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ORGANIZE YOUR STUFF CHALLENGE, WEEK 29 - THE FINALE!
Post ReplyPost New TopicPosted 12/7/2009 by wookiemouse in General Scrappin'
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Posted: 12/7/2009 7:21:34 AM
Good morning, organizing bunnies! You've made it to the very last challenge - hopefully, if you haven't been crushed by a tower of cardstock. Congrats! And I mean BIG congrats - this wasn't easy. But this week's Challenge is a fun one, you're going to make your clean and organized room your own. So hop on over to my blog and let the fun begin!

Stacy

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Posted: 12/7/2009 12:08:45 PM
Fun way to end it all, Stacy. {If only my room didn't have unfinished Christmas gifts and cards in progress spread everywhere!} I promise to post my room - I just don't know if I can do it THIS week!

It has DEFINITELY improved the way I scrap and how productive I can be. I LOVE knowing right where something is AND I love knowing WHAT I HAVE AND I LOVE knowing where to hide something, I mean put away something, when I buy it!

It was no small effort for you to corral/steer/herd/shepherd us - THANK YOU FOR keeping us on top of our cardstock and off our paper flowers.

THREE CHEERS FOR STACEY! THREE CHEERS FOR ALL THE WOOKIEMOUSEKETEERS!!!

Merry Christmas everyone!!! A tidy room is the perfect gift. {Oh - and DH DID get my chair put together last night and DH DID hang my pretty light fixture last week. He's the best.} I kinda' feel like Dorothy, clicking my heels together, saying, "I love my room. I love my room." {Hugs.}


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Posted: 12/7/2009 12:27:51 PM
Stacy,

I can't believe this is nearly the end . I have to confess: I am extremely type-A and very organized. The first few weeks, I wasn't really sure I'd learn anything new as I was already colorized, containerized, and about as organized as I thought I could be. Wow, was I wrong!

Your challenges made me look really long and deep at my stash, the colors I prefer, the style I use and the way I think. I've learned that I don't look at a LO and think it needs a tag, I see it needs something pink. So I re-sorted the last of my new purchases and grouped everything by color. I am not into visual clutter: I need a place for everything and everything in its place. The pace of your challenges was perfect: an overwhelming week was followed by an easier one.

As the weeks went along I started to accumulate the cast-offs of my reorganization. I know these challenges were about organization, not purging, but these weeks really helped me refine my style and taste. Last Thursday, my daughter had surgery and while waiting for the time to pass, several Moms with kids in the NICU were trying to get a scrapbook group organized in the playroom. These ladies need to find a way to pass time between surgeries and bond with each other in that special way NICU Moms know all too well. Tomorrow morning I am delivering 18" of paper and five 2-gallon ziplocs stuffed with embellies, along with a half-dozen idea books. I am hoping this scrapbooking hobby will help them forge stronger bonds with their babies and each other.

Thanks again for your arduous hours of work each week. I have gained so much from your efforts and I can't thank you enough! ((HUGS))

Andi


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Posted: 12/7/2009 1:15:30 PM
Thanks so much Wookiemouse! I can't believe it's overs!

I have to laugh at this week's topic though! Right now, it's look like Glenda, the good glitter witch, has been through three rooms of my house. We (girls from school and I) made reindeer cards and glitter is everyhwhere! Pieces of punches, the punches themselves, leftover scraps (and yes, we had trash cans available), Cuttlebug and Sizzix dies liter the table.

Can't wait to get home and read Stacy's blog (can't access it here).

In addition to this week's blog, I would like to know:
a) which week was your most gratifying?
b ) most difficult to work through?
c) your biggest change?

Let's keep it going girls!

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Posted: 12/7/2009 1:35:47 PM
I am soo sad-- you realize we have all been together for over a half year??? When this challenge started and Wookiemouse put out the "schedule" I saw how many weeks and knew this would be another one of "those" things that I drop out of... life is just too full to deal with sorting brads!! BUT WOW!! we did it!!! Not only is my room a functioning space but I enjoy the time I spend in there!! And I am so happy to have met some wonderful Cyber Friends!!

Wookie you are the best!!!! I promise pictures but like Penny said I have to get the presents out of the room and under the tree first!! BUT I promise some shocking before and after Pictures!!!

Smooches for keeping us all hard at work!!!


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Posted: 12/7/2009 4:06:00 PM
yet another big thank you going out to wookiemouse! thanks for sharing all your knowledge with us!

