There are two things I do with the skill and know-how of a four-year-old child. These two things are:
- Wrapping up packages
Now we can add “3. Collaging” to the list. In my defense, I was working with a bunch of gossip mags my grandma left behind and a supermarket travel points brochure with appalling print quality. Also no collage experience whatsoever.
But hey, look at Taylor Swift. You don’t have to look at anything else really. Well, maybe Zoe Saldana’s beautiful face. You may also glimpse Captain America’s uniform in there somewhere. Everything else is not worth looking away from those things. So says the law of the universe, and I agree.
I made this thing as part of the CREATE.2014 e-course, which issued the task of creating a vision board for 2014 on, like, a while back. January 16, whatever. In fact, on January 15, making a collage based around your word of the year was also the prompt for Melyssa’s Creative Collective link-up — which I’m linking this up with today because it’s Anything Goes day, and I know how to take advantage of an amnesty day. Ask my fanfic folders.
Originally, my word of the year, which by the way I never got around to blogging about or making much of a deal out of, look I’m not here to dwell in my delays let’s move on from this, was DO. I like simple things. I overcomplicate and overthink everything so whenever something simple presents itself, I seize it. And come on, I’ve been tossing Heath- no- whatever, the “Do it now” mantra/life goal/thing from Whatshername’s The Happiness Project (Gretchen Rubin! That’s her name. Not Heather. My bad) around in my head since I read that book (and Happier At Home) in 2012.
I have a massive motivation problem, and one of the things I’ve learned about myself and my working patterns along the past few years is that whenever I take on a project or have an idea, I’ll have a big burst of interest and enthusiasm for it, and unless I tackle it during that window of time, the interest and enthusiasm will slowly turn into “will I do it justice?” putting it off, which will then turn into “have I missed my window?” putting it off, which will then turn into total and utter apathy. At various points during my procrastination, I will consider picking up the project and feel actual dread.
Hence: “DO.” But the truth is, a lot of time “DO” feels really daunting. Like it requires more energy than I’m running on. So, while I’m still holding onto it for this year — I’ve got so much to accomplish — I decided to frame things differently. If last year I had ideas and I raised money for my clothing line and I set up my blog and my business, this year, I am making it happen. My move to London, my dream of financial stability, my sewn collection, my getting out.
2014 will be pretty and caffeinated, will travel, will have confidence and strength, and — this is just a fact of my life — will involve me breaking into Taylor Swift songs whenever someone says anything that could even remotely sound like one of her lyrics, like the other day when my friend Annemari said “I don’t know what I want.” (So don’t ask me…)
Maybe I’ll even pick up my guitar at some point? I’m definitely bringing more color into my wardrobe, and more organization and more breaks. More making (things) and more words (happen).
So that was the idea behind this collage. Actually that’s a lie, the idea behind this collage was “I managed to find a bunch of Taylor Swift pics in my grandma’s Spanish tabloids and by god I am going to use them,” and was informed by the way I pinterest, which is to say: a lot of interiors and some wanderlust. Low expectations made for a really enjoyable, laidback afternoon of getting paste from the stick on my fingers.
It was great. Let’s make more of that happen.