Over the past two years I shared several projects here on the blog. Some of them aren't part of my life (or our household) anymore but a few are still going strong. Today I want to look back and share an update of my favorite projects.
I am still using my creative binder to store information and notes about all my creative projects (except sewing, knitting and embroidery projects, these are in a seperate binder). I updated the tabs but everything else stayed the same. When I shared this project on the blog back in July 2015 I was thinking about creating some sort of an archive of my creative binder, where I store all those notes at the end of the year. In January 2016 I moved everything from 2015 to the archive binder. But then, a few weeks ago, I decided to throw away all my notes that I don't needed anymore. I have now just this binder and no archive.
These were part of my "27 handmade items" project. They get used several time per month and I am amazed about the fact, that the design is still going strong (and we washed them several times in the dishwasher). The only thing that got erased was the stamped image on the bottom where I used Staz'on ink. it wasn't visible anymore after a few weeks.
STORY KIT™ / STORY STAMP™ SUBSCRIPTION
I am still loving this kit and stamp subscription from Ali Edwards. The classroom is fantastic and so inspiring. The products are great and I love to play with them. Yes, I don't always like each and every item, but the majority of the kit / stamp is truly amazing. I mostly create traditional scrapbook layouts with the kit and stamp set. Sometimes I like to add things to my Project Life® album. Under the hashtag #layoutsbyandrea I share updates whenever I work on a layout.
MEAL PLANNER + RECIPE BINDER
Two years ago I started to plan our meals. Every Thursday I sit down and write in a simple notebook the plans for the coming week (Friday - Thursday). We always buy our groceries on Fridays so I plan on Thursdays. And this project is still going strong. There are about a handful of weeks I didn't make a plan (sometimes we just prefer to not have a plan about what to cook) but the rest of the time, there is a plan. It really helped (and still does!) to minimize our waste and the constant problem of not nowing what to cook in the evening. This planner is not pretty at all but it works very well.
I started the recipe binder at the same time. In it I store my most loved recipes. I also added a "freezer list" to the front of the binder. There I write down what we have in our freezer. Because of my garden this year, it is pretty full right now. If I wouldn't keep this list, I would totally forget what (and how much) I have in our freezer.
Yes, I still keep my main Project Life® album although I don't share my spreads anymore on the blog. The reason behind this is, that my pages are getting too private. I am still creating my spreads once a month. That means that I sit down at the end of the month, gather all my photos and then plan, where to put which photos and what stories I want to tell. I don't care about a chronological order during the month. I just make sure that I can add all the photos and words I want to.
Because I create monthly spreads I need a place where I can collect all my stories. It's the second year I use a stories notebook and I really love this format. Not every story I write down ends up in my Project Life® spreads, but that's totally okay. I will add the notebook at the end of the year to the back of my album and so I can always reread what was happening in our lives.
WORK OUT 100 TIMES IN 2016
At the beginning of the year I set the goal to work out 100 times. And I hit my goal on September 14! I document the progress with this cool goal tracker from Elise Joy. I keep it right next to my computer on the wall. I love to look at it and see how much I already achieved. It's not about filling out all those circles. It's about progress. It's better to work out 2 times a week than doing nothing. This simple piece of paper keeps me motivated, that's for sure.