I gotta do some thinking on Jo's questions-
but I have two more to add-
What weeks do you still have to go back and work on?
MEMORABILIA!!!
What changes/tweeks have you already made to your room? Like did you get new containers for your brads a few weeks after embellis...did you move your idea books from the perfect spot to a more perfect spot after realizing that the first was better for something else?

I ended up cleaning off my whole bookshelf and dedicating the whole thing to scrapbook stuff! I thought o I'll just use these 3 shelves-then I decided that I needed them all I also decided that I don't want my albums on my expedit shelf. I moved them to the bottom shelf of the bookshelf.

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Posted: 12/7/2009 4:31:34 PM
Mickey - I still have to finish ideas, photos, memorabilia and stamps. (ouch - answering that one hurt!)

As far as tweeking - I did a big tweek - so big it's still not finished. I got rid of 10 ft. long by 7 ft. high bookshelves and some of the content is still not in a 'home'. I added two new pieces of furniture and still don't have them organized the way I want as they didn't hold 70 linear feet of stuff.

(I have no idea why "b" isn't showing up on my 3 q's. when I hit 'edit post' it shows, but not on the post itself). The answer to all three of my questions is the same for me: paper week. Now, mind you that I still have to finish four other big weeks, but what to do with paper in so many spots and changing it was probably my biggest. I still have my SU racks and that paper is not mingled in, and I still have CM scraps, but I no longer have paper in five spots. My CM is with my 12 x 12, and my SU scraps are with the SU big sheets. I still have 3 but it's a huge improvement and so far, the area I'm most proud of fixing.


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Posted: 12/7/2009 8:23:31 PM
ok I forgot my most recent change! I got some new cricut carts so I decided to get rid of the boxes and lined up the carts in a little drawer organizer with the embroidery plastic stuff seperating them. really liking this!

most gratifying-I don't know if it coincided w/ photo week but the switch to LOM-even if I'm not following it exactly-i really like the photo set-up. and ribbon-love having it all on the ribbon ring

most difficult-memorabilia-I just can't get myself to tackle that-maybe after Christmas

biggest change-creating a U work area and getting rid of all the drawers in exchange for my clip it up.

*Jo the reason your "b" isn't showing up is b/c b ) makes that smiley if there isn't a space

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Posted: 12/7/2009 8:24:53 PM
How long will the blog be up? I just found it a couple weeks ago and have been trying work on your weeks as I go about scrapping. I haven't gotten very far BUT I know I want too. So just curious.

Thanks!

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Posted: 12/7/2009 10:12:34 PM
Mickey - Aha! I don't recall if you posted pics of your ribbon ring and clip it up - I'll go hunting - but that's awesome. If you haven't done pics - please do. (I have time occasionally to really lurk - and sometimes it's a drive by) I'm using the plastic storage thing for my cricut also and so far I love it. I'm not as sure that I love the bin that holds the book/overlay, but....

supearchick - keep chugging and keep posting on this thread. We'll keep encouraging. Where are you now in the process?

I've been him/hawing about the rolodex/stamp binder thing as in I wasn't really sure I needed to do that as I *fairly* know my stamps. But then during the reindeer cards, my friends wanted to know what I have for stamps for the inside. So I did a hunt and seek thing - thinking that it would be nice if I had a stamped sheet of Christmas sayings. So I'm planning to work that over Christmas - and posting results here.

Happy week everyone - not sure when I'll get back this week. jo

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Posted: 12/7/2009 11:39:27 PM
I'm with you Jo. I was going to work on my stamps this weekend but am still doing cards, so thats not going to happen. So we can hold each others hand when its time lol.

Tracy

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Posted: 12/8/2009 1:13:59 AM
This has been such a fabulous course. Thanks so much Wookiemouse for doing this for us.
I would love it if we could just keep resurecting this last week 29 thread as a way for us to keep in touch.
I also would love if this week 29 was 4 weeks long. I have a ton of "decorations for my room, but they require painting, hanging, and a ton of decisions. With Xmas right around the corner and Xmas baking, gift wrapping, cards, etc a week just won't work for me.
If we kept the thread open for a month that would give us till mid January to post our pictures.

I have a picture wall to choose pics for, get them developed and hang frames...still need to buy a couple more frames. I have little wood and scrolled metal shelves to hang for glitter etc but need to paint them first. Also have 3 white framed pictures that match my M's cubes that hold pictures of the White Rock pier and ocean. The frames need touch up painted as well. And last but not least I have a super slim desk with a picket fence back part that also needs painted and will eventually hold my cricut and carts. As you can see, a week won't cut it!

