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Once its in you it never goes away

Earlier this month I was waxing on about being all committed to the upcoming 30 Days of Lists and my Working List of craft projects and my reading 13 Books in 2013 and my training for a 5K and making my bedroom my own and increasing the quality and quantity of blog posts. I still totally want to do all that stuff. That stuff is awesome stuff. But here’s what I’ve been doing instead this month, and I don’t even feel guilty about it:

  • Watching Scotland totally thrash Italy live in Murrayfield Stadium and partying it up afterwards with friends and strangers as if we all had a hand in the final score and weren’t just doing Mexican waves and cheering a lot.
  • Combining productive days doing exciting and useful things at work with fairly regular gym visits and feeling like one of those “work hard, play hard” arseholes.
  • Skyping friends and family and just loving seeing real faces talking and laughing instead of disembodied voices down a phone line.
  • Going to a brilliant Mardi Gras carnival in Edinburgh’s Summerhall with friends, wearing huge wings, dancing enthusiastically to big brass bands and sousaphones and admiring some amazing costumes on adults and children galore. Even cooler was that while the carnival was happening you could wander round the whole of Summerhall, an art studio, live music venue, workshop, brewery and community space, with the animal anatomy signs and ‘dissection theatre’ nodding to its previous life as a veterinary school. This photo shows part of an exhibit of Summerhall’s resident artist Stephen Thorpe, the neon sign “once it’s in you it never goes away” either beautifully optimistic or seriously depressing, depending on your take.
  • Pulling out a proper wiry grey hair and pretending that’s the only one there is.
  • Spending time with ladies. Remembering what makes a close group of females so special and getting so much enjoyment out of simple movie nights in hoodies, with wine and party rings and gossip.
  • Having lots of fun dating two men simultaneously (it’s OK if they know about it), but increasingly realising that I usually wake up thinking about the tall, bearded, Ghostbuster-quoting, hilariously bad joke-telling, self-confessed geek with the cheeky grin and gorgeous eyes. Whether this lasts or not, right now is pretty fun.

So, it’s the first of March and I don’t have list 1 of my 30 Lists finished. Clash of Kings is sitting half-read and neglected on my bedside table, there’s still an unpacked box hiding behind my room divider, and the one item I’ve finished off my Working List has already fallen apart twice before I’ve even had time to post photos of it here. And I’m off to a hen do this weekend, so don’t expect things to be changing round here too soon!

Bear with me, blog-readers; when I am back here properly like I want to be, at least I’ll have some cool stories to share. Service will resume as normal!

Debbie x

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30 Days of Lists is coming! Beginning at the start of next month, I’ll be creating daily lists inspired by whatever prompts the lovely bloggers behind the programme send my way. This is such a simple idea that worked oh so well for me last September. It kind of took over my month a little bit, but the book I created in that time is now so precious.

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I often look enviously at the pages other people create in travel journals, Project Life, or scrap-booking and wish I had time to organise all my memories so creatively. Being realistic, I just don’t; if I were to spend the amount of time some people do capturing the details and events of their lives, I would have to give up something vital, like work, or socialising, or sleep. And I sort of need to do all of these things to stay healthy, sane, and not a bank robber.

Handily, this list project requires a lot less time, and is concentrated into just 30 days of intense crafting fun. Some days if I have time I might make a super busy and fun page, but I’m OK with just putting pen to paper and writing a straight forward list every now and then too, since real life takes priority.

Here’s what I’m hoping to get out of March 2013’s Thirty Days of Lists:

Getting my blogging mojo back – this post is breaking one of the longest dry spells of blogging since it started! I’ve been super busy for the last month doing really interesting and varied social activities, exercising and getting much fitter, working hard (not robbing banks, for the record) and Internet dating (which I will definitely tell you more about sometime soon). These things have totally absorbed all my spare time; I’ve been collapsing into bed every evening and practically passing out from exhaustion. In a fun way. But I do miss blogging, and my ‘ideas’ list just keeps growing, and growing, and growing.

Using up some alphabets – I went totally nuts on eBay recently and bought multiple pizza-boxes of alphabet stickers and thickers from a crafter having a mammoth clear-out. Bargain! All those amazing alphabet sets! Taking up so much space on my bedroom floor!

