Good morning! Welcome back to WCS, and our last day of looking forward. This is Amy, and I’m looking forward to a cold but sunshiny day.
On Tuesday, I wrote about Neil Gaiman’s wishes for the New Year, and how I always meant to use one as a long title for a layout, but I hadn’t yet.
So then I thought, self, why not just make that layout right now? Since it’s a January thing to do, I went ahead and did it! Here’s the layout:
I decided to go with a bright color scheme both to brighten up the black-and-white photo I’d printed and because it matches the wrapping paper on the gift (even though you can’t tell!). The fonts I used are Art Brewery, Courier, and Marista, with Evelyth Icons for the banners and Veneer Extras for the ampersands (that ampersand is one of my favorite dingbats ever). I kept the embellishment very simple, just a few rectangles of patterned paper, because the title is so colorful and active.
My son Jake’s birthday is December 30, so when he gets a year older, he also literally starts a new year. I’ve never written about that, but this year—when he turned 18—seemed like a good one. His upcoming year will bring him so many changes, so my deepest hope is that he will hold on to who he is when everything else is different. When I finished writing the journaling, I thought I don’t know if I’ve actually said any of this to him. So I went and found him—he was at his computer studying for a psychology test—gave him a hug, and told him what I was feeling. He likely thought I was a little bit crazy, but on the other hand, after 18 years hopefully he’s used to his mom gushing!
I think this quote would work well not just for a New Year’s birthday, but for a birthday at any time, since birthdays tend to make us look forward.