What do you think wookieteers...should we stretch week 29 to a month???
Maureen

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Posted: 12/8/2009 9:19:37 AM
Maureen-- YES YES and Double YES-- this is a crazy time at work and home and decorating with anything that doesn't have a snowman attached to it just isn't happening in my room.

I think for me somewhere around sticker week and embellishment week I realized how I think when I scrap. And my ah ha moment thinking I was going to sort everything by color (which I did) changed over to realizing that I DO think alot in terms of themes (not disney princess themes but broader themes like vintage, words/word art, travel, love) So I have some smaller indecript embellishments sorted by color but may things are now sorted by theme.

The most gratifying week was stamp week and creating my index card boxes. I thought I knew what I had until I dove in and now its so much more fun to stamp!! And I am not using the same stamps over and over --
(TAKE THE PLUNGE JO!!)

The most difficult thing for me has been letting go of the packaging.. silly I know!!

I still need to go back and finish up on: Card week, photo week I need to retackle those oversized school photos, Stamp week I never stamped my xmas stamps knowing I would pull them out right about now.... And I am still looking for some containers from various weeks. What I have works but I am trying to get rid of some of the plastic drawers.

Mickey- I am having some thoughts regarding my little bookcase too-- that might be something I tackle after xmas.

And for those of you who aren't using your scraproom as Santas hoiday gift wrapping station please show the before and after photos...


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Posted: 12/8/2009 12:51:15 PM
No, say it ain't so..

29 weeks went way toooo fast.

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Posted: 12/8/2009 1:39:53 PM
Hobby, they were PAINfully fast weeks!

Biggest hurdle: stamp week. Making that durn binder was UGH, UGH and UGH - but it is wonderful to have my rolodex done and my stamps all sorted. {Note to self: you don't need any more flourish stamps, but could use some more Alpha's.}

Biggest funny moment: ribbon week. Our rescue cat was permanently lured out of lurkdom to come bat at my winding ribbons. He is now a full-time scrap cat and loves to lay on top of any flat surface in my scrapicce. {Note to self: don't leave your white cardstock sitting on the counter, or your photos, or any ribbon.}

Biggest a-ha moment: I really don't use a lot of embellishmnets - I like to buy them and hoard them. {Note to self: buy less or use more.}

Biggest reward: Total joy when I look into my room. No guilt over a mess or spontaneous duplicate purchases. {Note to self: this is a pretty cool HOBBY.}

Biggest benefit: I DO use scraps {now}! I love pulling out my "red bag" and scrounging for title paper. {Note to self: you don't have to save EVERY scrap. See all that paper?}

What's open:
o I want to order the ScrapCaddy and do my Cricut carts in that {I think. Still slightly unsure.}
o I need to buy one more spice rack for the other paints and mists that didn't fit onto the two I did buy.
o Shipping all of my APS film canisters off to convert to digital images. {Primary 2010 goal}
o Sorting the pre-2008 memorabilia. {No ETA on this....maybe the 12th of never! It's stored in an upstairs empty closet, so I say no harm, no foul.}
o I want to update my wall art. {Maybe} Right now it's two pictures the boys painted for me. I want to update it, but then again, it's very precious to me as is.
o I need two more under-cabinet lights. Will do this after DH finishes retail Christmas. I think he would shoot me if I asked him to do something else right now. He DID get my chair put together and my ceiling light changed out.

Okay. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. Lunch break is over......

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Posted: 12/8/2009 1:58:15 PM
The blog will be up as long as Blogger lets me keep it. So feel free to revisit any of the weeks at any time.

Stacy

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Posted: 12/8/2009 5:37:20 PM
I need some sort of wall art too-- I really like the look of monograms on the wall...but I am looking for some immediate satisfaction and that would require collecting..


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Posted: 12/8/2009 7:06:01 PM
would you guys want to have a monthly (or whatever time increment) thread of Wookiemouseketeers? If we can keep this one "alive" until January I'd be willing to (attempt) to get one started on the first of each month...

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Posted: 12/8/2009 7:17:32 PM
Mickey do you need to even ask???? Oh yes!!

Jo-- Pictures Pictures Pictures!!

ok back to wrapping...


