organize your stuff challenge (last chance round). week 2. brainstorming.

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Posted 10/23/2011 by ~crisann~ in General Scrappin'
 

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Posted: 10/23/2011 12:33:08 AM
good morning, ladies!


this week, we're going to be doing some brainstorming. Oh, and i almost forgot, the scrap fairy will be visiting as well...

here's the link to wookiemouse's blog.


question of the week: what's your take on stuff? do you think it helps or hurts you? Do you think you'd be better off w/ more or less stuff?


have a great weekend!

happy organizing!




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Posted: 10/23/2011 1:37:47 AM
We're starting off week 2 with a visit from the ScrapFairy? Wonderful!

After her visit, I don't think my scrap space will look much different. I just hope she's good friends with the HomeOfficeFairy and the GuestRoomFairy, because I hope they will contribute some

I'm ok with the physical layout of the room, but I need the ScrapFairy to help me make the storage in my shelving unit and Expedit look pleasing. I'm also wondering whether she might help me figure out something nice for the wall in front of my desk.

Crisann, you ask whether stuff helps or hurts. For me it's both (how's that for a clear-cut answer? ). I'm striving towards minimalism in my home, but find it too... too... stark? depressing? Something like that. And especially so in scrapbooking. I like "stuff" . Not messy stuff, though. The stuff need a home, or it ruins my mojo.

I also read you question as a question about choice. At the start of my process I'm usually helped by restrictions. Make me choose between three pieces of cardstock and a random patterned paper page, and I'm getting creative. I've also purged old stuff because too much choice paralyze me. Perfectionism would have me consider EVERYTHING to make the BEST choice. And that doesn't help me finish layouts...


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Posted: 10/23/2011 4:25:39 AM
I the Scrapfairy... just wish those changes were permanent.

I think too much stuff hinders me. Too many choices stops me making a decision and stops me getting creative with what I have. This is especially true for new products - I can often do the same thing with my existing stuff with just a little more effort. I buy alterable products for this reason: raw chipboard, white and silver brads, etc.

That said, a decent collection of cs is essential so I can start a page as soon as inspiration strikes. I hate going to my LSS, photos in hand, and having to start from scratch (yeah, I know that's what 'they' advise, but I just hate it).

OK, off to brainstorm that list of mine...




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Posted: 10/23/2011 7:40:31 AM
Scrap fairy..does she do side jobs?

Stuff..I need less stuff..to much stuff and I don't know where to start. To many decisions, like going to Marshall's (way overwhelming for me)! So...to much stuff hinders me, not hurt.

I'd be better of with less stuff. Tried this w/my kitchen utensil drawer..boxed everything up about 3 months ago and only took out of the box what I needed, as I needed it. Guess what? I only have about 15 utensil's in the drawer today...so...less stuff!

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Posted: 10/23/2011 7:44:21 AM
You know, I totally LOVE my little room! It's cozy, everything (almost) is within arm's reach and as DH likes to play computer games in the evening and this room is also the office we spend time together too

But a few things I need from the scrap fairy
- a new desk
- I need to be able to purge at least a bookshelf worth of "stuff".
- the ability to purge better - seriously!

QOTW: Stuff helps or hurts??
LOL like Hilde, this is a yes or no answer

Some stuff helps - for me it's paper and punches. Having lots of paper and options for colours is great for me. The other thing though, it my paper is very well organized so I can find anything I want in no time at all. My punches are all in one spot, behind the door. I just shut the door and choose what I want.

But then sometimes having stuff hurts (especially when those things aren't organized well). Worse things for me are embelishments and stamps. Because I have them in so many different places I might "know" I have something, but it takes forever to find it. And usually along the search for the elusive *something* I get distracted and start doing something else instead. (This is where I can use the purging help )

This is also why I don't want to get into other related crafts where I don't already have stuff for ... like the mixed media messy stuff and digital scrapbooking. I just find I'm overwhelmed with what I already have, I don't need to add anymore to the chaos.

