organize your stuff challenge (round 4). week 1. space audit.

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Posted 3/27/2011 by ~crisann~ in General Scrappin'
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PeaNut 302,923
March 2007
Posts: 4,362
Layouts: 100
Loc: Pittsburgh, PA.

Posted: 3/27/2011 8:30:53 AM
good morning, ladies!

i'm here. i'm up, sort of...

just a few things that might be useful to know:

1. i usually post these threads saturday night/sunday morning.
2. all the threads from round 2 and round 3 are linked at the bottom of this thread. there's alot of inspiration w/in those threads, which i why they're all there in the first place.
3. all the threads from round 1 are linked within the corresponding round 2 post (for now). eventually, i'll get them added to this list as well.

this week, we're going to do a bit of scrapbooking and see what's working for us and what's not.

here's the link for the overview on wookiemouse's blog.

here's the link for week 1.

question of the week: take a minute to introduce yourself.

i'm cristi. i'm 27, engaged, no kids, but we have two furbabies - dag, a long-haired orange tabby cat, who created quite the mess last night (which is part of the reason i'm "late" posting this morning) and thor, a purebred chocolate lab, who's the "good one" and stayed in bed with us all night. i'm an office manager for a scrap yard. we're very, very slowly remodeling - upstairs is done. downstairs is started, but no where finished.

happy organizing!

Organize Your Stuff Challenge (round 3).

organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 01. space audit.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 02. brainstorming.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 03. clean slate.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 04. paper.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 05. scraps.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 06. photos.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 07. ideas.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 08. projects, unfinished pages, and kits.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 09. embellishments.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 10. alphas.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 11. non-alpha stickers and rub-ons.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 12. ribbon, thread, and fibers.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 13. stamps.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 14. crop supplies.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 15. inks, ink pads, and embossing.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 16. paints, glitters, and stickles.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 17. punches.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 18. tools and adhesives.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 19. chipboard.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 20. die cuts.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 21. pens and pencils.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 22. dies for die cutting machines.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 23. templates.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 24. memorabilia.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 25. negatives.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 26. new items and keeping it neat.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 27. fonts.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 28. cards and card-making supplies.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 29. room and space decor.

Organize Your Stuff Challenge (round 2).

Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 01. Space Audit.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 02. Brainstorming.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 03. Clean Slate.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 04. Paper.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 05. Scraps.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 06. Photos.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 07. Ideas.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 08. Projects, Unfinished Pages, and Kits.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 09. Embellishments.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 10. Alphas.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 11. Non-alpha Stickers and Rub-ons.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 12. Ribbons, Thread, and Fibers.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 13. Stamps.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 14. Crop Supplies.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 15. Inks, Ink Pads, and Embossing.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 16. Paint, Glitter, & Stickles.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 17. Punches.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 18. Tools and Adhesives.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 19. Chipboard.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 20. Die Cuts.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 21. Pens & Pencils.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 22. Dies.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 23. Templates.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 24. Memorabilia.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 25. Negatives.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 26. New Items and Keeping it Neat.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 27. Fonts.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 28. Cards and Card-making Supplies.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 29. Room and Space Decor.


PeaNut 106,912
September 2003
Posts: 2,024
Layouts: 37
Loc: Tucson, AZ

Posted: 3/27/2011 8:44:57 AM
My name is Yanira. I'm from Puerto Rico so my first language is spanish. But i'm been living in Texas for 10 years now due to my job. I have been in the Air Force for 8 years and live in Italy and texas. I really love Texas but Italy was a dream come true.. I 'm married and have a 3 year old boy and two k-9 children. One is a 10 years old pug and the other one a 9'years old chi-wiener who thinks he is bigger than he is. I been scrapbooking for 10 years and I had to go from a very large scrapbooking room to a corner in my dining room. I need help!
i forgot to make my list
I need a better way to organize my letters
I needs to organize "stickers"
my slice
my tools
I like the way I have my embellisments, ribbons
and my scraps


PeaNut 57,062
November 2002
Posts: 1,882
Layouts: 50
Loc: still looking for scrapping buddies in or near Durham, NC

Posted: 3/27/2011 8:49:07 AM
hey, crisann, THANK YOU SO MUCH for doing this challenge again. Let us know if you need any help!


PeaNut 119,156
December 2003
Posts: 776
Layouts: 0
Loc: NC

Posted: 3/27/2011 8:58:03 AM
Good morning!!
My name is Mel. I'm a SAHM to 4 boys. DH is in the Marine Corps and is currently deployed. He bought me a beagle puppy (named her Zoe) before he left ().

I'm ready to get started! I hope to get scrappy during the week. Then I'll know what I need to tweak and is working!


PeaNut 434,313
August 2009
Posts: 4,506
Layouts: 26

Posted: 3/27/2011 9:27:21 AM
I'm Leslie

I am 28, married I think 6 years... no lie I refused to figure it out, either 5 or 6. We have a 7.5 month old boy Boston Oliver, 1 italian grey hound, Mona and 1 cat Miss Kitty.

I have been scrapping about 5 years. I forget half the stuff I have because it is not easy to get too when I scrap. My mind goes faster than I can type so excuse any typos or gramatical/slight spelling errors

I swear I am not unedu-macated


PeaNut 241,625
January 2006
Posts: 2,125
Layouts: 43
Loc: PA

Posted: 3/27/2011 10:39:00 AM

I'm Michele, SAHM of two adorable kids-2 yrs girl and 7 month old boy. No pets as of yet. We want to eventually when we have our own place. Hopefully that will be in fall if everything go as plan. This is our third place so my scraproom has change in sizes. lol. We have been living here for about 10 months.

looking forward to met everyone.


PeaNut 369,162
March 2008
Posts: 1,099
Layouts: 5
Loc: New Jersey

Posted: 3/27/2011 10:42:26 AM
Hi there, fellow-organizers! I'm Nancy, married 27 years with 2 kids, a dog and a cat. I work in health care; but I'd much rather be reading and scrapping, haha. I'm generally an organized person... but I tend to forget what I have, I'm not sure I have it stored the best way that'll work for me. Looking forward to going through this program with you


PeaNut 247,274
February 2006
Posts: 1,808
Layouts: 64
Loc: Missing North Cackalacky

Posted: 3/27/2011 10:47:10 AM
Thank you so much for doing this again, I am in desperate need of some organization!