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Posted: 12/8/2009 8:01:03 PM
Hey Wookiemouseketeers, I would love to begin Wookie's organizational plan the first of the year. I did bits and pieces here and there but finally will have the time at the beginning of 2010 to complete the entire 29 weeks consecutively. I, for some reason, thrive on "new beginnings" in the new year, so it would be perfect if it could re-run in its entirety then. I am sure there are others who would join in also. Would anyone else be interested? I truly missed out on the camaraderie you wookiemousketeers had encouraging one another and being accountable.

While I did not complete all the assignments week in and week out, I truly enjoyed reading Wookie's blog and cannot thank her enough for her time and effort. A huge thanks for everything!!! She's my idol!!!

Angie

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Posted: 12/8/2009 10:19:19 PM
Say it ain't so?!!! This CAN'T be the end!

Long live the Wookiemouseketeers!

I would love to be part of a continuing group as I have several things I did not finish or even begin and I STILL have not found those stupid brass templates!! WTH?!!

Thank you SO much Stacy for all your insight, wonderful links & ideas and guidance. My scraproom is still slightly out of whack but it is getting there and MUCH better than before. I have had lots of compliments on my binder system (at crops). So I'm paying forward the organizational gift! I will post before and in between pics of my scraproom. I will probably be able to post after pics after another 20+ weeks


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I would love to begin Wookie's organizational plan the first of the year. I did bits and pieces here and there but finally will have the time at the beginning of 2010 to complete the entire 29 weeks consecutively. I, for some reason, thrive on "new beginnings" in the new year, so it would be perfect if it could re-run in its entirety then. I am sure there are others who would join in also. Would anyone else be interested?
I haven't participated, but have been reading along and would LOVE to join you after the holidays!



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Posted: 12/9/2009 5:30:10 AM
A big Thanks to Wookie for the time and ideas you have given to our STUFF!!!
I love having my room totally organized aND IT MAKES SCRAPPING SO MUCH MORE FUN! I am so looking forward to actually accomplishing the projects I have planned with ease since my room is completed and everything is easy to access.

I love that I actually use my scraps all the time now. I also "let go" of unneeded items now to stay organized and use items I had forgotten about.

My last piece of furniture just arrived yesterday to put in my room, so after the holidays DH and I will get it placed AND I will be DONE!!!

Happy Holidays to "ALL" and a SPECIAL YAHOO!! HOO!! TO every WOOKIEMOUSEKEETER !!!!









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Posted: 12/9/2009 3:27:21 PM
I moved to the paneled basement rec room, so I don't have any pretty before and after pics - I was aiming for function over beauty. But since I cleared the (s)crap out of my dining room, I can show the before and after of my beautiful caramel walls and super-cute and useful office nook! I do all my photo editing and pritning up there, so I guess it still counts as a scrap space.

My task this week is to purge - I really used this challenge, plus LOAD, to figure out HOW I scrap, and what I want to scrap with. I didn't really purge during the challenge, but I created lists of things I barely or never use, so I'm purging them now.

What I learned about myself:
1. I'm not a technique scrapper, so all those articles I had clipped, and products I had bought, have to go. If anyone wants anything, I've got a big die cutting post on the For Sale or Trade board and I'll be adding more items on a new post this weekend

2. I'm happiest with layouts that have enlarged photos and lots of journaling, not stuff. So I'm going to be purging a lot of my lumpy embellishments.

3. I'm only going to make simple birthday cards, when I feel like it. I felt like I needed to use more of my stash so I committed to making all cards, but its unrealistic, stressful to create on a deadline, and steals from my limited scrapping time.

4. I get overwhelmed by anything that takes more than 2-3 steps and just procrastinate (see #1) so I've focused on breaking down scrapping into steps (just like this challenge!). I have so little time in my area, so I'm shifting to doing as much of the scrapping process elsewhere and then assembling downstairs. I'm going to do more "power-scrapping" See http://thedailydigi.com/power-scrapping-digi-style/

5. I'm going to do more digital/hybrid in order to help with #4. Thanks to a few BPS classes, I'me getting more comfortable with PSE6.

Jo's Questions:
a. Most gratifying - stamps. This was the beginning of examining and accepting what I really use.
b. Most difficult - paper. I love it all and have organized and reorganized it. Right now, if I have more than 10 sheets of a manufacturer, it is together. Less than 10 sheets goes into my color sorting.
c. Biggest change - see above for the change in how I scrapbook and shop.