Broadening my blog reading – Last time I did this I discovered a bunch of new bloggers who I felt I got to know through the listing process. Fingers crossed there are even more this time. You know I’ll post about them if there are.

Forming creative habits – I find I’m doing much less craft now than I used to in my old flat. Maybe something about sharing a living room? Hopefully this will help me overcome the fear of list-making in public!

Bonding with my mama – This year I also signed up my mum, who loves lists so much we nicknamed her List Woman a few years ago. For her birthday in January I made her a 6×6″ minibook and put together a box of fun papers, embellishments, washi tape and alphabet sets, to help encourage her inner creativity. She’s been wanting to become more crafty so I hope this is just the ticket. I’m seriously looking forward to seeing what she puts together – I’m hoping she’ll share some pages over at the blog I have thrust upon her, which is naturally titled “List Woman!”

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It’s so hipster it hurts, and it’s owned by Facebook, but there is something just so addictive about Instagram. I am not one to take photos of my food (often) or my feet or my newly manicured nails, but I love seeing the everyday ‘behind the scenes’ shots of all the super creative people I have at one point or another stumbled across on Instagram.

Quite a few of my Insta-pals were acquired through the 30 Days of Lists project, when Instagram became the only thing I would reliably update as soon as I’d finished a page (according to my Flickr, I am still only half way through – oops! That’s an update to add to my December goals list!). One of those, Schona Kessler (@schonakessler), hosts sporadic Project Life tag swaps for between 15-20 people. Essentially, each person involved makes a batch of matching 3×4 tags and sends them to Schona, and in return receives one of everyone else’s creations. It’s a fun and interactive way to swap ideas and gain a selection of new tags for scrap-booking or Project Life. I don’t do either of those things much, but happened to catch a new #pltagswap as it happened and couldn’t resist getting involved.

I sent off my own handmade tags, inspired by the Steranko illustrated Superman backgrounds and similar to those made for the giveaway, but with a ridiculous amount of cutting out and in a much larger volume! And in exchange I got these beauties. These came all the way from the US, which meant that while other participants were getting all excited about their handmade paper goodies, I was anxiously checking the post every day to find only bills and takeaway menus! But now they are here, and I intend to put them to good use… maybe my next 30 Days of Lists? March is only a few months away now after all!

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Check out the #pltagswap on Instagram for all the details if you want to know more!

SO here they are, the final six lists.

List #25 Places I’ve Lived

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Up to the age of 18 I lived in the same small village my whole life. In the nine years since then, I’ve lived in ten different homes, in Italy (1), Sheffield (3), Birmingham (1) and Edinburgh (5, 4 of them in Leith, and not counting the year or so that I practically lived in James’s flat). It feels like a lot. We’re intending to stay in our current flat for some time now, mostly because moving all the books in killed our arms. But one day, one day, I will have my own home that I can decorate exactly how I want, regardless of holes made by picture hooks or boldness of paint colours.

ANYWAY, back to the list – I found some super old maps of Europe, Sheffield and Leith, because a lot of what I love about these places is their history. Then I just added flags to them using washi tape or elements of origami paper – both of which appeared elsewhere on the page. For the number I cut some dates from a calendar and marked the 25th – wish I’d used calendar elements more throughout!

List #26 Trends I cannot stand

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That page from a SMASH pad on the left hand side is my favourite ever. I’d been hoping to find somewhere to use it and this was perfect – it’s like he hates these trends so much he’s eating them up! Dungarees, playsuits and harem pants featured as my fashion no-nos, I really think they look ridiculous. There are definitely people out there who can make those looks work, but I am most definitely without a doubt NOT one of those people.

And the major trend I cannot stand has to be fake glasses. But only because I love fake glasses so much.!When I was younger I used to steal my mum’s glasses even though they made my eyes feel weird. I just love the way glasses look. First I had one pair of fakies, then I started collecting… at one point a few years ago I had about 20 different pairs of fake glasses, for any outfit or occasion! But now it’s become such a hipster fashion thing that I feel even more foolish than before. So, a bunch of photos from over the years accompanied by a pair of foam glasses (which took so long to cut out) marked this trend that I wish had never come around!