I'm Tammy, married for 11 years, SAHM to 3 awesome kids (one boy, two girls) who are usually the subjects of my LO's. In my former life I was an RN and may go back one day, we'll see. I have been scrapping for about 6+ years, since my oldest was a year old. My scrap space is so bad it is hindering my creativity, I am so excited to get started!

ETA: I finally did my scrap space audit, yay!

What works for me:
Kits because everything that's coordinated is in one place
QK dies which are in binders (2X2), altered lunch box (for my
4X4), and a large plastic box (for border dies and 4X9)
Cardstock which is in vertical cropper hoppers and divided by
Scraps which are in a vertical file folder containter and divided
by color
PP collections (BG, FP) which are in vertical cropper hoppers
along with their packages of coordinating CS
Stamps are in plastic storage containers

What's not working for me:
All of the PP I buy that is not in a kit or collection that is just
piling up with no rhyme or reason
Ink pads are just tossed in a drawer
Bling, flowers, embellies are all tossed together in drawers
I love my scrap table, but it has become a storage place for all
kinds of stuff not scrap related, including my sewing and anything
my DH finds that belongs to the kids, he tosses it on there (in
case I want to scrap it someday, or so he says). I don't scrap at
it, I end up dragging my stuff downstairs to the dining room
Ribbon is stored in about three different places!
My photos, no organization at all.


PeaNut 291,906
January 2007
Posts: 781
Layouts: 0
Loc: southern girl

Posted: 3/27/2011 10:49:25 AM
Thank you for starting another round! I have all my scrap stuff packed and will be moving into my new house in the next 2 weeks! Maybe my new scraproom will be more organized!
I'm 52,married for 27 years,3 grown children,1 DIL,2 SIL, 2 grandsons, 30+ cows, 2 pigs, a partime RN in PACU. My favorite things to do is play with grandsons, scrapbook, paper craft, and read.


PeaNut 78,003
March 2003
Posts: 14,925
Layouts: 213
Loc: Missouri

Posted: 3/27/2011 11:02:22 AM
Good morning and thanks so much for doing this! I'm a Mom to 3 grown children with 2 granddaughters that I love to scrapbook! I have such a mess in my scrap area that I haven't been scrapbooking much at all the last few months so if anyone needs a challenge like's me! LOL Of course I just keep buying and tossing it in 'piles' and I'm ready to really make some big changes!


PeaNut 57,062
November 2002
Posts: 1,882
Layouts: 50
Loc: still looking for scrapping buddies in or near Durham, NC

Posted: 3/27/2011 11:11:33 AM

I have such a mess in my scrap area that I haven't been scrapbooking much at all the last few months so if anyone needs a challenge like's me!

I could have written that!!!!


PeaNut 43,435
July 2002
Posts: 145
Layouts: 2
Loc: Shreveport, Louisiana

Posted: 3/27/2011 11:42:33 AM
Hello everyone, my name is Gina(age 50). I have 1 DS(college graduate) and 1 DFB,(Spring and she is a German Sheppard mix), and a DH(sweet enabler). I am a teacher of special needs children. I am totally addicted to SB. I usually have multiple of many SB items because I forget what I have. Hopefully this challenge will help me find a better way to store my stuff.
Thank you crisann for hosting this challenge yet again because I really need it.


PeaNut 268,590
July 2006
Posts: 2,006
Layouts: 177
Loc: middle of a 3-boy circus

Posted: 3/27/2011 11:58:46 AM
Good morning everyone!

I'm Lydia, married almost 9 years, mom to three little boys ages 7.5, 6 and almost 4. We also have a one year old boxer pup. I'm mostly happy with my scrap area right now because I just finished Round 3, but I do still have some clutter to get rid of and a few areas to finish or tweak.


PeaNut 224,408
September 2005
Posts: 919
Layouts: 30
Loc: Upstate NY

Posted: 3/27/2011 12:39:15 PM
Hi, I am Susan. I participated for the first time in round 3 and the process made a huge difference. I have been scrapping for 10 years. I live in Upstate NY, am married, and have three children ages 24,22, and 21!

My goal this time: to take over my son's bedroom and move him down to my office which I have outgrown and do some reorganization. He is going off to med school and certainly does not need the big room he has. I LOVE scrapbooking and mixed media and need a bigger space to create in because it is sooo relaxing. But to avoid a "hostile takeover" () I am going to "discuss" the takeover with my son first! Before I move into it I will repaint and get some new curtains for both our rooms I really am a nice mother

Judy - my room is a disaster. Going in there is making me tearful! And London trip must get done because the kids laughed when I said I could turn it around quickly! So join with me today in cleaning our rooms-

Mel-how are you and how is the DH? You doing ok?


PeaNut 462,164
March 2010
Posts: 2,612
Layouts: 2

Posted: 3/27/2011 1:26:20 PM
Hi, Organizers!!

My name is Lisa. I'm Mom to two adorable boys and a goldfish named Houston. I started scrapbooking (or shall I say, scrap shoppping) when my oldest was 3 months old. It wasn't until my youngest turned two that I actually began scrapbooking in earnest. Needless to say, if anyone needs an organize challenge, it's me. I began this journey with Wookiemouse, and signed on for Rounds 2 and 3, and now 4. I always get stuck in the paper week, because I'm surrounded by it. LOL! I've come to understand that I am not the only one, so if this, and the photo week hold me up, I'm okay with it.

I have grand plans for this round, and I hope to accomplish seeing the floor in my scraproom for the first time in ages. Even if that means stacking all those Art bin totes on top of my desk, til the floor is clear. LOL...that would mean I'd have to clean off the desk top, as well.

Hi Judy, Mel, Susan, Lydia, and Cristi...where's Amanda? Is she off on the island again with Cabana boy? Tell him to stock up on the MaiTai Mixer for me!!

Hi to all the newbies in this challenge, too! Can't wait to get to know all of you better as we go thru this process together!!


PeaNut 43,435
July 2002
Posts: 145
Layouts: 2
Loc: Shreveport, Louisiana

Posted: 3/27/2011 6:55:40 PM
My area is 9x10. It has 2 doorways, and a closet door, no windows, dark paneling and a hideous floor. I share this area with the family computer, but this is not a problem because DS has a laptop and DH is just not interested in computers.
What Works:
1. chair and table(work surface)
2. lightning
3. cutting table
4. most needed tools are easy to get to
What Does Not Work
1. storage: too much stuff crowded into this space
2. unorganized pictures(digital and traditional)
3. can not see what I have easily
4. ugly walls and floor
5. computer hutch


PeaNut 369,162
March 2008
Posts: 1,099
Layouts: 5
Loc: New Jersey

Posted: 3/27/2011 7:16:56 PM
I have an 8' x 8 1/2' section of the basement for my scraproom. My work space is U shaped, with a L shaped desk we bought at Staples, and the other side of the L {to make the U shape} consists of 2 - 4' tables that have shelves above and 2 Iris carts below, a smaller 6 drawer cart, and assorted 'stuff'.