Mickey - I still have to finish Ideas (darn magazines keep coming!) and I didn't really start Memorabilia, although I stacked it all together on one shelf of my armoire. And I changed my mind about my Photo albums around Thanksgiving , so that is a huge project to do in front of the TV.

Andi - your post made me cry. So good!

Thank you Stacy and the wookiemouseketeers Now we need a thread for actually scrapping Maybe we can pick a week like stamps and have a challenge to use them.

Bree


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Posted: 12/9/2009 4:14:53 PM
I am still plugging along. I will keep going until I am done.

I have skipped a few challenges along the way BUT I will get back to them.
I haven't done Stamps, Ink & Supplies, Glitter. As I am still doing my Christmas cards and need all of these. I also want to have a work station for all my stamping (even thought my room is very tiny) so I will work on these supplies as one. Probably during or after the holidays..Do you hear me Jomamastamps, teehee.

So here is my Punches

punches

I did find some more punches after posting the finished pictures oops.

Oh ya and I am so in for continuing as I started so late in this challenge and I LOVE IT

Tracy

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Posted: 12/9/2009 6:17:00 PM
Andi - what a great idea and good for you! (reminds me of Calendar Girls).

Tracy - I hear ya! I'm good to go if you can wait 9 days! I'm already pulling paper and titling categories. I just have a LOT Of stamps to go so it might take me a while.

Mickey - I would love for you to post at the first of the month! I'll play!

Bree-I think it's great that you have learned so much about your process. I just wish that I could do that and purge too. I definitely think that 'stuff' is keeping me from some progress.

Love Labs and Angie - I think we should 're-run' the threads (if Stacy doesnt mind). It would be kinda like BPS where you can be alum and go back to visit the week.

Maureen - we just have to BTT this but I'm good to do a "December week"

Vicki - okay the contest is on to see who can actually post pictures first! we've both been promising.....

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Posted: 12/9/2009 8:49:29 PM
Can I say its soo cool to be a part of this sisterhood!! I love hearing how we all have things to either finish up or that we just skipped!! Long live the Wookiemouseketeers!!

I have had the most horrible two weeks-- work has been...hard I guess is a good word to describe it. I have a big party for DH's birthday this weekend and I have to say that the only room in my house that is ready is my scraproom!! I am not sure our friends will appreciate it as much as you guys will!!

Bree- It was heartwarming to hear that you figured yourself out. This challenge has been so much more than putting our stuff away... as I read your post I could just imagine a big weight being lifted off of you now that you know what you like what you need and how to get it done! Wookie should be so proud of what she has done for all of us!!!!

ok enough on being sentimental... I have a house to clean... and at some point I need sleep!


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Posted: 12/9/2009 8:50:23 PM
ohhh And I agree at some point we should actually discuss scrapping on our little Wookiemouseketeers thread!! That would be fun too!!


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Posted: 12/11/2009 6:55:07 AM
Yeah Jo, I thought we just played with this stuff. LOL

Well, I have more time at nights now to play for a while. I had 25 hours a week cut off my schedule at work. Great time, just before Christmas, for it to happen, huh? Hoping they can find more hours for me soon but unlikely before the holidays. Meanwhile, I have a spring retreat and found out she wants photos of all 5 make n takes right after the holidays... Photos? Haven't even started creating the projects!LOL


Sherri

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Posted: 12/11/2009 7:15:36 AM
Abeatt & Love Labs, I was kind of thinking of doing this from start to finish in the new year as well. I've been reading through it every week, but just haven't done it. I have bits 'n pieces started, but... that's it.



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Posted: 12/11/2009 3:45:53 PM
So glad other wookiemousekateers are not going to finish this week!

I'm getting more and more behind...Had 2 lovely (at the time) dinner and lunch out this week. First with my best friend and my youngest daughter. The following day with a fellow pea, bownl. Went to the same restaurant both outings. I have been feeling a bit "off" since. Just spoke to DD and she feels the same! We both feel we know our bathrooms quite well this week! Haven't spoken to best friend yet but should be interesting to hear if she is the same. Think it was the first lunch as we shared appy's that involved seafood.

I'm so far behind. Youngest DD and the 2 grandchildren are coming to spend the night and then DH and I are keeping the kids for 24 hours. SIL is in Vegas for 4 days for a stag party so it is nice to give her a break. Thank goodness DH is great with the kids as I feel rough. It is almost 2 pm here and I have to finish wrapping the Xmas presents before they arrive around 6pm. Dh is so worried they will find the unwrapped gifts and spoil the surprise. They are really good kids who never go into everything in the house and never look in the cupboards or closets but it just takes one time and the surprise is ruined, I guess.

