Greetings all my artsy friends! Believe it or not, there is less than a week left in 2018. The New Year will be upon us soon, so I wanted to drop in with a tip for scrapping all of the goals you had in 2018 – before you move on to 2019 goals, dreams and aspirations.
Raise your hand if you pledged to read a certain number of books in 2018 (^^raising hand now^^). This is my fourth year of playing along with the reading challenge at Good Reads. The first year, my goal was 26 books, the second it was 50 books, and the last two years I pledged to read 52 books. Each year I was able to make my goal, including 2018 when I read 54 books. I want to keep challenging myself to read more, so maybe next year the goal will be 56 or even 60 books.
I love the page that Good Reads creates for everyone who participates in their reading challenge. It shows the covers of all books read during that year and is an excellent resource filled with awesome scrapping information (such as the total number of pages read, longest book, shortest book, most popular, least popular, etc.). I have created layouts with the covers of all books read in years past, but this year I decided to go with just the book titles. I came up with this page (which was created with lots of goodness available in the SOSN sale today at 50% off):
As you can see, I used the book titles as a background design element, but there are any number of ways that you can document your books read list. Consider some of these:
1. Make a page using the covers of all the books you read as journal card-type elements. Here is one that I made in 2016:
2. Choose your favorite books and layer the covers to create a background page. Lower the opacity a bit and then add dimensional elements and journaling cards on top with the full list of all books read.
3. Create a page that highlights your favorite book and lists the other books in the background.
4. Type the book titles in a border that surrounds the page.
5. Make a page that includes your favorite quotes from the books you read that year. (This one takes a bit of planning as you should start keeping track as you are reading. I plan to do this next year.)
Whether it is reading or another goal you had for 2018, make sure that you document it with at least one page. If you are a bookworm (or even just an occasional reader) and would like to join us in the forum, you can find the Reading Pad HERE. We read and discuss a new book each month so feel free to jump in when you have the time – we would love to see you there!
This is my last blog post for 2018, but I will see you in the New Year with an awesome MOC 7 Challenge!
Have a safe and happy New Year!