What works:
1. photo selection - my husband just prints off what I ask him to
2. tool caddy right on my desk
3. embellishments - whether ribbons, pens, flowers, paper, inks - are all stored in ROYGBIV order. I follow that religiously!

What needs help:
1. sketches - I have them in a sectioned binder {i.e. layouts with 1 pic, 2 pic, etc} but I pull the page out then never put it back. So I have a stack of sketch ideas in a pile taking up room on my desk
2. I like baskets - yet I forget what are in the baskets. Need to organize the contents in some way.
3. Paper/paper kits - lots of papers in colors I dislike. Page kits need to be stored somehow, not in a pile of bags. And somehow labeled, that I know the color scheme?

Sweet Tea Lovin' Pea

PeaNut 236,282
December 2005
Posts: 6,158
Layouts: 109
Loc: North Texas

Posted: 3/27/2011 7:31:58 PM
Now that I have a bigger space I am SO excited that I get to join in this round!

I am Stephanie, 24, engaged, and live in Texas. I work in social services and love it. I have been scrapping for about 10 years now. I need to find a better system of organizing my scrap stuff so I can find it easily when working on projects!


PeaNut 229,914
November 2005
Posts: 8,403
Layouts: 0
Loc: Turn right, watch for ducks.

Posted: 3/27/2011 7:37:03 PM
Hello ladies *waves*

My name is Carie. I'm 37, married for 15 years, and we are hopeful that we'll be embarking on a surrogacy journey in the next month!!! I live in a small town in the Texas Hill Country close to San Antonio and I love it. I haven't been working for several years (fab.u.lous), but started again part-time last week to help pay for the surrogacy. I work at a nursing home in the activities department and I love helping to bring a smile to the residents' faces. MY DH works at the same nursing home as the rehab director so it's fun to see him throughout the day, and for the residents to talk to me about him because they've known him forever.

It's in my nature to be organized, and I absolutely love doing it. It's relaxing for me. gets in the way of keeping things the way they should be. I'm constantly looking for new ways to organize that are easier to maintain because if it takes too long to do, it won't get done consistantly.

I'm happy with most of my systems, but still have a few I just can't pin down and am eager for your advice! ETA: After your reading your posts I have more to add.


  • Photos and Negatives: My new photo/negative scanner was delivered a couple of days ago so that is going to be my biggest challenge. I made a lot of progress already, but there is still tons to do.

  • Alphas & rub-ons: The more I use them the less I like the way I have them.

  • Non-themed patterned paper: that doesn't fall into a particular category (primary colors, muted primary colors, pastel colors, monochromatic, etc.). I have been keeping them by main color on the page but I'm not liking it.

  • Decorating: Can't afford much, but I want to get rid of my utilitarian Skandia desk and shelves and bring in prettier furniture. I'll be scanning Craigslist for a beautiful kitchen table and a shelving unit to paint black. I'm considering finding a china cabinet and taking off the doors for ease of access. Since decorating is the last week of the challenge I hope I find something I like and can have it ready by them. I also have to put up the crown moulding, and would like to put up some window treatments. I need more color so I will be going to thrift shops, TM, and others to find some items I really love. If I can't find anything I love I'll just wait.

  • Lighting: I have a decent sized window for natural lighting during the day, but it's too dark at night. I'd like a big mirror on the wall opposite the window. When we built the house we had an extra switch wired in with the intention of added 4 recessed lights. I'm hoping OTT has a lightbulb that will work. May not be able to afford to do this this go-around, but I will complete the research and draw up the plans.

  • Work Surface: I have a large desk that works very well, but I'd like to build/alter a narrow table that will fit under the desk. I'll put wheels on it pull it out to keep the misc tools that don't live on my desk that I am using for my current project. It'll also be a good surace to put a layout in progress if I decide to work on something else.

  • Trash: I have a mini-can on my desk that works well, but I'd like a larger one than my current one to put next to the desk. The one I have is too short and I end up missing the can.

  • TV Area: Need to move DVR and then organize the wires. Will need surge protector.

    Little Things: I need to hang some paper towels near my desk. Want to choose one of my short baskets to throw my supplies in when I absolutely can't put them away. I want it short so that I have to empty it very often and not let things pile up.


  • Organizing by the way I look for something: For example, I know a lot of people organize strictly by manufacturer, but I only do that when I have a pretty big collection of a single line. Otherwise, I look by color (primary, muted primary, pastels, sherbet colors, black & white, etc.) I don't look for a particular type of embellishment (brads/ribbons) but for a specific color so all of my embellies are in different drawers by color.

  • Clear drawers] that are easy to stack and even easier to open. If I can do it one-handed I am a happy woman. Not TOO organized or it's impossible to keep up. They're not as pretty as baskets and buckets, but so much easier for me to use. I'm considering putting pretty paper on the front of them.

  • My tools on a caddy on my desk and everything else on the shelves directly behind me. All I have to do is turn-around to grab something, love it!

  • Photos and Negatives: I know I have them listed as not working, but I have the system decided, I just have to finish implementing it and it's a very long process to catch up on. It's easy to do as we go along, but I have 25 years of photos not done as I go along I keep my photos in cheap (but safe) albums. Albums organized by theme, pages organized by layout. This way I/we can enjoy the photos before they get scrapped and I can flip through and see what screams "scrap ME today!"


    Very excited about this challenge! I have a digital camera that works so I'm going to be more of a joiner and less of a lurker this time!

  • ~crisann~

    PeaNut 302,923
    March 2007
    Posts: 4,362
    Layouts: 100
    Loc: Pittsburgh, PA.

    Posted: 3/27/2011 7:45:50 PM
    well, i see everyone's making themselves at home here already - that's awesome!

    hi to all the round 3 ladies - lisa, susan, lydia, judy, and mel - so nice to see you back!

    and steph - glad you decided to join us.

    where are maria, amanda, kris, and jen? lol...

    yanira, leslie, michele, nancy, tammy, tamera, cindy, gina, carie - glad to see some new faces. hope you all like to organize and chat - we did alot of both during round 3.


