a rainbow of colours in the logo because colours often represent emotions.

I set a few ground rules for myself:

1.  one entry per week
2.  include at least one photo, taken during the week, that represents something about the week (it can be a selfie, a group photo or anything that I feel needs to be reflected on
3.  journalling is a must, but can certainly be hidden
4.  emotional wellness is the goal
5.  there is NO wrong
6.  stash items are a must, this should cost nothing, except adhesive of course
7.  it should not be time consuming, 10-20 minutes a week maybe
8.  this can be a "messy" or "neat"documentation of the heart and soul
9.  if I have had a rough week, I will also add three positive things that happened, as a way to look to the bright side
10.  if I have had a good week, I will add three ways that I try to share love and support with someone else

The first creative step, was to choose what kind of book / album that I wanted to use.  I opted to alter and old hard cover book.  But if you would like to play along you could also use options like a mini album, a Smash book, a journal, a travelers notebook, or even a 12x12 album ... no wrong choices!

I am also hoping to share a few freebies along the way; like cut files or printables, maybe a prompt or two and hopefully some guests, if I have any interest!

The creative process for my "journal" was super fun, pretty quick and used up some stash! I worked with my "happy" colours - yellow, teal and grey.  Plus I added in some pink and gold for fun.

I also opted to added my project name as my journal title.

You can watch the process I took to set up my book and decorate the cover below or on my You-Tube Channel.

This idea has me excited to see where it takes me, I look forward to sharing it with you.  If you join in on my journey use the hashtag #LWDheARTfulreflections so I can see what you are sharing!

Supply List: Simple Stories chipboard, bradz and ephemera; Paige Evans ephemera; Pebbles patterned paper; Studio Calico, Authentique, Pink Paislee and My Mind's Eye alphas; DecoArt acrylic pain in turquoise and white.

Thanks for visiting!


  1. I love this idea Laura! And I share many of those same thoughts and desires for 2018, I plan on tagging along :)

    1. I am looking forward to seeing your interpretation!


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