So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18 The Message)
I love how a journey unfolds. You open your map. You plan your destination, make your reservations and then look forward to the day of departure. The day arrives with much expectation and even a little uncertainty of how the trip will turn out.
One way I keep track of my life is with a planner. And I thought that I would feature my planner this month for the link-up. This little side trip fits right in with my word for today: unfold.
A calendar/planner is a great way to watch how the year unfolds. I have been on a hunt for a long time for a planner that also doubles as a journal. With my new found love for mixed-media art in my journals, I was really excited when I heard about The Documented Life Project.
I had some extra time yesterday to catch up with the project. I was impressed with their cool planner/journal/sketchbooks. But I had one unplanned problem, I didn’t have a Moleskine planner like theirs. I almost jumped in the car to go buy one, when my word for the year (use) whispered in my ear, “Use what you have!”
I have a planner* for July 2013-June 2014. I was a little disappointed that I’d only be able to use it through June. I really wanted to have one for the rest of 2014. One of the features of the one online was fold-out pages attached to the existing calendar pages. Aha! I could “add” pages to my planner with fun paper and washi tape.
So I added pages for July through December for my month at a glance, and had enough other pages for week at a glance in a two-page spread format. Here’s the results:
The month pages added in…
Close-up of the month tabs.
Two page spread for week at a glance…
unfolds to give more space for journaling and art! (I cut a piece of watercolor paper to the dimensions of the planner, then taped it to the existing page with decorative washi tape.)
The taped in pages create a colorful edge!
Decided I had to decorate the cover, too!
So as the year unfolds with unexpected joys and bends in the road, I have a really inviting place to document life!
*I bought the blank planner at Office Depot, it’s a Foray (6×8 bound version) Academic Planner. You can use any planner that you have 🙂