List #27 Bravest things I’ve ever done

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This was a good topic because most people’s immediate reaction seems to be: I haven’t done anything brave. But when you think about it, moving to a new country without speaking their language, or being the only student to study that Masters Degree, or completely relocating to a new city without knowing anyone, those are actually pretty scary things! I’ve never bungee jumped, but I’ve packed up my life and started anew a fair few times.

Washi tape, patterned stickers and coloured paper helped balance up the two sides of the spread here, the scrabble tile reflects my particularly geeky masters degree (Lexicography) and the brown tags and pile of luggage emphasise the things I think the bravest – and the ones I’d rather not do again, now that I feel so settled in this brilliant city. I love Edinburgh.

List #28 Little joys in my life

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So OK, I guess little joys should really be things like: receiving unexpected packages, discovering that TV show you were missing has just started a new season, sleeping in at the weekends, losing weight, eggs for breakfast… things like that. But since I spent the weekend before with my gorgeous little nephews and niece, little people who bring so much joy, this spread was dedicated to them. Here they all are playing in a ring in their best wedding outfits!

I backed a gold frame onto card for some texture and added some black embellishments bought from Poundland a while back on both pages. The yellow circles were just bits of yellow paper punches made using a holepunch, I really wanted to accentuate the brilliant patterned paper that has featured a few times in the book in different colours.

List #29 What I finished this week

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This entire spread came about after realising that at no point in the book so far had I used the colour purple, which seemed a shame since it’s a colour with so much depth and variety between shades. Alas, the photo here doesn’t really show up the various different colour purples, especially the buttons. It’s a combo of different papers, washi, lilac foam and buttons. This is a very honest list – I felt very bad and unproductive when I tried (and failed) to think of things I’d finished, but the right hand page makes me feel a lot better about it!

List #30 Lists to make

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The very last spead! What a brilliant prompt to ensure the listing habit continues. More patterned origami paper, plain yellow paper, a couple of pages from the SMASH pad and some letter transfers and stickers made up the lists, while the decorative bunting was created from a selection of my very favourite washi tapes.

And that’s it! I’m thinking a giant round-up of the entire month could be on its way…

Thirty Days of Lists is a challenge to journal something every day to create a snapshot of your life over the course of a month. Click here to see all my posts on the subject and please leave a comment if you have any thoughts, suggestions, or tips for UK craft stockists.

>>> This is post 2 of the 31 I’ll be writing for Blogtoberfest 2012 <<<

I have so many more lists to share! I’m still loving doing 30 Days of Lists, but I’m becoming increasingly glad that it’s only for a month – prioritising real life means I’d constantly be playing catchup otherwise.

List #16 Things I’d Like to Learn

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The three or four lists preceding this page were super busy and collage heavy. So in contrast, this page stuck to a colour theme and kept things co-ordinated and straightforward. It’s just washi tape, patterned stickers, coloured paper, transfer letters and pen. I spent a while thinking of the items for this list, because there are so many things that I’d really like to learn. But these five are things that I could be learning right now, and are skills that I wish I already had. I feel like a child who can’t drive, I wish I could hem my own trousers as well as create exciting looking clothes and quilts and whatnot, I’d like to take photos on something other than an iPhone, and my conversational Italian has been gradually fading in the eight or so years since I worked over there. I’m doing a screen-printing course in November with Edinburgh Printmakers and I’m really excited about it, but currently very underprepared. Hand me my sketchbook!

List #17 Excuses

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This page could hardly be simpler! I just loved the papers included in Elise’s minibook here and I didn’t want to cover them up. Plus, an easy and quick approach seemed fitting for a page on excuses, as many of the other pages took me so long to finish that I kept delaying their completion. The yellow date and title were old transfer letters, and the speech bubbles and excuses were written on coloured paper using a plain old gel ink pen.

List #18 Favourite Names

debbiedoesdoodles 30 Days of Lists spread 18Names are surprisingly hard to think of! Maybe because I’m not yet of baby-having inclination. Or because I was determined to fill up the gridded paper with names in a no black squares style crossword. I was feeling very sensible at the time and picked names I would actually want or give to a person, but in hindsight I wish this was full of BARTHOLOMEW and ZANZIBAR and TYBALT and HIERONYMUS and PILOT INSPEKTOR. Brilliant names that don’t even necessarily belong to people. As for the embellishments, the green and pink paisley strips were from Poundland a while back, the plain green strip is coloured paper and that’s a super thin strip of washi tape too. The tag was from Amazon with pink fluorescent gel ink pen, and the eighteen grid is another patterned sticker.

