Organize Your Stuff Challenge Week 7 - IDEAS

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Posted 7/6/2009 by wookiemouse in General Scrappin'
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Posted: 7/6/2009 7:09:01 AM
Good morning, organizing junkies! The Week 7 Challenge is up on my blog - time to organize your IDEAS!

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Posted: 7/6/2009 8:18:18 AM
Just wanted to send a big THANK YOU for doing all of this awesome work!!! It is very inspiring!!!



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Posted: 7/6/2009 8:40:11 AM
i am not eeping up physicay, but i love al the ideas!

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Posted: 7/6/2009 10:56:37 AM
Tjank you for all of the great ideas and inspiration. I'm hoping this week will be fgairly easy for me. I do want to print out and organize sketches, but my magazines are in order. I'm a little OCD and don't tear out pages, but I might re-think that. Here's a current pic

http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/pg.asp?cmd=display&layout_id=1507404

Stacy, completely OT but I read your comments on last weeks blog post about llamas. Not sure how old your kids are, but have you raed Anna Dewdney's picture books llama llama? She has 3 and they're some of my littlest one's all time favorite books.

http://www.amazon.com/Llama-Red-Pajama-Anna-Dewdney/dp/0670059838/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1246895248&sr=8-1

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Posted: 7/6/2009 10:57:30 AM
this will be interesting..I do save all my magazines..but to catagorize by ideas...hmmmmmmmmmmmm


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Posted: 7/6/2009 11:14:46 AM
I'm trying to get caught up with this challenge. I missed the first few weeks because I have a newborn. She's not very cooperative about giving mommy time to organize! Apparently it's all about her!

I did buy a Pioneer album for all my "to scrap" pics and that is all organinzed. I REALLY like that idea. I had the problem of printing off the same pics twice. This will help that problem. The digi pics are organined... pretty much except for the most recent.

I love your "idea" ideas. I currently have my sketches in a rolodex but the pics are so small. I'm going to scrap that idea and go with the 4x6 size instead. Love that! Thanks so much for all your great ideas! My scraproom is definitely going to reap the benefits!!


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Posted: 7/6/2009 1:03:44 PM
Thanks again from me Wookiemouse! I am making strides in cleaning up this mess of an area & it is all b/c of this challenge.

I am happy to say I am good for this week. I have a folder of sketches to do, but I organized that w/my pics last week. Other than that, I don't have anything to organize for ideas.


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Posted: 7/6/2009 3:09:20 PM
Can you beleive we are already at week 7??? WOW!! I really feel good about what has been happening in my room so far-- with the exception that I haven't put glue to paper since we have started!!

This week for me--- I stopped saving magazines long ago-- like Wookiemouse mentioned you only have to go back through that favorite 7 yr old magazine once (you know the one where you practically dogeared every page) and realize that scrapping has come a long way since every page had to have a title block spanning the entire top of the page. I tossed them then and there.
My new system means keeping a magazine for a month or two-- reading it a few times and then tearing out what I like. Setting it in a pile next to my work space--scraplifting what I like and then tossing... I figure my new layout that I created is now my inspiration for other layouts. I simply do not have the time to cut, paste and file scraps from magazines. I wish I did-- but reality check right??

That doesn't mean I don't have issues to deal with this week!! hahaha-- I have idea books to weed out.. and Handouts from classes, directions I have printed off the web, Big Picture scrapping classes I never got to finish but want to,and digital and photography how tos And then there are a few magazine articles that I do save (mainly project type: home deco or mini book)-- Right now they are kinda spread out in my room. I would like to have them all in one place. I like the idea of binders with tabs to break them down. I need it to be fluid because once I use the directions/project it needs to be removed or I will end up with a library rather than a scrap room..

I also would like to hear more about peoples digital files... I guess right now I just use 2Peas gallery as inspiration--save it as a bookmark-- and if its not on 2 peas I print it... maybe I should save it on the computer?? I would love to hear how that works for others.


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Posted: 7/6/2009 8:09:50 PM
I've been suffering from scrapper's block for a few months, and didn't even take time to read the postings on 2P's. Tonight was the first time I'd read posts in ages, and this topic really caught my fancy. I think the challenge is just what I need to get my creativity going. My space is not working for me, and I'm planning to get tons of boxes tomorrow, and GO FOR IT! Thanks for the inspiration. I'll be following closely from now on.


