Friday, September 7, 2007
Making (and keeping) a Tea Journal
The other night when I made the tea journal for the giveaway, I made a new one for myself as well. I used stamps from the Mad Tea Party line by Catherine Moore (see characterconstructions.com for the full line). The set I chose appealed to me because it had the whimsical teapot-headed lady as well as some letters spelling "TEA," a tea kettle, a spoon and a few more designs.
Because I am a sometime scrapbooker, I had plenty of pretty papers from which to choose. I tend to favor papers featuring vintage handwriting and postage stamps (gives the look of old letters) and the pretty floral designs of Anna Griffin. Once I glued my papers and stamped designs on the cover, I inked the edges of the mini-notebook. I like giving the edges a bit of a vintage, distressed look. I thought these little journals turned out so well, I bought two more of the mini-composition books and may make more tea journals for friends.
My new tea journal is already tucked into my purse, where I can pull it out at any time. I've already used it to list some ideas for future blog posts. As with my old tea journal, I will use this one to list such things as teas I've tried and wish to try, tea books I own (so I won't buy a duplicate by mistake), notes about tea rooms I've visited (you can sketch a tea room's presentation that you really like), and more. If you haven't tried keeping a journal devoted entirely to documenting your own tea experiences, I highly recommend it!