It’s here. January 1. My new favorite project.
I am so excited to invite you to reflect along with me throughout the month of January….
January is a time for fresh starts, new eyes, recalibration.
Join me each January for a RESET project.
Throughout the month I will post different journaling prompts and topics to help you review the year behind and RESET for the year ahead.
I will be using the brand new RESET digital kit designed by Alexandra Rae Design (with some input from me). It includes lovely word art, prompts and elements, as well as pre-made quick pages to get you started right away.
This kit can be used any time, but throughout January, Allie and I will be leading the way through reflecting on the past year and resetting for the year ahead using this kit as a base.
(the kit is on sale right now and kind of a crazy steal, so if you are at all considering this project I would grab it)
(above are some journaling cards I created with the elements of the kit)
Each Monday in January here at Lemon and Raspberry, I will post about how I am using the kit to journal about the following topics.
Week 1: Reflection (January 5)
Week 2: Right Now (January 12)
Week 3: Goals (January 19)
Week 4: Action Steps (January 26)
Throughout the month, my primary goal is to encourage journaling and reflection. I mean, this kit and playing with paper and stamps are fun and lovely, but I believe it is our words and individual stories that really give these projects their worth.
We’ll go over what is working and what is not, give you reminders to just start and mini-celebrations when you’ve finished. We’ll reiterate goals and give you the easy check-off pages to establish those new habits.
To start us off, a quick look at my ‘title’ and first couple pages. The very beginning.
I’m still waiting for an order of photo prints to arrive, but the empty pocket on this first page will be this self-portrait from September 2014 (from an event I was super scared to go to and so glad I did. Totally changed my life. I love the way that event/weekend made me feel and – bonus – I’m wearing a blue/teal color in the photo).
The RESET card is included in the kit, and the FRESH START card I made using Ali Edwards Story Stamp kit.
I’m a big fan of the white space. Very clean, new, blank slate. We chose blue/teal as the main color for the digital kit because it can feel both invigoratingly wintery (for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere) but also cooling summer (for those in the Southern Hemisphere).
The first opening spread …
The PRACTICE journaling card I made (simply matched the color to the kit and used a similar-ish typewriter font) with a quick jotting of what my One Little Word means to me. The floral journaling card I made with an element from the kit.
The blank 4×6 space will be a photo of my husband and me from last night (New Year’s Eve).
A quick note — one of the reasons I am so excited about this project is because my husband and I had a rough 2014. Both of us are working really really hard at our respective careers, both of us making giant sacrifices for the future, both of us insanely proud of what the other is doing. But that means that our just-hanging-out-being-together time was cut to …. honestly, less than the bare minimum. You wouldn’t believe me if I told you a couple could spend that little time together and still be happy.
Anyway, the point is that this project is in part about Team Schubert. You may choose to have the project all be YOURS. Let it be your quiet in the storm of having 4 kids. Or let it be a project with you and your senior in high school daughter who is facing big life decisions this year. Or let it be about your business and partnership with your best friend. Whatever YOU need right now, this project can work for.
Mine is for Team Schubert.
Which brings me to the first Quick Page (from the kit) I used….
(the Quick Pages are 8.5×5.5. Half of a regular letter sheet of paper. So they should both be easy to print AND fit into your 6×8 album (or larger) and probably your planner too)
As you can no doubt see, it is almost empty. That is only for the photo. I actually did the journaling on the next page first (photo below) and realized I wanted to blur out 2/3rds of the words before posting a photo. So for this ‘This is my WHY’ page, I just took the photo first.
You will likely see a lot of that kind of thing in my pages throughout January. This is a very personal, and at times private project. Yes, I would love you all to join me throughout the month, but this album is my own little space and I will be writing things that are just for me (and Andrew).
In designing the kit, Allie and I didn’t really specify which pages or elements go where. There’s no rules for how to use this kit, and if you want to save this quick page for next October or not use it at all, that works well too.
But I love it for an opening statement.
The backside of the quick page I adhereed white cardstock (so that page is nice and sturdy) and used one of the label prompts across the top.
The second week of January will explore the NOW feelings, positioning, etc in more detail, so this list is more of a beginning list. More of where I’m starting from before doing the project. It includes feelings about 2014 and desires for 2015 among other things.
Supplies so far:
- 6×8 Snap album and various pocket pages
- Ali Edwards Story Stamp (December 2014 subscription) (Fresh Start and starburst stamps)
- Renaissance Stamp Pad (no label to tell me the color name, but you know. bright blue)
- Brilliance Graphite ink from rukristin papercrafts
- quick page, filler card and journaling cards with elements from the RESET digital kit
Let me clarify, that the digital kit is in no way required to join in the project. As you can see I created some journaling cards on my own (the practice card, for example, didn’t use any kit elements). I would still love if you joined me in journaling and reflecting each week throughout January when you do it all your own way.
That said …. This is the kind of digital kit that you can use all year – not just for a holiday. You’ll find 3-month, 6-month and 9-month check-in pages to encourage you to move forward all year. You’ll find journaling prompts that remind you why you are doing this and what you don’t want to do in the future.
The quick pages will get you started right away. No excuses.
This kit pairs perfectly with a small 6×8” scrapbooking album, or even your favorite planner. You’ll be inspired to be ambitious and to let go of the old, when you dive into the RESET project.
I want to make this project an annual one, and I’m very proud of how this kit will help.
My intention is to do this project every year. I think it is the perfect companion to choosing a One Little Word, mantra or 1 big goal, especially for those of us who have a tendency to maybe think too much about mistakes and should-haves in the past.
I seriously love this and I can’t wait to see what you all do with it.
Happy January! Will you be joining Allie and me in the RESET project?