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Posted: 10/23/2011 10:47:55 AM
morning ladies!

i can't believe i slept in until 11am - ouch! that's going to hurt tomorrow morning.

kris - am i the only one that's managed to stay organized?

the only problem i have is my obsession with rearranging.

i all the mixed media and art journaling stuff - my only complaint is that, sooner or later, i'm going to be replacing this carpet. lol...

hope everyone has a great week!

oh, and i almost forgot, to answer the question of the week: i'm starting to realize that this is a "catch-22" - i want to have lots to choose from. i don't want to be out trying to find adhesive/paper everytime i want to start a project, but the more i have to choose from, the more decisions i have to make, which slows me down...




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Posted: 10/23/2011 10:57:48 AM
I want to join I am only a week behind. I am liking the scrap fairy tho. I have been on a cleaning spree in the house my goal is 50% gone. this is perfect timing since I have been dreading my scrappin areas.

Lil about me I have 6 boy and expecting #7
my scrap area is in the livingroom and over flows to my bedroom
scrappin fo 10 years wow were did the time go.

is there a link for the 1st week
Thanks so much
Cyndi


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Posted: 10/23/2011 11:03:59 AM
cyndi - week 1 is still on the first page - just scroll down and look for it. glad you're joining us!



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Posted: 10/23/2011 11:13:43 AM
Thanks I found it.

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Posted: 10/23/2011 1:16:30 PM
I would like the "Scrap Fairy" to build me a new room - 10x10 is fine!! Since I know that isn't happening I will settle for my corner of the guest room. I know that having too much stash is overwhelming for me. I used to buy everything I saw and started becoming a collector instead of a scrapper and it took 6 months of buying nothing to help me learn to be more creative with what I had and then I felt comfortable purging things I knew I would never use. I also stopped doing swaps as I very rarely liked or used the things I received. That was the start of my organizing obsession. I have also learned that if things are in my line of sight, they will get used. I am sure that with a few additional pieces of storage (less than $50) and a couple of additional shelves that this will be the last time I need to do this challenge.


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Posted: 10/23/2011 1:22:09 PM
This is the 'fun' part of the challenge. I like coming up with ideas for my room, only I know that most things I 'want' are out of my price range. Hey, Scrapfairy! How 'bout some help with those lotto numbers!! LOL

So, a new desk is definitely a must. It's the only affordable thing (sort of) that will make my room better at the moment. I have my tools, stamps, embellishments, as organized as they are going to be. Paper, I am a confessed paper addict, so this is my weakness. It's always going to be about the paper for me.

question of the week: what's your take on stuff? do you think it helps or hurts you? Do you think you'd be better off w/ more or less stuff?

I love my stuff. I could probably do without the drawerful of stickers, but aside from that, I do use tend to use the stash I have. I don't know that I would scrap better without my stash, because then I would always be thinking, "oh, if I still had such-n-such, I could do this" or "nuts, now I have to stop and go buy____ (insert some scrap item, I don't have)". Sometimes having my big stash is a great perk.
Then again, sometimes less stuff would be better, because then I wouldn't have to keep re-organizing it all. But, little by little, challenge by challenge, I've come to accept my room and my stuff. I'm finally using the stuff I love, and creating more pages and projects because I know what I have, and which projects need to get done.

Kris-what type of desk are you looking for? or thinking of getting?

crisann- LOL! Girl, you're still organized cuz you admit you're obsessed with organizing and re-arranging!! Luv ya! Come on over and help a girl out here!!

Cyndi- happy to have you join us!






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Posted: 10/23/2011 1:38:17 PM
Oh the scrapfairy is visiting? I think if i could ask the scrapfairy for anything it would be for some sort of scrap paper organizer and some sort of shelving for my walls. I think I'm leaning towards some picture frame shelves for the area directly in front of my work station. (you can see pictures on my blog)

I think the lack of organization and the amount of stuff i have surely detracts me from ever sitting and scrapping. I feel overwhelmed with the amount of stuff. I have stopped buying patterned paper and basically only buy adhesives and stuff that i may really need. I also think that my cardstock collection could use a bit more of the Basic colors like white, black and red


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Posted: 10/23/2011 1:47:54 PM
lisa - there are far worse obsessions!

besides, right now, my studio looks like it was hit by a tornado. gotta love melody ross's classes. lol...

the one perk to everything having a place and having everything in it's place is it's so easy to put things away now.

if only i could organize the rest of my house into baskets... i think it'd be the perfect solution for my add mind. "toss it in it's basket" works wonders for me.

oh, and paper, don't even get me started, please.

paper, unfortunately, doesn't fit in my baskets.



