I always thought it would be cool to collect something. I’ve moved over 15 times over the years, so I’ve never had enough space or patience to deal with having a lot of stuff. In fact, every few months I go through our house looking for any clutter or things we’re not using that I can donate to a charity.

If I were to collect something, I would collect journals and sketchbooks, hence the name of my blog: Terri’s Notebook. I have never been without a notebook. My mind is constantly working, so I try to write everything down as ideas, inspiration, and to-dos come up.

Ever since we had to create our own sketchbooks for my Concept Development class last semester, I’m addicted to all sorts of notebooks, journals, sketchbooks, and moleskins. I especially love to make my own and learn new techniques for bookmaking.

I’m happy to report that I actually use the sketchbooks I collect, and have been filling them up with regular drawing practice.

My latest favorite is this colorful sketchbook I bought at Blicks. The cover is a collage of Pantone color chips.

The inside pages are graph paper with blank space at the bottom of each paper.

I also realized that I love eye shadow palettes, so add these to things I collect. I am usually drawn to them for the cool packaging.

But they also have to have a selection of colors I will use.

My husband reminded me that I love lip balms, so I guess I collect those too!

My collections are not very big, and I use all these things regularly, so it’s not so bad after all, is it?! (shush and just nod your head in agreement!)

Craft Night

The first Friday night of every month is craft night at my church, where everyone is welcome to use the big banquet tables in the fellowship area to spread out their craft projects, whether they are working on knitting, crochet, quilting, scrapbooking or painting.

Last Friday night, Rebecca was working on a scrapbook for her mother. She filled up several beautiful pages of memories from her mom’s life.

Aimee sorted her 2007 photographs and brainstormed ideas for a scrapbook of her daughters.

Kathi crocheted two dishcloths. (she is a fast crocheter)

I made these little journals, which I think will make cute gifts, and I finished sewing the binding on a quilt.

Mini journals

I was so inspired by Kathi’s quick and easy dishcloths that I made one tonight and started a second one. Instant satisfaction!

Easy dishcloths

Craft night is a great time to lose yourself in a project, socialize with your friends, brainstorm ideas with other creative people, and snack on chocolates, of course. I am already looking forward to next month’s get-together.