I’m taking my creativity to a whole new level: I’m designing the cover for my newest book about journaling. I guess I could say that this new book is creating a lot of firsts for me in my creative life.
Now I need to let you know that I have had been involved in making the covers for all my novels. For “The Florida Keys Novels” I worked with designers and photographers to get the right photos and design. They were wonderful to work with taking my ideas and theirs to create great book covers.
For the “Camping in High Heels” series, my best friend, Donna Lee Gauntlett, is doing the illustrated covers that I dearly love. She has brought “Kate”, the main character of the series, to life with every illustration she has created. Donna is actually finishing her third illustrated book and I can’t wait to share it with you.
With my newest book about journaling, I decided to give designing my own cover a try. First, I’m using the app Procreate on my iPad Pro. Since I’m creating two different color abstract covers, I can use this app with all its brushes to create unusual designs and color blends. The cover might look a little plain compared to my novels but there’s a reason for this, which I’ll describe in the book and in upcoming posts and videos.
I wanted to share this new adventure with you because maybe it will inspire you do something you’ve been hesitant about trying. Will my cover be perfect? I’m sure there will be some imperfections but they probably won’t show. Maybe the colors won’t resonate with everyone though I’m trying hard to produce two cover colors (the book inside will be the same in both) that will appeal to both women and men. There is also the task of choosing the right font. There are many things to think about but I’m going to do my best, putting it out there for the world. I can’t wait to share this book with everyone. Those that already journal, I hope you love it. For those that don’t, maybe this book will be a catalyst to start documenting your story.
If you can, try something new this weekend. And don’t worry if it isn’t your best. Just the fact that you did something new or out of your comfort zone will build your confidence and maybe you’ll have a bit or a lot of fun!