Friday, November 5, 2010

Journaling That Matters - A Giveaway!

Have you heard about the new Ella ebook? Journaling that Matters....well, here's what it's all about:
Journaling is hard. Even for professional writers, deciding what to say on a layout can be truly challenging, let alone figuring out how to make it authentic, creative, and meaningful. But struggle no more, because help is on the way!
Journaling that Matters is packed with 51 easy tips to help you write from the heart without breaking a sweat. You'll love the expert advice, inspirational layouts, practical tips, and timeless suggestions that are suitable for writers of all levels—from the most experienced journalers to the most insecure. Kelly, Angie, and their eight talented contributors will help you unlock important stories and tell them with confidence. Also featuring the work of: Linda Barber, Moon Ko, Donna Jannuzzi, Layle Koncar, Audrey Neal, Keshet Shenkar, Wendy Smedley, and Stephanie Wheeler.

The book is loaded with great journaling prompts.  While reading it, I found myself jotting down ideas for future pages. Since I've been in a bit of a layout rut lately, this was just what I needed to adjust my approach. Inspired by the prompt "let an object inspire the journaling" I made this page this morning:
here are the close ups:

My object: an unused vintage concert ticket for a Cheap Trick show on August 21, 1979 that I found on eBay. Here's my journaling:
I found this unused concert ticket on eBay. Although I did not attend this show, I was immediately struck by the date - as it was the date of my 13th birthday. While Cheap Trick was playing this concert in Oregon, I was on the other side of the states in NJ, receiving the album Cheap Trick: Live at Budokan as a gift for my birthday. It was my first 'rock & roll’ album and it was given to me by my brother Anthony. At the time, I loved Cheap Trick (and I still do!). "I Want You To Want Me" was in heavy rotation on all the radio stations and I would wait anxiously to hear it - or even better, see it on one of the late-night rock shows that used to be on. I'd swoon at the sight of Robin Zander. I played that album thousands & thousands of times on my crappy little stereo. I was a fan in the strongest sense of the word and that album was my soundtrack. It was the perfect gift at the most perfect time.



To say this album represents a turning point in my youth, as well as an influence on my musical taste going forward, would be a massive understatement. Thanks Anthony, thanks Cheap Trick and thanks Robin Zander – you still make me swoon after all these years!

I was wondering what I was going to do with that ticket - I'm so glad it found a home on this page with this little story I wanted to tell.

So, want to win your very own copy of Journaling that Matters? Just leave a comment and I'll draw a random winner on Sunday!

12 comments:

DoggiNo said...

What a great gift ! Thanks for the chance.

Sasha Holloway said...

one of my favorite things to do is journal .. amazing how so many people struggle with it . . love the sneak so so lovely ..

Sara said...

What a GREAT LO!! LOVE your journaling! What a great story! I LOVE Cheap Trick!

Karen B. said...

Love your layout-great colors and great story. I struggle with journaling and I think that is part of the reason why I do not scrapbook as much, I would LOVE to get back at that, really really do! I think this book would help and thanks for the opportunity to win it!

Jennifer said...

love that!! :)

Gloria said...

I purchased that ebook a couple of days ago and I´m loving it, great tips!! Your layout is amazing, what a great connection between the ticket and the Cheap Trick story. TFS

Sabr said...

Your page is so inspiring! Love the story behind it and thanks for a chance to win!!

Kate aka stinkydudette said...

That is such a great prompt!I hardly journal anymore, cos I always end up doing one-liners or just dates/locations.. Thanks for the chance to win!

Amanda Jones said...

Val, what an amazing find that ticket was! A great story :) sounds like I definitely need that ebook - I'm always all out of creativity when it comes to adding my journaling!

Anna said...

Really love that layout Val, what a great story to go with it too!

Bec said...

Love the idea for the page!! Goes to show that you don't need to have a sentimental attachment to something to be able to scrap it.

I *really* struggle with journalling and it's sad for my kids that I don't due to the fear.
I would love to win!

~jan said...

Such a cool layout, Val. So serendipitous that you found that ticket-love your story! Your title work is just fab, I love the stitching and the overlay of the year. :) I struggle with journaling-the words get lost somewhere between my heart and my head.