Work in Progress Wednesday

First of all, life is a work in progress in and of itself, so there is nothing special about that on a Wednesday. It just sounded better than a title of "I've been so busy that I haven't had a chance to blog yet"... am I right? I DO have a ton of projects and ideas that are in the works right now and none of them are finished enough to blog about them yet. So what happens when everything is in that stage? It can be a bit paralyzing. Which one do you tackle first? And you ask yourself (again) why you insist on starting so many things all at once?!

I thought it might be fun to take a different approach and show you the glimpses of what my works in progress are at the moment. Here are some of the things I'm up to:

smashbooking

I like to keep a few SMASH Books around for random keepsakes and ephemera that don't make it into my digital layouts. One of these books is a collection of  our trips for the last few years. I use it for saving ticket stubs, room keys, and other fun little items. It's up to date through September of 2014, but we have taken 2 small trips (downtown SLC, and Jackson Hole, WY) and one really big trip since then (Hawaii) so I have a pile of stuff to add to it. It will probably only take me about 30 minutes or so to get it all done because Smash-booking is quick and easy for me. 

The other SMASH Book in the photo is for my son. He likes to keep all of his movie, play, and concert tickets in it. I help him write out a few details about some of the events. It also needs some updating that will take about 10 minutes at the most. Totally worth it because it's such a treasure for him!

That wire basket (purchased at Target years ago) is filled with supplies for a quick grab whenever I feel like working on these projects. It's filled with adhesive, washi tape (more than I will ever need), some stickers and notepads, pockets, and pens. 

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4x4 prints.jpg

I ordered a few more 4x4 press prints from Persnickety Prints to add to my favorite photo board in my office. I wanted to replace a few of the pictures on the board and add in some new (and old) memories. This will probably take me about 5 or 10 minutes now that I finally got the photos ordered. It took me about 3 months to do that. 

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snap

I also send my art journal pages to Persnickety Prints for printing. I put them on an 8x10 canvas and send them in as 8x10 prints. I include the words "white space is intentional" because Persnickety is so great about their quality that they will call me to let me know they don't fill the printing space. Why don't I just print them in 6x8 you ask since that is what size they are supposed to be for the SNAP albums? Good question! I wish the SNAP album people and many other 6x8 manufacturers would actually make their 6x8 page protectors a true 6 inches by 8 inches. I found out the hard way that the actual size of paper that fits best in those page protectors is about 6.25 x 8.25. That extra quarter of an inch looks huge when it's empty space in a protector around your print! Thank goodness I can print them true to size and just trim off the extra white space. 

This project will take less than 5 minutes for me to complete. The hardest part will be getting out my paper cutter. lol!

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eating schedule.jpg

While I'm generally opposed to paper based planners (except this one), I am getting ready to set up a small notebook to record my eating plan in. I've tried several apps and they just don't work as well as having a physical checklist. I have a self-designed plan that I'm following and so far it is actually working, which is huge for me. I want to have an ongoing record and I found this very simple planner at Michael's for about $3. It's plain, but colorful inside. I bought myself some fun little stamps and pins to keep it festive. 

I'd like to take about 30 minutes and work ahead in this planner by adding some everyday lists and checklists. I also want to decorate it up a bit so I don't get bored with it. My daughter is working on one for her own goals so it will be fun for us to do this together. We just need to find time when we are both available to work on it at the same time.

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My husband is somewhat of a minimalist and is not what you would call a memory keeper, but he saved all of his hotel room keys last year. He thought it would be interesting to see how many there were by the end of the year (23) and I believe he is continuing on for 2015 as well. We were with him for 11 of these stays. The rest were on his own and mostly for business with a few for races he participated in.

I'd like to slip these all into some sort of album for him. I think they would work well in baseball trading card pocket pages or Project Life pocket pages. I want the album to be no bigger than a standard binder size so he can keep it on his bookshelf. My biggest hold up on this project right now is taking the time to look for suitable supplies. That can take a some time.

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Those are just 5 of the small projects I have going on right now. They are all things I want to finish and be able to blog about. I won't even go into all the personal projects like piles of laundry and unfinished LEGO sets. Ha Ha!

The funny thing is that I could have finished most of them in the time it took me to write this blog post. Still, it was a useful practice for me to take inventory and figure out what needs to be done for each item. And it's a pretty creative way to procrastinate as well!