introducing book of lists

November 5, 2012

Happy Monday! Today I’m excited to tell you about my new little paper crafty project that is cute, fun, flexible, and ready for you to join in on if you so choose (and I would love it if you do).

Because I’m suuuper original I’m calling it the Book of Lists because that is essentially what it will be. Just get yourself a book – make a minibook out of chipboard and binder rings like I did or grab a blank journal, a spiral notebook, scrapbook, anything of the sort – make sure it has some empty pages, and you’re ready to go.

Every month there will be a topic for a list, and the object is to craft it on a blank page, take a photo of your list, then blog it. You can get elaborate scrapbook-style, or even jot it down with your favorite pen. If you want, you don’t even have to make a book and you can just blog about the list topic (even though then it’s not really a book of lists, but that’s cool). My style is somewhere in the middle.

Reasons I’m in love with this idea: I adore paper crafting, but traditional scrapbooking is not my thing. Project Life is totally working for me as our primary documentation, so I want more little projects in which to use the pretty papers and supplies I’ve collected. Secondly, I am such a list-making girl that I have lists about lists. I know lots of you are the same way. Embrace it! I also like that it’s a progressive and open-ended book. Just one small page a month is totally something I can whip up in a half hour or less. Plus, I can date each page and include an Instax photo (if applicable) and it will also serve as a sort of record of life. And finally, it’s something that anyone can do and adapt to her own style.

Want to see more? A few lovely ladies have already joined in and will be posting about their own books today. Check them out:

Today we’re just sharing the covers of our books, but next month we’ll be showing off the first list. To make things simple, at the end of each month’s post I will put up the date of the next round plus the next list topic. That way everyone has a month to get it ready and we’re all on the same page (pun intended).

So that’s it! If you have any questions at all, leave a comment. If you don’t consider yourself crafty but have thought about doing a project here and there, this may be the perfect thing. I can envision a pretty journal + a label maker + washi tape + a nice pen making a really cool book, and so simple!

Next month’s info:We’ll be posting on Monday, December 3 and the topic will be wishlist. Starting with a fun and easy one. :)


Details on my book: It’s made of 4×6 chipboard, I punched holes in it using this hole punch, binder rings from an office supply store, and it’s filled with white cardstock. On the front I used the SMASH label maker (it has a learning curve), Amy Tangerine Thickers, and washi tape from Freckled Fawn.

Posted in: documenting, book of lists, crafty

Comments on introducing book of lists

  1. 1

    From Nora:

    Love the topic for next month. That’s definitely something I can get my arms around :) Thanks for hosting! So excited about this project. LOVE the cover of your book, too!

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    From lauren w:

    I’m excited to join you on this, even if I’m only half-way doing it! :)

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    From Tillie:

    ooooooh I want to join!!!!! I need to make my notebook which will soooooooooo not be as cute as yours or Kerri’s but I think I might have some notebooks I actually haven’t used yet for anything (I’m addicted to notebooks) :)

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    From kapachino:

    Awesome, I’m so happy you’ll be joining us! It really is going to be super simple and fun. Looking forward to seeing your book. :)

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    From Jayme:

    I found your blog and this awesome Book of Lists ideas from Keri and can’t wait to join. I’m definitely a Type-A, list making fanatic so this is right up my alley. I’ll hopefully find something to write in this afternoon and will start sharing on my blog as well. Thanks for coming up with such an awesome idea.

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    From kapachino:

    Hi Jayme! I’m so happy you’ll be playing along, and I see from your blog that you’re super crafty! I love all the stuff you’ve done for your wedding so far. Can’t wait to see your book!

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    From wishcake:

    I’m loving your book! Perfect! I’ve never seen the SMASH label maker, and now I feel like I need to invest. Heehee.

    So excited for this project—thanks for being so wonderful and letting us all join in. :)

  8. 8

    From Michelle:

    That label maker makes really cute labels. I may have to check that out!

    Thanks so much for hosting this project! I’m already loving it!

  9. 9

    From kapachino:

    I do like the labels but it is really annoying to use! Still, it was cheap & it works. :)

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    From Erin:

    Hi Kathleen,
    I am a brand new reader who found her way over here from Nora, Kerri and Michelle’s blogs. If you don’t mind I am going to join you ladies on this challenge. I will post my notebook in just a day or two online.

  11. 11

    From kapachino:

    Of course I don’t mind, I’m happy to have you playing along! Thanks so much for stopping by. :)

  12. 12

    From Morgan:

    I found you through Kerri’s blog and I LOVE this idea. I will definitely be joining in! I just have to get my notebook and I’ll post it in the next few days! :)

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    From kapachino:

    I’m so glad, and glad to have found your blog as well. I love your small style posts! I’m trying to add some more style features around here too with my daughter & I. Anyway I’ll be on the lookout for your book!

  14. 14

    From Holly:

    I love this idea! (I have lists of lists too!) I’d love to play along :)

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    From Jordyn:

    I’m not much of a crafter (like, at all) but I love this idea and am considering joining in.

  16. 16

    From kapachino:

    It can be as simple as you need it to be! You might find that you enjoy crafting. :)

  17. 17

    From Heather:

    Hi! Just came across your blog and the book of lists from my friends blog I love this idea and it sounds like a lot of fun. Excited to get involved. :-)

  18. 18

    From kapachino:

    Yay! Good to meet you & I can’t wait to see what you come up with. :)

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    From Jen @ At Random:

    What a great idea! I saw Cat’s Thoughts post about it and thought it sounded like fun so I’ll be joining in too.

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    From Tobe:

    I just found this idea from Jen @ At Random. And I absolutely love it! I’m joining (a little late), but I’m here! I’m going to rush around and get my supplies so I can post December’s list sometime today.

  21. 21

    From Jen:

    I heard about your list series through Jayme’s blog. I just started yesterday and look forward to the months to come. Thanks!

  22. 22

    From Mindy:

    What a cute idea. Can we join this anytime? I have some friends who would love this. :)

  23. 23

    From kapachino:

    Yes of course, join anytime!!

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