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Posted: 10/23/2011 2:52:24 PM
My issue is that I have toooo much stuff for little space... plus my organization kind've suck. Hence why I am here But I would say both. Too much stuff don't hurt, I have stuff for any and every occasion... but too much stuff does hurt because I don't know where to stuff. I go into my room and feel so overwhelm. Plus I have three tubs full of finished projects with no pictures. I need to sell them or give them away....


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Posted: 10/23/2011 3:16:06 PM
Crisann - LOL, my organizing goes in spurts. The tail end of summer/start of school is chaos around here and we're not home much. Give me a couple of weeks and I'll be back to being organized.

Lisa - I'm not really sure what I want ... Right now, I have DS's future desk. When we bought his *now* bedroom set, he was still in a crib and this desk matches his set. Unfortunately, the only place for it was in my scraproom so there it sits ... and it's not practical at all for scrapping really.

I think I'd just like a plain desk with drawers down the sides. Pretty easy really. I've seen several at IKEA that have been close.

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Posted: 10/23/2011 3:51:38 PM
@Beatrix, what are picture frame shelves??? can't picture them.

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Posted: 10/23/2011 7:12:32 PM
They are narrow shelves used for picture frames. looks like this


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Posted: 10/23/2011 10:35:15 PM
I was a lurker last week. The timing of this is perfect, my husband just got done painting, shampooing the carpet of a room we used as a small tv room now a dedicated scrap room. I have a blank canvas to work from. I have started to purge. I would agree too much stuff espicially not organized decreases ones ability to create. I have been looking at what furniture I can use in the room and what I need to help store my stuff once I am organized. I live in the middle of no where so I have no access to an Ikea or Container store. I love the expedit systems I have seen in so many rooms. So I am going to have to get creative.

I am looking forward to getting organized so that I can start creating more and not being overwhelmed by too much clutter.


Lisa

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Posted: 10/24/2011 12:10:00 AM
Brainstorming is one of my favorite things. I actually have a nice scrapbook room. Right now it is pink which is great because I love pink. I have a good desk which was actually a table that I bought for $25 from Fashion Bug when one near me was going out of business. I also have a two sided multi shelf rack that came from the same sale. I picture my room with the nice browns of my tables and Longaberger baskets that I have.

One thing that should change is that I have a lot of pink/black/white accents. I am not too crazy about the black and white with the browns. They look ok, but not great.

I am looking at changing my room color. I have a lot of pink containers to store my embellishments and supplies and it is a little too much pink. I want something that can go with the pinks and browns that I have so this week I am going to look for a new color. I have a few other furniture pieces that are black that I will need to paint if I decide to keep them in the room.

QOTW: Stuff, I just love having stuff.

I feel like having all of my stuff is a great thing. I can always find the perfect "thing" for any layout.

I also feel like my stuff suffocates me. It is everywhere. I have a lot of trouble when I know that I have an item but I just have no idea where it is. I end up making a huge mess as I am looking for it and by the time I find it I don't feel like working on my project.

I am hoping that I will be able to organize in a way that allows me to find it, use it, and move on.


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Posted: 10/24/2011 3:56:25 AM
It will be so much fun dreaming up the perfect scrap room this week!

But first, the question of the week:

Stuff! I don't get this minimalist gung ho feng shui purge trend that everyone's raving about. Of course, I don't like chaos and I like to keep my stuff organized but it's nothing wrong with the stuff itself. In general, I only buy things that I really really love so I don't have the problem of buying a lot of stuff and then regret it.

I don't have any problem getting rid of things that I no longer love but I do keep a lot of stuff that I really DO love and I wouldn't get rid of that just to show off empty shelves. My DH is quite the opposite. If he's not used a thing in a year, it goes out the door. But we're living happily together despite this difference.

Having a big scrapbooking stash to choose from is a creative spark for me. I love to have all the choices in the world. If I only have a couple of things to use, I get bored and ends up doing nothing. You should see my scrap area right now with all the Christmas stuff out and all over the place. It makes me so happy rediscovering my stash and getting to use those pretty things.

