Saturday, 5 September 2020

5 in 5 - September 2020 - Learn Something New Every Day Journal

Welcome to '5 in 5' where on the 5th
of each month I post 5 photos that I have
taken in 5 minutes.

September is the start of a new academic year and in the past I used to enjoy marking this time by making a handmade journal. This was an annual class run online by Shimelle Laine and called 'Learn Something New Every Day'. Shimelle no longer runs this class, however, the idea remains and I decided to do it again using my own prompts and inspiration. 
First I made my journal. My favourite size for this type of project is A5, and I used white card to make it study, and sewed 3 signatures into a Kraft card cover. There are 36 pages in total, with space for a manifesto. I enjoyed a relaxed day covering the pages with background papers and designs. Often I do this as I go along so that the design connects with my journalling. But I want to fill pages quickly and easily have little excuse not to complete a page daily, so it will be interesting to see how some of these pages work. If necessary I can cover the page or add gesso, but I am hoping these random designs will add a challenge and spark ideas when the time comes. It will be an interesting way to work that I've not tried before.....

For the background pages I have used an eclectic collection including paper bags, scrapbook papers, my own printed papers, maps and pages from books and magazines. These types of books are often referred to as junk journals and I like the freedom and variety that these give me. Some pages will have pockets to hold journalling, tickets or photos and I look forward to finding out what the month will offer.
Here's the cover and some of the inside pages.....


The journal will hold memories, like the day I visited a friend. We'd sat in her garden chatting, and when I got home she messaged me.  It was out of context and I couldn't make a connection with what she was saying. However, I made sense of it thinking she had made a typo and this led to an interesting and very amusing conversation with us both confused and at cross purposes!  We had a good laugh once we discovered what had happened!  Lesson learnt!  Ask questions if it is not clear! 
Do let me know in the comments what you learn this month, or what projects you are taking on. 
And as always I in invite you to join in this monthly 5in5 photo challenge. It's very simple, and it offers a new way of looking through the camera lens and adding a spark of new ideas.
So here's how it works: 

1.  Choose a location.
2.  Have your camera ready.
3.  Set a mobile timer for 5 minutes.
4.  Take as many photos you can until the time is up.
5.  Choose 5 photos to download and share by using the link tool 
You have until the 25th of the month to add your photos and if you want to know more about 5in5 there are details here.
And one more thing - when you use the link tool, please click on your post title.  This will show the web address. Please right click, copy and paste this as your link.  This will take readers directly to your '5 in 5' blog page and be easier for them to find.


  1. What a lovely idea, Sandie, to make a LSNED journal! I remember Shimelle's September class, and did it one year. Prepping the pages sounds like a great idea for ensuring completion, and continuity too. Hoping you continue to enjoy working and learning in it! Your first page starts off with a lovely late-summery feeling ...

    1. Thank you Alexa. I have really enjoyed making these journals in the past and it is lovely to revive the idea.

  2. I like your journal and the aim to learn something new every day. Good luck in September although I'm sure you don't need it.

    My current project is to learn the Italian language. I started a couple of weeks ago, so am still very much in the early stages but I'm loving it so far ... some words are even starting to make sense 🤣

    I'll post my photos tomorrow.

  3. It's been several years since I did a Learn Something Every Day project. I love your journal. Actually, I've determined to take the month of September off from setting any specific goals and tracking them. Just going to "go with the flow." I just posted my 5 in 5; we're on vacation so it was a fun post. I'll be back to link it up later.


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