Yesterday, while working on telling the stories of November, it dawned on me that this really is my Story Catching Field Journal. It’s a place for the stories of life to land. And, as my husband reminded me, I have multiple field journals and they all really need individual names. So, this is the the Story Catcher.
It’s really fairly simple. I used a ticket punch from EK Success that I had on hand. You could use circles or whatever shape seems to fold nicely that works for you. I’m using a color in the examples here so it shows up better. I’ll be using this same technique to set up my phenology notebook soon. Oh, and The paper used to create the ‘cover’ of this is from My Mind’s Eye – The Sweetest Thing Tangerine. I wasn’t keen on the B-side, so I cut out another sheet from the same set and glued the two together.
Basically, the alphabet tab letters use the top ticket punch, folded in half, and with the letter stamped twice – next to the fold. The stamps came from a $1 bin at Walmart sometime last year, and I used Tim Holtz’ distress inks.
To line them up all neatly, I created a guide using one of the sheets of Field Journaling paper and measured out the spacing.
And glued each tab into place.
The same was done for the months, only using the larger ticket sized punch.
The stories will be filed under the alphabet tags by their one or two word titles. Then on the matching tabbed page, I’ll list the story along with the date of it. To cross reference, it will also be added to the appropriate month tab.
The month tabs will house the daily report or the “Ta Done!” list – (Ta da! It’s done!) and weather or other daily observations. I may not get to every single day, and short observations are fine – I’ll just draw a line and start the next day’s observations on the next line on the paper per the traditional method of keeping a field journal as shown below in the trail cam log.