List #19 Events I’d Like to Attend

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My cousin Jon got married this weekend and it was brilliant. My extended family is pretty huge as my mum was one of four girls, as was her mum, but it’s still a close family. The big get togethers are fairly infrequent nowadays but when we do assemble, at Christmas or weddings or parties, it’s guaranteed to be a lot of fun. So last week, when I made this list, it was top of my list of events to attend. The wedding invite fit perfectly into the book and I added the title directly onto the front using patterned origami paper cut into an interesting shape, washi tape and American Crafts thickers. The facing page, and reverse of the invite, featured photographs of the other events I’d really like to attend, with stickered labels cut into ribbon shapes. The yellow circled paper was perfect for a checklist, and since this list was written I’ve already been able to tick something off! The others may be slightly harder…

List #20 Fictional Friends

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I mused on this subject last week – I think these list subjects of imaginary people or places have been my favourites, since they’re the ones that force you to stop and think on them for a while. This layout is fairly simple – after printing a few characters individually, spending ages cutting them out, and then realising they didn’t quite fit together, I combined all the friends together using PSE and printed as one sheet, which probably saved me about half an hour. The number 20 is one of my favourite fonts, JF Ringmaster, and and the ‘Fictional Friends’ banners are themselves a font too – Adhesive Nr. Seven. Some orange paper tied the two halves of the spread together (after feeling like some of my pages weren’t balanced last week) and a cue card provided space to write down the names (just in case at some point down the road I forget who these new friends are and need some assistance when I bump into them at a party and have to feign recognition).

List #21 Everything I bought this week

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This would have been far easier had I peeked ahead at the list topics and kept my receipts! It’s a vague list but captures the main things – although I should have added that the two pairs of pumps were a mere £7.99 each from New Look! And those shoes saved my feet when I hit the wedding dance floor at the weekend. Handily I bought some seriously bargainous washi tape last week, which provided some colour to the layout. I love that pink camera tape – it was included in my ‘Snap Happy‘ camera inspired round-up a few weeks ago and so I couldn’t resist when I found it listed on eBay super cheap.

List #22 Favourite Photos of Myself

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The iPhone app Incredibooth, which I wrote about a wee while back, takes the most flattering photos ever. This strip is a little old now but was already printed and hanging in the kitchen, so convenience ruled! The others aren’t necessarily the most complimentary photos of me, but they’re the ones that make me smile, and capture some great memories. I added the dates and locations using the Fuzzimo Embossed Label Generator, and made the camera out of foam and paper for some extra texture. I love that this minibook is 4×6 because photos are the perfect size – if I make my own book next time (which I’m definitely contemplating) it’ll have to be those same dimensions.

List #23 Current Favourites

debbiedoesdoodles 30 Days of Lists spread 23 part 1debbiedoesdoodles 30 Days of Lists spread 23 part 2This is one of my favourite layouts so far. It’s not exactly complicated, but it took a surprisingly long time to put together! The title page is made up of a few paint sample cards and simple letter stickers from Amazon. On the yellow striped card I added a few lists of current favourites (although thought of so many after that I should have added!) using the diagonal lines as guides – I really like the way that echoes the handwriting in the orange stripes from list 16. I also made a full size replica of my phone! A screenshot of my home screen shows all my favourite apps at the moment, and I mounted this phone mock-up to a piece of black foam to simulate the thickness too! On the back I added a picture of the cassette tape iPhone cover that I have on my phone. At a glance this really looks like the real deal – I tried to pick it up yesterday while the page was lying nearby me, it took a few seconds to realise I was merely grabbing at foam and paper!

