After I decided that my 2015 planner would be a Moleskine journal, I became interested in what else Moleskine had to offer as far as journals went. I was thinking about how perfect it would be if my planner was made of watercolour paper so that I could use it as an art journal as well as a planner. After a little research, I discovered that Moleskine does indeed offer a line of watercolour journals in a large range of sizes. Personally, I was hoping for something huge because I didn't want to feel limited in any way. I found that Moleskine offered an A3 size watercolour journal. For those who don't know what A3 means, it's pretty much a synonym for huge. It measures 12 by 16 inches and opens horizontally (it's wider than it is tall.) Of course, if you wanted to use it vertically you could, but "officially" they present it as a horizontal journal.
Because I've really begun to love my Neocolour watercolour crayons and my Gelatos, I wanted somewhere to experiment with them and I wanted a book for this purpose because I didn't want watercolour papers all over the place around my house. Then, it dawned on me that I could even scrapbook in it.
Scrapbooking in this huge watercolour journal was sort of a revelation for me because a) I was finding that I was cramped by the 8.5 x 11 page that I usually use for scrapbooking and b) I was cutting watercolour paper down to this size because I liked that it felt sturdy and I didn't really want to go back to using regular cardstock after I got my neocolours. I confess that I never really loved 12 x 12. I guess I just prefer rectangles. And the fact that this rectangle was sideways was even more of a thrill. It just feels fresh and exciting. And that's what a new year should feel like, don't you think?