Friday, December 31, 2010


i'm not a big fan of new year's resolutions. i like setting goals here and there, but me + resolutions = not the most successful. this year, though, i'm making one. and it's a fun one, albeit a bit challenging: i'll be joining in to the a doll a day challenge on flickr. i've watched people do 365 projects for years. in my early 20s i tried a self-portrait 365 and made it about 2 months. it wasn't particularly fun. i didn't want to do something that felt like work.

while home for the holidays (i'm now in NYC for a week after a marvelous 2+ weeks in WI) i met up with my friend meg. meg is a queen of clean, linear scrapbooking. she likes simple, but beautiful. she's an egyptologist. she doesn't have gobs of time to craft, but she tends to have lots of photos. this past summer she participated in an archeological dig in egypt and had a ton of photos to deal with. her solution? a 1 1/4 inch square punch and some great calendar paper.

i nicked her idea. she happily let me. she even led me to the
display of ki sew cute calendar papers at our favorite LSS (where, coincidentally, we met while working as students).

my plan for is to use the adorable paper (i'm using the color pictured above, lagoon) and a punch from ek's paper shapers line to showcase my dolly snaps month by month. i think it'll be fun. printing the photos at wallet size (4 up on a 4x6 print) makes for easy use of the punch to grab a little square image. as i get going with this, i hope to share some progress.

there are various options out there for calendar page scrapbook papers, but i'm really digging the ki sew cute line. i chose to go with one color and style for all 12 months, but they have 12 to choose from!

the best thing i like about these is that nearly all of them work with a 1 1/4" punch (the circular styles require just a 1"). i had a few punches, but of course not the size i needed for this project. oh well. my lovely enabling pal pointed out that i'll use it *at least* 365 times, so it will be well worth the investment. here's hoping that a year from now i'll have a great pile of pages full of tiny snaps of the hobby i love. i think it'll be a fun, and likely sometimes challenging, project to take on. but i'm really looking forward to it. (edit: check out my pal jo's awesome flickr mosaic of her dolly 365 here. a calendar page will be a little something like each of those!).

i know that some people who read this blog are dolly folks, some knitters, and some scrapbookers. but i'd love to see people join in with this project in their own ways. maybe a knit pic of the day or joining the flickr dolly group or snagging some cute paper and a punch and doing a photo a day challenge! or any combination thereof. i have some fun ideas for good blogging times in 2011 and i hope this can be a great start!


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