Sunday, 13 February 2011

READ THE INSTRUCTIONS ...

This is a page background I made a while ago while experimenting with masks and sprays, and then I included a new-found material - Japanese Washi tapes! That pale blue spotty stuff in fact and its like masking tape but decorative, it comes in all kinds of colours and designs, and you can write on it too! What's not to like? Expect to see more bits of tape on future journal pages ...

So anyway, I was actually having one of those "omigod I can't do this, its all too much" days (I'm sure you have them too) and was getting close to full-blown panic mode. Then I sat down and talked myself out of it by making this page of instructions for use at such moments .....
You see I KNOW all this stuff, of course I do, its just that I forget and have to be reminded. Lots of Teesha Moore images here - I love her funky bright style, and it always cheers me up, which was after all the object of the exercise. Why does working through something in your journal really help to resolve your feelings on the subjectt? I can't explain it, but only know that it DOES.
And this is how it finally worked out. With the benefit of hindsight and perspective I can see that I was worrying about not very much, but at the time I was feeling completely overwhelmed. We move in 5 weeks and that's lots of time isn't it? Keep telling me that.

13 comments:

Doone said...

gorgeous, yes I know the Angels are men - but you know what I am like I stray far from truths,

love your instructions, and I too would be on the edge of panic and reason five weeks before the move- I am already down to four years before our Big Move and I already get butterflies when I think of it, and have to keep repeating - SticktothePlan and YouWillbeFine...

Ophelia said...

I really love this!!!! I just love the colors, the layout, everything about it!!!

muriel said...

I so love the colours AND the message. I hate spells of panick about how much there is to do sometimes. Great thing to put words on paper, so much so in the way you did. Thanks.

Theresa said...

so bright and cheery! Makes me feel better already!

Tess said...

I love yiour instructional journal page. The colors are cheerful and the details are fabulous. I love the tape. Such a great border. Movingf? OMGosh! I hope you will still be here in blogland with us.

Carola Bartz said...

I love these pages and how you worked through your panic.
The move will work out fine. We had twelve weeks from the first thought of "there is a position in California" to the actual moving day - moving to a different continent, that is (we moved here from Germany). Yes, it was hectic, but in the end it all worked out. Ask for help!!!

Alix said...

do you think six weeks is long enough for us to actually go out for lunch??? xxx

JaneH said...

Absolutely love it! Thanks for sharing.

Linda said...

I think I'll keep a copy of that Rosie ...sounds like sound advice :-)

Judie aka Craftymess said...

another gorjuss page, this one is my fav now lol

hugs
judie xx

Sandra Hall said...

Wow Rosie - 5 weeks to moving date! Gulp! Thinking of you as you pack up.
Your instructions page is fabulous. Lovely colours :) x

alexa said...

Wonderful idea and execution - makes me want to develop my own instructions to remind myself! Amazing that with five weeks to go you can journal at all! And yes, it's ages. What are removal people for if not to pack and make it all easier?

thekathrynwheel said...

A gorgeous colourful page. And yes, washi tape is fabuous stuff - you can't have enough!