Taking a brief break from the Epic Scanning Marathon of 2012 to let you folks know about this:
Natalie Malik is again offering her IN THE SUN journaling class via a dedicated blog. Every day or so, there’s a prompt (or technique), with examples from Natalie’s own summer journal, and weekend photography prompts, to boot. There’s a Flickr group where you can post your own pages and interact, if you’re the sharing type.
It just got started on the 11th of June, and while there are daily things to do, you can totally go at your own pace. (She even mentions that if you’re in the southern hemisphere, you can adapt the prompts to be a Fall journal. It’s pretty flexible.) All the daily prompts are available as PDFs at the end of each entry, so there’s no time crunch involved — enjoy the summer, and journal while you do. It’s pretty awesome.
In The Sun is a donation class. This means that you can follow along and donate when you have a chance, to support her efforts.
The Artist was one of those chomping-at-the-bit types, hitting refresh over and over right at midnight on the 11th to get started, in fact. After the initial first days, we have Summer Journaling!
(The cover as it was on Tuesday. It’s got some washi tape on it now, because the Artist can’t ever leave well enough alone.)
(a fairly bad picture of the intro pages, which include the Big Summer List of Stuff to Do and a page that actually hangs off the bottom of the other side, because rules are made to be broken.)
One of the Artist’s big goals this year is to really get out there and enjoy the summer. After years of being trapped inside and tied to a keyboard for all the Big Important Corporate Business Work Stuff, it was just time to back up, lay off the hair spray and the high heels, and go barefoot for a while. Have some lemonade. Ride her bike until her legs fall off and the sun goes down and she’s covered with road dust and garden grime. To read books in the shade while the sun melts the ice in the sun tea. To actually go swimming, which she hasn’t done in ages. All of those Summer Things that there hasn’t been time to experience, much less document.
Natalie’s In The Sun class is just the ticket to help slow down, look around, and appreciate the days instead of just skating by in temperature-controlled safety.
How are you celebrating the summer this year?