So, I am still working away on my 30 Days of Lists mini album.
I am away this week on a little vacation with my hubby, but wanted to post these photos. I apologize for the less than stellar lighting of these shots but that's what I get for posting on the go...
Still enjoying this little listing project. I write lists for nearly everything I do, so this book of lists is perfect for me.
I am a little behind on posting these pages of my mini album. Hoping to get caught up before the last day of the month!
Are you a lister?
So, I am embarking on yet another project for the year called 52 Lists.
Of course, I had to buy a new journal for this project. This one fit all my criteria nicely. Raw chipboard cover with great but simple design on the front and an elastic closure, antiqued interior pages with the old school red and blue lines, spiraled at the top for easy folding over when writing...
And of course, it also meant buying a new pen. This one is so lovely. The Seven Year pen that I had heard people rave about but had never tried from myself until now. I am truly impressed and it has quickly become my favourite pen. It is the most lovely dark teal blue with a peacock feather adorning the clip. And it writes very smoothly while laying down black ink. I'm hooked...
I had intended to begin this project at the beginning of the year, but alas, I had too many other projects to start up, so the 52 Lists project was put on the back burner. But now, with my new notebook and pen, I am busy playing catch up with these lists.
As well, I am continuing with the 30 Lists project for March, which I am enjoying very much. This project will be completed soon and then I will have more of that mini album to share.
Can you tell I am a lister?
We know we are blessed to be able to do this. It is a stage in our lives that we are embracing and enjoying. Our favourite place to unwind and talk for hours is this little pizza place.
We both like to explore. So we often head off in an undetermined direction and just wander. Sometimes we end up in familiar places. Sometimes we discover something new. This time, we marveled at the signs of spring. The water is flowing again and the snow is receding.
We can enjoy a calm Sunday morning brunch of chai lattes and frittata made of fresh local ingredients. And we can soak in the moment for as long as we need.
And when the day has been snowy and far too chilly to explore, we can wait until the evening to take a brisk walk around our little block. It is here that we can marvel at the mountains and the trees without obligation to call us back.
Our weather has not been so nice yet this spring and I am still needing some warmth. Hovering somewhere around -10C means still dressing in layers and keeping warm around my neck.
Having had some success with my first cowl that I knit earlier this winter, I decided to try my hand at it again. I found myself missing the soothing clickety-clack of the needles as I sit by the fire in the evenings. I am one of those people that has to be doing something all the time... and often multi-tasking at any given moment. Watching TV is not one of my pasttimes, however, on chilly evenings I just want to sit close to the fire with my husband and he is often watching TV. So, I like to keep my mind and hands busy while sitting with him.
I tend toward natural fibres in my clothing and so the yarns that I chose also reflect that. My winter cowl is made out of 100% wool and I love it. However, I am overheating a bit in our current temperatures if I wear it. So, I decided this time I would make one of 100% cotton and in lighter colours of cream and pink. I am hoping that this one will be just warm enough for the transition to spring.
Do you have a favourite article of clothing that gets you through to springtime?
I got myself a little behind due to the prompt strips. I have been cutting the words with my Cameo in batches since the process of typing, converting to .png and then to a cut file is time-consuming and I have limited time each night. But these ones are now complete...
Are you participating in this little 30 Lists project?
If so, let me know. I would love to link up with you...
The nice lady that I work with had made some fabulous rice pudding for my family, topped with a huge mound of whipped cream and cinnamon! She just brought it to work on Friday and gave it to me.
When I brought back her container (wrapped in a towel even to keep it warm) on Monday, I had forgotten the thank you card. I figured that I would just whip up something for her at work. I had no inks or stamps or anything, but I did find some nice sturdy paper and coloured markers. So I set to work...
I am completely inspired by Maggie Holmes' Crate Paper line lately. I love the bold, yet feminine colour scheme. And she has some super cute embellishments too! With this in mind, I set out to make my card. Each of the elements of this card I did by hand. I drew them all, coloured them with markers, and then cut them out.
Using layers, I tried to give the impression of depth and texture (since there was no chipboard or resin flowers around).
In the end, I like how it turned out. I can't say I'll be doing all my cards by hand like this, but it sure did the trick for the pinch I was in...
We laced up our running shoes and headed off down the streets in our neighbourhood. We both have been hitting the treadmill already but longing for the rhythmic sound of our feet pattering side by side on the concrete and the spring wind on our faces.
I have been trying to tempt the weather here for a few weeks now, but just when I decide it is starting to get to a reasonable outdoor temperature, it swings low again, or dumps a fresh lot of snow on us. Last weekend we got about 6 inches of fresh snow and have been waiting until now to have clear enough sidewalks to run without the risk of injury.
We still had to hurdle several puddles and mounds of snow. A few times we even ended up running down the center of the street because the sidewalks were completely under water.
But not once did we turn back.
The sun was on our face. We found our rhythm. We let the wind blow our hair. We felt the freedom. And we pushed our limits just enough to remind our bodies of what we were capable of in the fall before the snow drove us indoors.
Looking at the forecast in the next few days means we may be restricted to the indoor treadmill again for a time.
But it doesn't matter.
Now we remember how good it feels.
Now we know spring is on its way.
Now we will get out at the next possible chance...
I am taking more of a monthly approach to this project and so far I am enjoying it. It takes a lot of the pressure off to have something complete every week. This way, I simply add photos as they seem important and when the end of the month comes, whatever I have is what I go with.
Here, I started with a title cut from my Silhouette Cameo and calendar pages for each week of the month that I rip out of my daily planner.
I am loving the little cards that I can make from the Collect Photo App. I simply download them from my phone and print them through Photoshop on my computer. I am sizing them to about 2x3 and putting them in a baseball card page protector. I ended up using two of these pages this month.
I have the two baseball protector pages sandwiched between two full 12x12 protector pages. This is the opening page for my month...
And this is the closing page for my month. As you can see, I have used a lot of pink this month in honour of Valentine's Day.
Here is the two-page spread side-by-side...
I tried out a few new things this month that I had quite a lot of fun with. One is stamping with gold pigment ink right on top of my photos. Such a fun way of adding sparkle (even though it only looks yellow here) and some interest too.
Some little gold letters on the bottom here too that say, 'love, love, love'... We are so excited to be entered in the Color run coming to our city this summer.
Here is a photo of the Collect app as it looks with my entire month's worth of photos...
This pocket in my baseball card protector page somehow does not have the bottom sealed, so I used this opportunity to use a full shipping tag here and slipped it through so that it is in both pockets at once...
And here is another tag + stamp + gold ink...
Finally, one last stamp with gold ink on a subtle pink patterned background.
February is now complete, and March is in progress...