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Posted: 7/6/2009 8:51:16 PM
Well, here's my system/thoughts:

The hobby changes SO much I don't think I would want to invest in a lot of time for lots of ideas. I subscribed to Cards for 1 year and Scrapbook Trends for one year and I keep those for the bones - the sketches.

I do love Page Maps and have archived electronically all the PDFs of past months. I would like some way to have these in hard copy I think - but will mull that over. Electronic just seems easier as 90% of my scraptime is done next to PC and I don't want to have another thing to store on a shelf.

I do bookmark Gallery items and put them into 5 folders: Altered Items, Cards, Layouts with Great Sketches, Layouts with Emotions I Want to Scrap and BOS (those simply outstanding pages that you just want to look at every once in awhile to be inspired). I also have a folder for Scrap Rooms.

I do need to clean up and organize my hard drive on my PC and going back to the Photo week, I should emulate the concept of making my hard drive storage mimic my 2 P's storage.

I have a binder that is unorganized that holds business cards from stores I've been to, etc. - I guess it's more of a resource log. I need to straighten that up.

Do any of you have a sketch/inspiration book that you keep? I wondered if I should try to incorporate that into the 3 ring resource book? I will yank ads out that have great composition, etc. I actually don't have a scanner at home, either, so that option is kinda' off the table right now....

Thanks, Wookiemouse, for the blog post. I, too, have made great strides and am uber excited about HOW GREAT SCRAPPING WILL BE in my newly vamped zoned purged orderly space!


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Posted: 7/6/2009 10:39:18 PM
Oh what tangled webs we weave when first we try to ORGANIZE!
(sigh) S0.... after reading the first two weeks, then tearing madly into things only to slow down and actually tango with the challenge and find I need to pack it all up shelf after shelf...

Here I am...sadly still not posting my empty craft room as I found items to be placed elsewhere, but had to clean out 'elsewhere', and then started cleaning the garage so that discarded items would fit until I dispose of them.

I was going to take a picture of me face down on the floor giving up for the day..but DH said it wasn't a very attractive pose...
So I guess I'll go turn off the light in the garage, get back to 'elsewhere' and hope for pictures tomorrow.

On the bright side, I found a box of memorbilia in 'elsewhere' that has been sorted, posted 4 sales on Craigslist and 1 on Ebay for items I'm clearing out of my craft room which means I'm on my way to more Cropper Hoppers that match and antiques for the room (eventually). (I think my ADD is showing).
Farewell friends,
Jo


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Posted: 7/7/2009 10:45:40 AM
Even though I have messes everywhere already, I created a new one as I like to work the challenges while they are going on..so I started working on idea sorting.

Dancingfish and I were talking about categories and I thought it would be great if we started posting our 'idea' categories. I think it helps us to hear the thought processes of others as we are creating our own files. I never thought of one for 'journaling' so I"m adding that.

For me, I have to wade through years of consultant magazines and such from CM and SU, but I like to keep some inspiring stories that I find in them. Because I started with CM, I also have a binder full of their page ideas sorted by theme such as baby, vacation, seasons and I like that so I'll probably keep that ..

So far I'm going to have:
binder by theme (baby, etc)
borders
page maps (don't think I'll do it on cards though- still thinking on that)
inspiring stories
journaling
titles, quotes
layouts (with a note on them about what I like)
cards -(already have one of those filed by the stamp used for SU)

What about you? What are you going to work with? or do you work with?

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Posted: 7/7/2009 2:17:49 PM
Pennyscraps-- thats why I "tear and use"!! But after pulling out all my idea "stuff" last night I realized I actually have more than I thought!

I have torn how-to info out of non-scrapping magazines, printed how-to info off the web and jotted notes on the back of envelopes!!

I like the binders that wookiemouse showed on her blog-- Not only were they attractive from the outside but well labeled on the inside.

From digging around last night these are the categories I think *** I need.

1) photography
2) Card Ideas
3) Digital Scrapping how-to's (I am a novice playing around)
4) Quotes
5) Class information/how-to's (CKU, Big Picture Scrapping etc)
This is for projects I didn't finish or maybe didn't start (haha)
6) Projects I want to do: Home Decor, Gifts etc

As you can see there is a trend for more How-to's in my list then straight up layouts.

What categorys or system are you using??


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Posted: 7/7/2009 3:00:54 PM
Dancingfish -I have a 'how-to' category but it's mainly limited to cards so it's with my card binder.

