One thing I’ve learned about myself over years of memory keeping is that I’m a batch scrapbooker. I’m much better at spending a big chunk of time once a week going through photos, and another chunk doing some embellishing, and yet another chunk writing journaling, than I am spending short chunks of time going through the whole process daily. So I know that, for me to be successful at a daily project, I’ve got to put the work in ahead of time so that I’m only doing one part of the process daily.
I kept this in mind as I started planning for 30 Days of Lists December 2013. #30Lists is a really simple project. The concept: not everyone can make a scrapbook or art journal page every day, but everyone can take 5 minutes to journal a list to get their story down. But here’s the thing, I like lists to be pretty. I like adding them to my suite of memory keeping. There’s no wrong way to list, and of course I could keep them in a plain journal and the memories would be the same, but that’s not what makes my heart sing. I can take 5 minutes out of my day to journal a simple list to tell my story, but I’m a lot less likely to be motivated to do it every day if I know it means getting out scissors and glue and thumbing through embellishments.
My solution? I’m repeating what I did for September 2013 #30 Days of Lists because it worked so well: Cut down Project Life Design F page protectors + simple cards. So all I’ll have to do each day is, slip out a card, write down the list title and my list, and slip it back in!
For each list, I made numbered cards in a fun non-traditional Christmas color scheme, and I absolutely love them. I’m planning on typing each list title on the number cards with my typewriter, and I’ll write my lists directly on some of them too. These cards are available free on the 30 Days of Lists December 2013 private blog, both in individual .jpg and printable letter-sized form.
To save paper, I cut white cardstock down to 4×6 and printed two cards on each sheet by combining them in Photoshop. That way is more time consuming, but it’s cheaper! Another good option for the cards, if you don’t want to mess with cutting at all, is Persnickety Prints Project Life 3×4 prints. (Heads up: the cards aren’t actually 3×4–they’re Project Life sized at 2.875 inches by 4 inches.)
For the lists themselves, I added cards from the Seafoam Project Life kit with plenty of room for words. The neutral colors are a must paired with the bright numbers cards, and asterisks become snowflakes on winter pages, right?
To use fewer Project Life cards, I tried to situate them so I could use the front AND back as much as possible.
These pages are going to be used as inserts between my Project Life weekly spreads, so I planned accordingly. Luckily I start my weeks on Sunday, and the first day of the month is on a Sunday! So each protector has 7 number cards: three on the front, and 4 on the back.
To add in a little pattern, I stash busted with an old 6×6 paper pad: Eskimo Kisses by Basic Grey.
Even though it’s 30 Days of lists, I had room, so I went ahead and added a #31. For this list, I’ll use one of the past lists (which are available as self-paced classes). I might even add more lists from past challenges on the back of this insert!
I can’t wait to get started! December is going to be the best memory keeping month ever.
Have you signed up for 30 Days of Lists? How are you listing?