Here’s a transcription of the first page of my brand new scrap notebook:
This is my second composition scrap notebook, and I must admit, the process has been both challenging and liberating. It’s challenging because I still have a hard time allowing myself to use these pages, especially if I know the note will be just a line or two. It still feels like waste sometimes, but it’s actually just use, and I need to get over that. It’s liberating because it does act as a very helpful “dumping ground” for lists and general information. I can tape in extra papers I need to keep, and draw doodles that can be covered up if I don’t like them. One thing I want to do is be more categorical-color the edges of pages that all go together. It will make things easier to find. So I hereby grant myself freedom to write, wreck, reminisce, etcetera. There are no rules. Just create. You can digitalize it later.
Signed and dated, me. My first book has a mere 9 pages left, and I’m saving them for a talk I plan to attend next week. That should just about fill it up.
I’ve been itching to start a new one, and I’ve been preventing myself… but really, in the spirit of scrap notebooking, why not start a new one?
I enjoy scrap notebooking, because I don’t have the pressure of producing colorful art journal pages. Ink is sometimes all I have time for, and while it’s not much at the present moment, having a fully inked notebook that spans an entire semester is much more rewarding than just 3-5 nicely done art journal pages. This liberates me. And so I do. And so I will.
Do you do a variation of my scrap notebook style? If so, what do you like about it, and if not… what’s holding you back from starting one?