Where would I be without a good list?
Not here, that’s for sure.
30 Days of Lists was the project I needed back in 2011. I joined “30 day” challenges that I either never finished because I just fell behind or I never finished because I didn’t feel like what I was creating was good enough (and therefore, I wasn’t good enough). So I got some friends together and we hosted the first 30 Days of Lists in March 2011.
30 Days of Lists is the project that is easy to finish because you’re “just making lists” and we never said that you have to list on 30 consecutive days. Sure, we’re releasing one list every day for 30 days, but we don’t expect you to keep up…in fact, we don’t even expect you to use the list prompt we suggest! This project is all about YOU and what you want to make. We celebrate small victories, setting aside time for yourself, and doing what you like.
While #30Lists is the creative journaling challenge for people (yes, people. We have at least one man participate each round!) who LOVE to make lists, I haven’t really listed why I LOVE 30 Days of Lists.
5 Things I Love About 30 Days of Lists
Grocery lists are just the beginning
I love that a writing a list can be more than writing a shopping list, a wish list, or even a to do list. With 30 Days of Lists, we remind Listers that making a list is a form of journaling that may be less stressful to some…like me! When I started scrapbooking, I found it difficult to journal on my layouts. Even just including the basics (who, what, when, where, why) seemed fake sounding and didn’t feel like it fit with the piece. Listing helped me get over my hesitation to journal on my layouts and I want others to feel that way, too.
We include some of the basic types of list prompts…lists describing yourself, listing what you did over the course of a week…but we also include some prompts that encourage Listers to get a little more creative…celebrity crushes, superpowers you wish you had, and your favorite fictional locations. Not all creative projects need to be cut and dry, sometimes a laugh is exactly what the doctor ordered!
It inspires the “I’m not crafty” types to step outside their comfort zones
“I’m not crafty, is this challenge for me?” is a common question we receive when folks find the challenge. The answer is YES. This challenge isn’t medium-specific. We have Listers who use the prompts as daily blog posts, some create images using apps to share their digital lists on Instagram, others create small notebooks to house their lists (with an embellishment or two!). In the past, Amy wrote her lists on her chalkboard wall and took a photo every day so she could get the photos printed out in book form. I made a book from some (heavily filtered, yikes!) Instagram photos, made a book, and wrote on each page with a magic marker.
It’s the non-crafty types who surprise us (and themselves!) as they use the free resources we provide and take the time each day to write out their lists. What if you wrote your lists in the notes section of your phone each day? That would be rad.
It challenges the “I was crafty before Pinterest” types to try new things
I’m one of these types and #30Lists challenges me to try new styles and formats each edition. While I may not be as crafty as the Lister who embroidered her lists (!!!), I do enjoy repurposing paper for mixed paper mini albums and making my own embellishments.
#30Lists is a great project to try out a new technique like calligraphy/hand lettering with watercolors because we give you a basic format, a loose deadline, and you know there’s a finish line! You could test out those new stamps you picked up, or use the photo editing app from your favorite bloggers.
If you blog about a specific type of craft/skill (say, quilting) you could use this opportunity to share other areas of your craftiness. Your followers may not know that you are prolific with copic markers and this gives you an opportunity to share your creations with them as a “one off” type of project.
All those unused supplies get used…real fast
My favorite way to do #30Lists? Make a mini album with the supplies I have on hand and make a mixed-paper mini. I use patterned paper from my stash, grab some chipboard covers that I’ve been hoarding, and hope I have a matching set of binder rings to bind everything together.
This year, I’ll be creating TWO books for my lists…I’ll be using the kit that Kristin put together for the challenge (found here) and a Midori traveler’s notebook. I like that both formats are physical albums for me, but the kit speaks to “classic Kam’s” mixed paper albums and the Midori is challenging me to use my supplies and stay within the lines (a totally arbitrary rule I gave myself).
There’s no wrong way to make a list
Drama with “this isn’t pretty enough” isn’t new to the crafty world. Maybe it’s a little more prevalent now that so many people are sharing their creations on Instagram and we’re bombarded with beautiful projects on Pinterest…but trust me when I say: “this isn’t good enough for us to share with our followers or to fawn over” has been around for a long time. This is totally selfish of me, but another reason why I wanted to create a challenge that celebrated finish the project over celebrating pretty/trendy styles was because my style isn’t trendy or pretty. I was tired of seeing the same styles celebrated and fawned over on challenge blogs so I decided that I wanted to do something else…that’s a big reason why I wanted to collaborate with others on 30 Days of Lists so many styles could be highlighted and explored. Amy and I have very different styles (except when it comes to December Daily, essentially, because we keep choosing the same album to use!) and we encourage our sponsors and ambassadors each challenge to share their lists with Listers by “hosting a daily list.
Now that we started the @30daysoflists Instagram account, you bet we’ll be sharing different styles…lists in different formats, lists from across the globe, lists that may inspire you to try a new style, and lists that make you think. There’s no wrong way to make a list, and we want to keep encouraging you to do your thing.
Registration is now open for the September 2015 edition of 30 Days of Lists.
If you’ve been thinking of trying out the “planner trend,” we have a few different (free) printables on the private blog that will get you started. We’re looking forward to sharing fantastic giveaways, fun tutorials, and the LISTS with you. The private blog is available and being updated regularly with “housekeeping” types of posts to help get Listers ready for September 1st. The private Facebook group is very active as Listers get to know one another, too! Here’s to another awesome edition.