Hadn't thought of a 'photography' one, but I cut out stuff for one this morning. And I'm adding a digi-album although most of my stuff for that is on-line.

I also am putting in a system so that I can continue to add. I'm going to put a page protector at the beginning of each category so that I can drop in what I cut out until I can get to gluing them to the pages. That way I can continue to cut out and toss the rest, but have a place for it to go. I thought about putting them all in one holding place, but then I'd have to 'post-it' each cut out so I'd remember what I was thinking when I cut it. This way - it goes where it's supposed to until it's time for gluing.


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Posted: 7/7/2009 3:12:31 PM
I ended up with 2 binders.

the first is:
journaling
color ideas/combos
LO ideas
1 pic LOs
1 pg LO more than 1 pic
2 pg LOs
I think I might break them down by number of picture instead.

the second has:
titles/quotes (might move that to the first)
photo tips
computer tips
techniques
mini albums
cards
organization tips/ideas

Not sure where to put my print-outs of 2peas classes and I gotta find a place for sketches. I have some printed out from the CK website but they have one and two pagers all together.

Jomomastamps-I LOVE the idea of having an extra pg protector at each section for additional stuff. great way to keep it organized in the mean time!

still need to take and upload pics of my empty space and mass of stuff not in my space lol. i'll try to work on that really soon!

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Posted: 7/7/2009 4:54:48 PM
Ugh. I so cannot part with a scrapbook magazine. I've tried.

I can't tear a page either. I'm in big trouble, aren't I?

Thanks for doing this, Stacy. I'm going to try really hard to make it thru this.





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Posted: 7/7/2009 5:33:39 PM
Dudesman - I guess that depends. How many mags are we talkin' about?

Pull out three current magazines. Find a page you love. Leave it open.

With those three open, now....go pull out the old magazines. See how many pages are equal to what you have open. Then see how much of the magazine is truly inspirational, and how much of it you pass by.

I'm a MAJOR magazine hoarder, and I did it. I was shocked at how much I pitched - I mean recycled. I DARE you. (that works on some people...).


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Posted: 7/7/2009 6:38:59 PM
Okay - so I got the Basic Grey newsletter today in my email. I am a huge BG fan and they are basically what pulled me back into scrapping after a bad scrap chapter in my life.

Would I:

o read/pitch
o save whole newsletter electronically
o save pictures out of it electronically
o print the whole newsletter
o print the pictures out of the LO's I liked?
o delete the email and realize I'll never really use it and this hobby is terrible for OCD gals?


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Posted: 7/7/2009 8:01:11 PM
Assuming this is a 'how well do you know me' quiz ...

Based on previous posts, you would save it electronically.


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Posted: 7/7/2009 8:12:16 PM
I can't believe I'm going to direct people to this sad room again but I am! I didn't get as far as I wanted but decided it was now or never - take some pictures! My empty (almost empty room) is posted in my gallery. Would love some feedback about placement before I start moving things back in again.

Progress report: I went through almost an entire magazine bin of old CM mags and tossed most of it. Cut some pictures, pulled a few pages and have them separated ready for pages. Yea!

Mickey - how is your room coming? Close to packed?

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Posted: 7/7/2009 8:29:16 PM
Okay, Jomama, I'll play. My wheels are churning but two questions for you:

Where is the doorway and what is the family flow through the room?
What worked for you before and what did you love/hate about it all?

Okay, I know that is really FOUR questions but I thought that might sound overwhelming! You know I might just have to drive over!


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Posted: 7/7/2009 8:30:44 PM
Oh - on my BG newsletter question it was more of a WHAT WOULD YOU DO/RECOMMEND?


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Posted: 7/7/2009 10:29:19 PM
Kelly-hang in there, those newborns are pesky that way (taking so much time) (congrats on the new baby)

Penny-I'd say it kinda depends on how often they send the newsletter and how big it is. Personally I'd print out the LOs I liked and put them w/ the rest of the "ideas". (but I'm a hard copy kinda girl) Depending on what kind of info they send you could jot down release dates etc on a calendar...

Jomoma-it looks like you have a good sized room. Have you thought about "stations"? I think it was Penny who mentioned them somewhere. Like a die cutting area and a paints/messy stuff area...I'm not great at layout (we'll leave that to Penny) my only other thought would be that nice big window. you could really dress up the space with a great window treatment and some pretty paint on the walls

as for my stuff, I got as much as I'm gonna pull out pulled out Friday night. Then the 8 stitches lol. I just went down and took pics. I'll get them uploaded tomorrow during DDs nap. I'll post a link when they're up.

