Back in March, I made my first little book. Right now, I’m still working on it (and two others).
I’ve not had my healthiest year this year, and like I know I have mentioned before, I’ve been indulging too much and then giving myself a bit too much guilt for it. I haven’t balanced back out just yet, but I know I’ve done it in the past.
In the meantime, I wanted something tangible to remind myself that, you know, I’m not so bad.
Photos of myself have been a sore spot for me recently. I’m always nitpicking and finding things I don’t like. So I thought maybe this would be a really good project: go through my photos and pick out some that I just love. Photos, of me, that I adore.
It was hard in the beginning. But I’ve started quite a good collection. Some of them are random and ridiculous (like me sunglass shopping in Target). Most (but not all) are actual arm’s-length selfies. A surprising (not really) number include me drinking coffee and cocktails.
But I love all of them for one reason or another. And they show me feeling good, which makes me feel good to look at them.
I still love Project Life for documenting everyday life, but little books feel so good for specific events and themes… Less structured, smaller, and easier to not worry about messing up. In my other minibooks, I also feel like I can write more honestly about what I’m thinking and feeling, like a journal. Project Life is something I would probably let more people look through, or leave sitting out in my apartment.
For this minibook, I decided to keep it simple, with kraft paper and photos. All the photos are either 4×6 vertical images or 3″ square images with little white borders.
I’m thinking about going back and adding some text with a black pen. But for now, the photos are enough. I’m slowly adding to it as the months go, and it’s always sitting on my desk as a little reminder to give myself a break.