DD and I are going to make some a gift pack of horse themed cards in my organized room! I am hoping I can get her to help me hang a couple of things for this weeks challenge. If I get my wood and metal scrolled shelves up, I will try to post a picture.

Sorry about the pity party post...guess this was one for the NSBR board...teehee

Maureen

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Posted: 12/11/2009 4:58:04 PM
Maureen, I'm so sorry about your 'off week' - been there and done that twice - it was enough! I hope you can post pics - and no apology needed.

Vicki = I hope DH's party goes well! Sorry about your week.

I've been having a rough two weeks also - maybe something other than holiday spirit is in the air....??? (had a bad incident or two with some kids and it kinda ruins the day ...)

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Posted: 12/11/2009 7:32:07 PM
Thanks Jomamastamps -

Well I got every present wrapped that we have purchased so far. I even have 35 minutes to spare.

Think I just wanted a pity party earlier. I knew they would never snoop anywhere but DH was obsessed with the presents being wrapped but not obsessed enough to do it himself!

Dhg is out with his guy friends for their annual Xmas dinner outing. DD and the kids will arive sometime after 6pm and Dh will be home around 9 and then it is all peas to the dungeon (as DH calls my scraproom).

wookiemouse, my organization has come in handy today. In the midst of wrapping, I needed to quickly locate the plastic boxes that hold 5 or 6 finished cards, envelopes and plastic sleeves. lo and behold, I just opened the card drawer and there they were! It was a treat. Got them into the boxes, gift wrapped them, and 2 more presents completed.

Hope to get a couple things hung up tonite and next week start on the touch up painting required B4 I can complete the other wall decorations. sometime in between decorationg the tree and throwing together some shortbread cookies etc. It will be a whirlwind of activity around here come Monday!!!

Maureen

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Posted: 12/11/2009 8:06:01 PM
I just bookmarked Wookiemouse's blog and hopefully will start her challenge in 2010. If it does happen to get 're-run' here on peas... I'm in!


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Posted: 12/12/2009 6:47:57 AM
Well, just signed up for a class on BPS so I will eventually do this, just not right away


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Posted: 12/12/2009 8:56:52 AM
I miss ya'll already....having withdrawals....not near as much fun to log in to check MB b/c we are wrapping it up - literally!

I will pop in and say HI whenever someone posts something....

I have enjoyed the journey immensely with my fellow hoarders and hiders. Thanks for making it fun. It was definitely a journey where you needed some pals.

Hugs to each of you. Merry, Merry Christmas! DH Xyroned all my Xmas card pieces so I have LOTS to do today....but for now I am sipping coffee in front of the fire, with the tree lot and DH at work and boys asleep....and Bing Crosby crooning on the radio....Have a very blessed holiday season ladies. It's been a pleasure!

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Posted: 12/12/2009 9:35:47 AM
I have a question...do all of you who are participating in this challenge have a scraproom or dedicated space? I don't really, and I was thinking about starting the challenge (lol, now that it is ending- I took a long hiatus from scrapping this summer), but I'm wondering if I can make it work without having a dedicated space. My storage basically consists of a cart in a corner of my walk-in closet!

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Posted: 12/12/2009 12:04:37 PM
KB, I scrap in a corner of my laundry/utility room.

I agree Penny. I will definitely try to pop in and support the Wookie-teers still chugging away and hopefully post a finished picture when I finish chugging. I ran out of $$ and time on some weeks.

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Posted: 12/12/2009 3:38:01 PM
Oh please could we start this again beginning January 2010 for those of us that were going to make a start but something got in the way (me as my mum was here from abroad for 3 months) or complete it this time round.

January seems like the perfect time, this crazy mad busy holiday season is out off the way and that will be my New Year's resolution. For me that would be a dream come true. In almnost 8 years of scrapping and a collection of stash that keeps growing I've never had things ORGANISED properly.

So who's up for it, how many of us are wanting to start?
What date can we get going??? Am so excited especially after reading the ladies posts who actually completed the 29 weeks. Way to go girls, WELL DONE and a big thank you to Wookiemouse for the time and effort she put in

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Posted: 12/12/2009 5:15:41 PM
You won't believe what I did, well you probably will LOL.

