It’s taken me a while to get round to completing the mini-book I made for the second challenge, but now it’s finally done. One good thing about this style of journaling is that it’s quick and easy to write out the lists while the challenge is going on, however it takes a while at the end to look for, print and stick in the appropriate images. Totally worth it though
This second book is in pretty much exactly the same style as my gratitude book from October. I cut patterned paper into 10 x 10 cm squares, punched holes and bound the whole thing with two bookrings.
For the journaling I cut paper into 1 cm high strips and just wrote out my answers on it, cut them up and glued them in. These are easy to prepare beforehand to speed up the process.
Finished up the cover with some thickers and the word December in marker, which I’m not crazy about, I’d probably do that different another time around.
Decorated the pages opposite the journaling with an (usually) appropriate photo and the prompts written out on washi tape. I’m not soooo pleased with the wider tape as it’s very dominant and I maybe didn’t choose the best tapes to go with the patterned paper, so I think I’ll try and solve that differently if I do this again.
I have to say I’ve enjoyed both rounds of listing very much, but I’m also glad when each project is over and I can move on to new things.
Rounding up September’s 30 Days of Lists. I bound all my pages together with a bookring through one corner. I’m a little worried about the thinner papers though, so I think I may well add a second bookring to the bottom corner, so the pages aren’t carrying all their weight on one end.
This is the first time I’ve made this sort of mini-book, so there was a lot of new stuff for me to explore during this project. Here’s what worked for me during this project.
Preparing in Advance
I managed to stay pretty up to date with my lists, mainly by preparing additional pages and sometimes whole lists in advance when I had the time. For example I’m usually at my boyfriend’s house at the weekend, so I’d write out Saturday and Sunday’s lists in advance and maybe even prepare the basic page for Monday’s page. That made the whole project a lot more relaxed for me, and I think it was one of the main reasons I managed to follow all the way through with it.
Washi Tape & Thickers
I’ve never worked with washi tape or thickers before, so this was a fun first project. I chose two washi tapes that seemed to go well with the overall colour scheme and stuck to one type of thickers in silver and in different colours. I think limiting it to these helped keep the look of the book reasonably coherent and consistent.
White background to pull the pages together
I felt adding a white background to most of the pages pulled them together a lot better than trying to make them work without. There were some exceptions that I felt really worked without a background though too.
Keeping it simple
Though I experimented with some new stuff and used a lot of fancy colours, all in all my process was very simple, so it didn’t really take long to put the pages together. This helped keep me motivated and relaxed about the whole process. I’d stick on the white background (with a few exceptions), added some tape, used the thickers and then wrote my lists. One thing I enjoyed was using the tape as a base to write on, that worked really well for me.
All in all this was a super-fun challenge, a great way to take a snapshot of my current life and I’ll definitely consider going in for another round. I’m pleased with the little book of snapshot memories I’ve gained in this time and I’m happy about having exercised my creativity again.
This month, as part of my October Authentic Challenge I’ve started keeping a gratitude journal again. To beging with I hadn’t been planning to make anything fancy out of it, just keep it as notes in a notebook, but then handling my 30 Days of Lists book again and remembering some pretty paper I have lying around, I thought – why not? So that’s going to be turned into a simple little mini book too Quite different from this one, but I’m loving the process already.
Day 30 // Today I want to remember
- I am loved
- I can be healthy
- To use my creativity more
- To be more grateful
- To choose happiness
- To slow down
- To take care of myself
- To keep warm
- To relax
Whew – and that’s that! It’s over.
I can’t believe I managed to keep up so well with this project and stick it out to the very end. So this is the last page of my 30 Days of Lists. No more list-spam my dear watchers and I’m quite glad to be able to move on to something new, but I really loved this project, and it was a lovely daily boost for my creativity. I’ll definitely consider joining again for the next round. I’m also really pleased with the (almost) finished project and am looking forward to binding the whole thing and calling it done!
I’ll probably have one more 30 Days of Lists related posts where I’ll share my finished mini-book and a roundup of what worked for me while making it.