For those who follow me on Instagram, you’ve already gotten peaks at a bunch of the layouts I’ve made for this project so far. So I thought I’d take this opportunity to dig a little deeper into each page and lay out what went into making each of my lists.
First thing first, I had to make a title page. I have never made a mini album before, and honestly blank sheets of white paper just scare me, so I took inspiration from this picture to get the ball rolling for myself. I decided on a black, white and pink color scheme for this album, to make things fun and cohesive as you flip through my lists.
First thing I did was layer some washi tape across the blank page, cutting the ends of each strip of washi into a pennant edge. I alternated pink and gold washi, with varying patterns of pink. I then added a half circle label to back my date stickers. I finished things off with my “30 Days of Lists” title in both white thickers and my DIY alphas. Once I got the ball rolling, it really was super easy, I just hate that intimidating blank page you have to start with!
The prompt for day one was to list a few things about myself. I knew I wanted to use that black and gold shipping tag, so I kind of planned the rest of the layout around that. I printed out some more DIY alphas to write out the prompt title, and used a small square label to back the #1 (since it was day one…).
The next thing I had to incorporate was my actual list. Turns out I didn’t leave myself a ton of room to work this part in (oops) so it took me a little bit to figure out what I was going to do. I finally settled on cutting out some pink circles, which would each end up holding two bullets from my list. I staggered the pink circles down the right side of the page, letting each one fall off the page a little to give myself more room to work with, and wrote in my list. The circles still seemed a bit bare to me, so I took a gold marker and drew a dotted border around the inside of each circle to finish it off.
Day 1: A Few Things About Myself
- This is my first 30 lists
- My 2 girls are my entire world
- I am so in love with our new apartment
- I adore being creative and creating
- I’m a bit of a stuff hoarder
- I love anything that has been miniaturized
Ok on to day two. I really liked the prompt of “things I’m good at” because I am definitely my own worst critic, and don’t give myself nearly enough credit for my personal strengths. So this layout was my crafty version of a pat on the back to myself.
To make this page, I started with the idea that I knew I wanted to stamp numbers down the page to make my list. I find this technique works really well for me. I find the one thing I know I want to do, then plan around it and go from there. I also really wanted to alternate colors, and since I don’t have any gold ink (boo) I settled on black and pink.
So once I knew I’d be stamping the numbers, I had to find a way to write in my prompt title and incorporate some gold. I landed on sticking a label across the top, writing the prompt in gold ink, and embellishing with the ‘be wonderful’ chipboard banner from a Project Life Studio Calico kit. I finished off this layout by adding in matching big and little gray striped stars, and plopping a pink enamel dot in the center of each. Then I finished my layout, and realized I didn’t leave any room for the day number *smacks forehead*. So I just wrote it up the side of the page on the left in a scripty font and called it done.
Day 2: Things I’m Good At
- Being Mom to my munchkin
- Planning and organizing
- Keeping records
- Collecting all the things
- Papercrafting & drawing
Day three’s prompt was “I am looking forward to…”. I took this prompt as an opportunity to really stretch into the future, and record some of the things I plan to accomplish in my life. A lot of my goals are pretty run of the mill, but it was really fun to get them down on paper, kind of makes it official!
I started this page with the idea that I wanted my list items to each be written onto a cloud. Since these are my dreams in life, I thought it was fitting, if not a little cliche. So I jumped onto my Silhouette Studio software, and whipped up some cute thought bubble clouds to cut out on some gold and cream striped paper. Once the clouds were cut out, I wrote a goal onto each and scattered them around the border of the page.
The net thing I had to figure out was how to include the prompt title. I settled on stamping the title onto a light pink label, and slapping it in the middle of my clouds. I then added in the little dots leading from the title to each cloud, and let me tell you, those teeny tiny circles were a real b**** to get on the page… will not be doing that again. I finished things off with some gold rub-on stars, two tiny 3D crystal stars, and the day number three backed by some gold washi. Boom.
Day 3: I Am Looking Forward To…
- Getting married
- Buying a house
- Having a baby
- Running my own business
- Making new friends
The prompt for day four was “today’s playlist”, or how I saw it “songs that I will blast in the car when they come on the radio”. My alternate title was too long to fit on the page, so I just went with the original ;).
My starting point for this page was using tiny music notes as the bullets for my list. I cut the notes out using my Silhouette, then staggered them down the left of the page. I used some DIY alphas to spell out the title, then outlined the words with my gold marker. Finally I added a gold chipboard heart embellishment to give the page a little dimension.
I wasn’t really feeling this page from the beginning, so rather than force it and waste materials, I just decided to let it be what it was. Which was pretty simple. After all, the whole project was about writing lists, and my page accomplished that, so I consider it a win in my book.
Day 4: Today’s Playlist
- Rude by Magic!
- Turn Down for What by DJ Snake & Lil’ John
- Shower by Becky G
- This Is How We Roll by Florida Georgia Line
- Wiggle by Jason Derulo
And the last page I have to share with you today is day five, which was prompted ‘weekend goals’. I knew I wanted to do a more condensed list, with check boxes as the bullets just like I use for my regular to-do lists.
First thing I added to the page was a piece of gold doily to back my title. I then added in the title on top, using my DIY alphas. I was originally going to use all pink letters for the title, but I was too lazy to cut out more once I realized I was all out of a few letters, so I just mixed in some from a different font. I kind of like the miss-matched look it has going on.
I wrote in my list for the day, and gave myself a gold check mark for each. Hopefully this will motivate me to actually check off these goals this weekend! Finally, I added in the day 5 at the bottom, with the same letters I used for parts of my title.
Day 5: Weekend Goals
- Spend time with my two girls
- Finish PL week 7 spread
- Hang something on the walls
- Make memories & take pictures
- Lots of blog stuff
And that finishes up the first five days of my 30 Days of Lists project! I am having so much fun making a new tiny page each day, and love that I will have this mini album in the future to describe what my life is like right now.
If you’d like to start your own 30 lists, you can get a complete list of the prompts I’m following here or you can choose from the other past sets of prompts here. I can’t wait to complete all of them! There is also a new set of prompts released every six months, the next of which will begin in September, so it’s a perfect time to jump on this awesome bandwagon! If you do decide to follow along, make sure to tag your spreads with #30lists on social media so we can all see what you create!
This post is not sponsored by, or affiliated with, the ingenious women behind 30 Days of Lists. I’m just a huge fan who loves a good list!
Did you like this post? You can check out all of my #30lists pages right here.