So, to conclude, no. I don't think that I would be happier without my stuff. As long as I can keep it neatly organized and it doesn't take over my home completely. And um... I realize that now you all might think that I'm a crazy hoarder. lol!



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Posted: 10/24/2011 8:24:08 AM
Haha, Margareta! Love the "minimalist gung ho feng shui purge trend"! That made me laugh! I go through phases where I purge, but not just for the sake of purging. We seem to accumulate stuff we don't use or need or even love (think hand-me-down furniture from relatives), so I get to the point where I want to clear it out and keep the things that make me happy. During the last round of this challenge I purged quite a bit of very old, very "not my style" scrappy stuff, and that made me happy. But I DO like to have a good amount of scrappy stuff to choose from when I want to be creative. I think I'm at a good level of "stuff" right now, and it's pretty well organized thanks to the last round.

I've been surveying my basement store room to see what I can "repurpose" in my scrap area. I need a shelf on the wall above my desk to hold my Stickles, glimmer mists and paints. I need a better place for my Clip It Up, since it's right next to my Silhouette (to be replaced tomorrow by my Cameo...YAY!) and gets in the way of it sometimes. I need to rearrange my shelf unit (wish I could get an Expedit but my shelves are similar so I can't justify it!) and clean out my baskets, which have become a "catch all" instead of organized. I am also going to reorganize my small drawer unit...there are a couple of drawers that have become "junk" drawers. I'm sure I'll come up with more as I look around, but those are the major areas I know I need to work on.

So happy to see so many people on board with this! I love to hear everyone's ideas!


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Posted: 10/24/2011 4:11:27 PM
Brainstorming my scrap room-I participated in the last round of this challenge so my scrap things are much better organized (can still use work here and there), but for right now room wise:

I have an enormous desk from Ikea that I bought 11 years ago that I LOVE. Sadly they don't sell it any more. I also bought a round table in the same wood with 4 matching chairs at the time. I've been thinking seriously of storing the chairs (they get in my way, don't need them very much right now), and buying some bed risers so that I can make my table counter height. Then I could use this table for stamping and cutting instead of right now where it's basically a place for stuff to accumulate.

Of course a rectangle table might work better for this so I'm keeping my eyes open on Craigslist and if I find a good one cheap I will think about selling my table and chairs. Money is tight right now so Craigslist has become my shopping venue for furniture. It is amazing what you can find on there! I will never buy new furniture again.

QOTW: I am in total agreement with Margareta-I too don't get this gung ho fend shui purge trend-love this statement! Why would I want to buy things just to later purge them and have to buy them again? I guess it helps that I've scrapped for 13 years and know my style and what I like. I've never really been one to go for trends and wonder how can a scrapbooking item get old? Yes, it may not be the current style trend, but if I no longer like it I find new ways to use it or sell it.

So, having a nice stash of SB stuff helps me when I scrapbook. It is more things to choose from to make the layout-as long as that stash is organized. If it's organized I know what is where and how to reach it quickly. If it's not organized it can become a time and creativity sucker and that never helps anyone.

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Posted: 10/24/2011 5:08:30 PM
Hello all,
oh, the joy of moving--not lol I have so many ideas to do in my new room but need to slow down as for number one--on a tight budget adn number two--the room that may be my scraproom is serious in need of fixing up as there is water damage, etc. so since it will take me while to unpack everything i will be setting up a temporay scraproom in one of bedroom. so this would be perfect in organizing all my stash and then do the furturnies and painting all that other good stuffs later on..

right now with all the moving, I'm trying to work on my photos both in print and on the computers to get them ready and set up. but it's hard when I'm doign them after 8pm when kids are in bed i just wanna veg lol lol

but I'm slowly doing this but my goal is to really work on them tonite and next few days.

question of the week: what's your take on stuff? do you think it helps or hurts you? Do you think you'd be better off w/ more or less stuff?

I thought i just have so much stuffs but now that some things are becoming more organize and easier to find I'm using more of them up. I also trying to limit on buying embellishments as I have cricut and older stash that I'm trying to use them up. I have a basket for purging when i go thur them after a month if I'm going to use them or not.



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Posted: 10/24/2011 6:27:44 PM

minimalist gung ho feng shui purge trend


LOL - LOVE this!!!