If you have been checking out my progress then you know that I have completed my paper organization.....well last night I bought 3 yes you heard me right 3 stacks of Christmas paper. I need help.

I have almost finished making all my Christmas cards and only used about 3 pieces of pattern Christmas paper. Most of my cards were stamped and distressed. I hardly used any pattern paper, so why oh why did I just have to buy more.

But most of my cards were made with scraps...does this tell you how many scraps I had. teehee.

Well good thing I left one of my containers empty for "room to grow", but I didn;t think that I would have to use it already. LOL

Tracy

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Posted: 12/12/2009 5:33:30 PM
Chantille, I am so with you wanting to start anew in the coming year and posted earlier that I would love to re-run the 29 weeks in its entirety. I am not computer literate and have no idea how to link Wookie's blog each week. She did an absolutely fabulous job and has completed ALL of the hard work, so we simply need someone to agree to be our "leader" and link her blog every Monday morning. Is there anyone with more skills than I have who would be willing to coordinate this? I want not only to stay and complete the course in order to have an organized space (which will be heavenly) but I would also love the support and friendship of others going through this with me. Anyone willing? I would truly be appreciative!

Angie

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Posted: 12/12/2009 6:15:15 PM
Oh, loveallcrafts, how funny! Some of us shared how being organized eventually impacted our shopping. Some of us, um hmmm, that shall remain nameless, that did not get very far {tee hee} just kept right on shopping and organizing not so much. {Love you, tho!}

At any rate, I am to the point now where before I buy something I ask myself is it "integration worthy" - in other words, am I willing to take it home and work it into its spot and is there space there for it....

I have a MME Stack that is still in the bag - can't decide if it's a keeper yet or not....those stacks are appealing...at any rate, keep up the good work and hang in there!

I have to say to you gals that are contemplating doing this again or re-starting, you will get discouraged, but THIS END of the 29 weeks feels great! Go for it - just don't give up!

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Posted: 12/13/2009 9:24:52 AM
Penny: I love your "integration worthy" concept! That is way too true. Ever since I've gone thru this journey, I have found things I forgot I had, created new color combos just from visually sorting thru stuff, and have been introspective over why I own so much stuff. I even toss my 40 off coupons now--go figure. And it feels like such freedom! (to quote Dave Ramsey!)

I have to be honest here, during this process I have been embarrassed over the sheer volume of hoard/stash I own. Since I donated so much to the hospital, my paper stash is now shorter than I am and I fully intend to keep it that way. I am finding more joy in the things I own and am using them instead of just letting them gather dust or look pretty in the baskets.

Since completing the challenges, I have made 37 LOs, and haven't had to buy a single thing to do so (not even adhesive). My hobby has no financial effect on my family so I guess I never really considered the cost. Now I see there was a financial cost and an emotional cost. Why was I so compelled to accumulate? My family has been blessed and it was so much fun to share that blessing with others.

For me, I've really learned so much from the first time thru. For those who are contemplating starting it, please DO IT! It really is an incredible experience. You'll undertake it as a physical project but it really is so much more than that. Don't give up, even when the challenges seem overwhelming. You will make it if you are determined and it will be SO worth it!

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Posted: 12/13/2009 10:14:13 AM
What I have learned from these challenges is...and I am not even 1/2 way through them..is that I had things here and there. And now that they are all together and in a certain area I find them easier and know what I have.

I have been using my ribbon where as before I would have to get a chair to reach it (I am only 4'11" tall).
My embellishments were in baggies in a drawer or else where, now they are in tiny jars in the drawer where I just open it and they are easy to see.

My next challenge is stamps. And by doing my Christmas cards I know I want an area for all my stamping supplies by my counter so I just have go reach up and grab.

Thank you again Stacy, and everyone who has encouraged me to go on with this.

Tracy

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Posted: 12/13/2009 2:12:59 PM
Whether or not this re-starts, I am going to redo this system next year. So I'm guilty of said-shopping comments, but some of the shopping was a direct result of the challenge (and some not-so-much ) In the beginning when it asked about your dream room, my room changed dramatically. I've made major furniture changes, and I'm still not quite there since I'm trying to 'cost effectively' (read 'cheaply') re-purpose some things. So then I had to go back and try to re-fit some items into new spaces. Some of it was sheer time problems (memorabilia and stamps were too big for me to bite off during the school year) so I hope to tackle at least one of those during Christmas break (but DH is off also so he may have other ideas about projects around the house). I still haven't found a solution for some of my items - and maybe the time has come to toss yet some more (ahh....those pesky, yet can't seem to get rid of them magazines).

