I'm starting The Play Project today. You can play along and start anytime. Details can be found here.
When you start something new, like this project, one way to motivate yourself to follow through is to purchase something: school supplies at the beginning of the school year, a pair of sneakers as you embark on a new exercise routine, a new appliance as you try to eat out less and cook at home more.
I know one of my guidelines is to avoid spending money, but I'm also giving myself the freedom to break my own rules. The only thing I purchased was a Martha Stewart lined journal/notebook from Staples that happened to be on sale. I borrowed an idea from a friend to decorate the entire front and back with washi tape. These are all tapes I already had. Yummy, fun washi tape. Like candy for artists, crafters, and scrapbookers.
Then I used alphabet stamps and ink that I already own. (In full transparency I goofed up the front of the journal so what you see above is actually the back.)
I printed off the file to track the project and stuck it inside the journal. All ready to play!