This is not your traditional list of things to do, just a random bunch of things that I have wanted to share and in no particular order.
My cousin and her husband, along with other members of his family started a book subscription company last year (maybe it was even the year before that.... how embarrassing that I don't remember). Joining has been on my list of things to do since the beginning and today I finally signed up. Hooray! I love books, not new for anyone who knows me. I adore children's books the illustrations and colors are magical. I can't wait for our first box to come. Bookroo wraps the individual books. Loaf is going to love it!!! If you want to read one of my favorite posts from Jane go here: 8 Princesses You Might Actually Want Your Daughter to Emulate. Of course there is a very sweet one about my uncle: Thanks Dad!
2. Scripture journal: patriarchal blessing (scripture format)
The link I had originally from this "scripture journal (odds and ends post) is no longer working so I finally got around to finding a couple of new ones. I have saved the templates and will just add one if the links end up not working in the future, but for now you can download a couple of different templates here at "personal progress helper" and "scripture my blessing".
3. a small clip from an interview I did at the RootsTech conference in February
It was shown on twitter, a platform I hardly use (there are just so many different ways and not enough to do everything) and I'm not sure how to add it here, but hopefully this link will work.
4. Family Search page
Months ago, can't remember when, there was a little blue bar at the top of my familysearch page (after I logged in) to try a new look and features. I can't tell you how much I love the left column featuring the memories and sources people add to their ancestors pages. I love seeing what my family (close and distant) adds and the memories shared bring a greater connection. I also enjoy learning about how I am related to the ancestor.
The record hints is another great feature and did you notice there is a to do list that you can add to. Love a good to do list.
5. Visual History
I finally decided on a new format for the next volume in my visual personal history (see this post and this one) It's ridiculous the amount of time and testing I spent on deciding on a notebook and in the end just grabbed one from the cupboard without looking just to get started. It's really silly, but it's one of my quirks. My old notebook is a moleskine classic blank notebook, which is 5"x 8.5". The paper was very thin, but it worked out and I adore what was created. Still loving the Koi watercolor set .
Even though I had plenty of beautiful sketchbooks here at home I ordered 4 that I had heard wonderful things about from other artists. I will admit that I'm a little nervous to use the ones sitting in my drawer. The paper is so lovely and what if I mess it up, or rather when I mess it up. It's irrational, but nonetheless it's a struggle.
Handbook (Global Art Materials 5-1/2-Inch by 5-1/2-Inch Drawing Book). It's really cute and the paper is lovely, but I decided not to use it because the 5x5 seemed a little small right now.
Pentalic (hardbound sketbook 7 inch by 7 inch) I wasn't sure about the square, because a square has always been hard, but in the end I decided on this one to branch out and work with a different format. I also liked the bright white pages.
Kikkerland, Leuchtturn (5-inch by 8-1/2 inch soft cover) I had read reviews that Leuchtturm was a great alternative to moleskine with a little better paper quality. They felt the same and I was looking for something different so I am using this for my brush calligraphy practice.
Moleskine Art Plus Sketch book (7-1/2-inch by 7-1/2-inch soft cover) I did like the heavier weight of this paper and the cahier and functionality of the sketchook is something I'm excited to work with at some point, but in the end the perforated, detachable pages made me decide against using this particular album.
I will post the remaining pages of my first notebook next week. I've gotten a couple of requests to a video walk through. If there is a quiet moment in the house I will try to record something. It's really fun to see it all together.