The two Japanese Kanji used to represent “intention” come from the characters for “heart” and “direction.”
What direction is your heart pointing you toward?
You’ll have some intentions that are small, almost mechanically decided and even without strong commitment while others will be more purposefully set and and pursued.
The small, almost subconscious, decision would be something like: I will get the dishwasher unloaded while I wait for my bread to finish toasting…
…But the phone might ring. And then my toast will be getting cold. So I might just eat my toast even though the dishwasher isn’t unloaded…
..And I probably won’t unload the dishwasher after eating because now it’s time to get to work.
The thing is: I won’t really care that I didn’t follow through on this intention because I can unload the dishwasher later.
Another kind of intention will be more purposefully set and even followed up by determined action: I will get photos printed and backed up every three months. To meet that intention, I’ll need to make sure to spend the time, culling and copying my photos, uploading them to the lab, then ordering and paying for the prints. In fact, if I’m really serious about this attention, I’ll put the tasks in my planner and even set an alarm reminder.
I’m not saying all intentions have to be about getting tasks done. There are days when I set an intention to walk in my neighborhood. Because I work at home, I ensure I do this by planning for a break in my work, dressing for the walk before I sit down to work, and messaging a couple of neighbors that I’m going to be walking and asking if they want to join me.
If I were a serious intention setter, I might even have a long-term intention set for walking and maybe even weight loss. Other big intentions that take a sustained effort to complete are things like finishing a study program, taking an exotic vacation, or launching a new business.
It seems there are all manner of levels upon which intention can work. This is what I invite you to explore with the story prompts included in the newly added class in the Get It Scrapped membership: Story + Design: Intention + Contrast.
The prompts included in this “Story + Design” class will give you a starting point for telling your own stories of intention.
Are you living with intention daily? And what kind of intentions are you setting and committing to? Are your intentions around daily interactions and relationships? Around progress you want to make? Around a way you want to be? And what level of commitment and action do bring to your intentions?
The design lesson to go with these story prompts is about contrast–especially about purposeful use of contrast.
If you mean for something to be different, then go all the way with it: set that intention and execute.
Three guest teachers join me in telling stories of intention and putting contrast to work on the scrapbook page.
Meet them here and then join us for rich storytelling and advanced design lessons.
Jen Davis is a thirty-something wife and mother, part-time librarian and full-time homeschooling mama trying to carve a little bit of creativity into every day. Whether that’s through crafting, art journaling, photography, reading, hiking and spending time outdoors, baking or fashioning fun and interesting outfit combinations…that’s up to the given day! Jen currently serves on the design team for Cocoa Daisy, and loves having the opportunity to share her love of creating with those in the scrapbooking and papercrafting community.
Iris Fox is a scrapbooker, quilter, and all around crafty dabbler living in Northern California with her husband of seventeen years, two teenagers, and a guinea pig, named Bean. Iris started scrapbooking in 2005. Her first page was about her oldest daughter’s 2nd birthday. Since then she’s come a long way from the plain cardstock, photos cut in shapes and sticker sneeze days! Iris’ style isn’t clean and simple nor artsy messy, it’s somewhere in between. Iris loves coffee, autumn, reorganizing, clouds and editing photos!
Amy Kingsford is a happy wife and blessed mother from Northern Utah who works as a virtual assistant, helping busy entrepreneurs carry out the everyday tasks of running their businesses. In addition to her admin work, Amy is also an avid digital scrapbooker and memory keeper. She has designed for a number of her favorite designers and shares a glimpse into her everyday life through her scrapbooking and photography on her blog, My Letter Sized Life.
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