    PeaNut 14,040
    April 2001
    Posts: 1,272
    Layouts: 0
    Loc: S. California

    Posted: 3/27/2011 8:04:32 PM
    I'm Kathy and live in So CA. Married and have two boys 11 and 13 and have been scrapbooking since my first son was born. We have two Mackerel Tabby cats Cougar and Sunny. I have too much stuff and my once-upon-a-scraproom was organized at one time.


    PeaNut 131,676
    February 2004
    Posts: 3,036
    Layouts: 10
    Loc: Nor Cal

    Posted: 3/27/2011 8:24:06 PM
    I'm Sheena. I am 28 years old, married almost 6 years, we welcomed our first daughter on Wednesday (3/23), and we have 2 beagles Flitter (8) and Sierra (12). I was a Kindergarten teacher until our daughter arrived and I will be a SAHM until at least August - and then depending on the state of education funding in CA I might be staying home longer - or going back in the fall.

    I just started really watching the Scrappin' board in the last week or so - Monday and Tuesday I was just home waiting for the baby to arrive - I saw the last posts of the last round and was intrigued. I figure this will be a great way for me to get everything organized so I can make sure to actually scrap for our daughter.

    I have been scrapbooking since 1996 - went to my first (and only) CM party in 8th grade - and I haven't looked back since. I also love to sew, read, and be outdoors.

    I share a large office with my dh, about 2/3 of the space is mine and I am slowly taking over more and more. I have the white cubes from Target that were organized at one point - they are still fairly organized, but some of them I haven't even looked in to see what I have since we moved to this house 4 years ago!

    I am also trying to figure out where my fabric should go. Right now I have some in our media room - since that is where I usually sew, but I do my cutting in the office since that is where I have the space to cut.


    PeaNut 125,367
    January 2004
    Posts: 378
    Layouts: 0

    Posted: 3/27/2011 10:37:45 PM
    I really need to try to do this. I have scrap stuff everywhere! I have so much half started projects and half sorted stuff. Anyway, my name is Miya, been married for 26 years with two wonderful kids. One still in high school and the other grown. Hoping posting here will motivate me to stay on task.


    PeaNut 494,177
    January 2011
    Posts: 29
    Layouts: 64
    Loc: France

    Posted: 3/27/2011 10:45:53 PM
    Hello everyone.

    My name is Lise. I'm French and I live in Paris. Single, no kids, no pets. Beside scrapbooking, photography and travelling are my favorite hobbies, so I have hundreds of pictures waiting to be scrapped.

    I've been scrapping for 7 years. I don't have much room so I need to be well-organised. Looking forward to sharing ideas with you.
    Thanks Christi for this new round.


    PeaNut 310,234
    April 2007
    Posts: 426
    Layouts: 42
    Loc: saskatchewan ,canada

    Posted: 3/27/2011 11:07:24 PM
    jen is here! (waving)

    I just don't have much time to post so I was reading everything first, I'll try to post properly tomorrow, lol

    Brandi Cuan

    PeaNut 228,356
    October 2005
    Posts: 71
    Layouts: 3
    Loc: California

    Posted: 3/27/2011 11:45:52 PM
    Hi, my name is Brandi. Been married for 5 years and I'm a SHAM to a 3 yr old baby girl. I've been scrapping for 12 years and enjoying every moment. I'm so excited for this challenge it couldn't have come at a better time, I just moved my scraproom to the guest room across the hall and it's a much smaller space. I should also mention I share my space with my wonderful Mama when she comes over to scrap so it's not only my crap but her's too lol! I recently painted my scraproom Tea Room Yellow and I'm loving it but I've now spent a good week just rearranging tables. I can't wait to get ideas to help make my scrap space more organized and functional, thanks for the help cristi!


    PeaNut 115,200
    November 2003
    Posts: 775
    Layouts: 26
    Loc: PA

    Posted: 3/28/2011 5:45:40 AM
    Good morning everyone!

    I'm back again, for the third time, in an attempt to finish this through. I made it through week 21 during Round 2, but fizzled-out at week 18 during the last Round. My mom had a second breast surgery, but with the best possible outcome ... scar issue build-up from her first lumpectomy and cancer free. An emotional roller coaster that put my regular life in slow-motion, but we're all back on track now. So here goes ...

    I'm Lisa, married for almost 17 years and we have 3 girls (ages 14, 10 & 7) who are very active and are the main reason I scrapbook. I was a mortgage underwriter prior to starting a family and am now self-employed as a signing agent. It gives me the flexibility of being an at-home-mom when needed, while scheduling closings during school hours or at night when DH is here.

    I am determined to reach week 29 this time and hang the frames I purchased about a year ago!

    Here's a post (Round 2) of my space before starting this journey. I'm going to take some photos today and show you how it looks right now.

    So "welcome" to all the newbies and "hello" to everyone from Rounds 2 & 3. Can't wait to jump back in and find out how everyone is doing. Cristi, you're an angel for running this again!


    PeaNut 115,200
    November 2003
    Posts: 775
    Layouts: 26
    Loc: PA

    Posted: 3/28/2011 6:41:11 AM
    Here's re-post from Week 1, Round 3 with some updates for areas re-vamped:

    "Question of the week: Do you have a "dedicated space" or is your dedicated space "everywhere." What is motivating you to get your scrap space organized in 2010?

    We have a study on the first floor that serves as my office, the family computer area and a scrapbooking space. The space measures approximately 12'x12' and has an entrance set of double doors angled at one corner and a 6' atrium door that leads to the deck. All my scrap stuff is in here. I have a P/T business that requires me to print and notarize legal documents, so that function must be incorporated in the space.

    My motivation - if I can get my stuff better organized, then maybe I can accomplish something! I start a lot of projects, but fizzle-out on the completion because it's so frustrating to find things or even remember what I own.

    What works ~

    room location (directly off the family room)
    natural light
    desk unit (must stay, but would love additional flat surface area)
    Expedite bookcase w/ Cropper Hoppers for C/S & P/P
    ink & marker storage
    embossing supplies
    punch storage
    stamp set storage (5 drawer sterlite-type tower for acrylic sets)
    Clip-It-Up w/ rub-ons, stickers & some embellishments

    What doesn't work ~

    paper stash has grown and kits are overflowing their basket
    photos (still not organized on the computer or in the photo boxes)
    night time lighting (need track lighting installed, but at a later date)
    room decor (or lack there of)
    other craft supplies (kid's stuff moved to this space during round 2, but still not fully functional)

    I still can't "go for broke" and box up the entire room because the space still needs to function for my business. So, I'm going to remove the stuff from each weekly category, purge it again, re-think its' priority in the space and, hopefully, find a functional option. Sounds great, right? Here's hoping it works this time through!"


