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Record The Day

Need a Monday morning pick-me-up today? Looking for a creative outlet that is inexpensive, easy, fun, and a way for you to connect with others or to simply inspire yourself? Many of you know the creative Jess as the lady behind the lovely Lobster and Swan blog and from her etsy shop… but did you know that she maintains another blog as well? Oh yes, it is called Record The Day and it’s very, VERY inspirational. {Warning: Jess may inspire you to start recording your day as well.} Her blog contains little text and lots of gorgeous collages that she pulls together to give you a glimpse of her day translated into papers of all shapes, sizes, textures, and colors.

This is a brilliant idea, a very visual journal, a great way to record your life if you don’t always feel like writing. I’d like to experiment with something like this as a personal project or as a way to share my day with my Flickr contacts. I already have a large empty journal that would be the perfect place for something like this. Would you like to share your day visually too? Why not give this idea a try.

Paste, tape, staple… receipts, photos, torn pages from magazines, a train ticket, a mood board recording the thoughts and experiences had during the day… I really love this as a form of blogging as well and think that Record The Day is absolutely lovely. Thank you Jess for putting your wonderful self out into the world, we are all so inspired by you!

(images from jess from record the day)

Posted by decor8 in Arts + Crafts, blogs, inspiration on October 13, 2008

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  1. heather smith jones commented
    October 13th, 2008 at 9:49am

    You are so right, Jess has a wonderfully beautiful way of arranging things, from her home, to the items in her shop, to this journal. She is an inspiration and it’s fabulous to see her here this morning! Thank you!

    heather smith joness last blog post: Inspired : 8

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  2. elvis robertson commented
    October 13th, 2008 at 9:50am

    how lovely to see this post about record the day and the lovely jess. It was your flickr stream that sent me across here, really pleased to read/see this.

    elvis robertsons last blog post: Anna Torma – embroidery

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  3. Melissa de la Fuente commented
    October 13th, 2008 at 9:52am

    Oh, lovely sweet Jess….I am inspired by her as well and think this is SUCH a great idea. So wonderful….thank you for sharing. Off to check out “Record the day.”
    xo
    Melis

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  4. Diana commented
    October 13th, 2008 at 10:07am

    Beautiful! A wonderful way to start the week :-)

    Dianas last blog post: Joy, Awe, and Wonder

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  5. nichole commented
    October 13th, 2008 at 10:11am

    I adore lobster and swan, and derive copious amounts of inspiration from Jess.

    nicholes last blog post: Lil Fish Studios

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  6. Luphia commented
    October 13th, 2008 at 10:16am

    these posts are so unique and beautifull !

    Luphias last blog post: Silk Cushions

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  7. Tabitha (From Single to Married) commented
    October 13th, 2008 at 10:31am

    what a great idea – I love it! I use tons of pictures on my website so I totally understand wanting to tell a story by using pictures.

    Tabitha (From Single to Married)s last blog post: Monday Musings – Growing Older

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  8. Holly commented
    October 13th, 2008 at 10:39am

    Wow! What an awesome way to record the day. Thanks for introducing me to yet another blog I will become addicted to. ;)

    Hollys last blog post: I’m in love with RED.

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  9. Morgan commented
    October 13th, 2008 at 10:43am

    I recently discovered her photostream and shop and fell in love. I adore her blog, what a fun idea! I’m definitely going to have to modify it for myself.

    Morgans last blog post: the clouds lifted print 8×10

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  10. Tina commented
    October 13th, 2008 at 11:49am

    Holly, that is such a great post! Many days I feel as if I should write in a journal,but it seems like drudgery! This is a fun and creative way to look forward to doing it~and then blog or flickr it!
    Perfect!
    I must go see Jess’ blog now!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Tina

    Tinas last blog post: ~The Studio Reveal~

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  11. Mary commented
    October 13th, 2008 at 12:45pm

    What a wonderful idea! I am going to try this for sure. Thanks.

    Marys last blog post: Green Damask Pillow Cover 16 inch

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  12. Mary commented
    October 13th, 2008 at 12:46pm

    Oops, I should have put this as my website.

    Marys last blog post: Best Gifts on Etsy for Bird Lovers!

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  13. FC commented
    October 13th, 2008 at 12:57pm

    I am in love!!! What a great idea… and your right I think Jess has inspired me to start something like this of my own.

    FCs last blog post: pUPscale style is my ?Daily Candy?

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  14. Carrie commented
    October 13th, 2008 at 1:34pm

    Love this idea SO much!! I started my blog after staring at my many vision boards and loads of magazine clippings and blank journals thinking it would be fun to share pictures of the pages I made with all the various pictures that inspire me. After seeing her blog, I’m thinking I really must do what I’d imagined myself doing. After all, collaging has been the single creative thing I have come back to over the years, i’ve been doing it since I was a kid. Not sure how she comes up with SO much material for each day, it’s really great!! Thank you again for sharing. Ditto to Holly (commenter #8) said… yet another blog you’ve introduced me to as well that surely I will become addicted to!

