Ok so apparently it is just physically impossible for me to stay up-to-date with any given project. I’ve just come to accept that as fact. So remember when I started the 30 Days of Lists challenge? Basically I was supposed to write 30 lists in 30 days. I started at the beginning of August. And I’m only just finishing and sharing days 11-15. So basically I’m going on 15 lists in about 100 days so far. Oh well, I’ll still have a pretty mini album full of fun lists once I finally finish up! So are you ready to see my lists?
I kept the pink, black and gold theme going with these pages, but honestly I tried to hurry things up a little. I have found that I can spend way to much time on my crafty projects, and so they never get completed. And I am just as happy when I rush a little, and go with my gut for decision making. I find that I enjoy my projects more when I just go with the first thing that pops in my head. There’s a lot less doubt and second guessing that what I’m doing won’t turn out perfect. Because I’m not expecting perfection from myself. I’m just enjoying an awesome craft. Some things turn out a little messier and less polished, but overall I’m happy with what I’ve created.
I started this list by stamping out my bullet points using a tiny arrow stamp. I added half of a fancy label to the top of my page for the title, and a second basic label to include the day number. I finished off this page by sticking on a chipboard embellishment in my album’s colors to give the page a little dimension.
When deciding what to include on my list, I took two different approaches. One was to remember some of the best date nights Melissa and I have had, and include those. The other was to also include ideas we’ve discussed wanting to try, but haven’t gotten around to making happen yet. So this list is a mish-mash of memories from dates past, and dreams for dates future.
Day 11: Date Night Ideas
- Trip to IKEA
- Movie on air mattress
- Wine on the balcony
- Board game night
- Walk around inner harbor
For this page, I used alpha stickers to list out the days of the week’s initials along the top of my page. I then used a gold marker to mark off certain days when we usually did things (weekly rituals). This prompt was a little hard for me, because I couldn’t really think of any real weekly rituals we had. So I just sort of mapped out a typical week, and included things that tended to happen weekly.
Day 12: Weekly Rituals
- Starbucks treat (Saturday or Sunday)
- Blog posts published (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
- Errands (Saturday and Sunday)
- Melissa work (Tuesday to Thursday
- No alarm (Saturday and Sunday)
I had a lot of fun with this page. I had seen this technique for stamping a repeating background a couple times before (and included it in a tutorials round-up here). Since this list was about DIYs I wanted to try, I thought the “made by” stamp was appropriate. I always love when most of the repeating pattern is one basic color (like black or grey) and then one single repetition is a bright fun color (I chose pink). I just think it adds so much fun!
I also stamped a pink banner to hold my title and day number. I then cut up a 3×4 journaling card to make a spot for my list. Looking back I wish I had picked a different card, because I feel the two different pinks clash rather than compliment each other. But oh well, live and learn! I’ll also have to work on keeping my repeating stamps a little straighter in the future :p.
Day 13: DIYs I Want to Try
- Closet office (done! see it here)
- Chalkboard paint
- Build a site from scratch
- DIY cleaning products
- Face mask recipes
This is probably my favorite page out of the bunch. Both for the sentiment, and the aesthetics. The prompt was “things I love about ___” and I decided to dedicate this list to a few of the things I love about Melissa. I kept the title a simple cursive, and added a single fancy label to the center of the page to hold my list. Then I just wrote in my list of adjectives, separating each with a bullet. I just love the simplicity of this page.
Day 14: Things I Love About [Her]
Finally, day 15. In this case, last also implies least. This is one of the layouts where I went with my gut, followed an idea, and it just did not deliver. At all. I probably would have redone this page if that wouldn’t also have meant throwing out my day 14 list on the opposite side of this page. I tried to salvage it a couple of times, but I don’t think it was ever going to work. I also wasn’t a fan of the prompt to begin with, which is why my ‘shopping list’ is kind of short and random. So I just decided to take it for what it is, a fail, and move on.
Day 15: Shopping List
- Toothbrush & toothpaste
- Planner stamps
- Daily planner
And that wraps up days 11 through 15 of my 30 Days of Lists mini album! I’m excited I’ve jumped back in on this project. Even though I won’t even be close to finishing this little album in the originally planned 30 days, I’m still excited to have this collection of lists that provides a snapshot into my life as it is right now.
Are you catching up on any forgotten projects recently? Anyone else having to accept a project fail? It’s not easy, but I believe it makes us better crafters in the long run!
If you like the 30 Lists project, you can see all the other pages of this mini album right here.