Originally Posted by mommajb
popping in with a newbie question:
When do you ladies usually buy your magazines? Is it better to wait to prepare materials ahead of time or at the start time or ???
I am ready to look ahead for some positives and would love to start collecting (but not opening/peeking).
I start the entire process at the start time or later.
For my first TM, I purchased one or two new magazines from the local health food store and then walked around the shopping center and picked up other "free" magazines and brochures. This particular shopping center has a great travel agency and gorgeous day spa along with the health food store. I looked through a bunch of magazines before deciding which one to buy. Not sure how others choose them sight-unseen. Once home, I looked through everything and casually got some ideas. Suddenly, very concrete ideas started flowing and I got busy painting a corkboard frame and cutting fabric to create my base. Technically, not all my materials were brand new since I used a corkboard that had been tucked away in our home for a few years and I used paint, fabric, thread, push-pins, glue dots, interfacing, pigment pens, etc that I had owned for random amounts of time in addition to images and words I found in the aforementioned magazines, brochures, etc. Not to mention my sewing machine. LOL However, I came up with the ideas and gathered my materials after the start time. It was a VERY effective treasure map!
For my second TM, I didn't purchase a single magazine. I'm not even sure I purchased anything. I used a large piece of watercolor paper, watercolor pencils, watercolor crayons, water brush, and a stencil to create my base map. I added lots of details beyond those with artistic doodles, words and a few pictures. Again, though, I started at or after the start time with my ideas and let the creativity flow. I think we were on vacation when the new moon of Aries began that year and I started the day after we got home. This, also, was a VERY effective treasure map.
For my third TM, I only purchased one thing and that became the entirety of my treasure map. Rather unorthodox, for sure. LOL I went out after the start time and it was extremely challenging to stay focused on the task at hand with all the other demands on my time at that point in my life. I purchased a mirrored word (meant as art decor) and asked DH to help me rearrange some items on and around my desk in our family office. He hung some wood boxes (used as small cabinets AND as shelves) for me and I adhered the mirror-word "Laugh" to the one slightly above the surface of my desk, which happens to line up exactly with my heart chakra. That part was a happy coincidence. This, too, has been a VERY effective treasure map.
Plenty to infer with all this and folks will take away what works for them and leave the rest.