Bead Journal Project


I am very excited about a decision that I have recently made but also a bit nervous as well. It took me over 2 weeks to sit with it and think it over but I have taken the plunge and committed to a year long project which involves beading one journal page per month over the next year, starting June 1st. I’ve never made a commitment like this before but my intuition is speaking to me very strongly that this is something that I need to do to learn more about myself. Robin Atkins, my “beady” hero, has created the Bead Journal Project and there are already over 100 members. Details are here and you may join until the deadline of May 30th.

I want to keep my journal pages small and, instead of putting them together in book form, I would like to make them into a wall hanging. At first I thought of sewing them onto fabric and making a small quilt. However, this morning as I was browsing through a magazine, I saw a great idea where the artist had linked fabric squares together in a line, one above the other and so on. I really liked the way that looked. As far as the pages themselves, I want to follow Robin’s advice when she says to approach it as a way to “journal out-of-the-box”. It is a way to put your intellect aside and just go with the flow of the beads. I imagine a river of beads flowing gently by and I jump in and see where it takes me. Wish me luck!

What are your experiences when you have gone with “the flow of the beads”?