I don't get it either, which is pretty evident when you see my room!! I'm getting better purging *some* stuff, like DS's baby clothes (and he's almost 6). But I do have a real issue with *my* stuff.

I have pictures in my gallery for most of the weeks from previous rounds if anyone wants to see more chaos

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Posted: 10/25/2011 7:17:02 AM
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Posted: 10/25/2011 2:53:54 PM
A visit from the scrapfairy? It would be welome but a visit from her more domesticated relatives would be better.
In my dreams I would have one of those immaculate scrap spaces with everything matching and supplies stored in ways that are both practical and beautiful.
I know that I would never be able to work in space like that though so will instead aim for a space without piles of stuff that has no home, where I can find what I am looking for and that is relatively easy to keep looking good and tidy (I can't start a project if my space is a mess)


question of the week: what's your take on stuff? do you think it helps or hurts you? Do you think you'd be better off w/ more or less stuff?

I am one of those for whom stuff is both a help and a hindrance. I need a certain amount of stuff, I need some choice and hate being really restricted to a small selection of products. At the same time too much stuff just overwhelms me.
I know this because I had this problem a couple of years ago and only resolved it when I had a serious purge and got rid of things that I really was never going to use. I still have plenty of stash but it is almost all usable (my embllishments still need work)

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Posted: 10/27/2011 7:20:14 AM
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Posted: 10/27/2011 9:27:10 AM
still packing and figuring out how to set up the new scraproom that will be temporary--already figure out I'll need maybe two more black shelving for storage in this room. also going to get some baskets just hoping to find the right sizes which is hard to find sometime espeically if there is specific colors i really want to use. lol

I know my color is black furtures with green (willow) as accent. I'm not sure if I will be painting the wall this color--i haven't decide yet as I keep seeing some new color combos. I figure that out later. off to do some more packing...


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Posted: 10/27/2011 12:52:58 PM
As to stuff. I need some. Just not what I have.

I tend to be frugal, so used to I shop clearance, Big Lots, etc. But trust me, the days of buying stuff because of a low price and "I might need this" are over. I've decluttered some of it buy donating as prizes for charity crops and making Chinese auction baskets. I felt like I was being Mz. Cheap by those donations,but I got to see people win them and how thrilled they were with what was inside!

I live about an hour from any LSS, so my shopping trips are infrequent, but now I scrap there when I got and it has focused my shopping a little bit more. I think its because I have more time to think about it and I avoid the "this is so cute" or "this paper line is beautiful" type of impulse buying.

One thing that was hard as a frugal scrapper was I wouldn't let myself by a lot of a line, just bare minimum. Now, when I see a line of paper and embellishments, I actually get more. Since I totally love it, I scrap more and there are less items taking up space in my SBR room.

So, I guess the best way to describe it is that while I need to have a stash, a more focused stash is right for me.



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Posted: 10/27/2011 6:57:56 PM
I modified my problem areas to include -
Sizzix & dyes– recently came back into the house but not sure yet what to do with it or where to put it. Will be trying to see if I can donate it.

Extra printed pictures – I realized that I have way too many lying around all over the place back from the days when I would develop every picture I took. Oh and I took pictures of my low down dirty shame too to serve as the before picture. I need to go thru what I have stashed in order to ensure I have them backed up digitally so that I feel less guilty about putting them in the toss pile.

Anyway...I digress and now moving on to week 2.......

In the scrap space of my dreams, I see everything neatly organized and labeled. All signs of clutter are gone. I also see myself having my own scrapbook room without having to share the space with anyone else. I see a perfectly lit space so that anytime that I am searching for the perfect shade of paper, I can do so quickly.

I guess that I was feeling the need to move into action and not so much jotting down possibilities. As you can all imagine though, I have been giving this a lot of thought. So here's what I have done so far.

One of the things I realized was that my drawer storage isn’t organized in a conducive way to help me get the most out of it and to help me thru the creative process. So, next on the list are my no theme embellishments which I found scattered in all sorts of places but primarily in my drawer tower.

