A Birth Certificate shows you were born.
A Death Certificate shows you died.
A Completed Scrapbook shows you LIVED!

An imperfect finished page is better than
an perfect page 'someday'
that only exists in your head.

Find inspiration in every day things!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Get Organized - Scrapbook Style

Don't let memory lane become roadblocked by piles of prints and tangled trimmings. When you're organized, your mind is free to be creative. This article is geared for smaller amounts of scrapbooking supplies but you can still get some ideas. If possible, designate a section of shelve for scrapbooking supplies and stock the shelves with essentials grouped as follows:

Divide by design and purpose (keep letters separate). (1.) Load 3-ring binders with page protectors or (2.) use Ziploc bags and sort accordingly.

Set aside bits and pieces for future punching, piercing, matting, etc. (1.) Use pocket folders or (2.) roll larger sheets & arrange in a basket.

Organize cardstock (and some pattern paper) by color. Organize pattern paper by theme or manufacturer. (1.) File paper by using horizontal letter trays or (2.) in accordion files.

Store printed portraits in photo boxes labeled by category, date, &/or person.

Group like items, such as cutting devices, writing implements, and adhesives, together. (1.) Place tools in clear plastic shoe boxes. (2.) In shallow drawers, separate objects using utensil trays.

(1.) Wrap loose ribbon and fiber around embroidery floss cards and store cards in embroidery floss box or (2.) basket. (3.) Wind loose strands and place in old canning jars.

Sort by color or type. (1.) Scour the house for containers... film canisters, mint tins, ice cube trays, egg cartons, jars, mugs, baskets, flower pots, etc.

Think creatively about how you might use something before you throw it away.

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