I've got another Big Picture Classes Give Away! This time it is for Wendy Smedley and Aly Dosdall's class "Organizing Fundamentals".
Organizing FUNdamentals6 weeks to a fun & functional scrapbook space
Do you spend more time collecting than crafting? More energy searching through supplies than actually scrapbooking? Then it's high time you cleared out that clutter, streamlined your stash, and put a tried-and-true organization process to work in your workspace!
Whether you have a closet or a craft room, Organizing FUNdamentals will help you take control of your stuff and transform your space into an organized haven where you know what you have and can actually use it.
In six stash-busting weeks, instructors Wendy Smedley and Aly Dosdall will walk you through their proven organizing process step-by-step, sharing helpful handouts, printable questionnaires, case studies, video chats, and more. Apply this process to your creative space or any other cluttered, confusing, and stress-inducing area in your home.
Bonus: If you'll stay engaged and motivated through all six weeks of class, you'll be rewarded not only with a fun and functional creative space, but also with a top-secret incentive that your instructors have lined up for you and will reveal on the first day of class. Organization awaits.
For your chance to win a free spot in the class, please leave a comment telling me about your biggest scrapbook organization challenge OR your best scrapbook organization solution. I'll draw a winner on Saturday, January 11th and class starts on January 16th. If you want to sign up now - go ahead - in the case that you win this contest you will be given credit towards another class at Big Picture Classes. Good Luck!
Today's Scrapbooking Video is a tour of my new and evolving scrapbook space which includes Ikea Expedits, Alex carts, Helmars, and a Raskog; a Tanker Desk from 1938; and my set up for scrapbooking videos:
30 Days of Scrapbook Videos: Day 10: Scrapbook Album Organization in Stacy Julian's "Library of Memories" sytem from her Big Picture Classes class now called "Photo Freedom" & Ikea Exepdits are Awesome!
It is Day 10 of my self imposed challenge to make a video a day for 30 days - I did take yesterday off so I made 2 videos today and thank the You Tube Gods that today it was actually easy to get the videos uploaded - I did nothing at all different so I have no idea why it was hard and today it was easy - I'm just happy that it was easy! Yay!
On the verge of a major purge and re-location of my scrapbook room! I'm excited but a little concerned about the amount of work I'm going to need to do and the amount of purging that is necessary and my thumb on my left hand hurts all of a sudden for no apparent reason.
My current scrapbook room is in what was one half of our one car garage, the lighting is horrible and it gets really hot when people come and go. It is small and not private - which is fine but it is hard to accomodate the four of us in here - which happens more than you would expect.
The new space has 4 french doors so there will be lots of light and currently houses all of my albums in 3 expedits. It also has a brand new computer and a giant tv. My concept for the new room will be a stand up craft table island. I'm going to use two Expedits for the base and custom order a slab of granite or some type of counter top. The plan is also to set up a good and easy video situation so my videos will be less lame. I was inspired by Sue Althouse's craft room re-do and her process videos; my room won't look anything like hers, but she did a really nice job of documenting her scraproom transformation on her blog.
Meantime, I've got some time today to knock out a couple of pages, first up I'm working on this Emily Pitts sketch after being inspired by her Office Hours at Masterful Scrapbook Design, if you want to play along, please post a link to your page here or over at Get It Scrapped.
(P.S. I'd have photos but my internet connection is wonky right now).
That title sort of sounded obscene right? Well, maybe the amount of Thickers I have is a little obscene but I got them all on sale! I tried to fit them in a magazine holder but it did't work the way I wanted it to. Here are my 8 Inches of Thickers all in one handy dandy basket that sits right near my scrapdesk - and yes of course I arranged them in color order!
I came across lots and lots of old photos at my mom's house and, since she didn't want me to take them and said we'd scan them "someday", I took the opportunity to photograph them with my point and shoot camera to make sure they are saved at least somehow. The duplicates aren't perfect, but at least I have them. Here's how I quickly organized them:
This Post was originally published in August 2012; I've updated it as of 9/18/13.
I love the Paperclipping Roundtable and love to listen to the episodes while I'm scrapbooking. I also love to listen to old episodes so I thought I'd create some link lists according to how I like to listen to them or search for them (since the site is a little hard to navigate if you are looking for the older episodes and its hard to tell what the subject of the shows are because of the creative title):
PAPERCLIPPING ROUNDTABLE EPISODES WITH STACY JULIAN OR DEBBIE HODGE:
Whoo Hoo ! It was the Scrapbooking Yard Sale at Whim So Doodle Today and I made a HAUL VIDEO! Here it is:
$20 for an art class next Saturday for me and my daughter to take together!
$28 for 5 paper packs (6x6):Heidi Swapp Sugar Chic; Heidi Swapp No Limits; Crate Paper Story Teller; Studio Calico Take Note Collection; & Amy Tangerine Sketchbook.