Other things that I thought would be problems, I have actually tackled and resolved. The previous issue I posted about regarding using the sterilite drawers that only fit 8 ½ x 11, well that is no longer an issue. If you remember I had thought of using it to store my embellishments by theme (as I have them separated now) but in smaller plastic envelopes. However, in thinking about it some more, I figured I would be using the drawers for less commonly used items, so I decided to store my idea books and a few magazines I have kept in here and everything fits perfect. The upside to this is that now there is plenty of room on my shelving unit to maintain the 12x12 envelopes that hold my embellishments by theme.

One of the things I created over the years was a binder with different ideas/LO’s to refer to. Well this has been mostly taking up space & not being used, so this weekend I went thru my entire binder, got rid of the binder and most of the paper in it. The only things I have kept were my sketches, which I already have cut and pasted into my sketches book, and a few idea sheets for stamping.

The shelving unit – I have also started to tackle reorganization of this area so that things are laid out in a manner that makes sense. The really big obstacles in this area are the small storage bins that have all kinds of stuff that does not have any real theme. I need to sort thru these and find a better place for them. On the “to do” list.

I have tackled my chipboard and alphabets in general. I am now using one of drawers in my tower to store all things alphabet (minus stickers and rub-ons). Any non alphabet chip board (I don’t have much) is stored in a 12x12 plastic envelope along with my themed embellishments for now. One of my items is nearly 12x12, so it was the only logical option….at least until I use the largest piece.

I’ve also tackled my ribbons. My ribbons were in two separate places – now they occupy one shelf. I’m not sure if they will stay here, but at the very least they are all together. Same goes for the flowers.

I’ve started to tackle my stamping paraphernalia, much like the ribbons and flowers, they were not together. I don’t use them as often so I want to have them handy but not in the prime real estate area, if you get my drift. This is most definitely a work in progress.

I have been documenting my progress in pictures since day 1 and I will be posting my pictures so everyone can see the progress. I need to work on figuring out how to access photobucket since it’s been years since I have posted any pics on 2Peas.


Jenny





~crisann~
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Posted: 10/27/2011 7:34:40 PM
hey ladies!

how is everyone?

i've been busy with work lately, but i did manage to get off at a decent hour today and cleaned up my studio - pulled the 12-inch pile of paper (i took all my kits apart and put everything in my "color baskets" and started organizing it by color to add into my cropper hoppers.

still working on soul restoration II.

hope everyone's having a great week!



juang
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Posted: 10/27/2011 7:39:30 PM
Oh a visit from the scrap fairy would be amazing! Although I am happy with my scrap desk (my dh made it to my specifications years ago and I still love it) it's the shelves overtop that I'm not so happy with. They hold all 10 of my canvas bins that hold most of my color embellishments. My problem comes with lifting them down all the time. I would really like to have a bookshelf of some sort that they could all go into and I would just need to pull the bin out, drawer fashion, to find what I'm looking for instead of taking a bin down and putting it up only to realize that I don't want what I've taken out. I would love to have an expidite 12 cubby unit, but I don't see that happening while I still have the large desk in my scrap room. I have functional lighting, since I do lots of scrapping in the middle of the night (I'm a deliberate night owl!) but I would like it to be better, less bulky and space consuming.

Onto stuff...
I love stuff, as evidence by the amount I have! I went through a period when I bought everything that was on sale or clearance because it was cheap! I literally ran out of space, no counter space, no chair space, no shelf space, no drawer space, no closet space, no floor space....KWIM!? So several years ago I did a major purge (I made nearly $600 at the LSS garage sale) and I went on a spending freeze and commited to buy nothing for 6 months. I made it, I didn't even have to buy adhesive....and yes I did scrap lots during that time, LoL!! I kept tons of stuff, but I layed hands of everything I owned and asked the question...do I love it or does it have a specific purpose. That was nearly 3 years ago and I will admit I sometimes impulse buy, but not often and I will only buy what I love!

When it comes to being creative, for me, too much stuff can be overwhelming. So now before I even start a page, a card, or a project I try to pull everything I think I will need before I begin and my creative process is instantly jazzed up!

edited to add--I took all of my pictures but it will be next week before I have time to sit down and upload them all.


http://juliesjournaloflife.blogspot.com/

Cyriaque
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Posted: 10/28/2011 3:53:55 AM
I have not enough place in my flat... I have to do with that...

