Now that the March 2017 edition of 30 Days of Lists has come to a close, I want to share my lists!
For this edition of 30 Days of Lists, I made a travelers-style notebook (TN) using cardstock and some computer paper. I then made my lists on cardstock (both colored and patterned) and adhered those lists to the notebook. It made the notebook a little chunky toward the end of the challenge. I will need to remember to make my cover a little oversized for the next time I make a notebook for a project.
I used a TN (by I Love It All) as one of my list books in September and really enjoyed the process of using a TN but wanted more practice using the smaller canvas to create my lists. I love that 30 Days of Lists is the perfect challenge to try new techniques and ways of creating. Like I mentioned earlier, I made my own TN this time to give myself a little wiggle room with how I approach the project.
You can see that instead of making my lists directly on the computer paper, I created layouts on cardstock and I added them to the notebook. This was such a good option because I felt like I had more freedom when it came to making the lists instead of making the album with the cardstock pages from the get-go.
I love layering when I am doing any sort of memory keeping, so using a TN that trying to keep it from getting too chunky proved to be a little bit of a challenge for me. I normally include wood veneer and other dimensional embellishments, but I worried that not having a sturdy cover to stand up to the different layers underneath. I was able to get my layering “fix” with cut outs from different patterned papers and washi tape.
Tip: If you love a paper line and want to work with it in smaller formats like TNs, look for 6×6 paper pads. They have the same patterns, but in a smaller size!
You’ll see that I am using the same set of sticker alphas throughout the TN. If you’re looking for a great set, check out Kelly Purkey’s shop. I love the simple font and she does a good job of having plenty of the letters you will probably use the most. Kelly Purkey kits usually have a set of color coordinating alpha stickers in her monthly kits and whenever she has the option to buy sets of them outside of the kit, I try to order a few sets to have a good supply on hand.
I love following people on Instagram who use TNs on a regular basis to see what they are creating in this small space. I tried to vary my layouts throughout the challenge to see what I like the most and what comes more naturally to me. As I’m scrolling through these lists, I can see that I’m very drawn to the same look as when I’m scrapbooking in other sizes: straight lines, grids, small clusters of embellishments.
I did try to do different things (see the grid below) and I already cringe a bit when I look back on them…like list #21. If I was the type of person who would go back and redo a layout, that would be the first one I would tackle. But I’m not, I want that reminder that I tried something different even if it didn’t speak to me in the end.
Toward the end of the month, I started reaching for more Project Life-style cards to add to my layouts, even though I find it difficult to switch up the look of including those cards in a TN. In the set above, I cut down a 4×6 card from a Kelly Purkey kit for #24 and included a Project Life card for #25. There are a few more throughout this project, but I generally trim the cards to remove the rounded corners.
The last list in this challenge isn’t the “official” list prompt from the challenge. I got confused and used a different prompt, but I’m okay with that. Maybe we’ll use it in another challenge.
After using the TN for the month, I think I’m ready to start another project in the same size. I’m thinking maybe an ongoing project about the TV I watch or the screenshots I take on my phone. If you have a suggestion, let me know!