I went through my binder and ended up sorting them by number of pictures. I think that's a better option for me than 1 and 2 pg LOs.

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Posted: 7/7/2009 11:23:33 PM
Before pagemaps became popular, I just had a 'layout' file. I recently purchased a CTMH design book where they have ideas catagorized by numbers of photos. I love that. HOWEVER, I could potentially put 12 pictures in every two page layout, so sometimes the design of the page weeds out superfluous pictures. Sometimes, a 10 picture layout whittles down to a six picture layout.

Penny, my house has an odd configuration. What you are looking at is the end of the house from an open living room (that's where I took the picture). I could stand back more and take another one if it helps.

What worked before? it was handy at crops for others to access the craft cabinet (it was built to go on another wall where it was basically hidden - it was moved there when I took over the dining room with the shelves). Lots of storage - but I put too much there.

What didn't work - I dont' know how to put my finger on it but every time I have a break, I feel the need to 'fix it' so like Stacy said, something isn't right.

Mickey - I agree on the curtains. My DH HATES curtains and we have solar screens so I haven't done much (but he put up cedar at the top - something he saw in a model home). I would agree that it would help. I want to wait until I find a shabby chic motif that I like before I get curtains so they all live comfortably together. The paint I'm fairly stuck on as it's an open room leading to others. I really don't like it in my dining room, but to be with family and to be friendly for friends to come crop, it's my best option.

I'm living with the ugly shelves for now as I dont' want to spend any more money until I find the 'right' stuff (re-purposed antiques). We keep getting hit with expenses, so it pushes further and further back.

Ya'll keep posting about progress - it keeps us all going.

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Posted: 7/8/2009 8:17:38 AM
Jomama, here's my thoughts. Take them for what they're worth.

o The "bones" of the room (space/lighting) are great. Those hardwoods are beautiful and I think you have a great "blank canvas" upon which to create!

o Center both large white bookcases on your main long wall that faces the living room. Butt them up as close to each other as they will go. That P with all of the color-coordinated storage fronts that we talked about on DancingFish's Sterilite thread is a GREAT example of how the bookcases can look when there is uniformity and a bit of personality. I think they have great potential.

o Transition the room mentally from a "business zone" to a hobby room. I think in your mind you need to take the leap to it being your room for you. Every day. 24/7.

o Use that great natural light! I would take your three tables and position them work for you. I think many, many times in different spaces in our homes we configure them for the less frequent times of people coming over. The reality is, you are there every day. Make it work for you every day. I would move the tables toward the windows and turn them into a U - making that skinny table be your narrow connector. Put one table up against the window, one table on the side the LR is on and the 3rd table facing the long end of the room. (When friends come, slide the tables around if need be.) Again, like Mickeygirl, you can skirt these and it pulls off really cute.

o (Forgive me if this one hurts.) I would lose the brown tool desk. Maybe it can be repurposed back to the space it was built for. If it's a must keep, then I would paint it white. I think if you use the 3 tables for a workspace for you, most of what is on it can be either moved to your bookshelves or onto your work surface.

o Don't be afraid to splash some color in there. You can go up or down the paint palette on the shades in your house. Also, accessories can be complementary or analagous. Color motivates us and makes us happy. I think, too, it's what makes our "play rooms" OUR rooms. A neat phrase or quote with some Cricut vinyl could do a lot. (My room is right off the front door and visible from most of the downstairs and I have it personalized but also let it work with the rest of the house.)

o Last thought: on the end of the room opposite your "new work area" - down in front of the bookshelves, I am tossing around this idea. It's one of those that you kind of have to see to know if it will work or not: a cute chair or two placed in a conversational mode. It's hard spatially for me to gauge if this would work or not. You'll know once you re-position the big pieces. I love for our play rooms to have spots for our families to come into and sit and visit and interact. It's also where I plop to pore through my magazines.

Have fun with it - make it YOUR space - and I think you'll end up loving it. Good luck and keep us posted.


