What Will You Make? – 30 Day Creative Challenge

Join the #2030make challenge! I'm busy, you're busy, we're all busy...BUT that shouldn't keep us from creating, should it? Join me on this 30 day challenge where we take 20 minutes a day to work on our projects. Free mini-workbook, email encouragement, and community included! @littlegirldesigns.com

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I don’t have a lot of TIME to create these days. And I’m guessing you don’t either. I know, I know, I’m a craft blogger so I’m supposed to be making things all the time, right? But the truth is, even though I love to work on creative projects, life is busy. I’ll make things for this blog but struggle to get past the idea stage for myself. Case in point: I bought yarn last October for a scarf that is still only half-way finished. I wish I could say that it is because it is a complicated pattern but the truth is, I keep forgetting about it. And let’s not even talk about my daughter’s photo book. She is a year younger in photo album years.

Do you relate?

  • You want to make things but the days seem too short.
  • When you do have time, you usually procrastinate and find some random organization project to do.
  • You wait until the end of the day to work on your projects and then find you’re too tired.

You’re a creative person who has a lot of ideas of projects you want to make, skills you want to learn, and techniques you want to try. But you don’t have the time. I hear you.

So what’s a creative to do?

Join the #2030make challenge! I'm busy, you're busy, we're all busy...BUT that shouldn't keep us from creating, should it? Join me on this 30 day challenge where we take 20 minutes a day to work on our projects. Free mini-workbook, email encouragement, and community included! @littlegirldesigns.com

Well, I thought it would be fun to create a challenge where we set aside 20 minutes a day for the next 30 days to work on our projects. Any creative project will do. I’m going to be working on that scarf, the photo album, and the illustrations for my upcoming creative retreat workbook. (I need variety just in case I get bored with one project. :)) I’m going to be starting my #2030make challenge on June 1st. Want to join me? (p.s. Yes, this challenge was for June BUT you can join any time. Many of us took the challenge and decided to keep up the habit of taking 20 minutes a day (or as much as possible) to keep the creative projects going.)

Do you think that we could possibly start and finish some things this month?!

Maybe . . .

  • You have an eBook you’ve been wanting to write,
  • An art journal that needs some love,
  • Some fabric and a pattern that are still waiting to be transformed,
  • Or . . . a myriad of other projects!

30 Day Creative Challenge (#2030make)

Join the #2030make challenge and you'll receive a free *updated* workbook, a five week email series on creativity (for free!), and the fun of being able to work on your creative projects. Whoohoo!

A challenge is a fun idea but it is even more fun if you have printable worksheets, right?

Sign up and you’ll receive:

  • A fun mini workbook where you can brainstorm your goals, write out your reward, mark off each day on a calendar, and color in a piece of the sun after each day’s creating time,
  • An encouraging email each week of the challenge to help you to keep going; these are packed with more information and freebies!
  • And community when you use the hashtag, #2030make on Twitter and Instagram. You’ll be able to see everyone’s projects to inspire you to keep it up.

Workbook + Encouragement + Community = Awesome! (Right?!)

 

  1. The #2030make challenge was exactly what I needed to get started on writing my eBook, DIY Block Design. It helped me take that first, scary step, and before I long, I found myself spending a lot longer than 20 minutes as I got hooked on the process! Purposely dedicating just 20 minutes per day is an achievable goal, and will help anyone beat the “I don’t have time” blues.

 

Honestly, life is too short to not create things. Would you like to join me? Click the button below to sign up, and you’ll receive a welcome email and a mini-workbook to get you started.

 

By the way, if you’re not sure what you would work on during #2030make, visit my Crafts & DIYs | To Make board on Pinterest. Most of the crafts I pin to that board are easy to make and would be perfect for this challenge.

Follow Jennie @ Little Girl Designs’s board Crafts | To Make on Pinterest.

20 minutes. 30 days. What will you make?

Let’s do this!

P.S. This challenge has been going strong for over a year now, so I updated the workbook and emails, and created a cute video. :)

P.P.S. Taking 20 minutes a day to create is one of the ways you can give yourself a retreat. No, really! I share how you can make this a reality as well as how to create a longer retreat in my new paperback workbook below.

Looking for a way to add more creativity to your life? In this 166 page, full-color book, you'll learn how to DIY your own creative retreats that you'll be able to take year round. Use the creative exercises inside to get back into your creative flow, journal away in the journaling section, or read interviews from different creative women for inspiration. You're going to love this!

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67 thoughts on “What Will You Make? – 30 Day Creative Challenge

  1. Hi Jennie,

    I am so excited about your #2030 and I keep signing up, because I am impatient to start today, but I haven’t found the link in my email yet. I have so many projects and think I’ll never find the time, but your idea gives me hope. I like how focused you said you were when you tried this.