    PeaNut 218,999
    August 2005
    Posts: 3,546
    Layouts: 36
    Loc: Ontario, Canada

    Posted: 3/28/2011 7:42:32 AM
    Good morning!!!

    I'm back for more torture I guess (I'm kidding!!!) I'm Kris, mid thirties (OMG!!) and married 12 years this fall. The other love of my life is our DS who is 5 and is one amazing kid.

    Work wise isn't so simple. I'm working on building a Human Resources consulting business and mainly work from home. I'm also looking for something in the field (part time) so I can still spend a couple of days with DS until he hits grade one next year.

    I think I feel off the wagon around week 22-ish, so hopefully I'll make it a little longer this time. Needless to say, with the past few months being a total roller coaster around here, I'm hoping things are starting to settle down and I can *maybe* get back to scrapping! I have a weekend crop coming up with my best girls so I'm hoping that's the push I need to get back into it. And Cristi, you'r emore then welcome to give me a kick in the pants once in awhile too

    Nice to meet you all and see some familiar faces around too!!


    PeaNut 317,654
    May 2007
    Posts: 367
    Layouts: 0
    Loc: Too far from Texas

    Posted: 3/28/2011 8:33:47 AM
    Good morning fellow Peas! My name is Angela, and I am here for the first time. I have seen this challenge before, and I am in serious need of some help to get organized.

    I am a transplanted Texan currently living in So Cal, and I'm still not used to the dry heat. Give me humidity any day!

    I am a pre-school teacher and mom to a fabulous 12 year old daughter. I have a BF of 10 years. I also have 4 fur babies--Brutus, a Pit Terrier mix; Star, a black cat; Marshmallow, a white hamster; and Ferdidnand, a rat.

    I am very excited to do this challenge. It has been nice to read this thread and the other participants have really inspired me to do this challenge! Thank you so very much!

    Here's to 29 weeks of organziation!


    PeaNut 57,062
    November 2002
    Posts: 1,882
    Layouts: 50
    Loc: still looking for scrapping buddies in or near Durham, NC

    Posted: 3/28/2011 8:44:50 AM
    ewwwwwwwww, a rat for a pet!!!!


    PeaNut 289,443
    January 2007
    Posts: 4,293
    Layouts: 67
    Loc: at the ballpark

    Posted: 3/28/2011 9:43:48 AM
    Hi, my name is Anna and I'm a SAHM to 3 kiddos, 19, 15 and 14. I've been scrapping on and off for 20 years. I have WAY more supplies that I will ever be able to use.

    I have my own "crap room" (per DH) and it's a total disaster right now. The timing couldn't be more perfect for me to join in this round. My room is in our sunroom and I can't go in there during the winter months since we don't heat it. It's beyond time for me to get it picked up and organized. Bought some new shelving units and bins to sort embellishments by color. Time to drag everything out and start fresh!


    PeaNut 220,702
    August 2005
    Posts: 1,286
    Layouts: 5
    Loc: Northeast

    Posted: 3/28/2011 9:43:53 AM
    Hi All-
    I am to 3 DDs...12,10 & to Sulley (furbaby)! I have a designated scraproom in the basement with an adjoining play room....neither one has visible carpeting it is safe to say I need this challenge BADLY!!!!! I have committed to this challenge for two is for DD age 10 who needs the adjoining room to do her crafts which are otherwise taking over the rest of the house! Also, my scraproom is sadly UNDER USED...I only scrap once a year when I travel with friends to a weekend crop...THIS CANNOT CONTINUE! I MUST scrap during the rest of the year or I will go crazy!!!! I will take pics as I go and post when the challenge s complete...I am hoping for a complete transformation!!!! WISH ME LUCK!!!!


    PeaNut 36,328
    April 2002
    Posts: 3,874
    Layouts: 7
    Loc: southern IN

    Posted: 3/28/2011 10:26:28 AM
    Good morning and welcome to everyone. Wow, there's quite a group here for this round. And hello to all of the round 3 survivors! Cristi, thank you again for hosting another round, you brave young gal you!

    I'm Maria, 58, retired from a warehouse job; looking for part-time work; married for 2nd time for 14 yrs; 1 son (33) and 1 step-dau (29) and 3 grandsons (no pink for me...). This will be my 2nd time in the challenge and even though I got lots done last round, I still have a few areas that I didn't complete and hope to work on this round. Of course paper is one of them! Also my photos still need some more sorting and I'm undecided about my idea binders (no Judy, I just couldn't throw them away!). And if you saw the floor (well, if you COULD see the floor) in my room right now, you'd think that I don't even know what "organize" means. In my quest to clean out one area along one wall, I've made a huge mess. So this week I need to clean that up before I go on with anything else.
    Some of the things that do work in my area from round 3 are my jars of buttons and ribbons sorted by color, drawers (labeled) with stickers and die-cuts by theme, drawers with stamps and inks, and labeling just about everything that stands still.
    So I plan on trying to keep up with you all and post at least once a week. There's lots of good ideas here and some of the folks even have amazing blogs that they share. Oh and another thing about me: I'm the worst at computer/technical stuff. It's a major accomplishment for me to get a photo to post!
    Have fun! Maria


    PeaNut 389,501
    August 2008
    Posts: 92
    Layouts: 0
    Loc: Smalltown, Iowa

    Posted: 3/28/2011 10:28:25 AM
    My name is Michelle. I live in the midwest, have been married 10 years, and have a 9 year old boy and a 4 year old boy. I work full time and can't seem to keep my scrapbook room organized. I need to do this challenge so I can sit down and scrapbook and not just spend time trying to find my supplies.

    What works:

    Journaling - pens in caddy by type and color to take to crops, pens in desk drawer to use when scrapbooking at home. Will need to come up with new solution due to moving to new home without built in desk.

    What needs help:

    Photo selection - not sorted well (neither chronoligical or theme)

    Finding tools - tools are not stored together, would like to have them all in a single location

    Choosing embellishments - not organized, hard to find, limits my use of them because I can't find what I need or don't even know I have it!

