Some time ago, I had an idea to count down the 50 days before my 50th birthday with lists. I had a few ideas about what I wanted to share about my life so far, but mostly I just took a moment to think and documented my list. Each day, I posted my 50 lists on Instagram and you can find them by searching the #50until50 hashtag.
If you do check out my lists on Instagram, you might notice that there is a gap in the posting of lists. In March, my Father-in-Law passed away suddenly and I halted my posting and documenting. You might also notice though that I did eventually carry on with my project. He would have been 70 in May.
My motivation for this project were my children. I wanted them to know things about me that I might never have brought up in conversation. One day when they're older, they might find this album, read these lists and perhaps they'll serve as topics of conversation between us. Or not. Who knows, that's the beauty of life.
The Prep Work
The album is from 7gypsies and 99% of the patterned paper comes from my extensive collection of 6x6 My Mind's Eye paper pads.
I was having a tough time thinking of a way to document my lists and finally came up with shipping tags and all the bits and baubles I had from my stint as a Designer with My Mind's Eye and my lovely supply of baker's twine The Twinery, where I am a Senior Designer.
Using the same image I used for each day's list on Instagram, I printed and adhered it to the cover of my album. And I love it. Simple. Perfect.
In no particular order, here are my 50 lists, begun 50 days before my 50th birthday.
I kept the set up of the album pretty simple and uniform with just a 6x6 piece of double-sided patterned cardstock, shipping tags, baker's twine and assorted brads, washi tape, enamel dots, buttons, layered stickers, chipboard and fun felt shapes. It took more time to write all the lists and do the simple decorations to the pages than I thought, but I am really happy to have done the project. And to have finished it. Yay me!
If you like lists, join me in the September 30 Days of Lists class. I'm a sponsor of the September 30 Days of Lists class and would just love to have you join us. You can create your own journal, buy a journal from my shop, use the free digital kit that comes with your Registration packet if you register before September 1st or just post your lists on Facebook or Instagram.
DISCLAIMER | I am an affiliate, as well as a sponsor, of the 30 Days of Lists class and will earn a small affiliate 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.
Search the #50until50 hashtag on Instagram for all my lists.
Find shipping tags and labels here.
Find library check-out cards here.
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