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Posted 10/3/2012 by Marcy Penner in General Scrappin'

Marcy Penner
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Posted: 10/3/2012 12:49:41 PM
I normally get an idea and just hope that it will stay in my brain until I need it. Now, I realize that this is not the best idea and have added this book to my cart. I'm really hoping that it will help me keep track of my ideas better.

I've tried different sketch books and notepads before, but I'm hoping the layout of this and the checkboxes will help me out.

So, how do you all keep track of your ideas?


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Posted: 10/3/2012 12:52:19 PM
Index cards
I keep them everywhere... Car, purse, desk
They aren't fancy but they are always ready when I need them!

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Posted: 10/3/2012 1:04:08 PM
I jot my monthly goals (which includes project ideas) in the notes section on my calendar. And then I have post its stuck on the corner of my desk. But mostly I use pinterest to house my ideas. Whenever I see something online that sparks an idea I pin it and record my thoughts in the comment section. I also use my phone to capture pics of inspiring things and again write comments. Which leads me to think that perhaps an app like Momento would be great for storing ideas too.

Thanks for raising this topic! It's really got me thinking!


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Posted: 10/3/2012 1:06:12 PM
I bought index cards that were already spiral bound. I decorated the front and titled it Stories to Remember. So when I get an idea, my daughter says something funny or I come across a product that would be good for a project, I write it down in there and initial when I have used the idea.

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Posted: 10/3/2012 1:08:08 PM
My problem is that I try so many things.... notebooks, ipad apps... I need to find one that sticks.



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Posted: 10/3/2012 1:12:29 PM
I carry a pocket size notebook with me in my purse. It comes with my everywhere, work, shopping, etc. When and idea comes I jot it down or sketch it. My co-workers think I'm nuts for pulling the thing out all the time but the best ideas seem to come at the most random times.

I also have a few composition books with inspiration glued onto the pages. It can come from anywhere, magazines, packaging, tags, etc.

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Posted: 10/3/2012 1:12:57 PM
That looks like a really great book! I may need to do the same thing, I've tried other systems too and they haven't worked yet lol!


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Posted: 10/3/2012 2:07:55 PM
I started out keeping my ideas on index cards, but switched to three ring mini binder. Like it much better because I can take it with me when I do my scrappy shopping. Have a list of inks and punches that I have in it. Just had to redo it (first one was falling apart). Staples carries that size.

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Posted: 10/3/2012 2:36:03 PM
I've got a couple of binders that I have sketches and layouts in that I like. The problem is that there are many pages in these binders and they don't seem to be getting any smaller. But these ideas are usually just pages or sketches that I really like and browse through when I'm stuck. When a layout I've seen sticks and I know I want to do something similar, I try to put that in a notebook (and I only one... currently). It's in that notebook where I keep track of journalling, title ideas, everything. So far it has worked - but lately I have been getting a lot of ideas and I haven't jotted them down! So maybe this system is due for a change. I also use Pinterest for ideas!

Maybe what I really need is a good iPhone App!

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Posted: 10/3/2012 3:05:38 PM
I have this problem... Nothing seems to work "just right" for me ..I'm always searching for something that can house all my important do lists...projects...ideas...etc the book you show looks interesting m,ay have to check it out Thanks.


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Posted: 10/3/2012 3:40:16 PM
I use a notebook to sketch my ideas when they come to mind and then when I get some free time, I put them together on my silhouette software and arrange letters an stuff to see how those ideas would fit on my 12x12 page. I find this works great; when I sit down and work on my pages; I just pull up the design page I saved and then put it all together. I don't plan on colors or small embellishments until I actually work on the page, but at least I have the letter and stuff done.

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Posted: 10/3/2012 5:11:26 PM
I use a regular little 3-ring binder (like school supplies kind) with lined note paper in it.

I have a separate section for each album I'm working on. Example: Vacation 2012, DD#1, DD#2, DS#1, My Favorite Things....etc.

Whenever I get an idea for a layout, or even just a quote that I want to use for a specific child's album, I jot it down in that album's section. Then when I sit down to work on a certain album, I flip through that album's section for ideas.


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Posted: 10/3/2012 5:14:50 PM
I use one of the 3 ring Ditto binders. I print out things I like and want to try later. I sketch ideas and write notes on them.

I view galleries at work in my down time, so I jot lots of sketches and ideas onto sticky notes and stick to my pages in my book when I get home.

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Posted: 10/3/2012 5:15:25 PM
When I've got an idea for more than one page, I save them on a Word Doc so I can delete and add as necessary. I usually have an active word doc going, but right now I only have one page idea that isn't completely even thought out yet.


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Posted: 10/3/2012 5:17:28 PM
I have a smash I write out plans and ideas or make scrappy to-do lists. And the pen has the glue stick if I need to slap something in there.

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Posted: 10/3/2012 9:31:14 PM
After years of trying this and that way...I keep a ~5x7 size journal which is spiral bound with me. This is where EVERYTHING gets written down, or else it is a flying whirlwind of post-its, scraps, paper towels, napkins.

I make sure that if it's something in a category like scrapping..I start a new page, so I can rip it out if I want too, and take it to my scrap area eventually. But usually the point is that I can go back and F.I.N.D. everything, cause there is only one book!

Spiral is a must for me, I love all sorts of journals, until I actually try to use them and hate that I can't lay the page flat. I have a bookshelf behind me with a whole row of journals I love, except not to actually use.

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Posted: 10/4/2012 11:49:56 AM
I got a 3-1/5x5-1/2 spiral notebook with 200 sheets in it & made divider tabs from Post It flags that I labeled with my label maker. There's a section for each topic that I scrap, a section for YouTubers that I like to check back in on now & then, a section for techniques, and a section for supply sources that I learn about. It's working out nicely, having eliminated the avalanche of sticky notes that used to accumulate on my computer desk. The notebook is called "Fat Lil' Notebook" by Mead, & I found it at Rite Aid drugstore.

I've been a dilettante, but I'm thinking of dabbling in something else.

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Posted: 10/4/2012 2:11:03 PM
haha. I have a dozen pieces of scrap paper in a drawer.
Need. to. be. more. organized.

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Posted: 10/4/2012 3:32:09 PM
Okay. I've had an idea in my head for over a week now. I'm scared it's going to leave soon... so off to write it down somewhere! Notebooks or index cards seem the way to go.



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Posted: 10/5/2012 4:58:40 PM
General idea - Pinterest or a binder I have setup.

Specific idea - like one for a December Daily or a baby album - I print out as a 4x6 photo and include it with the paper and embellies I have set aside for that project (Iris case).

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Posted: 10/5/2012 5:25:55 PM
I keep a journal on my desk as I often have amazing ideas and need to write them down immediately. I keep a folder with all sketches that I've printed out. My pinterest is my online inspiration board.

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Posted: 10/5/2012 5:38:05 PM
I have a notebook that goes with me everyday back and forth to work and that book has almost everything in it. I also use Evernote on my phone and skitch is a great app because I draw my sketches out in it when I don't have pen and paper. Call my old fashioned but something's I still enjoy good old paper and pencil. But my apps come in handy when I don't have access to anything else you never know when an idea may pop into your head. I also save tons of stuff to my Pinterest and set up my iPad on my desk when I am working for inspiration sometimes.

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