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8.25.2015

30 Days of Lists Blog Hop | September 2015

8.25.2015  at 8:00 AM
Today, a bunch of us list nerds are sharing our take on journal prompts from the 30 Days of Lists March 2011 class, which you can find for free here. Since I am using a mini book that's already spiral bound, I had to get creative in finding a way to add a page to my journal.

#30lists #30 Days of Lists #lists #tutorial #journal #spiral notebook

I've shared this tutorial before, but find more in-depth photos in my blog post here, which was also featured on the private 30 Days of Lists blog as well. And if you don't have a Bind-It-All, but still want to add pages to a spiral bound notebook, there's even a tutorial on how to do that!

#tutorial #Bind It All # journal #lists

Now on to the list. I chose to journal about what I was looking forward to.

In the last 21 days, I have made 6 trips to the Pediatrician's office for one reason or another: 3 sick child appointments, 1 annual check up appointment and 2 visits to secure medical records for the oldest who had all his original documents stolen during a break in and the only way to get his Social Security card replaced was for the Doctor to confirm his identity. Yeah, lots of fun here.

MY LIST SET UP

#list #journal #30lists #notebook #scrapbooking #scrapbook #mini album

On the bright side, I'm thinking that now I have all my visits in for the rest of the year and we won't need to go back. What to you think?


WANT TO KNOW MORE AND JOIN THE FUN?
Join the fun and list along with us in September. There's a private blog, free downloads and a Facebook group. I'll be sharing my lists here on the blog, on Instagram and Facebook.


DISCLAIMER | I am an affiliate of the 30 Days of Lists class and will earn a small fee if you use any of my links to purchase the class. As you can see by the number of times I've taken classes, I believe in this adventure and think you will enjoy it, too.


COMMENT TO WIN
Leave a comment sharing which pattern of the Travelers Notebooks you'd like to win and I'll choose one person on Thursday and ship it out so that it will get to you by September to use for the class!

MORE LINKS
Similar 30 Lists mini albums are here.
Read more of my 30 Days of Lists postsincluding past classes I've taken.

#art #prints #etsy #journals #mini album

Thanks for stopping in!

8.24.2015

using washi tape to achieve a big effect

8.24.2015  at 8:00 AM
Last week, I shared how I use items from my scrap bin to decorate pages for my 30 Days of Lists journals. Today, I'd like to share how a simple strip of washi tape can be used in small doses to achieve a big effect.



USING WASHI TAPE TO ACHIEVE A BIG EFFECT

On the cover of the journal I'll be using, see below, I used washi tape to embellish the white cardstock and to also attach the metal rimmed tag to the card as well. In my opinion, a little bit of washi just makes everything better. 


Here's another example of how a tag, some washi tape and my favorite foam Thickers really helps to pulls together colors and a certain feel for your pages.


I don't have much skinny washi tape, but it is fun. I felt that the black would draw your eye to the title of this list prompt since there is just so much going on between the numbered journaling card on the left and the pattern of the next list under the square title page on the right. 

What do you think?


Layers add another dimension to your page design and washi tape lends a layer without adding any bulk.


I knew my journaling for this prompt would take more than just the front of my Project Life journaling card, so I added a strip of washi tape that allows the reader to flip up the card and continue reading the story on the back. Often times, I don't particularly make a list of the list prompt, rather I use it as a jump start for a more lengthy reflection on the topic.


When I added the gold sparkly washi tape to this page, I held on to the triangular shapes left over from where I cut into the tape to make a pennant banner...


...and added them to the bottom of the page to notate that this was list 14.


What are your favorite ways to use washi tape? Leave a comment below and I'll choose one person to win a set of metal rimmed journaling tags. Sorry, this giveaway is open to US shipping addresses only.

JOIN THE FUN
Join the fun and list along with us in September. There's a private blog, free downloads and a Facebook group. I'll be sharing my lists here on the blog, on Instagram and Facebook...find the links to my profiles at the bottom of this post.




MORE LINKS
Similar 30 Lists mini albums are here.
Read more of my 30 Days of Lists postsincluding past classes I've taken.

DISCLAIMER | I am an affiliate of the 30 Days of Lists class and will earn a small fee if you use any of my links to purchase the class. As you can see by the number of times I've taken classes, I believe in this adventure and think you will enjoy it, too.


Thanks for stopping in!

8.20.2015

how i use my gratitude journal

8.20.2015  at 8:00 AM

Have you ever kept a gratitude journal? I began documenting my thankful thoughts back in 2010 and shared the journal I was using in a blog post. And then people began pinning the Gratitude Journal to Pinterest and asking where they could find one like the one I was using, because they wanted to buy one.

And that's how it all began.


Wondering what it's all about? There have been many studies on the benefits of keeping a Gratitude Journal, like this one.

And from personal experience, one those days that I stop and take just a moment or two to reflect upon my day, I realize that even though overall my day may have been "one of those days" in reality, there were so many other moments, not matter how small they were, that I had to be grateful and thankful for.

The Gratitude Journal is definitely one of my most purchased items and one of my top sellers. It's also among my most pinned blog post projects. And that customers browsing Etsy also pin the journal  directly from the shop listing, well, I'm just very humbled and thankful and yes, grateful.



ON NOT GIVING UP

I've not always been faithful to my journal. Frankly, in 2010, I sort of gave up on it all together toward the end of the year. 2010 was a tough year for me and instead of turning to journaling to focus on the good, I went in the opposite direction and just put it aside. In retrospect, totally not the right thing to do, journaling it all would have helped me to release some of my anxiety about the whole situation and perhaps help me to cope better.

That didn't stop me from making another journal to document my grateful thoughts for 2011. And I journaled. I'm a creature of habit and hate to give up on anything. It takes me a long time to just give up on something. Or some one. 

If you're someone who thinks that they just won't be faithful and won't keep up...
read on.

WHAT WORKS FOR ME

What I found works best for me is to journal when I can.
No pressure.
I'm over feeling the guilt for not writing in my journal every.single.day. 
I don't want to take the joy out of something that's supposed to bring me joy. 

Sometimes, I journal every day. 
Some weeks, I don't journal at all for weeks and weeks. 
And then there are the days I cheat. Yes, you heard me. I cheat by going back through my photo stream on my computer. Looking at our family photos helps me to remember moments and how I was feeling that day. It helps to jog my memory just enough so that I can journal the thankful thoughts that come to my mind when looking back on our photos.

It might work for you. If you happen to fall behind on a few days or neglect your journaling for weeks, don't give up on it, don't. Take the opportunity to jump right back in today and don't look back. 

JOURNALING OPTIONS

2016 journals will begin appearing in the shop soon!


Use the code JOURNALIT for 20% off your order now through September 30, 2015.  


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