February 29, 2012
After I graduated college, I got rid of all my old journals. It was very liberating, and I don't regret the decision at all, especially after giving them a quick read-through. I cringe at the things I used to write about. I also cringe at how much of a colossal paper waster I used to be. I'd often start writing in one journal, get a few pages in, and then switch to another, leaving the rest of the journal blank.
Because of this, I decided not to destroy the journals themselves - just the used pages. After I was done, I stacked all of my purged journals in a big pile with the idea that I'd use the pages as scrap paper for grocery lists, Pinochle games and the like. But last week, I had a better idea: homemade stationery.
When I was a kid, my friends and I would mail each other letters constantly. I guess it dates me a bit to admit my pre-e-mail days, but I really enjoyed the physical aspects of sending and receiving letters in the mail. Since I've been meaning to get back on the snail-mail bandwagon for the last several months, I decided to pull out my watercolors to paint my old journal pages and transform them into cute stationery for writing letters. It was a lot of fun, and I can't wait to start mailing them out!