My "scraproom" is my sitting room, so it really needs to be "nice" to look at, with the most of the stuff hidden. Or really beautiful !

So the scrapfairy will give me lots of beautiful and embellished baskets, she will repear my scrap-armor so that it could be closed, and she will help me to PURGE so that other things would have more space to be stored !

I like to have lots of stuff, but I really need to purge (or use it !).

And I would like to have every store-container matched to my wallpaper (fall and warm colors).



mom2c&l
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Posted: 10/28/2011 9:13:20 AM
I actually really like my scrapping area so I don't know if I need anything from the scrap fairy. I would like a magically clean work area but I don't think that will happen

As for the QOTW: I have to agree with many previous peas - Both -
Having too much and I can't make a decision, - its also more to organize - having not enough I have to go to the scrap store and buy.


Scrapping goal for 2010:
DS Album - Finish 2006
- Finish 2007
DD Album - Finish 2006
- June 2007

Kris74
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Posted: 10/28/2011 6:44:37 PM
@juang - I'd love to see your desk once you have a chance to upload your pictures

Cyriaque
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Posted: 10/29/2011 5:54:40 AM
Beatriz, thanks for photos : looks great !

I am happy to partiicpate here, because yesterday... I store lots of things in my scrap space and I purge some of them so as to give it to someone who needs stuff for scrapping in hospital. So she was happy and I was also because it is more stored now, even if I need so much more organization, of course...



skyoreo
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Posted: 10/29/2011 7:18:32 AM
To answer the question of the week - I don't feel that having stuff hinders me, but it would be nice if I actually had the stuff that I needed to create a layout! I always seem to feel when I start creating, that I'm missing that one embellishment that I need to finish the layout.

I have pictures posted in my gallery from the last time I tried to do this, however, I would like to say that my room is already much cleaner than what these photos show! But I still need a lot of work!

Scrapbook Room

elinemom
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Posted: 10/29/2011 8:35:33 AM
Hi, everybody - hope you're having a great weekend.
My day today is filled with making tapas and planning to drink wine so I have just stopped by for a quick glance at what you have been up to.

I'm hoping to pick up som tips about photos - they are my nemesis. I just got 1100 photos printed (stupid, stupid... now I'm whittling them down to 300 to fit into a regular album...) from our vacation. I'm in dire need of guidance!

What are you into, in addition to scrapbooking? I'm struggling to remember your names and "faces" - give me something to work with! I'm into food made from scratch, mystery novels and everything fall (colors, scents, pumpkins and sweet potaotes, to nema a few).


-hilde


Kris74
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Posted: 10/29/2011 6:25:07 PM
@Skyoreo - I both of your desks/tables!! Where dod you get them?? Also how do you have your paper organized?? Is it patterned paper with cardstock, or is that just patterened paper??

@Hilde - I took Stacy Julian's Library of Memories class several years ago and now my pictures are a piece of cake to be organized. If you can get your hands on either her Library of Memories or Photo Freedom books, they're very good books! It's hard to explain the system in a few words, but essentially you sort your pictures (both on the computer and in albums) by season. You're on the right track keeping them in albums. The more you "see" your pictures, the more ideas and connectioned you make between pictures ... It's completely changed the way I think of pictures and scrapbooking!! Get the books if you can I think I have some pictures in my gallery if you want to have a look.

skyoreo
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Posted: 10/29/2011 7:11:43 PM
Kris74 - are you sure you are looking at my room? My tables are nothing special. 1 - is a hand me down from my sister in law (used to be our kitchen/dining room table when we lived in an apartment), 2 - is a rubbermaid folding table from Walmart that my husband got me for Christmas one year.

And here's how I have my paper organized. I also have additional photos posted in my gallery that show close up views. It's changed a little bit since I've posted these photos, so I'll post new photos and explanation when we get to that week.

I organize my paper a few different ways. First set of photos shows my patterned paper organized by categories. The categories from left to right are: New Stuff (anything recent that I've bought), a few American Crafts paper packs, Basic Grey (5), Echo Park (3), Boy, Girl (2), Kitchen, Nature, Seasons, Summer, Beach, Things, Wedding, Words and Multi (3 - any paper that didn't have a dominant color).