I think it's a great challenge and the encouragement here makes all the difference.

I've been quite stuck in my cropping for a while, and I agree that purging has been very helpful. I hope that this challenge and Cathy Z's class will get my mojo back into swing! If any of you decide to do this again, I'll be bopping right along with you.

I would possibly suggest that we consider "BTT"'ing some of the threads as some of them have great links that we found as we went through the challenge.

Tracy - I'm still planning on doing stamps! Are you? I should be set to go starting Friday, the 18th.

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Posted: 12/13/2009 5:08:02 PM
Friday the 18th sounds good to me Jomamastamps.

I'm kind of dreading it actually. I do have a vision in my head of the way I want my stamping work area to be. I just may not have the room haha.

Tracy

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Posted: 12/13/2009 8:09:03 PM
Tracy - I hear ya! I have a floor to ceiling shelf (it's a small niche area that DH built in small shelves for - I think it's in my gallery) full of stamps and alphabets in another craft area. After reading what some others did (see Penny's major rolodex job!) I thought about unmounting my SU stamps and doing the cling thing (looked into it a couple of years ago but the EZ mount was going to get costly for the amount of stamps I have), and then I thought about categorizing all of my stamps like Stacy (aka wookiemouse) did, but I pretty much know what I have. I used to sell SU so I needed them to be sorted by set name for classes and selling, but not anymore. I did some cards with some friends from school and needed a Christmas sentiment. I went digging and while digging thought "see if these were already separated by category....." I have decided that I'm keeping them in sets, but stamping off images in categories for a binder. I already have some binders and not a rolodex, so I'm gonna run with that.

Have you thought about categories? We rambled on that topic during stamps week if you have seen that thread.

I started last week on that but got side tracked. I thought about doing the categories that SU sells them in, but it's pretty general. I do have some little things that I've forgotten about so I am hoping this will really bring the inventory in my face and possibly force me to purge the extras. During stamp week, I got rid of 15 sets. I need to do about another 15 ...

My daughter has her second surgery this Friday, so the 'plan' is to take a basket of stamps and sit and stamp while in the waiting room. Then my son has a bone scan (dad gum athletics - it's costing us!) on Tuesday with a four hour wait so I know I can get more done then.

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Posted: 12/13/2009 8:35:00 PM
Hey there you organized gals! I just wanted to bop in and say congrats to everyone for your hard work and dedication to reorganizing (and purging)! Having worked with clients through this process, I know how tough it can be and how much work it often is.

And, big kudos to Wookiemouse for managing the whole thing. You are awesome!

Even though I am an organizer, I still love reading how others do things as we all have our own way. Yes, even I, a professional organizer, picked up a tip or two!

Again, congrats to all of you and to those of you who are contemplating doing this starting 1/1/2010, go for it!


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Posted: 12/14/2009 8:44:56 PM
I am having wookie withdrawals-- Its Monday and I am not in a panic as to what I will unearth in my room... just doesn't seem natural---ohh I know I still need to go back and finish card week.. but due to holidays and birthdays I have *cheated* yes I said it... and literally shoved that box o'card crap into my basement where I thought I could easily forget about it... and (she says with a shameful face) I just bought a box of cute colored cards and envelopes that I did not think about having to "integrate" into the system... woe is me!

For those who are wondering hubbys b-day party was great fun.. all the food was eaten.. and the last party guest left at 3:30am good time had by all-- Penny your buddy Jose came by and things went down hill after that... I can't tell you the last time I slept for 12 hours straight-- poor dh had to clean the next day without me! hahaha serves him right for turning 50!


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Posted: 12/14/2009 9:23:35 PM
I agree, Vicky, Monday morning just wasn't the same....I thought about posting something but thought I'd put on my big girl panties and go on about my life....sniff, sniff. So - I'm SUPER GLAD you posted a reply! I wondered where Jose was Friday night. I had to make do with Smirnoff, his Russian cousin. We had our company Christmas dinner. Man, I looked great and can you believe, December Daily and all, that I didn't take a picture of me and DH??? I am STILL KICKING myself over that....And I sure had a sluggish start to Saturday....

Oh, well, live and learn. Just finished licking the envelope on Christmas card #59, the last one. Now to spiffy up the place a bit and then tomorrow I move on to family gifts....

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