Session 99: Write Your Own Story

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The last two years, we’ve focused on single words that have meaning for us, and created with them. This year, I want to challenge you to write your own story. It doesn’t need to be for anyone but yourself, so don’t worry about your skills as an author. Just write what you feel. Try to write a little every day. Keep it by your bedside, along with your one sentence journal from last year, if you are continuing that. Pinterest is filled with journal writing prompts, so check them out. I’ve included a journal prompt list for January to get you started.

But first, decorate your composition book, because this is art therapy after all! I like covering books with felt that I have embroidered on. I love felt because it’s very easy to work with, doesn’t fray, and stitches on it look good even if you’re a beginner. I sewed pieces together to create a slip cover. I’ll give you the measurements if you want to give it a try. You can also use fabric, gluing it straight to the cover. I have less experience with this, so you may want to look up a tutorial. Other decorating options are: scrapbook paper, washi tape, stickers, or paint.

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Here’s my little how-to for felt slip covers:

Measure your composition book, then add 1/2 inch to each side. This will be your outside cover pieces. Cut two rectangles out of felt according to that measurement. Cut two more pieces for the inside of the cover that are the same height as the front, and about 1 1/2 inch shorter in width. Sew the edges together, big pieces in the middle, smaller on the outer. Use a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

Embroider the piece that will be the front of your book cover, (you can decorate the back too, if you want) then fold over the two ends, right sides facing, and sew across the top and bottom. Trim edges and clip corners, then turn it right side out. Slide the front and back covers into the pockets, tuck in the extra fabric on the spine, and you’re ready to go!

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