Next is my cardstock organized by color from Pink, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Teal, Purple, Grey, Black, Brown, Cream and White. Lastly, I have a small paper holder titled Collections that holds a few collections that I wanted to keep together.

The next set of photos shows all my patterned paper organized by color, Pink, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green (2), Blue, Teal, Purple, Grey, Black, Brown, Cream and White. Inside each color cropper hopper, the paper is then broken up into sections: Patterned Paper, American Crafts (because I have a lot from this company), Specialty (all die cut sheets) and non-textured cardstock.

ScrappnBee
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Posted: 10/29/2011 10:42:08 PM
QOTW- YES! I love to have it all...but then the choices! Hmmmmm.... I guess if the scrap fairy would live here and deter the house from making this a dumping ground for "mom would want to save this" (the problem with training your family that you need memorobelia to scrap!) running a week behind, but SIL moves out next week (Happy dance!!!)


-Amanda-
...Acording to the laws of Physics a bumblebee cannot fly. Her wings are too little to lift her into flight. However, somebody forgot to inform the bee!...
OLW 2011: EMBRACE!, 2012: JOURNEY
Goals:
Complete Organization Challenge: my org challenge blog
Scrap last month by the end of this month...all year

mamashosh
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Posted: 10/30/2011 12:08:40 AM
OK, I am jumping in here, late but not too late I hopeI have started this on several other rounds but never really kept up.

My biggest problem that is not going to change any time soon is that I do not have a dedicated room, but rather a desk in the corner of my family room. I don't fit there, so I also have stuff in my laundry room, the dining room, the study and the guest room. Yeah, lots of stuff. Some of it is now very organized (my inks for example), but some totally not.

For me, I am realizing that too much stuff definitely hinders. I just finished a stint on my LSS design team, and I had to work out of a pizza box full of stuff all the time, adding only some inking and some basic tools, and it really taught me to work with less. I missed having some things that I love to use, but I also enjoyed the limitations and I was very creative with what I had.

I have a few hobbies that are interrelated--
scrapbooking/art journaling/bookbinding/vintage altering(not sure what to call that)--
and although I use some of the same materials for all of them, there are also different things I need too. I have gotten better about placing my most used items nearby (my inks are now on my desk, big improvement) and keeping less used items further away, but there just isn't enough room to have all the stuff I want nearby.

I recently purged a ton for my LSS garage sale and it felt great, but it barely made a dent. I'm trying to use up more of my stuff right now, and I hope to do more purging as I go along through this process.

I am particularly interested in seeing anyone's experiences/advice about organizing small spaces.



Kris74
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Posted: 10/30/2011 12:44:43 AM
Skyoreo - I think that's WHY I like your tables so much ... they're tables, and not desks But thanks to your pictures I decided to clear out my room - DH will thank you I'm sure, judging by the disaster now in my family room But I really do like the idea of tables, not desks...

ScrappinBee!!!!! Nice to see you around I hope now that your house will be emptier, we'll see you a little more. I was wondering what happenned to you!!

Mamashosh - Welcome Sounds like you'r already on your way!!

~crisann~
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Posted: 10/30/2011 12:58:06 AM
kris! stranger! lol... what's up?

and amanda! ditto! haven't seen much of you either lately.

miss you two!

hope everyone else is doing well!



elinemom
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Posted: 10/30/2011 3:30:59 AM
@Kris - Thanks for the tip, I'll continue looking for the books. Hoped to find them on Amazon UK, since I can get free shipping there, but no luck for a reasonable price.


-hilde


juang
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Posted: 10/30/2011 3:39:37 AM
I've posted pictures of my room...I didn't post all that I took, I figure I will add those in as we go along.
Julie's room before


http://juliesjournaloflife.blogspot.com/

paperpilekitten
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Posted: 10/30/2011 4:00:47 AM
All right, I've been dreaming of the Scrap Fairy.... Posted the dreams on my blog.


/Margareta

Paperpilekitten.com I recently gave my paper trend blog a makeover.

Split-Pea
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Posted: 11/1/2011 2:37:22 AM
Here's my blog post for this week. Maybe I'll be on time next week.
Crochetedsass' Brainstorming post

QOTW~I like to have a pretty good sized stash so I've always got some choices, but at some point I have to make that choice & just go with it.
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