I have to admit that I’ve been feeling very indifferent toward my One Little Word® binder for the past few months.
I wasn’t in love with the assignments. I got caught up with other projects. Excuses. Justifications. All of it.
Put then I saw people on Instagram using an app called Collect to share some Instax-looking photos. And then Persnickety Prints sent an email reminding me that they partnered with the folks from Collect app to make printing the 3×4 images super simple. It was just the little push I needed to get my butt in gear and working on documenting my efforts to make FINISH a part of my life this year.
The Collect app was designed specifically to help folks get through Project 365 — taking at least one photo each day for one year. It’s a popular challenge (I’ve tried it a few times and it never seemed to stick!) and an app like this seems to be a popular way to keep your photos organized. It’s super simple to use, it sends me a reminder at 10:00 a.m. everyday to remind me to take a photo, and I can select what design I want the text to look like. For more, check out their site.
A recent assignment from Ali Edwards’ One Little Word® workshop was to make your word visible. I stuck with a format where my photos filled in the blank: To finish is to: ____
I rearranged my binder so the photos would face the collage I made for another assignment. Ordering the prints from Persnikety Prints was super easy and they’re already trimmed down to size (instead of me taking the time to put 2 images on a 4×6 background to have printed and then trimming them myself) which is awesome. Because the baseball card page protectors (similar here) I’m using are slightly smaller than 3×4, I had to trim the edges a bit but really tried to keep some of the white border around each photo.
To finish is to:
- be an adult (submitting my business and personal taxes)
- show self-love (coming home after a quick run)
- show love for another (bridal shower favors)
- accept the challenge (specifically, #letsgetlunchy with Laura from Mac Girls Adventures)
- say “yes” to opportunities (at the Honda Fit Press Event)
- mark time (my Project Life™ binders and my NYC mini-album)
- prove myself wrong (jumping into a foam pit at the trampoline gym)
- make space for more (the sheets I created for myself to organize my Project Life™ layouts)
Like I mentioned, the collage (Vision Board to some) to the right was something I created in lieu of another assignment I just wasn’t feeling at the time. I really liked this assignment last year and wanted to have a similar visual for this year. I used a regular 8.5×11 page protector this time instead of using a baseball card sleeve so I didn’t need to worry about the placement of the words or other embellishments. The images/words come from Sunset Magazine and Yoga Journal. I don’t have many print subscriptions but these two proved to be fantastic resources for exactly what I needed.
I’m slowly working to complete 2013’s assignments but I am considering doing the same thing I did with the Collect app images for 2014 to substitute for an assignment from last year. Some of the assignments aren’t my favorite, which is to be expected, so I’m going to do what I do for 30 Days of Lists — make it my own.
Have you used the Collect app?
What are you finishing this month?