    Please send me the link.
    Thanks a bunch,
    Kaylynne

    1. Hi Kaylynne! I’m so excited you signed up for the 2030make challenge. :) You should have already received an email with an link to get the workbook. Sometimes this goes into a junk folder. If you still haven’t rec’d it, I’ll send it over. Thanks! :)

    1. Hi Sara! Thanks so much re: The Creative Retreat book—I’m so glad you’re loving it. :) :) I checked, and you’re signed up for 2030make, but I will email you a direct link to the email so you can download your workbook and get started. Have a great day! :)

    1. You should have received an email after registering. It might have gone to your junk mail folder; if you still can’t find it, feel free to contact me here and I’ll be happy to email it to you. :)

  2. I was really pleased to find this challenge! I am a challenge-loving person, I guess it gives me something to focus on so I can achieve. I run a business and have two kids at home o lately I feel like my creative time is really lacking so here’s to 30 days of creativity! (And maybe now I can make some of those projects I wanted to get done for Christmas)

    1. Oh, I’m so excited for you! I’ve been keeping up this challenge too because I also want to make some Christmas gifts…I find if I don’t make the time, it’s not going to happen. :) Hope you have fun with #2030make! :)

  3. Oh my gosh, I can’t believe I just found this! I’m actually doing something similar on ZyloHandmade.com where I’m going to be finishing my first sweater in September. I feel like that’s going to take most of my time for crafting, but I’m with you – I’ve got a ton of stuff I want to try and do. I’ll have to come back in October and try this challenge then when my sweater is done. Great idea!

    1. Thanks so much! I just visited your blog and wow, I’m so impressed. You create beautiful work! Good luck on the sweater knitting–you can do it! I’ve only been brave enough to knit a sweater for my daughter when she was little (aka, it was very small and easy to finish, haha.) The one you’re knitting is gorgeous! :)

  4. I need to do this!!! Photo albums, sewing projects, art journals, cards to make and send, etc.

    By the way, what is the paint set in the picture? I love the pinks and other colors and haven’t seen one quite like that before.

    1. I think you’ll really like this challenge, Tiffani! I’ve been keeping it up and have finally finished some projects that just were not getting done. About the paints, man, you caught me. ;) I photoshopped those colors to make them match my blog because I thought that would be fun. The actual paint colors are regular watercolor paints. :)

  5. I signed up for the challenge but can’t find the mini workbook in my e-mail nor here.. Am I missing something? This looks like the perfect thing to get me out of my creative rut.

    1. Oh never mind, the e-mail showed up. Guess I’m just impatient. Can’t wait to get going on this.. every month.. haha. XD

      1. Phew! I was just going to email you the link just in case. :) :) I’ve decided to keep this up every month too–it’s a good habit to get into. Have fun!!! :)

  6. I love this! I’m late joining in but, I’m stoked. I hope you do this for July as well!

    1. Hi Kassandra! You can start #2030make any time you want so you’re not “late”! :) Hope you have fun with it–it has been a great exercise for me to get my own projects done. And so inspiring to see what everyone else is working on. :) Have a great day!

  7. What a fun idea – especially for summer!!! Thanks for sharing it with us at the Motivational Monday party last week! Hope you’ll join us again tonight!!

    Danielle
    SewMuchCrafting.com

    1. Thanks so much, Danielle! :) It has been so much fun to see everyone’s projects so far…I honestly can’t believe how many little projects I’ve been able to check off The List. :) Hope you have a great week!

  8. Sounds like fun! I have a quilt & pattern I’ve been meaning to put together for a while :)

    1. That sounds awesome, Casey. Check out the Instagram feed for #2030make–there are several quilters on there already! (Maybe you’re one of them? :))

  9. Love this idea! I also blog about my creations (but mostly about other stuff) so I’m constantly creating, my problem is I have crafter’s ADD. At this very moment I have 6 projects in the making, all different styles of crafting……

    I’m with you though, after dinner, I can almost guarantee I won’t get anything done.

    1. Oh my goodness, I have crafter’s ADD too! :) This challenge has really helped me with focus. Thanks so much for your comment! :)

  10. I saw this a little while back and wrote it off. I saw it again—and I can’t resist! I’m super busy and tired at the end of the day (who isn’t?) but I have a ton of projects I’d love to work on and even—gasp!—finish. With a baby on the way, there’s no time like the present!
    TenThousandHourMama.com

    1. Yippee! First of all, congratulations! Second of all, hopefully 20 minutes each day will help you get some of those projects finished before baby. :) And hey, you could also schedule in a 20 minute nap for creative re-charging, right? :) Can’t wait to see your creative projects this month. :)

  11. I just signed up. Looking forward to getting creative with you. Thanks so much for linking up this week at #HomeMattersParty. Can’t wait to see what you link up next week.

