Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A writing inspiration book

I was reading Somerset Studio recently and saw a book that an artist made for times she needed creative inspiration.  It was so pretty that it totally inspired me to make one for myself.
I really need some writing encouragement these days.  I have a selection of favorite quotes about writing that are meaningful to me, so I started there.
I printed some of them out for my own writing inspiration journal.  Then, using a base of scrap booking paper and lots of paper ephemera, I collaged a bunch of pages for the quotes.
I used paint, gesso, and stamps and then sealed it all with Decoupage.  I worked really quickly.
The pages aren't real refined, but...
they really do the trick for me!
I've always loved that W. Somerset Maugham quote; I used to have it printed on my business cards!  On another page, I hand wrote one of my favorite quotes, by Unknown:
Reading about writing is not writing;
talking about writing is not writing;
thinking about writing is not writing...
only writing is writing.
Of course, since I quote Capote I had to give a nod to Audrey as well.
I also have quotes by Hemingway...
Allende...
Goldberg...
and other things that always inspire me, like pretty little kittens...
and Austen.
with lots of birds -- plus, a little nod to my favorite writer on writing, Anne Lamott:
I think this is one of my favorite projects I've made lately.  Maybe that's because I dreamed it and then just did it.  Also: it was just for me, and just what I needed.

10 comments :

pam said...

You may have done it quick but I really like it! I also like that you mixed all of your favorites. Vintage and some retro, birds and some frills. Great book! Now I want one!

Kathy said...

Oh Laurie, I love this!! You know I have a quote book of those special words that I need to save and read over and over. Well done!!

Janet Ghio said...

so pretty-what a great book

Tami Hacker said...

Beautiful and soulful!
Your art always inspires me!

Linda said...

So heartfelt and inspirational. I do believe I need to make me one of these books! Thanks Laurie they're great.

autena said...

Amazing! What a great project and so creative!

Lani Robertson said...

Love it! I especially love the memo page! :)

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

I think it is absolutely gorgeous! I wish I could just throw something together like that. Just beautiful!

I came across this quote recently that really spoke to me:

"I take notes when inspiration strikes ... you've got to write it down or the universe will give it to someone who will."

Have a great day! Tammy

Linda said...

i think this might be your best one yet! and you even managed to work in Holly and Cat. fantastic book.

Tabitha said...

Laurie you journal is amazing!!!! I am trying to decide if i wan to continue scrapbooking my photos or just start journals for each kid! hugs