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Posted: 7/8/2009 9:09:37 AM
Penny, when you're scrapping do you have access to your computer? Do you look at your computer or magazines/ idea books for inspiration??? If you use your computer, I would store the newsletter electronically. Or see if BG keeps them archived. However, if you grab magazines instead, I would print the newsletter. I think its only 5 0r 6 pages so I would probably print the whole thing unless theres just 1 idea that you like

Jomama, I think Panny had some great ideas. How much table space do you actually use vs. how much becomes a place to put stuff? If you're only using 1 or 2 do you have a place to store the extra one(s) until friends come over? Can you make an L shape with them? Or use them to divide the room? I think for a uniform look if you're eliminating shelves, I would take out the brown craft one, too. (sorry)

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Posted: 7/8/2009 9:57:28 AM
I do have access to my laptop - it's a main zone in my room. I am about to move all of my scrapping ideas to the same external drive as my photos. That idea just hit me - then I have all I need to go wherever. I realized yesterday it's over a gig and very dis-organized.

I do have a scanner at work - I may go 100% electronic.

I think I will pull the LO's out of the newsletters I like - I don't like the article or the whole deal - and just create a BG LO folder on PC.....

Thanks, everyone, for helping me process it. I really do have to ponder things....


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Posted: 7/8/2009 11:49:55 AM
Jomamastamps that is simply genius!! I am totally going to put the empty page in each section-- that would definately be a step closer to being organized!!

Penny: If you are an electronic person who I agree store every there. The newsletters can be stored there vs printing. The set up initially will be a pain but the payoff probably worth it.


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Posted: 7/8/2009 12:10:44 PM
ohh and Jomamastamps-- I disagree with the brown craft cabinet. I think once you move it and its emptied out (cleaned) it will be great in your space. Especially since you want to replace the white shelves with a more furniture look eventually. It has its place in your room... just not where its at right now!

Dudesman: Its probably the hardest thing to do--but I would really go back and look at some of those magazines that are over a year old and see if there is anything you want to save
I really think you will be surprized... and this of all the space you will have!!! Can you honestly say you re-read the OLD ones?? (trying to use tough love here! hehehe)


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Posted: 7/8/2009 1:24:36 PM
THanks guys! The craft cabinet has to stay. DH built it for a wall (that's in an adjoining room that you can't see) and it doesn't look it but it's birch and much nicer that the grey laminate shelves.

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Posted: 7/8/2009 1:56:19 PM
I think the brown craft cabinet is certainly utilitarian and on a different wall it will probably work great. Visually, it won't "compete" for color or space with the bookshelves! Keep on keeping on!

Thanks Dancing Fish for the vote - I agree. I was surprised that all my electronic ideas were over a gig. I am cropping this weekend with my sister and mom and will probably take all of that to "organize" during my mo jo crop blocks.

I am really enjoying all the dialog and everyone's support and ideas! Thanks P's!


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Posted: 7/8/2009 5:17:46 PM
I'm with you on that one! All the dialog is great - helps me think out loud with feedback and provides ideas I hadn't thought of before.

Penny - you have to decide what kind of worker you are. I need it in front of me (often) so while I save things electronically, it helps me to have a hard copy. I have a good friend who is the opposite. (isn't that a law of science? ) She can't STAND paperwork and wants it all electronically and doesn't mind viewing it on her 2 x 2 iphone screen. I like the hard copy to take notes or jot ideas.

But whatever system we use, it's easy to overload it and so a system to purge and another one to allow space for new ideas is going to be very important in my new room.

Hobbyaholic - are you out there? Haven't heard from you in a while.

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Posted: 7/8/2009 10:14:18 PM
Sorry I didn't get these up sooner, had an impromptu shopping trip w/ a friend. (my mike's didn't have the sizzix alpha's on sale yet, they said friday...) I'm pretty sure I shouldn't be buying more stuff while it's all boxed up...but i didn't buy much

here are the pics of my empty room

Penny-last week you mentioned that you have zones in your space. I saw "stamping" and "card making" are there others that you have?

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Posted: 7/8/2009 11:09:08 PM
Mickey - your room looks great! You made a lot of progress. I sold/ gave away a fair amount before we moved a year ago but discovered after having stuff in boxes that long it was easier to get rid of stuff. I'm sure it won't take a year to get your room organized again, but hopefully having everything out will give you a clearer perspective on what works in the room and what you need.

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Posted: 7/9/2009 8:31:44 AM
Mickey! what a great fun room (despite the way it looks today!) This challenge really is a journey isn't it?

Last night I actually took the time to punch holes in a Designing with Autumn Leaves Calendar that I have had stashed away. Now its a book! and I worked on decorating/labeling the spines of my 3 ring binders...
These are things I have been meaning to do forever! So glad this challenge is pushing me to get all this done!


