I have several of these multi-page layouts in my altered book but I tried to think of words which evoked positivity and then executed it in different ways.
This layout started out as this:
The left hand page was a watercolor layout I pasted on the book page, and I picked out four different fonts for the individual letters of “HOPE”. I painted the pages and concentrated on the fourth of the right side page that I needed and then traced the letters onto the page and cut them.
Because the pages with the letters had acrylic paint, I had to use permanent ink to draw and write on them. Note that ordinary black signpens will not adhere to the paint and tend to stain the other page. As this was already a rather “colorful” layout, I decided I’d stick with an all-black border and background theme.
I did the first layout with doodled flowers and hand-drawn dates.
After I finished the first entry, I then started drawing on the empty spaces behind the letters to make the multi-page layout more cohesive. I also made sure each journal block had a distinctive border to frame the entry.
I also maximized the blank spaces behind the letters as much as I could. Black worked for the most part but I needed to use silver and/or gold for the darker page painted with violet. I kept the floral embellishment to black, though.
For the final layout below, I decided to use some spray painted
filofax grid pages I had sprayed with ink. I simply pasted it onto the blank center and wrote on it. I wanted to do more journaling than drawing on this particular spread, and it was just easier writing on a water-color or ink painted journal space than the practically whole two-page spread that was painted with light purple acrylic paint. I drew randomly on the other blank spaces to fill it in.
I am very heavy on the written journaling and have yet to move on to symbolic or art-based entries. I am trying, but this works better for me.
I’m finishing another multi-page layout again right now and will probably be able to share that next week. (If not sooner.) Some of the entries are short and other go on from page to page. I don’t necessarily choose to confine my entries on one page. I let it flow and just move on to the next page if I’ve run out of space.
I’ve tried to work on part of a layout or a layout every day but I don’t stress about “catching up” if I miss out on a day or two. If I do, I just write when I can. I write in the “now” so whatever day it is when I finally write again, I pick up from there.
Time to do today’s entry.