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I am thinking about projects today.


Looking for my list (or, ahem, lists) that I have been keeping which details my thoughts on what I want to do next: projects, art, organization, and long term stuff. Anyone else like me and have way too many places you stash lists? Just a few minutes ago I counted six blank notebooks that have about 10 pages full of different stuff in each one. Seriously, one would be good.


I'll just put that on my to-do list to tackle today.


Finishing up my CK column for August. Picking up the piles of stuff that have accumulated during the past three weeks. Working on another issue of the newsletter (it has been way too long). Keeping the laundry going. Getting the rest of those layouts in albums. Writing a FAQ for this blog. Thinking about drawing and working with fabric and painting. Considering a garage sale.


I have pretty much fallen off the wagon on the 365 project. Considering doing some smaller 30 day photo projects like Amanda did a few months back. I like the idea of focusing on something specific and making a project out of that idea: like choosing a color, or macro shots, or found typography, or Simon's current antics. Andrea is great at that sort of thing as well. 


What's your current project? Or what's at the top of the list for your next one?

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  1. Alicia Sharp says…
    04/16/2008

    I always have lists! I so know what you mean! Right now my top list project is Spring cleaning and organizing and purging!

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  2. Kim H. says…
    04/16/2008

    I am doing a cute transparent mini-album for my dad who turned 77 yesterday. I was inspired by your love of transparencies and those yummy numbers you posted yesterday.

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  3. robyn says…
    04/16/2008

    oh my god i have lists everywhere! i make them at work, at home, in notebooks, on napkins, everywhere! if you can make a "one notebook" system work, let me know how!
    my current project is scrapping all my parents' old photos. they were really bad at storing them, and i kept finding them all over the house. so i'm scrapping them, putting the doubles in page protectors as well, and then mailing them off an album at a time (i live in omaha, they're in chicago).
    that one should take me some time!

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  4. {vic} says…
    04/16/2008

    I have the lists everywhere too!!
    On top of mine is to do anything creative!!!!!!!!!! It has been so long since I have scrapped anything--got to get back on track!!!!!!
    {vicki}

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  5. Steph H says…
    04/16/2008

    I feel like there's always a project going on around here. Right now I'm just working on getting the house together before wedding season starts off in a couple of weeks.
    I love your idea of a monthly thing. I think I could handle that better than a year.

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  6. erica says…
    04/16/2008

    I have 5 notebooks that I {try} to carry around with me: layout ideas, a "want" book, a quote book, to-do list book, and a journal. Right now at the top of my list is to organize all my pictures and ideas from a recent trip to SLC, Utah and complete more pages about me, and less about events. It's such a daunting task! But I don't feel stressed about it after reading Stacy Julian's blog entry from March 29th about balancing life, work, and creating.

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  7. kT says…
    04/16/2008

    I fell of my 365 wagon as well. i got tired of it because, well i got uninspired. Oh well.
    BUT i've been working scrapping an old album full of letter and pictures from friends that they gave to me when i was in fifth grade and moving to a new state. It made me want to scrap old things for a while, which might get my attention.

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  8. Amanda says…
    04/16/2008

    I'm thinking of a way to make my trip to Disney into an album that won't take forever to complete. I have a couple ideas rolling around.

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  9. Sara says…
    04/16/2008

    I just sent you an email, Ali, with my solution to this (it includes your "daily something" word art)... I don't know how to attach a photo of it here, so hope it's ok I emailed it!

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  10. mama t-rex says…
    04/16/2008

    I've had a notebook obsession since my teens so I completely relate. What's worked for me this year is to have one big notebook for everything where I can dump my thoughts (like Artist's Way -- except my entries include grocery lists and layout sketches/journaling drafts). Then I write in my "real" journal twice a week (I notice my entries have been a little deeper, maybe because I've gotten the whining over and done with, and had time to mull things over).
    My big project now is a Weight Loss mini book. Resolutions, quotes, mini triumphs like increasing the incline on the treadmill. I just add on to it as I go and read it when I get discouraged / lazy.

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  11. Danielle says…
    04/16/2008

    I am the same way I have lists of projects everywhere! I have my planners I carry around with me, I have notebooks in my scrap room, and stashed in my nightstand and the desk I share with my hubby it's crazy! I have to get everything in a place or have one notebook for lists and one for journaling because right now it's just all everywhere! I am currently scrapping some of the stories from the past year that I would like to tell. I also picked up a clear album that I would like to work on - thanks for the inspiration on that one!

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  12. jennifer says…
    04/16/2008

    I have a ton of lists. I have post-it note lists, small legal pad lists, large legal pad lists, back of garbage mail lists, lists in my head...need I go on. I am glad someone else besides myself is inflicted or inundated with too many lists going at once. :)
    My current project. Sheesh...um get my lists organized. :)
    I am a part of that 365Project too and you know, I don't always do a picture everyday. I feel a bit guilty but then I think to myself, "This is just to get me to think creatively at least once a day, to take a picture once a day, I'm not bound by a contract and it's not written in blood that I have to post everyday." So when I don't post for a bit I don't worry about it. I just get right back into the groove and keep at it. :) No worries.
    Jen
    p.s. It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood! (Lakeville, MN) It smells like spring here.
    Scrapbook-wise...get going on an album I'm doing for my niece. When my nephew was born I did a layout for each week of his first year and so now I have to do it for my niece as well. I'm waaaaaaay behind. I need to kick it into overdrive.