List #24 Yesterday Was

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Since this page was supposed to be written on Monday, about Sunday, I pretended that I didn’t in fact put this together last thing on Thursday evening, and so wrote it for the day it was intended. When I look at this book in a few years, or even a few months, I won’t remember differently and will be super impressed by how regularly I updated this minibook! Ordinarily Sundays are pretty lazy, but thanks to the wedding at the weekend we seemed to fit such a lot into one day. As this involved flying from England back up to Scotland a banner pulling plane seemed the most appropriate for the title! I made it in PSE and used fonts Neoretrodraw, fill and shadow to create the 3D colour-coded text. The details of the day were just printed and cropped into ribbon shapes, and the ‘TODAY IS’ stamp is that brilliant Elise Blaha Cripe creation popping up again – now available through her stamp shop. I’d like to add that the word hidden by the book rings is ‘napping’ before any eagle eyed readers begin any more risqué speculatoin…

It’s crazy how thick this book has become and just how few days are left – this has been the best project to get me feeling creative again, and having a daily reminder has been exactly the motivation I’ve needed. I always feel slightly panicked when I’m behind by too many days, but I know how satisfied I’ll feel at the start of October when I can hold a book in my hands that is jam-packed with my thoughts and experiences, all laid out with bright colours and pretty shapes and patterns and even as I’m typing this I feel like such a girly girl but I don’t care because I love it SO THERE!

Thirty Days of Lists is a challenge to journal something every day to create a snapshot of your life over the course of a month. Click here to see all my posts on the subject and please leave a comment if you have any thoughts, suggestions, or tips for UK craft stockists. You can also keep up with my 30 Days of Lists activities via Flickr, Instagram or Pinterest.

The last week and a bit have been filled to the brim with activities and travelling and so much fun. It was such a good decision last week to stop trying to blog daily and instead focus on real life just now while so much is happening. Between working, socialising, trying to keep up with 30 Days of Lists and fitting in the exciting things like a foraging course and a giant family wedding, blogging has been almost the last thing on my mind.

On the plus side, I have discovered so many interesting and inspiring things that I just can’t wait to post on here. For a quick sample, here is a Project Life inspired snapshot of the last couple of weeks:

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Beautiful skies and enjoying some late September sun after a dubious and rainy August; sending Chris off to the navy with a suitably raucous and crazy party; James on tour and returning with a gorgeous bouquet and pressies for me; creating a birthday card for Laura which is still awaiting an address; learning about edible plants on the track down to Tyningham Beach; giving my laptop a makeover; filling up and padding out my 30 Days of Lists minibook; decorating wooden letters for the twins’ fourth birthday; spending time with family and the gorgeous little ones who grow up way too fast; a wedding full of love and fun and a good selection of traditions; feeling ill and being looked after by the most lovely (although camera shy) man; trying sushi for the first time EVER; watching the late summer disappear in a single moment with a strong gust of wind and a crazy Scottish storm

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Yet another 30 Days of Lists inspired post! This time – fictional friends. And while the selection of characters above do seem like a strange assortment, each would bring their own particular qualities to our new special friendship…

  • Doctor Who – for all the laughs, the insane ‘take it all in his stride’ attitude, his devotion to his pals and the added benefit of travelling in time and space together.
  • Arya Stark – she could teach me a thing or two about attitude, strength, cunning, swordfighting and dire-wolf training.
  • Jessica Day – life with Jess would be full of entertainment, insane songs and Kermit voices. And being friends with her would also involve an apartment full of hilarious men-folk too!
  • All the Ewoks – you think they’re cute, and then they turn out to be fierce little warriors – I would want an ewok with me at all times if I could.
  • Jules Kiki Cobb – Cougar Town‘s Jules Cobb and the cul-de-sac crew combine the insanity of the New Girl gang with lots and lots of red wine. Which sounds excellent to me.
  • Superman – Who wouldn’t want to be friends with the big guy? Any potential dangers of being used as bait by baddies would be totally outweighed by the flying trips to space, free lifts around the planet, and the authentic takeaway food. Presuming he wasn’t too busy saving the world.
  • Dr John Watson – Not only is Watson an actual practising doctor, he is also a crack shot and knows how to be a patient friend to unusual characters.
  • Kara “Starbuck” Thrace – As Kara’s friend you’d spend a lot of time getting her out of trouble, but she’d be a great drinking buddy, Triad partner, and she’d always have your back against any potential cylon outbreaks.
  • Arrietty Clock – I would put teeny-tiny Arrietty in my pocket and carry her with me everywhere. She’s super smart and would love the adventure. Some days I’d let her ride on the Ewok.
  • Lion-O – The Lord of the Thundercats has the coolest weapons with the best names ever – hello Sword of Omens! He isn’t scared to take on the genuinely terrifying Mummra but doesn’t have the greatest success with the ladies. In real life I think Lion-O would make a great personal trainer; he’s slightly terrifying, super fit, and wears a man-leotard like a pro.

