#30Lists for March

It's March so it must be time for #30Lists again - it's my third time listing daily as part of the monthly challenge, and the third time I've taken a different approach. I've created my lists digitally in September 2014 and then on some gorgeous project life cards I bought in December 2014. But since then I've discovered a whole new world of project life goodies by simply Googling "free project life printables" - give it a go, you'll be amazed!

So this time I created my own mini cards. I used Lori Whitlock's Cherry edition and hadn't bargained on my printer which was low on toner - it's always seems to be low on toner when I want to use it! So instead of the vibrant reds, greens, purples and blues mine have their own look in blue and brown tones. They're not exactly as I'd thought they'd be, but there was a certain charm about them so I stuck with them (that and the fact that new toner was an order and a couple of days away!)

Then I stuck them onto card and cut around them to create my individual cards and as luck would have it I had a couple of blue cards along with some white card so the fronts and backs matched nicely. It's almost like it was planned...

I liked the shapes the card scraps made and shared the image on the right on Instagram at the time. Then it was just a case of waiting until March 1st.

The beginning of March was a bit busy here with preparations for the Red Nose Day Danceathon and despite my best intentions this month I fell seriously behind with the daily lists. I was close to putting this month's list down to experience but yesterday afternoon I spent an enjoyable hour or so getting up-to-date. 

And I'm glad I did. 

Some of the list prompts this time threw me - like Day 3: My Jams - well to me that was:

- but to others it was music! Oh dear, I'm really not down with the kidz am I? But I'm holding onto the advice that there is no wrong way to complete your lists!  And those jams I listed are all great!

Other favourite prompts include:

Day 5: Cures for the winter blues

  • A walk in Greenwich Park
  • An open fire and a cup of tea (or something stronger!)
  • Having a good old natter with friends
  • Booking a holiday

Day 13: Things I had to learn to love

  • Wine - yes really, but it was a long time ago!
  • Coffee - I'm getting there but it has to have sugar
  • Olives - they are an acquired taste and worth sticking with.
  • Walking for 25+km on holidays - it's much better than it sounds
  • Cycling up hills - this one's a work in progress, but I will get there!

Day 19: Favourite bands from my schooldays

  • Abba
  • Duran Duran
  • Japan
  • Blancmange
  • Tears for Fears
  • Wham!

And I still love 80s music...

Day 24: Fortunes I'd like to find in a fortune cookie

  • Pass Go and Collect £200
  • Do what you love, love what you do
  • Smile, suck your tummy in and go for it

And today's Day 25: House Rules

  • See the world
  • Everything has its place
  • Use kind words
  • Dream big
  • Eat what we grow
  • Shop local
  • Be proud of what we do
  • Try new things
  • Laugh out loud.

So that's my paper for this month. There's a few more days of lists to go and I expect to get through the month pretty much on time now, which a couple of days ago I wasn't sure if I would at all.  I still want to get my Pinterest board up-to-date but that's a task for another day.

What paper do you have in your life this month? 

#30Lists for December

I first discovered the #30Lists gang in August just ahead of the September challenge. I took part back then using the digital pack and shared that at the time. This time though it was different, for me at least; there were still thirty prompts, but I tackled them on paper. Or rather some lovely 4x3 inch decorated journal cards I'd seen and sort of bought on my last visit to Hobbycraft, like you do. Well like I do anyway, that along with Paperchase is a very dangerous shop to me.  

As I started my Christmas preparations were ramping up and I decided I needed to Christmas-fy some of the cards. Luckily a pre-Christmas visit to the aforementioned Paperchase saw me equipped with some seasonal and glittery Washi tape, as well as some gel numbers, which came in handy. 

I've shared all my December lists on Pinterest here, so if you want to see them all pop over there and take a look. And if you'd like to follow me there that'd be great too. I thought I'd share some of them here too, so here goes:


I've learnt many things this year including that Pilates and Greenwich Park put me into a good mood, who knew knowing that would be so handy!  But it was...

For day 10 I was listing my favourite recipes, so it seemed right to use a card with a cupcake on. And I almost forgot to add sourdough bread to the list, I'm not sure how as I make it at least twice a week. 

Day 15: Out of my window

Day 15: Out of my window

You'll know already this has been a different year for me and to be honest I've had a blast, I expect things to change again in 2015, but I know I won't regret this year, or anything that makes me smile. 


I couldn't miss out Christmas Day from this round-up and thankfully I remembered to put everything in, and take everything out of the oven and in the right order on Christmas day, so that was something. Sadly this year has seen more losses than I remember previous years, but on a happier note I still have my memories.  


Unusually prompt 27 was all about Boxing Day - we had our parents round for lunch and I think the tablecloth definitely came off worse!

Day 30: Skills to work on in 2015

Day 30: Skills to work on in 2015

At the start of December it was much easier to keep up-to-date with the prompts and create lists daily, but as the Christmas preparations took hold, and then Christmas itself I found myself completing a batch at a time.  I did manage to catch up and complete the challenge on time yesterday though.  I liked being able to customise the cards I used - I've more left from the packs I bought so I'm sure I'll find another use for them. Your ideas are welcome...

Completing this challenge on paper definitely increased the amount of paper and paper-related fun - at a time of year when paper seems to make its own comeback, with Christmas cards arriving daily. This month I'm sharing two posts with Jocelyn's PaperyPeep this one and my homemade Christmas cards as I've definitely experienced an influx of paper this month!


The Reading Residence

#30Lists: Days 23-30

So here's the last weekly roundup of my 30 lists in September - October has definitely arrived with it's more traditional autumn weather but so far we've resisted having the heating on. It's been close, though although the heated flooring in the bathroom helped this morning!

I enjoyed the #30Lists and some of the prompts resonated with me more than others. I used the digital pack which is why my lists all have the same look and feel, at times I found it a bit restrictive - I'm not sure why - but I'm glad I stuck with it as it gives my lists a coherent look and feel. 

Day 23 and I'm spilling some secrets, I suspect if you know me you may not be surprised but here it is in writing...


It was authors for the 24th and the childhood list came to me straight away. I love a good book, and I read books and my kindle but I'm less likely to remember or note the author's name - I'm not sure why. I had to check my bookshelves for these...


Ah, yes balance - I'm not really so good at it which is why sometimes it really does come down to the last one, and if it's really bad I have to use my arms too!


This list was an easy one to put together and while they're my rules MOH sees them as rules to be broken. Especially the passenger and sweets one...  But when there are sweets, it's funny how they disappear by the next trip...


I could put so much on this list, but in the end I kept it at a high level so you could read it and make sense of it. But it's still true. 


And wouldn't it be nice if this time next year we were millionaires Rodney? I couldn't resist a nod to Only Fools and Horses and I'm off to buy a ticket!


Another mixed list - there's some big things, some smaller things, some obvious ones and perhaps some less so. And there's probably stuff I've missed too - that's what I found about this challenge some of the prompts really made me think and evaluate my feelings. 


The last day of the challenge brought a glimpse into my mind, which sometimes still feels like it's going at a hundred miles an hour, and sometimes even faster. But most days, food is always on my mind!


So maybe I'll do this again the next time it runs, which I think is March 2015