Yes, it’s true. I gave up and didn’t finish #the100dayproject. Technically, the project is still going on, but I haven’t made or posted a cluster since June 1st which was day 56.
On June 2nd, the diverse and colorful world of Instagram came to halt when thousands and thousands of accounts posted a single black box for what would become known as #BlackoutTuesday. According to The New York Times, Jamila Thomas and Brianna Agyemang, two Black women in the music marketing industry, proposed the music industry hold a day of reflection after the death of George Floyd. The movement quickly took off, expanding beyond the music industry to all facets of Instagram, to celebrities, major brands, and common, everyday users.
In an attempt to show solidarity for racial justice and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, I didn’t post my day 57 cluster. By Wednesday I could have returned to posting my daily clusters, but I just didn’t feel called or motivated to do so. I was getting bored of my project as is, so I quit. Simple as that. And I have not regrets.
Reflection Overall I’m glad I participated in the project. It was a fun way to dig around my washi and sticker collection and a means to use some of the stickers I knew I wouldn’t use otherwise e.g. anything mom life related. The page by page, monochromatic story wasn’t my initial plan, but I love how it came together in the end.
Recap I must admit, this project is starting to feel stale, which is to be expected I suppose, and maybe the point? I’m still loving the movement through the rainbow by way of the monochromatic collages but I’m getting kind of sick of looking through the same sticker books. I’m getting close to the end of the journal I started in and will need to start a second book in the next week or so which is exciting.
One of my fears was that I would feel like I was ‘wasting’ stickers but as the project has progressed, I’ve realized I’m primarily selecting decorative stickers I would never use otherwise i.e. stickers with off the wall quotes or very specific themes I don’t particularly like. For the most, part I’ve been saving the functional stickers as those are what I actually see myself using in planner spreads and projects in the future.
If anything, this project has taught me that I have thousands more stickers than any one person could ever use. I remind myself that, if history is to repeat itself, MAMBI and The Happy Planner will continue to create beautiful and useful stickers – really it just keeps getting better and better, so #usethedamnstickers.
Recap And just like that, we are over 25 days into this project! Overall I would definitely say I’m happy with the project I picked. It’s simple, quick, and rarely leaves me feeling regret or second guessing my work. What started out as a random smattering of stickers and washi tape has turned into a simple but eye-catching monochromatic collage, progressing through the rainbow day by day, page by page. I have loved flipping through my Happy Planner supplies, hunting for and collecting one specific color – it has made the project easy and very straightforward, requiring 15 minutes or less each day. Below is a selection of some of my favorite monochromatic clusters so far, in rainbow order, of course.
Inspiration As I got into the groove of this project, I started to see the similarities in this paper craft to what Amy Tangerine shares. Her craft projects are always very colorful and rainbow inspired, have layers and multiple pieces or embellishments. Here are a few examples from her instagram feed and the youtube video that I think was the unconscious inspiration for my project:
Plan Moving forward I want to focus on the monochromatic clusters and collages because honestly those are the pages I love to flip through and I love seeing the rainbow build and flow from page to page – it creates a really fun visual experience (at least for me). I must admit I am getting kind of nervous because some of my Happy Planner sticker books are looking bare, which is good because that was the point, to use what I have in an attempt to not hoard. So far, I’d been selecting and including stickers that I didn’t think I would ever really use otherwise, but sooner or later, I’ll have exhausted those cast offs. Oh well, I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.
Introduction According to their website, #The100DayProject is “a free art project that takes place online. Every spring, thousands of people all around the world commit to 100 days of exploring their creativity. The idea is simple: choose a project, do it every day for 100 days, and share your process on Instagram with the hashtag #The100DayProject.” What started as a workshop for graduate graphic design students at the Yale School of Art, instructed by Michael Bierut (read more about his reflection on the course and it’s impact here), has become a springboard for creation and imagination in the creative community. The first time I had heard of the project was from Paige Poppe in 2017 when she announced her project #100DaysofVideosWithPaigePoppe (intro video linked here). Since then, I have thought about the project each spring but have never felt inspired or called to participate.
Inspiration This year, participating in #The100DayProject wasn’t even on my radar until I watched Elise Joy’s Instagram stories where she was answering questions about the project – documentation, inspiration, and motivation. My first thought was 100 days of lettering because that’s an art form I enjoy and could improve in, but that felt daunting –not only would have to actually letter the daily prompts, but it would also require me to spend time each day selecting a word or phrase, which felt like a second project in of itself. An hour later, inspiration struck while in the shower: #100daysofcreativeclusters. Heavily inspired by Ali of According to Ali (youtube, instagram) with her “clusters not clutter” in her Happy Planner spreads, which I love.
Plan I have an endless supply of journals, notebooks, stickers, washi tape, markers, and pens, so why not combine them all into one? Lord knows I have thousands of Happy Planner stickers and I would love to burn through some. Plus, I think it’ll be fun to flip through the pages of the book for color, texture, and composition inspiration. Today is day 4 and I’m happy with what I’ve created so far! Though I will say that these pages feel more like collages rather than clusters, but it’s fine, totally fine. I like the openness and fluidity of this project and that I can do a 180* flip if things start to feel stale!