Thirty Days of Lists is a challenge to journal something every day to create a snapshot of your life over the course of a month. Click here to see all my posts on the subject and please leave a comment if you have any thoughts, suggestions, or tips for UK craft stockists. You can also keep up with my 30 Days of Lists activities via Flickr, Instagram or Pinterest.

Half way through Thirty Days of Lists and I’m really enjoying the prompts to get creative. Finding the time to write-up and decorate the lists is proving increasingly tricky though – real life got in the way of listing much or posting for the last few days! Some lists feel a little rushed, but I find that having a daily prompt is the only way to guarantee I’ll do it at all, rather than just planning out the perfect spread and then never completing it for fear of messing it up.

A few of this week’s prompts required a lot of thought and contemplation and I think I could dedicate the entire month of September just to writing up the lists and decisions behind each one. But since I’m guessing that would be fairly dull to read, here is a quick summary of the week instead:

List #8 Out my front door

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I loved making this one. Since living in a flat in a city means I don’t have a front garden to write about, I dedicated this collage to my neighbourhood of Leith. I used some cutouts from The Leither magazine, including the photo of the Rabbie Burns statue, the title font for my title, the Leith crest and ‘Persevere’ motto. The two strips of photos, mostly from my Instagram, were all taken within a few minutes walk from the flat, and were mounted on black card to create a photostrip visual. I included a portion of a very tatty old map I used to carry with me when I first visited Edinburgh over four years ago, and a snippet of the lyrics from the Proclaimers’ Sunshine on Leith, Leith’s unofficial anthem. This spread had the orange squared page already within the minibook, which allowed me to add the list prompt and the reasons on the reverse of each other.

List #9 Today you can find me

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A very simple spread this one! The envelope came within the minibook and I couldn’t help but use it for some private journalling to take a snapshot of my current mood. The big bold TODAY letter stickers were from Amazon.

List #10 I am at my best when

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This photo, taken on Skye, shows me in a very happy mood on a very lovely holiday last September. The gold frame was cut out of a magazine and fit perfectly on the back of the envelope from List 9. The yellow strips and chevrons were stickers which I cut to shape, and the ‘best’ is American Crafts ‘Doll’ fabric thickers. For the actual list I used a page out of the SMASH pad cut into a more exciting shape, and another round sticker for the list number.

List #11 Favourite scents and smells

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Quite a collage-y feel to this list with a few different textures going on… packaging from a fajita kit, printed images of the Sailor Jerry girl and my favourite perfume, mint made from washi tape, photobooth print of James (he was away this week which may have made me more girlish than normal), and some felt embellishments from Papermania via Hobbycraft. I used old gold transfer letters for the title and date, which are pleasingly subtle.

List #12 Fictional places I’d like to live

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I had so much fun thinking up and debating these ones with myself that I wrote a whole post about it last week. It’s mostly a collage of different printed images, with some washi and transfer letters thrown in. I used a Sharpie and gel ink pen for the miniature Metropolis skyline and wished afterwards that I’d left space to do it across the whole width of the spread for continuity across the pages.

List #13 Dinner party invitees

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Initially I contemplated just making a list of all the people I know in real life who would make great dinner party guests, but inspired by all the incredible people my fellow Listers were thinking up I couldn’t resist the lure of celebrity. My eleven guests include a couple of musical legends, a genius inventor and artist, two brilliant writers, a film-maker, a lexicographer, a pioneer for women, a peacemaker and two of the funniest comedians to have ever lived. I love the idea of the intellectual and thought provoking discussions this group would have and the stories they would all tell. Morecombe & WIse would make everyone feel at ease and Ella Fitzgerald and Elvis could swoon a lovely post-dinner duet. I would perhaps be careful not to place Emmeline Pankhurst too close to Elvis though, I’m not sure she’d approve of him calling her ‘babe’.

