Tips for Preparing for 30 Days of Lists – December Edition
The December edition is fast approaching and I want to share some tips for preparing for the creative journaling challenge to help you decide to jump into this awesome project. If you haven’t registered for 30 Days of Lists, you can do so here for only $9.
As somebody who likes to plan ahead before starting a project, I want to share some tips on how you can prepare for the project once you register. December 1st is fast approaching and it’s a good idea to spend your down time between then and now preparing so you don’t feel overwhelmed on the first.
For starters, the first thing you will want to do is decide how you house your lists for December.
You may not have the time or desire to create a whole 12×12 scrapbook during December, which is totally reasonable! What I love this project is that there are so many ways to approach it…and Listers are not shy sharing the different ways they tackle their lists.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Use that notebook or journal you bought years ago but could never bring yourself to use. This project is all about you and your story, so use that cute notebook already!
- Make a small scrapbook using your stash of paper and embellishments. I love using this project as a “scrap buster” to use up some of my favorite pieces collected over the year. Not only can this project be a reflection of your ‘right now’ story, it can be a reflection of your favorite papers and embellishments that you’re hoarding right now.
- Go digital by creating your lists using a fun photo-editing app. We know many Listers connect with us via tablets and we think it’s a good opportunity to use those incredible apps available at your fingertips to create you lists and keep them all in one place…your computer!
- Keep it simple and write your lists on a sticky note each day. We’re totally serious with this one.
- Use this as a way to blog each day of December. The daily list prompts can help spark a new blog post and the added benefit of getting you into the habit of blogging daily or weekly is a great way to end 2016.
- Go above and beyond and doodle your lists, try painting your lists, or even embroider your lists (yes, a stitch-happy Lister do this once!). 30 Days of Lists is a great opportunity to try your hand at a style you want to try (think art journaling!) and want a way to test the waters with a supportive community at your back.
There are so many options and we see new styles each challenge. Deciding on how you want to list and gathering your supplies now will help you dive into your lists come December 1st.
Our (super awesome) Ambassadors have some ways to help you prepare for your challenge, too:
- 5 tips for #30Lists success by Kristin T.
- Read about how Monika decorated her #30Lists journal
- A look at Vanessa’s journal from last December’s #30Lists
- Allie put together a super cute Dear Santa digital kit if you’re a hybrid or digital Lister looking for a fresh kit to use
- Megan’s biggest piece of advice? Prep ahead of time…and use pocket pages!
- Kristin A. reminds us that journals and journaling are mini-memoirs and a great way to document your story
One question we get each year is: are the lists holiday-related?
The answer is: The lists are not specifically holiday-themed, but we try to include list prompts where you could include your favorite holiday traditions, what you eat during your holiday meals, the songs you listen to, and more. We do have list prompts that ask you to reflect back on the year and consider your future. We have an international audience and want to do our best to include the beliefs, ambitions, and desires of our Listers.