    Finding stamps and stamping supplies - need to organize by theme, but crates seem to hold them well

    Finding coordinating paper - all are sorted by color or theme which is working, but need to purge

    Sticker/rub on organization - like the use of iris containers in the iris cart, but need to further organize by categories

    Kits - need to be organized in a more accessable way, and need to use them!

    From my lists, what seems to be working for me is very little! Containers that allow me to put things in them easily without requiring lots of time to find the proper place are the best solution for me. We will be moving this summer so I hope to have everything organized properly BEFORE it goes in a box to be moved.


    PeaNut 360,824
    February 2008
    Posts: 1,398
    Layouts: 38
    Loc: San Diego, CA

    Posted: 3/28/2011 11:18:09 AM
    crisann, thanks for doing this challenge again!!! I started twice, but got caught up both times with life and just didn't finish. 4th times the charm, right?!?

    My name's Denise. I'm a SAHM with 3 kids (12, 10 & 4) who's been married for almost 17 years. Yikes . Our first furbaby 'child' died about 5 years ago and I just haven't had the heart to get another pet. Must say that I'm wearing down, though, since I get almost daily pet requests from my kids . We now live in Sunny San Diego, but In my previous life, we lived in Washington, DC where I worked for the EPA and then USAID in the Public Health field. People may wonder about my weird peaname. Before marriage and kids I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Zaire, where I lived in a rural village with a tribal people known as the bisngombe (one member of the bisngombe is called a kisngombe). These days I spend my time volunteering in the classroom, shuffling kids to 3 different schools, 5 sports, scouts and various friends' houses, and generally being a short-order cook and maid. It's not a glamorous life, but I love it and feel fortunate to be able to swing it in this economy.


    PeaNut 360,824
    February 2008
    Posts: 1,398
    Layouts: 38
    Loc: San Diego, CA

    Posted: 3/28/2011 11:43:52 AM
    Oh -- I forgot to add a congratulations to all you new moms out there. I'm impressed. When my kids were babies, you can bet I wasn't thinking about my scrap room organization! Mainly, I was just thinking (when I could think at all) about sleep!!!


    PeaNut 439,348
    September 2009
    Posts: 19
    Layouts: 0
    Loc: Kansas City

    Posted: 3/28/2011 12:14:15 PM
    Hi, I am 32 and live in the Midwest. I have been married for 4 years and have 1 dog. I have a spare bedroom that I am using for my scrap space. My goal is to figure out some organization to my space so I spend more time scrapping and less time fighting the clutter.


    PeaNut 347,559
    November 2007
    Posts: 182
    Layouts: 40
    Loc: Northwest Ohio

    Posted: 3/28/2011 12:20:23 PM
    I'm finally going to participate in the challenge and stick to getting my room organized instead of always just reading the posts! My name is Kristine. I've been married for almost 6 years and have no kids yet. I am a graphic designer and spend a lot of my time on the computer during the day. Therefore, paper scrapbooking helps me relax and spend time away from the computer.

    What works:
    1. Organization by color. I just started doing this and it's helped me use and pick out embellishments that I would have forgotten about.
    2. Album Organization. I follow the Library of Memories system.

    What needs help:
    1. Photo Organization. My photos are loosely organized and I really need to take the time to scan old photos and organize all the digital ones.
    2. Memorabilia. How it's stored and actually remember to use it!
    3. Paper. I just reorganized my paper by color and it works very well, but I have too much!
    4. Kits. Need a good place to store them and actually remember to use them.


    PeaNut 18,232
    July 2001
    Posts: 3,496
    Layouts: 44
    Loc: Ohio

    Posted: 3/28/2011 12:26:57 PM
    Hi - I'm Cindy - a SAHM to 2 great girls (12 and 10). We just moved from sunny Virginia Beach to snowy Ohio, so I'm still putting my space together. I'm looking forward to really making my space usable so I can be more productive.

    - paper organization: Cardstock is ROYGBIV, PP is by manufacturer, with miscellaneous papers filed where I can easily get what I need.
    -photo organization: My 4 x 6 photos are hyper-organized. They are filed by date with index cards listing the subject. More recent photos are stored / sorted using the Libraries of Memories (Stacy Julian) format.
    -Ideas: I can easily use my idea file and get to my sketch library when I need some "help"
    - Access to basic tools: My paper, trimmer, adhesive, basic punches, scissors, etc. are all easily found and at arms reach when I'm scrapping.

    - Kits : I don't know what's in my kits, and I'm "afraid" to take them apart for some reason. Hence, they don't get used!
    - Horiozontal Work Surface: I don't have enough. Admittedly, I like to spread out. I moved a small kitchen table into my space, but it's been taken over by my girls who do homework on it, use the laptop, do crafts, etc. I like having them in the same room as me - I get to scrap while they play / work. But they've cut into my work surface.
    -Photo Organization: While my 4 x 6 photos are super organized, school pics, pics other have given me, heritage and old family photos, enlargements are NOT organized - just thrown together in a heap.
    -No Labels on baskets/ containers in my Expedits. I have to pull out 3 or 4 containers to find what I want.
    - My "By Colors" embellishment system needs a lot of work.
    - When I get one of my cropper hopper paper holders out to look through paper, I have no where near the shelves to set it down. It's a pain!
    - I have 3 large baskets of "Miscellaneous" stuff. I'm not sure what's in it and I always forget to look through it.

    I look forward to getting to know all of you!

    -- Cindy


    PeaNut 310,234
    April 2007
    Posts: 426
    Layouts: 42
    Loc: saskatchewan ,canada

    Posted: 3/28/2011 12:29:38 PM
    Ok, so my name is jen, I work part time at my LSS. This is my third round of the organizing challenge, most of my room is organized but there are a few areas that still need work.

    I have 2 teenagers, a girl and a boy and I'm not even close to being caught up with scrapbooking them. I work on the current stuff first, so none of the baby stuff is done. I started scrapbooking 8 years ago which you would never say because of how far behind I am. I am also a huge collector of SB stuff. When I started I did more cards than anything so my stamp collection has grown to an unreasonable size,lol.