The visual look of this one was going to be epic in my head but I’m really disappointed with how it turned out. The turquoise pattern is so pretty that I wanted to use a delicate doily shape to add the title, but the black is too dark and dominates. I always love a good collage of faces but wish I’d incorporated some turquoise on this page so that they felt like a combined spread – I have the perfect coloured washi tape! So the last couple of lists have made me think about how to make two pages work together even if they have completely different backgrounds.

List #14 I know I am getting older when

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Eesh that’s a depressing list. I only finished this one yesterday which may account for the emphasis on hangovers. The list of films was inspired by this xkcd post on ‘Movie Ages’ which is guaranteed to make you feel old. I think Macaulay Culkin’s face says it all really.

Mostly a combination of paper and stickers, my favourite feature of this spread is that the neon paper I used to demonstrate the return of the neon trend is itself about 20 years old, from back when neon and tie-dye were in fashion the last time.

List #15 I know I am young at heart when

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A slightly more upbeat subject! Although apologies for the rubbish photo… I used origami paper for the blue and white flowered background, which gives the page a lovely texture, with washi tape and patterned stickers for added colour – and to cover the mistakes! The ‘young’ lettering is American Crafts felt thickers in Playroom, the same letters as on the front page. The photos used for this list were both taken at Cairnie Fruit Farm in Cupar, Fife, from a weekend of adventures around St Andrews last October. So much fun.

I also had to change out my book rings this week! The 30mm silver rings that came with the book were just too small for the expanding pages – all the different textures, embellishments and thickers have added so much volume. I bought these green 38mm rings on eBay and now there’s so much more space to add even more stuff!

Thirty Days of Lists is a challenge to journal something every day to create a snapshot of your life over the course of a month. Click here to see all my posts on the subject and please leave a comment if you have any thoughts, suggestions, or tips for UK craft stockists. You can also keep up with my 30 Days of Lists activities via Flickr, Instagram or Pinterest.

debbiedoesdoodles Fictional Places to live

Two Thirty Days of Lists posts in a row shows that this idea of list prompts is really good for inspiration! Yesterday’s list was ‘fictional places I’d like to live’ and there almost seemed too many to choose from. So, in no particular order, the shortlist is:

1. Metropolis

Definitely the DC Comics version, rather than the Fritz Lang imagining. As I child I was totally obsessed with Superman, and proudly wore the outfit (meant to be worn by little boys and not pigtail having girls like me) anywhere I was allowed. As a teenager I kissed posters of Dean Cain from The New Adventures. And as an adult I still have Superman nick nacks and feel a sense of attachment to the Man of Steel. So, naturally, if I lived in Superman’s world, I would live near the big guy himself, just in the hope of catching a glimpse.

Similar place I would not like to live: Although apparently within driving distance of each other, I would not like to live in Gotham. Way, way darker. Way more violent.

2. The Magic Faraway Tree

The Faraway Tree books by Enid Blyton are probably one of my favourite series of children’s books ever written. As if the everyday lives of Moon-Face and Silky the fairy, with their ridiculous neighbours Saucepan Man, Dame Washalot, Mr. Watzisname and the Angry Pixie, wasn’t enough, adding to the excitement is the prospect of magical lands that arrive at the top of the tree. I could fill this whole list with lands I’d like to live in: the Land of Do-as-you-please; the Land of Tea Parties; the Land of Goodies; the Land of Marvels… the list goes on.

Similar places I would not like to live: The Land of Topsy Turvy; the Land of Tempers; the Land of Dame Slap

3. Dorne, Westeros

Dorne is the most southerly kingdom that makes up the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, the land of the Song of Ice and Fire books and Game of Thrones series. As a large peninsula to the south of King’s Landing, a mountain range and a rebellious attitude meant that Dorne was the only kingdom not to fall to Aegon the Conqueror in the Targaryen grab for power, but was incorporated into the kingdom later through marriage. Thanks to the Rhoynish traditions prevalent amongst the Dornish, they practise equal primogeniture, which means the eldest child inherits the title even if she’s female. Which would be nice.

Dorne is hot and water is scarce, but trading with the Summer Isles makes Dorne the least dependent on the unreliable and war ravaged economy of Westeros. And being hot might not be a bad thing, since we all know that Winter is coming.

