2017 Crafty Goals

Monday, January 16, 2017

So I kind of lost interest in Project Life last summer... and I haven't finished anything past May. The problem is, I absolutely LOVE the finished product of Project Life. I love looking back through all the fun little things we do. I feel like those little moments are lost when I don't do Project Life.

So what's a girl to do?

Right now I think I'm going to use the Project Life app to finish monthly layouts for 2016. I'll have them printed as 12x12's (maybe from Persnickety Prints? I'm open to suggestions!) and then add them to my scrapbook album. I may embellish them when I get the prints... since I haven't tried this before, I don't know how that will look and if it's possible. I'm really liking this idea because I could also do some 12x12's and have more freedom to place them anywhere in the album.

If I like the app, I may do a page for each week in 2017 (1 page usually, but possibly a double page layout if needed). Again, the freedom to be able to add in 12x12's wherever I want is very appealing.

I want to keep the daily aspect of my scrapbooking pretty simple and have more time to work on some project albums. I want to get going on some Disney pages, camping mini album, and more 12x12s. I want to do some monthly challenges at Paper Issues and use more sketches from Simple Scrapper.

I'd like to make more cards next year and use my stamps and inks more. I recently channeled my inner Jennifer McGuire and organized my stamps (LOVE!!!)

I'd also like to knit or crochet something (maybe I'll finish that blanket that's been sitting beside the couch for 5 years - oops!)

What are your crafty goals for 2017?

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One Little Word

Thursday, January 12, 2017

I've been thinking about my One Little Word (OLW) for a couple of weeks and am going with (re)focus. Without going into too many details, I feel like I need to refocus on some things I've let slide. I need to focus my energy on my days off and be productive. I need to focus on what I actually want to accomplish instead of wasting time online. I need to focus on healthy habits for myself.

I'm not taking Ali Edwards' class because I never seem to keep up with it. I don't feel the need to make an album about my OLW but want to keep it visible. I printed out this picture and put it in my Happy Planner so I'll see it every day.

What's your One Little Word this year? How do you keep it in mind throughout the year?

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How to Get More Reading Done

Thursday, January 5, 2017

So I actually surpassed my reading goal of 30 in 2016! For 2017 I've set a goal of 48 (4 per month). I think it's doable, but it will stretch me a little bit and force me to be more consistent. I read all the time when I was younger but quit reading for pleasure sometime in pharmacy school. I had enough to read during school! It's taken me years to get back into a reading routine and I'm so glad I finally got back into it.

I thought it might be helpful if I shared how I've made reading a part of my life and where I get all these books!

How to get more reading done:

1. read on your lunch break *this one is huge for me - and it stops the endless Facebook/Instagram scroll that I would normally do*
2. read before bed *I don't always do this, but I'm always glad when I do*
3. read while drinking coffee/tea in the morning
4. read when you're in the carpool line/Starbucks line/whatever line
5. keep a list of books you want to read so you aren't scrambling to find your next book *I use Goodreads for this*
6. give yourself permission to quit reading a book if you don't like it
7. keep your Kindle/current paperback in your purse so you always have it with you
8. be part of a reading community (Goodreads, a Facebook group, neighborhood Book Club)
9. audiobooks on your commute or while crafting, cleaning, exercising
10. ask friends for book recommendations

Where do I find all of these books?

I'm a big fan of Anne Bogel, aka Modern Mrs. Darcy. This year she put together 2 fun reading challenge lists, she has a podcast called What Should I Read Next? where she interviews people and performed literary matchmaking, and she has a daily Kindle deals email. I'll be honest y'all - this daily email is dangerous. Best selling books for $2 and $3?! If it's a great deal, I sometimes buy the book. Other times, I search for it as a library eBook (see below!)

My favorite way to get books is for free! I downloaded the Overdrive app and signed in with my local library card. I can borrow Kindle books for 2-3 weeks (it's set by the publisher/library). You can put a hold on a book and it will email you when it's ready for you to check out. I've found 2 downsides to this method - (1) you can't always get the book you want when you want it (2) the book won't be readable anymore after the expiration date... so if you won't be done in time, you have to put your kindle on airplane mode. I didn't realize the date was coming up (even though I got an email reminding me!!) and only got through 80% of a book. I immediately put another hold on it, but had to wait 2 months to read the other 20%!!

I pin things to my board called The Library on Pinterest too! I have book lists and more pinned there.

This year, I tried audiobooks for the first time. You can get an Audible subscription (and there are several membership plans from which to choose) or borrow them from Overdrive. I've found that I prefer non-fiction books on audio, but many people like fiction as well. I get annoyed by the reader's voice when they try to speak as different characters. I know, I'm weird.

I did a reading challenge in 2015 where I chose my own books from a list of prompts. It was fun and got me to read books I might not have chosen otherwise. It definitely helped me get back into reading on a regular basis. If reading isn't a big part of your life currently, you might want to start with a challenge. I found this "master list" of reading challenges that might be helpful!

If you want to track your books, consider Goodreads. You can connect with friends, rate/review your books, keep a running "to be read" list so you don't forget good titles, and join groups. Friend me if you're on Goodreads!

Any tips you'd like to share?

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December Daily Days 28 - 31

Monday, January 2, 2017

My first DD is completed and I love it!

Day 28 - I went to visit Tommy one more time before he headed back to Indiana.

Day 29 - One of my high school friends passed away in November, so a few of us got together after the holidays to reminisce and hang out.

Day 30 - pajamas all day, coffee, planning, reading, relaxing, AHHH.

Day 30 - New Year's Eve!

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December Daily Days 23 - 27

Friday, December 30, 2016

After taking a week off, I got caught up on December Daily today. I've loved this project! Keeping embellishments to a minimum and having a kit has streamlined this project and made it doable.

Day 23 - I found an Elegant Collection Carly dress from LuLaRoe. I searched for Carly's for sale on instagram, got into a consultant's group on Facebook, and ordered the dress. She was able to get it for me before Christmas!

Day 24 - We had our annual Christmas Eve dinner at Mom & Dad's house and invited my aunt and uncle this year. We had a great time and used some photo props to create a fun picture. Although we accidentally left Dad out of the photo at the table, someone on Facebook combined 2 photos into 1 for me so I could include everyone! How generous of her!

Day 25 - we had our own Christmas at home, then went to Mom & Dad's, then went to Joe's parents house. I introduced his parents to Snapchat filters and fun was had by all.

Day 26 - I took the day off from work so Mom and I could go shopping. I woke up feeling kind of sick and almost skipped it, but I took Tylenol and some stomach meds and went anyway. So glad I did!

Day 27 - I began thinking about 2017 and making lists!

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December Daily Day 21 and 22

Friday, December 23, 2016

We went to see Rogue One on Day 21. We wanted to go this past weekend when we got back from Pigeon Forge, but waited too long to reserve seats. The movie wasn't crowded on Wednesday though! I used the blue and white label to cover up the word "IMAX" under the movie title. No real pics, but I included the movie ticket.

Day 22 was my last day off before Christmas - so I tied up all the loose ends I had and got ready for Christmas! I used cards from Feed Your Craft's Calm & Bright set, 2 Pam Garrison mini kit cards, and a couple of other random cards. I like to mix it up!

Are you ready for Christmas?

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December Daily Day 20

Thursday, December 22, 2016

So I treated myself to these new slipper socks and let me tell you - they're awesome! They're the warmest, most comfy slipper socks I've ever had.

I wanted to use this house paper from the Pam Garrison kit, since I'll only get to wear these socks at home. I love it! The little pink chipboard says "cozy"!

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