    1. Yay! I’m so excited for you to join this challenge, Melissa! Can’t wait to see what you’re working on this month!

  12. What a great challenge!

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Jill! :) I was hoping this challenge would help us moms find some time to create this summer. :) Hope you had a great weekend!

  13. This is such a great idea! I feel like my life is so ironic sometimes, because I’m an elementary school art teacher, but when do I actually find time to create art for myself? Definitely not often enough! Now that summer’s here I’m going to try to make it more a part of my life outside of school, and 20 minutes a day is a great way to do that, thanks for the idea!

    1. Oh my goodness, I hear you! I brainstorm crafts and creative ideas for this blog and then realize, wait a second, what about all of the projects I have sitting around that are half-finished?! :) I hope this challenge helps you this summer! And I hope you have a wonderful summer–my parents were both teachers and I think anyone who is a teacher is amazing! :) :)

  14. I couldn’t agree with you more….life IS too short to not create things! This is a great idea to stay inspired! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Merry Monday! We hope you’ll join us again this week! :)

  15. I have a cross stitch project I’ve been meaning to finish before my second daughter was born, but sadly it’s nowhere near finish even though the little miss is now 2! It was supposed to be gracing her room wall :p It’s a big project, but may be 20 minutes a day is enough to keep the habit going. Or does it have to be small projects?

    1. Hi Veronika! The 2030make challenge is for any project, big or small. I think working on your cross stitch project is a great idea! :) And the bits of time you put into it this month will move you forward towards completion. The biggest thing is that we all set aside some time to work on our creative projects; I think as moms that is one of the first things to go! Have a great day and thanks for your comment! :)

  16. This is a wonderful idea! Thanks for linking up at the Thoughtful Spot!

  17. Great concept! I’m a firm believer that you can do a lot in a few minutes with a plan!

  18. Signed up – this is a FABULOUS idea! I have an entire art room that is completely unused.

  19. I hope you run this challenge again. Both of our daughters are getting married this year and the first one is in July. I would be totally cray-cray if I tried to start this now. It’s a wonderful idea!

    1. Oh my goodness, that would be a crazy summer if you signed up now. :)

      We’ll be doing the challenge together this month so there will be more of a community feel as you use the hashtag and follow along with other people’s projects. BUT I’ll be running this year-round, so you can sign up whenever you’d like. I will definitely be dreaming up more challenges for the future too! :) Hope you have a wonderful summer! :)

  20. Hi! This sounds like so much fun! However, every time I try and sign up…it tells me that something went wrong and to try again later…Have tried several times and no luck….can you help? Thank you!

  21. Kelsy W sent this to me. So I’m working on photo albums for my daughter. I’m at about 4th grade. The problem is, she is now 18 and graduating high school! This will be a great way for me to catch up.

    1. Thanks so much for your comment, Mary! I’m so excited for you to tackle those photo albums this month. :) I have a feeling if I don’t get back on board with working on mine, I’ll be in the same place. Time just flies, doesn’t it? Can’t wait to see how this challenge goes for you! :)

  22. This is an awesome way to carve out 10 hours in a month to work on something just for YOU (mom)!

    Thanks for sharing,
    Raki

    1. Thanks, Raki! 10 hours isn’t much, but it’s something, right? This is going to be a fun month! :)

  23. Tripped on this while on Pinterest. I love this idea. May also talk to my 10 year old and husband about joining me on this. I love this idea.

    1. Hi Kelsy, I’m so glad you’re going to do this challenge! I think it would be so fun for your whole family to join in on the fun. Thanks so much for your comment! :)

  24. Hi, found you via pinterest. I am doing a summer vacation activity book for my daughter to keep her busy during her summer holidays. i am sure she will love the projects in this challenge.
    Cant wait to try them :D
    Thank you for making this challenge

      1. Hi Jennie,
        thanks for the answer and the links. Was on “Craft hunt” almost the complete evening :D and will check your links for some extra craftings.
        so exited

  25. i found this challenge while perusing Pinterest for things to keep my little ones busy this summer. I’m so excited to take the challenge to do something for myself also this summer!

    1. Yay! So glad you joined, Lisa! I’m so excited to tackle some of my projects with all of you! :)

  26. I’m super excited about this! Now my only problem is trying to pick *which* project to focus on! ;-)

    1. I know, right? I think I’ll end up doing a few smaller projects that have been languishing for a while. :) So glad you’re joining me for this challenge, Ellen! :)

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