    Carries last blog post: birthday surprise!!!

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  15. Fanciful Alice commented
    October 13th, 2008 at 1:56pm

    Wow, what a beautiful idea. Sometimes I just don’t have the energy to write and I’m thinking I could do this for my daughter. Maybe even once a month (there could be a lot if we did it daily from now on – she’s 18 months!) just go round picking up bits, adding in things we’ve done, writing, stamping etc. At the moment I write a diary for her monthly, but I think the visual expect is really lovely. I feel truly inspired – thank you!

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  16. brand-eye commented
    October 13th, 2008 at 2:00pm

    that is a sweet idea. i would never be able to do it daily, but weekly might work.

    brand-eyes last blog post: 2135 home

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  17. Jeska commented
    October 13th, 2008 at 2:17pm

    Hello sweet Holly, thank you for posting about record the day this is such a wonderful surprise at the end of my day.

    I hope you having as great a week as mine is turning out to be!

    Jeskas last blog post: Home coming gifts

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  18. marn commented
    October 13th, 2008 at 2:40pm

    This is so lovely and inspiring. I keep a book of sketches, ideas and inspiration. I think I will have to incorporate more collages like this!

    marn?s last blog post: helpful advice

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  19. Rachel commented
    October 13th, 2008 at 3:05pm

    Oh I LOVE this idea! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Rachels last blog post: Winners of the Purple Lemon Designs Giveaway

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  20. Uncle Beefy commented
    October 13th, 2008 at 4:04pm

    Jess has been propping up my levels of inspiration for some time and I am SOOOO happy that you’ve featured her here, Holly! Isn’t her stuff so great? And those wonderful little collections in her Etsy shop are too sweet.

    Uncle Beefys last blog post: Glamtastic!

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  21. belinda commented
    October 13th, 2008 at 5:01pm

    how sweet! i might have to give this a go at some stage, only i’d imagine i’d spend most of day creating the collage, so what to inclde in it? ha! she’s obviously mastered the art to be able to do daily!! x
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    belindas last blog post: eye candy: clair wayman

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  22. Juxtaposition Design commented
    October 13th, 2008 at 6:01pm

    Gosh I wish i had the time and dedication to do this daily! I’ve always wanted to have an ongoing daily sketch book/scrapbook type deal, in fact I think I own about 6 blank books for this purpose… :(

    Juxtaposition Designs last blog post: Stats

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  23. puglyfeet commented
    October 13th, 2008 at 11:18pm

    She inspired me to keep ALL my old magazines should I one day find the time to record my day. Her blog is lovely!

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  24. casapinka commented
    October 14th, 2008 at 8:53am

    This is so inspirational. I love her colors and this idea. Thank you for sharing this it really brought a smile to my face. Oh, and I love how you put that vintage piece on one side of your kitchen across from the Ikea – Your apt. is looking just beautiful!

    casapinkas last blog post: Fornasetti Bathroom

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  25. sarathira commented
    October 14th, 2008 at 10:02am

    what a brilliantly awesome idea!! i dread writing in journals, so this would put use the cutouts that ive collected so nicely! thank you so much for the idea holly, i would love to try it asap!

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  26. KeRRi commented
    October 14th, 2008 at 5:21pm

    Oh, I absolutely love this idea! My 12 yr. old daughter wants to be a fashion designer and a writer. I think this might be just the thing that we could do together…something creative and inspirational, in addition to Polyvore…which we’re both addicted to ;).

    I really like the idea of having it be something tangible rather than just on the computer. I am imagining framing the different themes as art. Can’t wait to get started!

    KeRRis last blog post: 2 ViNTaGe 1950's FReNCH FRaNCe BLaCK EiFFeL ToWeR CHaRM PeNDaNTs

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  27. Sue commented
    October 14th, 2008 at 6:03pm

    What a fantastic idea and a beautiful selection of collages, i’ve always wanted to keep a journal but have sometimes been a little unsure of what to write, this seems like much more my thing. Thanks for sharing this great blog with us.

    Sues last blog post: Hot Pink Circles Card

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  28. collette commented
    October 14th, 2008 at 9:34pm

    off the charts, fantastic. i LOVE this. so simple, fun, sweet all rolled into one. thanks Holly for sharing this.
    xo

    collettes last blog post: knitting 101

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  29. catherine commented
    October 15th, 2008 at 6:22pm

    This blog,which I try to look at everyday, is also a kind of Record The Day, have a look : http://www.treatsandtreasures.com/.

    catherines last blog post: Liselotte Watkins

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  30. Ellie commented
    October 16th, 2008 at 2:21pm

    These are wonderful! Lately, my ‘visual diary’ would either have to be on the computer or would require a lot of ink from my printer…. :) yikes.

    Ellies last blog post: wolfie & the sneak

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  31. uritiateDautt commented
    December 19th, 2008 at 5:52pm

    good resourse Anyway by sight very much it is pleasant to me

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