Similar place I would not like to live: The Wall. Luckily as a female I wouldn’t be allowed to take the black, but even as someone who lives in Scotland, the Wall is just too cold for me. I think I could handle Winterfell, but in times of strife in Westeros, I’d rather hide somewhere inconspicuous.

4. Do As You’re Told

Parental instructions lost their edge once they became associated with the bizarrely adorable creatures living in the land of Do As You’re Told, home of animated series Stoppit and Tidyup. The eponymous characters were the most unlikely of friends – the excitable Stoppit lived in what looked like a landfill site, while more serene and house proud Tidyup loved to tend his garden of giant gherkins. I loved the two bees, Beehave and Beequiet, the overconfident Clean Your Teeth, the messy Comb Your Hair and mischievous Eat Your Greens. Go and Play with his giant white shorts was always a little creepy, and the villain of the series, the big bad I Said NO and his pet Not Now were quite alarming as a small child, but watching them again as an adult, as I have been known to do, is brilliantly entertaining thanks to Terry Wogan’s hilarious narration and the complete absurdity of the storylines. I could definitely live with these strange neighbours in the land of Do As You’re Told, perhaps in the Valley of the Sit Downs, although the language of calls and squeaks would take some time to master.

Similar place I would not like to live: The ancient castle of Trapdoor, the claymation series made by the same producers of Stoppit and Tidyup, was the home of many a monster of varying ferocities.  I’ll take the advice of the theme song and “Stay away from that trapdoor, ‘Cos there’s something down there….”

5. Hogsmeade

Butter beer, Honeydukes, a joke shop… I think Hogsmeade satisfies every requirement for a wizarding way of life. And as the weekend destination of choice for wizards all around britain, not only is there good food and drink, but everyone there is in the best of moods!

Similar place I would not like to live: Hogwarts sounds exciting, with the grand hall and banquets and moving staircases and Quidditch and Hagrid and all, but if I haven’t made it clear above, I’m really not one for danger. And [spoiler alert] if Dumbledore can die, no pupil is safe.

6. Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory

Rivers of chocolate! Ooompa-Loompas! Singing, magic, mayhem and treats! While it’s true that many of the children who visited Willy Wonka’s factory suffered not so nice fates, they were the naughty children. Only the naughty children break the rules or steal or sneak. I would naturally be a very good girl and live a contented life amongst the Oompa-Loompas in the sweetie trees.

Similar place I would not like to live: The Giant Peach. I don’t like confined spaces, I don’t like insects.

7. Galactica

Space travel was never so dramatic as when aboard the Battlestar Galactica. Not only is the ship and civilian fleet travelling with it running for their lives from the warring cylons, they are also desperately searching for a new home which is possibly their old home, unknowing of the enemy embedded within their ranks. As the centre of the action and excitement Galactica is a dangerous place to be, but it’s also got the best defences, most interesting people, and most importantly a bar. And yes, Cloud 9 would be so much more luxurious, but [spoiler alert] it’s also got too many explosions by nuclear warheads for my liking (which is one, because one is all it takes).

Similar place I would not like to live: The Pegasus. I would rather live forever on New Caprica, or   to have been wiped out by the cylons on one of the twelve Colonies.

8. Wonderland

So much nonsense and lots of tea parties while wearing funny hats. Sounds lovely.

Similar place I would not like to live: Narnia. Love the talking animals, but the risk of permanent winter doesn’t appeal. Even factoring in the Turkish Delight.

Other fictional places I would not like to live: District 12 of The Hunger Games (not enough food, too much dictatorship), anywhere in Middle Earth (too much Sauron, not enough japes – perhaps with the exception of The Shire, which does seem pretty fun), District 9 of District 9 (too many catfood craving aliens), The Island (what is a smoke monster anyway?), Arrakis from Dune (too much sand, too many sandworms), the American Arctic research station (too much Thing) and Fantasia from The Neverending Story (too much Nothing).

Thirty Days of Lists is a challenge to journal something every day to create a snapshot of your life over the course of a month. Click here to see all my posts on the subject and please leave a comment if you have any thoughts, suggestions, or tips for UK craft stockists. You can also keep up with my 30 Days of Lists activities via Flickr, Instagram or Pinterest.