Saturday, 2 February 2013

January In Numbers

I've watched Julie's lovely project, My Month In Numbers, with much interest for some time now. I've also very much enjoyed seeing the posts of the many of you who join in and play along. What a fab way to summarise some of the happenings and details, big and little, major and minor, of each month! And yes, I've often thought of having a go myself - but somehow it never quite happened.

Until now....

I think the main difference now is that I'm doing Project Life. Knowing what my memory is like, I've been keeping quite a detailed diary every day - a summary of the day kind of diary rather than a deep and meaningful thoughts kind of diary - and while most of that detail doesn't make it into Project Life (doesn't need to!) it has indeed been an invaluable prompt for me when I come to put together my PL pages. And, of course, it meant that I had a lot of notes to refer to when I thought about having a go at summarising my month in numbers! :)


I've created a 6x12" page and added a handdrawn frame (idea totally lifted from Ali Edwards' lovely work - mine is nowhere near as lovely, since my handwriting is - um - nowhere near as lovely....) I've then used my colourful Promarkers to keep adding to the list until I ran out of space! (You should be able to enlarge the photos by clicking on them if you want to be able to read them better.)

I didn't realise, until I went through my notes, that I'd actually managed to read 18 books last month.

I didn't realise, until I went through my Twitter account, that I'd actually managed to tweet 110 times last month.

I did realise that I'd watched Les Miserables twice, gotten rid of my crutches, and tried 5 new recipes, but it was nice to highlight those further on this page :)

The plan is that I'll add this in a 6x12" protector right into my Project Life - and I most sincerely hope I'll keep up with it and have such a page to add for each month right through the year! Many thanks Julie for inspiring me by sharing your own post each month, and many, many thanks for inspiring me to finally take part myself - the mathematician in me loves seeing all these numbers, the memory-keeper in me is pleased with the record of our month, the scrapbooker in me welcomes this addition to Project Life, and the joiner-inner in me is chuffed to be taking part along with so many blog friends! ;)

22 comments:

Jane said...

wow, 18 books!!

Jo.C said...

That is such a good idea. I may just have to borrow that idea. Just got to put my numbers together :0)
Great post x

dogmatix said...

Great way to include in PL. 18 books...that is some reading....(and yay to the 0 crutches lol)

Julie Kirk said...

Welcome aboard Mel!

0 crutches must have been a lovely one to write down!

I - who only managed to read 2 and a bit books - am going to tell myself that the 18 you read must have been extremely short!

Your combination of projects / album / blogging sounds like it makes sense - there seem to be quite a few ProjectLife-ers out there doing something similar.

I've added your debut to the board now: http://pinterest.com/notesonpaper/my-month-in-numbers/

Thanks so much for the lovely introduction and a very Happy February to you.

Julie :-)

helena said...

love how you did your numerical summary - I do mine as an insert for PL too - seems to fit there

Kirsty.a said...

Well done for joining in. 18 books is an impressive number and I'm jealous that you've seen Les Mis twice - I still haven't mangaed it once

Jo said...

A great month in numbers and a brilliant idea to put it in your PL album. 18 books, wow!

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Impressive number of books! I've only managed 1 new one as I am on a Tudor biography kick at the moment & am rereading a bunch I already own

Sian said...

I think 18 books tells a story on its own - now you are rid of those crutches that number might go down :)

Louise said...

I hope these numbers make it into your pl album. 18 books wow!

Jerrie Luginbill said...

This is wonderful! I love your month in numbers and how awesome that you've taken on Project Life as well. You'll have a well documented year. :)

Karen said...

It takes me nearly a year to read 18 books--my goal is 25 for the year. That alone is quite an accomplishment!

Beverly said...

I am joining in for 2013 as well, great idea to keep the daily diary for PL :)

Jennifer Grace said...

This is a great way to record your numbers. I'm impressed with the number of books you read and all the tweets you did! x

Jimjams said...

Great idea to incorporate it into PL - fab book-reading too - is that as a result of continued immobility?

Tamara said...

Wow I love you photos of notes. Ali Edwards idea is great I can't wait to see how your project looks. I am about to post my pages on my blog...perhaps by the end of the week.

Missus Wookie said...

What a great collection of numbers :) Cool to add it into your PL too. Makes me wonder if I can do something similar....

Ginger said...

Wow! 18 books - that's more than I read last year :)
I like the idea of adding this to PL :)

Melissa Stebbins said...

Wow, that is a heap of books. You have such a good mixture of numbers, and there's your handwriting looks great.

Gail said...

18 books? Oh my I didn't even get 1 completed. :) I love the idea of including this in your PL album. I'm thinking even though I missed January I'm going to borrow that idea from you.

Clair said...

I've really been wanting to join in with MMIN as well, but have never managed it until now. Watch this space!

Glad to hear that PL is helping you to record those numbers x

Miriam said...

I love this Mel, when I saw the thumbnail I thought it was a life size page with you standing behind it.
You are a prolific reader! I'm seriously impressed.