Wednesday, November 24, 2010



December 31, 11:59 pm (MST).


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Monday, November 22, 2010

New Photo Organization

While working with my new book

The Organized & Inspired Scrapbooker

I found that I really needed a new way to organize my photos / memorabilia that is ready to scrap.  I collect the memorabilia in an accordion file by month and then when I am ready to print my photos I have everything nice and together. When my photos are delivered I sit down and do ALL of the journaling at once.  I print on vellum paper because vellum matches any paper I use.  I never have to worry about forgetting dates because I do the journals within a year of taking the photo .  Now since changing the way I am storing each project (year) I have found that I need to keep each month in a large envelope to keep the journal, photos & memorabilia together inside my drawer.

I am not sure if I am explaining myself very well but maybe photos will help?

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I think this method will also keep me scrapping because I only have 6 drawers and no room for expansion.   I was going to use the “photo box” idea in the book but I love to enlarge photos and I have over sized memorabilia so photos boxes will not work for me. 

I guess you could call my drawers Extra Large Photo Boxes?  

I will keep you posted on how well they work.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Easily distracted?

So much for being ahead of the game.  I was doing so well! Christmas shopping is done, gifts are wrapped and I was finishing up on the gift card holders then…. a book came in that I have waited months for.

The Organized & Inspired Scrapbooker


If you are wondering where to find our own copy Amazon has them and to make spending your money even easier:

 "Click here to buy your copy" 

But BEWARE!  This could happen to you:


I was able to put my room back together but only because I have a couple of project that I have to finish soon.  :-)  I took all of my photos out of the shoe boxes and into the Cropper Hopper case.  I need one more case and to get rid of any duplicate photos but that part of the project can wait until after Christmas.  The most important part I finished was getting all of my “current” projects that are ready to scrap better organized.  Next are the pre-digi photos then my attack closet.  I can not go in that closet without something falling on my head lately.   

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Christmas Prep

It has been a strange couple of weeks at the Perry House, it started off Halloween with me getting sick, and my family knows I am sick 2 ways… I came home early during an overtime shift & I do not feel like or think of scrapping.  (WHAT?)

I missed not only Halloween at the hospital, and that can be as fun (really)  as working during the Jimmy Buffett concert but I also missed a week of work. 

Now that I am feeling better it is time to start working on the 17 gift cards holders that I need for this holiday season.  I was able to complete 6 during the November Crop Night.

(Click the link below for a video of Tresa)

Tresa Black / Gift Card Holder

The artist is a fellow CTMH sister and with this gift card holder she is saving my life!  Here is my artwork based on her design:



DSC_0003I will be finishing the rest of my gift card project during the next Crop night on DECEMBER 3, 2010.  So if you want to learn in person, COME PLAY WITH ME!  

Birthday Invitations

A couple of weeks ago I said that I was working on birthday invites for a friend at work.  I did not feel it was appropriate to post the finished work until she had a chance to see them.  Well the finished product was delivered and now with her permission I can post the photos.


I printed the “birthday info” on the inside of each card to make it just a little more professional looking but I still wanted to keep the handmade look.  I love them and so did she!