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  13. Irene says…
    04/16/2008

    Top on the list is doing a photo book (on-line)of 2007. I am trying to free myself from the everything-must-be-documented-in-cronological-order thing (thank you Stacy). I think that if I could get the photo book off my things to do list, then I can free creativity to scrapbook/create in an exciting way.

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  14. Melissa LaFavers says…
    04/16/2008

    Yeah, I've got those lists, too, Ali. Last night, my husband and I were adding to the list of bigger ticket purchases this Spring, as well as the list of things we need to do this season.
    I also have lists of techniques to try, lists of supplies to get, lists of projects. Put them all in one notebook, you say?
    Now what fun would that be?? : D
    Melissa

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  15. Rebecca Coolidge says…
    04/16/2008

    I always have a million projects floating around in my head, and never enough time to do them all. Right now I am working on a scrapbook of a trip my husband and I took to NY City last year. I have a question for you about your column in the latest CK. On the layout where you used the metal edges by 7 gypsies, I noticed that you had stapled them on. I haven't seen any in person yet and I have thought about ordering some. Are they thin enough that a regular stapler will adhere them?

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  16. Fafa from Brazil says…
    04/16/2008

    Hi Ali,
    I am from Brazil, and the local newspaper asked me to write an article about scrapbooking - which is a fairly new hobby to our region. Would it be possible if I emailed you a briefing, and you helped with the answers to some of the questions? Pls let me know! My email is rafaela.colombelli@yahoo.com. Take Care!

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  17. ~leah g~ says…
    04/16/2008

    I love blank books, and have lists in many of them (although some are "too pretty" to write in just yet).
    I guess it seems that most of us always have some project or another floating around in our minds. I am hoping to start a 365/6 project sometime this year. I have laundry to complete, rooms to purge, but the top project for the next two months is the final details on my wedding. Who knew that it would be so much work?

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  18. jkhenson says…
    04/16/2008

    I have "remember the milk" for gmail, so it keeps my "to do list" prioritized and dated right with my email. This has helped me eliminate some of my paper lists! I still like to have idea lists to travel with me, etc. But this seems to help with my home lists. http://www.rememberthemilk.com/services/gmail/
    Next projects are a small, 8 x 8 book for each of my daughters, of 2007, and the qualities I love about each of them.

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  19. Vivette says…
    04/16/2008

    So thrilled to know I am not the only one with multiple lists in multiple places! OH- I also have electronic lists in my computer and flash drives!
    My top project is to work on a family heritage album for my parents with copies for me and my brother.

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  20. Julee says…
    04/16/2008

    I have many things on my list(s) too. Like you I have a list about everything. At the top is laundry ... my dryer has been broke for 15 days, it's now fixed. I have three little boys (Thank Heaven for boys) and they love mud and grass!! Next I would like to get layouts of their fall sports in their books seeings how Spring Sports started last week .... and then I can't find my list ...

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  21. Keely says…
    04/16/2008

    forget about the garage sale. too much work for too little benefit. better off to donate and take a tax deduction. i'm speaking from experience.
    i need to address and mail invitations to my parents' 50th anniversary, then work on my handmade book of the month (Tena) about our puppy :) i've been saving photos and wanting to do a Ginger book for a while. but right now, i need to get back to work work. sigh.

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  22. Michelle B says…
    04/16/2008

    i have 3 mini albums I never finished. 1 from easter, 1 from christmas and 1 from our trip to the circus last year.

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  23. d. reeves says…
    04/16/2008

    It seems like so many of my projects lately are to organize something. I love using my creativity along with that.
    Here are my latest projects.
    ornament box-inspired by yours
    http://dianereeves.blogspot.com/2008/04/ornament-box.html
    inspiration file- pictures are at bottom of post
    http://dreevesdesignhouse.blogspot.com/2008/04/winner-and-style-file-idea.html
    gift ideas-I keep finding random pieces of paper with gift ideas for family and friends, this has totally helped my get it together.
    http://dreevesdesignhouse.blogspot.com/2008/03/another-close-up.html
    I am enjoying the feeling of completion and definitely ready to create just for fun.

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  24. Relly says…
    04/16/2008

    have you ever read Getting Things Done by David Allen? I thought it would be really corporate but I have to say I'm working on making the system work for me as a more artsy person, and it absolutely relates to me.
    What I love about it is that it is totally common sense. Once you read it you go 'well, yeah! why don't i do that!'
    All about having a list in one place and not running around putting out fires.
    (I use omnifocus on the mac to keep track of my stuff)

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  25. Debbie D Dodd - Studio 3D says…
    04/16/2008

    I'm working my way through a 6-month self-challenge to create art every day...in alphabetical order!
    I brainstormed 7 rounds of the alphabet in themes, supplies and techniques and started on January 1. I will finish on June 30.
    Every day is posted on my blog. http://mystudio3d.com/blog/
    Enjoy!
    Debbie D. Dodd
    Studio 3D

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