Last night, I pulled out an old hard drive and started digging deep for some ancient photos that I ended up not findingâ€¦because a decade ago, I didnâ€™t yet understand the fine art of file organization!
All that digging ended up paying off in an unexpected way when I found a treasure trove of hand-collaged pages I used to put together in an oversized sketchbook Iâ€™d christened the Fashion Notebook. The Fashion Notebook was my style bible I kept from 2000 to around 2008.
Long before Pinterest existed, Iâ€™d spend my nights and weekends collaging into the Fashion Notebook, pulling pages of inspiration from the stacks of fashion magazines I always had in my room. To give the pages structure, the focus was always on specific themes, whether it was all black and white, a pop color or a style I was draw to, like plaid, stripes or polkadots.
I started these collages years before I was a graphic designer and in a way, making these layouts trained my eye to zoom in on specific details and play around with compositions long before I knew what the â€œrulesâ€ were. Thereâ€™s nothing like the art of exploration with no clients, no deadlines and really, nobody watching (social media wasnâ€™t around yet).
It was pure and fun. There were no likes, there were no followers. Looking back, itâ€™s so nice to have something from those years. I actually still have the notebook here in my office and itâ€™s tattered but somehow intact after many moves.
I miss the OG Pinterest! Did any of you keep similar notebooks / scrapbooks?
Thanks for taking this trip down memory lane with me!
Hereâ€™s to creatingâ€¦just for fun.