    I'm really hoping this round will be the round that I get it together and can stay organized

    Room audit

    what works

    -Digital photos are easy to find
    -Paper is well organized into color families and manufacturer(I blog so I have to know where it came from)
    -Layout ideas are half good meaning that I use the ones that I've put onto my ipod the most.
    -I can get to my tools really good
    -my embellishments are well organized by color and in plain view
    -pens and markers are easily gotten to
    -my wood stamps are right within arms reach
    -my stickers are easy to find, although a little crowded

    What needs help

    -developed photos are in albums helter skelter, hard to find (I want to make them all digital)
    -paper is a little crowded
    -scraps are a lot of work to put away where I have them so they pile up and make a mess.
    -not enough counter or shelf space so I can move my pen caddy and paper towel holder to places they wont be in the way but still easily accessible
    -kits are too crowded
    - ideas in magazines I never look at my magazines the way they are
    -my acrylic stamps, had them in binders but moved them to clip-it-up, still doesn't work, I need to have them close by and easy to see.
    -negatives, I need to scan them into my computer.
    -bringing new stuff in, I don't want to put it away at first but it just gets in the way otherwise.


    PeaNut 280,758
    October 2006
    Posts: 731
    Layouts: 4
    Loc: Way out West

    Posted: 3/28/2011 1:39:53 PM
    Hello everyone!

    I'm Neva (age 51) and have checked in and out on round 2 (came into it very late) and a little in round 3. I am a work from home Mom b/c we own our business that has grown from 6 employees to 24 in about 15 months. (Tripled the amount of paperwork I handle each month!) Feeling very fortunate! Also moved 9 months ago to a beautiful new home with acreage and acquired a very nice large space with windows on 2 sides and a large closet. I organized a lot as I moved stuff in, but still am not done! I've been married just over 6 years, and have a DSD age 14, and two sons that we adopted from Russia 17 months ago. John is 11 and Peter is 5, and will start kinder this fall. We have 2 large German Shepherds and one tiny mut, a cat, and NOW 6 chickens, well actually chicks that are about a week old. Looking forward to fresh eggs in 5 months!

    As a prelude to CKC in Portland (just got home! ), I realized I had purchased a number of page kits, lazer cuts to jump start my scrapping a year ago at CKC. Felt I really should get scrapping before I could justify any more purchases. I am an excellent hoarder and have multiples of things that "I will use in the future!" I was much better this year and only bought a little, mostly toolish stuff and less than 40 sheets of paper!

    What works!

    1) New room with desk and table, plus computer desk right next to the LR so I can be with my family and not with them when they are watching TV.
    2) Wire rack system (3x2) for organized paper by color and collections.
    3) Embellies organized by type in storage and containers that travel easily.

    What needs work:
    1) Need to sort inks and finish ink booklet.
    2) Tons of plastic drawers-purchased 8 years ago, just need some purging through crafts and stuff that is dried out etc. For the most part they are organized.
    3) Finish going through all the junk that I've collected in the 30+ years of crafting and just throwing some stuff away!

    Need to review my list and see what else!


    PeaNut 12,633
    March 2001
    Posts: 1,985
    Layouts: 128
    Loc: Utah

    Posted: 3/28/2011 1:50:32 PM
    Hello! Sorry about the novella ahead . . .

    My name is Alyssa, and I'm joining this for the first time. Boy, do I need it! I have a dedicated scrap space, but it's been a mess for years. In January, I moved it upstairs to my spare bedroom so a few guests could move in. I like the new room, but things are crazy. (To be fair, they were crazy in the old room as well.)

    I am ready to do this now because I've reached a turning point in my life where I am ready to clear things out and make changes in all areas of my home. I love this wonderful craft of scrapbooking, and I know I could get even more enjoyment out of it if I had a more organized area to do it in.

    I did some scrapbooking this weekend, and I've got a lot of notes about what is working and what isn't.

    What Works:

    • Storing my patterned paper and cardstock in hanging file folders, sorted by color. I've had it this way for years, and it really works for me.

    • The arrangement of the TV in front of my workspace. I like to watch TV shows I've taped over the years; it's almost like white noise, and it's part of my creative process.

    • Placing my scraps in clear, stackable paper trays. This is a recent change. I've previously had scraps spread around randomly, but now there is more of an order to them. They are sorted by color, and I've put small circles of the color that go in each tray on the side of the tray as a quick visual guide. Now I am using scraps more than I used to.

    • I have small tabletop, spinning caddies for my buttons and other small embellishments. I love having this nearby.

    • I like having pens and other tools (scissors, distressing tools, ruler, etc.) within reach, although I think it could be more organized than it is now.

    What Doesn't Work:

    • Someday I'd like to just walk to my workspace instead of crawling under my chair to get to it. Sadly, I'm not exaggerating. When I changed rooms, I basically boxed in the desk, so under the desk is the only access. This means any time I need something that is not within reach, I have to crawl out, get it, and crawl back in. LOL. I'm going through boxes now to clear out the space. I have hope that this will change soon.

    • My photo storage is completely disorganized. Some pictures are in photo boxes, some are in the envelopes they came in, some are in albums, etc. I do have some ideas for this, but right now it's a mess.

    • My embellishments and tools are scattered about. Ribbon, chipboard, flowers, and more--I have a lot of it, but it's not clearly arranged. I have been working on sorting so that I know what I have. Right now I have a lot of embellishments piled on bookcases in the room. Once I go through it, I'll be able to work on how to store it. Truth is, I know I buy more supplies than I need to, but it's tough when you what you have or where it is. And that's just in my scrap room. I have another dozen or so boxes of scrap stuff in the garage.

    • I have a cabinet for many scrapping supplies, but it's not utilized as effectively as it could be. I know it's got room for more shelves and things.

    • I have several paper packs and other paper collections I want to keep together, but I don't know where to put it. The paper storage is packed, so I can't just add it in a separate folder.

    • I have dozens of Club Scrap kits that I've put in accordion folders. Love the paper and want to keep it together rather than divide it by color, but I don't really know what I have because I have five or six accordion folders. I'd love to have it more accessible or at least figure out a way to organize it that helps me utilize it more.

    • I have too many stamps. I need to figure out what I will really use and have it in a place that works for me.

    • No idea what punches I have. I know about a handful of them, and they are the ones that end up on my pages. But I have loads of others that I don't use. I also found a duplicate one last week (and gave the extra to my sister). I wouldn't be surprised if this happens again as I keep going through the stash.


    • Although I like having the TV in front of my workspace, it does limit the rest of the room's layout.

    • I need a good-sized area for my two dogs to lie down and be in the room too.

    The main issue is my need to know what I have so I can put it to use. I have a lot of stuff--great stuff, in fact, since I've been scrapbooking for 12 years and have accumulated a lot. But a lot of it is in the abyss--really, the great unknown.

