Visual Journal Page 70: Year One



It had been one year. One whole year had flown by, 365 days since our big day, it was our wedding anniversary.

For five years Nick and I dated before tying the knot. Months went into planning the wedding, and I was giddy when the day finally arrived. July 10th, 2010. A perfect day, surprisingly only 80 degrees in Georgia, in the middle of July. We were pronounced husband and wife in the quaint backyard of a quaint historic farmhouse, Kimball Hall, in Roswell, GA.

After vows were exchanged, food, cake and champagne were consumed, we were finally off to our honeymoon in Costa Rica. For a week we explored jungles, volcanos, beaches, zip lined, snorkeled, slept in, and enjoyed each other’s company. A year later I was thinking back on that important day and following week.

Although we went on an international adventure for our honeymoon, we decided to keep it low key for our first anniversary. All I wanted to do was spend time with my husband, it didn’t matter where we were or what we were doing as long as it was together.

Nick took the reigns and planned the day. We started the day by getting our favorite donuts and drinking large cups of coffee on the way to the golf course just a few blocks from our house. While neither of us are golfers by any stretch of the imagination, we were excited to try out the course we pass by so often, and try our luck at even making contact with the ball. We laughed as we swung and missed, yelled fours, and zipped around in the golf cart.

As our golf outing rounded out with very high, and slightly cushioned scores, we grabbed lunch and took it to picnic in the park right around the corner from our house. We snuggled in the grass, watching kids play, skateboards do crazy tricks, and enjoyed our lunch. After lunch we relaxed at home before gearing up for what was guaranteed to be a delicious dinner. We chose a restaurant with rave reviews neither of us had been to before, Top FLR.

We snazzed ourselves up and settled into a cozy dinner. It was an interesting restaurant with a modern feel. The music was loud, and tables close together, forcing us to lean in, and talk into each others’ ears. We reminisced on our wedding, the craziness of planning, the swiftness it came and went, and our unbelievable trip to Costa Rica. The food was amazing, the atmosphere fun, it was the perfect end to a perfect day. Whether we go 5,000 miles away or 5 minutes away I know I will have the best time because I’m with you.

Check out my bridesmaid visual journal page here

Check out my wedding planning visual journal page here

Check out my wedding pages here and here

Check out my honeymoon visual journal page here


  • Visual journal
  • Rubber cement
  • Sharpie
  • Colored pencil
  • India ink
  • Book pages
  • Watercolor
  • Paint brush


To create this visual journal page I knew I wanted to include components of all the activities we did that day. I made a list and decided to include the restaurant, golf clubs, hydrangeas (our wedding flowers), donuts, and a picnic basket. With all of these components I knew I needed to make at least one item larger than the rest, to create a focal point. Since the dinner was the last event of the day, and it was an a very interesting monochromatic building, I decided it would be the perfect part to focus on.

I sketched out the building with pencil, then went in with India ink. For the darkest areas I used India ink right out of the bottle. For more gray and midtone areas I watered down the India ink. Once Top FLR was painted, I set it aside to dry.

Next I sketched out hydrangeas, and used watercolor to fill in the color. For the petals I used blues and purples, for the leaves I used greens and yellows. For the donuts, golf clubs, and picnic basket I used colored pencil to sketch them out and fill them in. After everything was dry I cut out each individual piece.

To create a background I glued ripped out, slightly discolored book pages, and glued them down. I carefully layered the cut out drawing and paintings and glued them down. I liked how the colorful donuts and flowers contrasted agains the black and white building. Last but not least I wrote the words along the edge of the book pages with sharpie, and outlined them with colored pencil.


Create a visual journal page about an important date in your life. Your anniversary, birthday, child’s birthday, graduation date, etc. Have fun!

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