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Posted: 7/9/2009 10:53:40 AM
such great ideas. only wish I had a dedicated scrap space for my sb'ing supplies.

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Posted: 7/9/2009 1:14:50 PM
Dancingfish - I'm so glad for you (and jealous!). Did you decorate your binders?

Between tutoring, appts. and my son's birthday, I haven't gotten back to it.

I did however, get Stacy Julian's book in the mail and I love her thought processes - but I've been so stuck in the 'chronological' method that it's taking some time to whirl around in my head AND I'm sad as I've spent so much money on PowerSorts and File Mates from CM that I don't know how I start over with new systems.

I'm trying to find Wendy Smedley's book now and can't! (the organized and inspired scrapbooker) Do you know there are folks on Amazon selling it for hundreds of dollars since it's out of print! That's insane.

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Posted: 7/9/2009 2:12:43 PM
aj2hall-i'm sure that once i get to moving stuff back in i'll look at stuff and thing "why did i buy this"

Dancingfish-glad you're getting some stuff done what fun!

jomama-I saw your new pics in the gallery. I like the two white shelves pushed together but I agree about the craft cabinet. it kinda makes an ackward corner. I always think "how can i clean back there" when I have a layout like that. I have been looking for that book too and saw that on Amazon. that's just crazy. I looked on ebay too and none there either. I wonder if there are any other good books out there. I did find this online article from Simple Scrapbooks Mag. thought I'd share it.

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Posted: 7/9/2009 2:21:07 PM
dancingfish - what a great idea for the calendar

I've been reading your entries, lookin' at your rooms, I have tomorrow off...so I need to get moving.

I'm a magazine hoarder...so I'll try the idea of the last 3 months open...then comparing the older ones to it.

I'll TRY!!


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Posted: 7/9/2009 2:23:49 PM
Jo-
I like the two cabinets pushed together. But I can also visualize the craft cabinet with the paper holders flanking it. But if you did that you would have to move one of the white bookcases to where the craft cabinet is now-- and the other one wouldn't have a home???? That would cut down on your storage!

hmmm I wish I had a suggestion-


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Posted: 7/9/2009 5:04:40 PM
Dancingfish - I have no idea what calendar that is, but I'm glad you got it done.
And thanks for your support!

Mickey- I found that article too but didn't know how to link it here. I'm glad you did...it looks pretty good.

I have found several people are wanting that book - somehow we should let a publisher know.

The room is now making me CRAZY! and I have stuff EVERYWHERE (cuz' I ran out of boxes) - I just keep telling myself "I'm lucky to have the shelves" "I'm lucky that my family doesn't care it's in the dining room" ....but sometimes (most of the time) it isn't working.

So here's my funny story: Last night my son had his friends over to go out for his 17th birthday. Most of his friends are my ex-students and have they've all been together for a while...so they are sitting there waiting for pizza and I say, "Hey guys, I need some big strong young men to come muscle some shelves for me.."(guys are so cheap-compliment the muscles and you can get anything) My son says, "that's okay mom - we're good" but his compliant friends get up to come help. (two of the guy's moms are girls I craft with so they know all about the room and the challenge). We start moving and we all comment that the shelves took up way more room than we thought... and that it isn't what we thought it would be. I explain that I need to just get rid of stuff , and two of them laugh (I'm kinda known -even in my classroom- for being a pack rat) and say 'we can help you with that.." and reach for a box.

The other one runs over and says, "No.....this is where I come to do my school projects!"

YESSS! Complete validation! I'm not throwing ANYTHING away now!

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Posted: 7/9/2009 8:02:01 PM
Gosh - so many topics, so little time! I can't even keep up with what I want to reply to! LOL!



Mickeygirl, I have a zone for die cutting, (near my 'tool zone' - where I have Bind it All and Big Bite and Punches and label maker), a zone for embellishments (this is a big zone!), a zone for blank things I want to make, a zone for my mists and paints (this is near my stamps and ink pads), a zone for ideas, a zone photos.... I try to group things together....Enough said, I guess. I think your room is looking great and I like the retro aqua, too.

Dancingfish, I like your binder category ideas. A week just isn't enough time! I am going to a crop this weekend in Houston with my sis and mom and I am seriously thinking about just finishing organizing my digi files and my electronic ideas!!

Jomama - don't give up. All of the YES and NO thoughts you're having are beneficial - they will validate what you want.