$26 for 4 organizing bins; 4 mini books; 4 packs of embellishments; 4 packs of Theresa Collins journaling cards; one pack of metal clock faces; one acrylic stamping block; one Creative Memories paper trimmer; and one piece of 12x12 Studio Calico patterned paper; PLUS an assortment of Barbie garden pots, presents, shutters and hats for my girl.
And lots of fun conversations with scrapbookers and art journalers.
What a lovely Saturday Morning.
Now we are off for another adventure - more on that soon.
I am on vacation and I am Scrapbooking the trip while I'm traveling. I have a few videos explaining how I'm using my iPhone and digital camera to record some of my memories. I am also using a composition book to write down things I want to remember.
Have you ever scrapbooked while on vacation? What worked / didn't work for you?
P.S. I'm also blogging via my iPhone! Technology is awesome!
I am so excited to have signed up for Stacy Julian's Twelve Class at Big Picture Classes. I can't wait for class to start! Yes, I'm that nerd in the front row with two number 2 freshly sharpened pencils laid out neatly in front of me and my notebook opened and ready to take very detailed notes. I love learning and I am always inspired by what Stacy Julian has to share.
The pre-class project is to repurpose an open bin that you already have, I used a "Stacy Julian Green" metal locker style bin that I picked up at Joann's Crafts a few years ago. It is about 10 inches deep, 10 inches front to back open at the top and 1o inches across at the top and about 7 inches at the bottom so I had to cut the divider sheets for the unique shape of the bin. As per class instructions, I made 12 divider sheets with cardboard bases and colorful patterned paper and binder clips; I added the envelopes from Ditto. I also sewing machine stiched the paper down to make the patterned paper stick down better; I am actually in the process of finishing the stitching on all of them. The black and white checkerboard at the top is duct tape!
See you in class!
P.S. Stephanie - here's a link to the envelopes I used - they are Ditto by Hampton Arts, colorful binder clips from Office Depot, and the awesome patterened duct tape!
Did you see there is Hello Kitty Duck Tape??? And the Black Damask and Houndtooth look awesome too and the Candy Cane??!! I love that they are making fashion colored duct tape, it is a happy, happy thing.
I'm a last minute traveler and signer-upper-for-on-line-classes, I just registered for Ella Publishing's Boot Camp! There's still time to join the fun at www.ellapublishing.com. I have loved Angie Lucas & Wendy Smedley since sometime around 2004 when I discovered Simple Scrapbooks - they always produce quality scrapbooking inspiration so I know that its going to be awesome. Come play with me at the Boot Camp!
In the meantime, here are a few layouts I created while I was an Ella Friend (2009-2010).
P.S. And YES! I did pay for the class, just in case you were wondering.
I saw a challenge by Wendy Smedley on the Big Picture Classes Blog to make a monochromatic layout and I made a double page 12x12 layout of my daughter for a post-bound album I'm working on for her. It was easy because the background paper was already color-blocked. The page took much longer than I normally take to make a page, however, because I used lots and lots of rub-ons. Creating this 2 page spread was a fun way to get into my color organized embellishments.
And that's how it looks in the book - I put it towards the front of the book & I like this layout because it takes Ally from when she was a tiny baby (look at that one in the top left of me holding her up - she was only about a month old then) an the lower right photos are very recent. Ahh how time flies.
So how do I decide whether to store embellishments by color or theme? If the theme is dominant then the embellishment gots into a themed embellishment bin but if it is more generic then it goes into the color bins. I like having two systems. I was born under the Gemini sign afterall ;) Katie.
Sometimes, I just want to make a page about an event or holiday; despite my love of the Simple Scrapbook philosophy of scrapbooking the everday / routine stuff / little things over just scrapbooking the big events. I tend to take lots of photos of the big events and holidays and when I go to scrapbook them, typically I like to use a bit of themed scrapbooking supplies - especially since I KNOW I have themed stuff in my scrapbooking stash - but in the past with my organization by color, I've had a hard time finding the themed stuff quickly, so I decided it would be good to keep the themed stuff together.
EASTER LAYOUT: I just made this layout using my new themed scrapbook supply organization and I was able to find the bunny patterned paper in a snap. The Page: The photos from Easter this past year were less than awesome, the lighting was bad, my son refused to put on a shirt, and the kids were on fast forward finding eggs and didn't want to stop and give me a cheesy smile. But I did take a bunch of photos, so with less than awesome photos - I decided to go with lots of photos on the page. Allison thought the layout was "AWESOME!" and she looked at it for a really long time. I think the kids do enjoy layouts with many photos - even if the photos aren't perfect.
SCRAPBOOKING ORGANIZATION BY THEME: Since my recent scrapbook room re-organization, I was able to find Easter themed patterned paper really easily. I think that color organization is great, but for super themed scrapbooking products, I like to organize them by theme. My themes-storage right now include:
I used old medium flat rate mail boxes from the office and cut them in half and I'm loving this system of storage, here's a peek:
I still store most of my paper and supplies by color, but for item that are highly themed, these theme bins are awesome and make making mini-books and event scrapbooking really easy.
How do you organize supplies & what do you have the most trouble finding when you are scrapbooking?