    I'm definitely a visual person and get more use out of things I can see. I'm sure I will use a lot of clear storage, but I also want to have the items well organized so I can go see what I have when clear storage isn't feasible.

    Some areas I am already working on solutions for and some I'm unsure about. So I'm looking forward to sharing ideas and seeing what the rest of you do.


    PeaNut 147,571
    May 2004
    Posts: 711
    Layouts: 9
    Loc: Indiana

    Posted: 3/28/2011 3:26:49 PM
    Hi, everyone! I've been a lurker for years but am just now coming out of hiding because I've finally started scrapping again on a regular basis. This challenge is just what I need to get me moving on a fast scrapping pace!

    My name is Beth, I'm from Indiana, and I'm "Mom" to a college freshman boy and a HS senior girl. Happily married for 20 years and work full-time as a project manager/jack of all trades. I've been scrapping for...well...I don't know how long! At least six or seven years, but off and on. Back "on" now, as I'm trying to finish up some theme albums in time for DD's graduation in June. I have a dedicated scrap space that is part of the bonus room over our garage. I have been trying to organize it while also trying to get these albums done. I'm hoping this challenge will help me do that!

    What works:
    Cardstock and embellies organized by color
    Frequently used tools right in front of me
    Rubons organized on new Clip-It-Up

    What doesn't work:
    Patterned paper in multiple places
    Desk space is too cluttered so no room to work
    Pictures and mementos are unorganized
    Drawers aren't labeled so I don't know what's in them

    I look forward to getting some great ideas from everyone!



    PeaNut 182,277
    December 2004
    Posts: 144
    Layouts: 11
    Loc: Iowa

    Posted: 3/28/2011 4:16:08 PM
    Hi All,
    I too, am a Beagle mom to 2 Beagles. A tri-color, age 12 and a chocolate tri-color age 11 mmonths! Ok, I also have 2 DSs and an enabling DH. But the Beags are more fun to scrap. LOL

    I have a large area in my unfinished basement. I need help with lighting, seriously. Just rafters there and one outlet by the water heater.

    I am so happy to start this challenge. Please give info on how to post pictures in the post. Many thanks


    PeaNut 173,178
    October 2004
    Posts: 295
    Layouts: 2
    Loc: Wine Country

    Posted: 3/28/2011 5:34:06 PM
    Hi Everyone! My name is Maria and I have followed and lurked with this challenge since Wookiemouse started it, but have never participated! My boyfriend and I just bought a house and moved in, and are going from a condo to a 3 bedroom house, so I will have a scraproom/office. It is just the 2 of us for now, but once we get the yard done, our dog will be coming back home.

    I have been making very slow progress unpacking the room, and still have lots of boxes to go. I am going to follow along with this challenge to help keep me on track and making progress. I am not going to be able to scrap since everything is boxed up, but will still do the space audit and try to really look at my space and see how I can fit it all in best.


    PeaNut 448,241
    December 2009
    Posts: 1,122
    Layouts: 10
    Loc: Somewhere outside Seattle

    Posted: 3/28/2011 6:30:32 PM
    Hey All!!!

    My name is Amanda. I am currently a SAHM with a kindergartener, 2nd Grader, 7th grader, travelling DH and cat. I also have SIL, her 3 mo baby, 20 mo baby, 2 cats and 1 dog (and BIL until he leaves for Iraq on April 10th)in the house. So needless to say, we are living like the little old lady who lived in a shoe...That means I have more stuff in my scraproom than that place can handle. I do work like 3 days a month at a LSS. I am also a round two dropout, and a round 3 finisher (yeah!!!)! ...and I have been blogging the scrap organization jouney since the beginning.

    To first time organizers, welcome! Do not get overwhelmed! If you do, there is an imaginary private island and a bottomless margarita maker at my place!

    To the Almni-
    Mel- how goes it? Settling into a groove yet?
    Judy-hope your puppies are showing well!
    Lydia-how's the hand doing? Can you scrap yet?
    Susan-I'll just start the blender for you now, as a scrap room shift is like giving birth, except that nobody thinks its cute when you gain wait from eating too many chocolates! LOL! Cant wait to see the pics from London!!!
    Jen, Lisa and McLisa-Welcome back!
    Kris-I think 21 or 22 was as far as I got in round 2. No worries. We'll tackle week 25- Memorobelia together!


    PeaNut 448,241
    December 2009
    Posts: 1,122
    Layouts: 10
    Loc: Somewhere outside Seattle

    Posted: 3/28/2011 6:32:01 PM
    Crisann- Thank you so much for hosting this again! If you need any help, let us know! Hope the remodel and SO's job is going well!


    PeaNut 57,062
    November 2002
    Posts: 1,882
    Layouts: 50
    Loc: still looking for scrapping buddies in or near Durham, NC

    Posted: 3/28/2011 8:28:22 PM
    Amanda, showing the older dog next weekend in Obedience & Rally Obedience. For practice b4 the Nationals. Puppy (well, 20 mos. old) is entered, but won't be shown as she is the only "class girl" & her breeder & handler in the breed ring will be showing her Special in BOB. ---------------- I'm sure that makes 0 sense to anybody who isn't into showing dogs!!!!!!

    Ancient Ancestor of Pea

    PeaNut 31,549
    March 2002
    Posts: 10,705
    Layouts: 333
    Loc: San Diego, CA

    Posted: 3/28/2011 9:30:05 PM
    I'm Arika, and I've been scrapping since Feb. 2002. I've been married for 11 years this year, and have an 8-year-old son, Sean. I was a high school English teacher in my former life, but I've been a SAHM since 2005. We also have one stinky/sweet cat, who DH and I adopted as our one-year anniversary present to each other. Oh, and there's a little betta fish, Coconut, in our entourage as well.

    I have a pretty small scrap space so I'm always in sort and purge mode so I won't burst out of it. Most of my stash lives in a 4ft. tall cabinet. I don't have a dedicated scrap table, but I recently converted a built-in desk in my laundry room into a cutting/stamping area where I could keep my trimmer, Revolution, dies, and stamps permanently. But what's happened is that is since I created it, I've scrapped every LO there since. I reallly need a scrap table! I'm hoping that will come this summer.

    Thank you to Cris for running this challenge again, and I'm really looking forward to being a part of it.

    I'm going to scrap later tonight or tomorrow and report back on what's working and what's not!
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