Keep on keeping on!



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Posted: 7/9/2009 10:25:40 PM
Hey Everyone.

Thanks for asking about me Jomama. I'm still here, just away visiting family. Lucky for me I brought my laptop and am working on last week organizing my photos for printing.

I had already started this week a few months back and its a definite work in progress.
-I have most of my sketches (love them) cut to 3x3 and glued to 4x6 index cards and stored in a file box. Love that I can put one in a to-do kit and not have to remember my ideas. I also try to add the info for where I found the sketch on the back and number them as I make the cards. I number them so I can remember who to credit with an idea if someone was to ever ask. I will start printing any LOs and adding them to the cards in my box too. Like that idea too.
-As for my how-to's I have a 3 ring binder that I put page protectors in. I just need to add dividers.
-My mags are in holders. I don't buy a mag unless I can really find more than 3-5 ideas in. I just flip and jot what I like and put it back. My regular buys are organized by company. I need to tag the pages so I can just glance the tops and not pull the whole thing down (Thanks Wookie) I do tear some but others I can't because the idea on the back is a good one too. I try not to store too many double sided ideas or multi-page articles in one slot because i won't read the rest of the pages and then its clutter.

My Week 7 To-Do:
*Add dividers to my binder
*Add tabs to my mags
*Get a Photo organizer like CH to store photos and maybe a 2nd for inspirations
*Still thinking...

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Posted: 7/9/2009 10:39:39 PM
Holy Crud Hobby! Here I thought you were lost, and you're leading the pack and I'm the one who's lost! (ooh - should we do Tour de France vernacular?) " Hobby has emerged from the pack and is leading the Peleton! Stage 7 goes to...."

Go you! (glad your back!)

I have to just say (it's gonna sound corny) that I just love it here! In the few weeks I've been on 2P's , so many people have been so kind, responsive and just ...wonderful.

I have no idea how I'm gonna go back to school in August and give up my P's!

Dancingfish - meeting you here has been one of my "I'm lucky.." statements. You always say such uplifting things.

Pennyscraps - you are so sweet to offer (your PMail)! I will take you up on that call - when we are both vacation free. I appreciate your support.
Thanks to everyone for the suggestions, dialogue, and encouragement.

I even broke down and asked Stacy for some advice and her response was "sure!"

This is awesome!

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Posted: 7/10/2009 8:56:00 AM
Jomama, you're making so much progress. The new pictures and new arrangement look great. I like the shelves together - I think its a little more uniform. Could you put the SU paper in verical cropper hopper paper holders? The paper shelves are great, but it looks like they take up a LOT of room.

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Posted: 7/10/2009 11:50:59 AM
Well my car is loaded up and I am headed to Houston from work for a crop! I have my zip drive loaded so I can organize my digi photo files and my ideas.

I was thinking about baseball card holders. Do any of you print layouts up that size and put them in there??? I am still trying to get a handle on the sketches I have - I think I would like those in hard copy....


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Posted: 7/10/2009 12:23:51 PM
Thanks Aj2hall! I am probably selling those paper racks - they are huge. I have another one in the garage.

Penny - have fun. I don't think I would like anything that small myself - but I think it's doable. In the CTMH books where they organzie page maps by the number of photos - those images are pretty small so...


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Posted: 7/10/2009 2:35:05 PM
Hobby glad your back!

Penny- I think baseball card holders would be too small-- but what about photo albums with 4x6 slots... Very easy to remove sketchs should you decide to-- seems like it would be a fluid system??

Jo- Scrapbook supplies do make the best school projects... hahaha glad you had some muscle to help you! boys are soo easy... hmmm I wonder if you could stack those paper racks on top of each other??? get those boys back!!


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Posted: 7/10/2009 6:42:13 PM
Oh yes, they were stacked. We separated them - to... uh... block the dog after she learned to escape her crate.

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Posted: 7/10/2009 8:31:20 PM
Baseball cards holders seem like a great way to store alot in a small space but my 3x3 are already really small. Anything smaller I don't think I would like. But then again, the pages in the mags are tiny like 1x2 so it could work. Try out a page and see if you like it. I may switch over if it works for you..

Jo, Your room is shaping up nicely. Can't wait to see what you do next. What accent color are you considering? You have wood and white (classic). I agree about the paper racks, you could definitely use some space saving storage there.

I can't wait to get back home and work on some ideas I'm tossing around.
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