New scrap room planning

Like I mentioned in one of my last posts, in exactly one month, we take possession of our new house!  I’m getting so excited about it for so many reasons.  It’s heightened by the fact that we’ll have been of no fixed address for four months once we’re finally in.  I can’t wait to have all my own stuff back!

Although it won’t be a top priority in the first few weeks, I admit that I’ve started to plan out my scrap space.  In this house, our main living area will be our upstairs bonus room, so the second bedroom upstairs is going to be our office/my scrap room.

I got rid of all my Recollections cubes before we moved – they really weren’t holding up well and I didn’t think some of them would survive the move.  My husband says he’s going to build me a storage solution someday, which will be awesome, but in the meantime I’ve got some ideas of how I want to set the room up.

We have two Ikea Kallax bookcases – a 2×4 and a 4×4.  My goal is to use the 2×4 for my supplies and leave the 4×4 for our books and my completed albums.  I think I’ll have to store my empty albums on a shelf in the closet to make this work.

My pocket scrapbook cards will be stored in Close To My Heart medium organizers.  I may have to buy a couple more but I plan to put all my kits and cardstock in these.  From some of the inspiration pictures I’ve seen, I should be able to get two to a cube – and I’ll likely need three cubes for those (eep – time to stop shopping and start using).  I already have my pocket pages in Cropper Hopper vertical organizers, so that’ll take up another cube.  My 12×12 paper will fill up cube #4.  Some Tjena boxes from Ikea should do the trick for tools, adhesives, pens and inks.   My stamps are in DVD-size storage cases, so they should be OK to stack on a shelf, with some sort of bin for stickers. I’m also considering adding a couple of Kallax drawer inserts for those two cubes. Magazines and idea books will take up #8.

think that covers everything – but my stuff’s been packed up for a while and it’s hard to remember everything I have!

As far as a workspace goes, we’ve decided to go big.  It’ll be great for both my husband when he uses the desk to mark and me when I scrapbook.  We’re going to get this desk setup from Ikea.

A date with my printer

There was a big update on Becky Higgins’ website sometime in the last few days – I’ve been stalking it frequently checking for new Card Design Reference PDFs.   Everything that’s been released digitally, except the 6×8 page sets, now has a card design reference!  I’ve been waiting for some of these for a while, so I’m quite excited to get them printed out.

Does this mean I have to revisit the sorting by colour thing?!

The Complete List of Project Life Kits page has been updated with links to all the PDFs.  They also announced several kits are retiring, so I’ve updated that as well.

Colour me organized.

For about the past 6 months, I’ve been debating sorting my Project Life cards by colour.  I got really close at one point – I sorted my Aqua kit, but then I couldn’t bring myself to start adding a second kit to the piles!

A few weeks ago, I decided to go for it.  I have partials of all my kits, so I wasn’t dealing with 10 of each card, but I split each design into two sets, and sorted by each side.

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I found one big problem.  I have a few kits that really don’t work with anything else and that pile started getting bigger and bigger.  I didn’t want to have some of my stuff arranged by kits and some by colour.

I know there’s lots of cards that complement one another, and I think sorting by kit would make it easier to mix and match.  But what won out is the part of me that loves that the kits are designed to coordinate and it takes a lot of the guesswork and thinking out of the process.

So, after spending the better part of an afternoon getting about 2/3 of the way through the process, I spent the evening going back and rearranging by kits.  Yes, my husband spent several minutes laughing and shaking his head at me.

I’ve ended up with everything sorted by colour within the kit and I think I’ll be happy with that.  I got a some new combinations out of the process – did you know Happy and Desktop look really great together?  And I still have the ease of just grabbing cards from one kit and knowing they will look awesome.  I got some scrapbooking done last weekend, and I did way more picking and choosing between kits just by having them sorted this way.

I have goals of using up my stash this year rather than adding more, and I can see sorting by colour becoming more appealing when I start using up cards.  Once more card design references are available and I can get one printed for each kit I have, I would probably be more comfortable organizing my cards outside their kits.

Back in business.

After feeling like the rug was completely pulled out from under me in early January, it seems like we’ve adjusted to our new normal.

To complicate things with my dad’s hospital admission and diagnosis, two days later they were scheduled to move into their long-awaited condo.  But they’re finally in and mostly settled.  We spent as much time as we could giving them a hand.  Lucky me, I get to unpack a house twice this year!  My dad has started chemo and is doing well so we’re very thankful for that.

On the blog front, the Complete List of Project Life Kits post is up-to-date with new links to all of the card design reference PDFs that are available.  As well, I’ll be updating the printable checklist once I get my laptop charger back this weekend (long story).

Also to come, my adventures in sorting by colour, some thoughts on the Project Life App, and scrapbooking the difficult times.

Scrap room organization

My husband says I like to organize my scrapbooking supplies almost as much as I like to scrapbook.  He may be right.  I’m a bit of an organizational nerd and find that I’m far more creative and productive when I have things “just so”.

Having done a major purge of my scrapbooking area in the past 6 months, as well as simplifying by moving to pocket scrapbooking, my stash is staying far more organized.

Our spare room in the basement doubles as my scrapbooking storage space.  When I’m ready to work on my albums, I pull out a folding table and set it up in the living room area of the basement, so I can spend time with my husband and watch TV, a movie or hockey game.   It’s easy to go back and forth to the spare room to get things that I might need.

I use Recollections modular cube storage system available at Michaels.  I originally purchased these when they were made by Jetmax, and I can really tell the difference between the Jetmax cubes and the Recollections ones.  My Jetmax ones are going on 5 years old, have been moved and reorganized numerous times, and they are holding up great.  The Recollections ones are barely a year old and are already starting to show a lot of wear and tear, warping and just generally not as sturdy.

There may come a time when I ditch these shelves for another form of storage – I’d love to go with an Expedit bookcase or Raskog  cart from Ikea (might not roll well on my carpet), but for now they do a great job.  I downsized from 16 cubes to 9 in the past year with my de-stash, and it’s my goal to use up supplies rather than keep adding.  If I find I need another cube, it’s time to take a good hard look at what I have and what I can sell off.

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On the top, you’ll find my desktop organizer with my most used tools – pens and a pencil, post-it notes, corner chomper, date stamp and ink pad, adhesive and scissors.  My Ott light  is here, which is handy since I scrapbook in the basement and the light isn’t great.  Finally, my fantastic Christmas present, a Silhouette Cameo.  It replaced my Cricut and I’m so glad that I did.  Love not having cartridges and being able to buy one design as needed.

The left and middle cubes of the top row of cubes contain empty 12×12 D-ring albums.  The right hand cube contains 12×12 D-ring albums with most of my pocket page protectors sorted.  Everything except Design A and D, which I have a ton of, are in these binders.  I keep my binder of printed Card Design Reference sheets and printouts of ideas and material from classes I’ve taken on this shelf too.  There’s also envelope pages for memorabilia, idea books, my planner and notebooks, and my 12 inch paper trimmer.

In the middle row, the first 3-drawer unit contains memorabilia and pages that are in progress, tools and spare parts for my Silhouette, and coloured pens, stamps and inks. The middle 3-drawer unit has stickers and chipboard letters, tools that I don’t use as much such as punches, other adhesives, and extra post-its, and my acrylic paints which I’m debating what to do with.  I love the look of painted chipboard, and will likely cut more embellishments in chipboard with my Silhouette.  But these paints are old and some of them are really goopy.  I need to see if anything can be done to rescue them.

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The end 2-drawer unit contains some of my pocket scrapbooking cards.  One drawer has all my packages of coordinating cardstock.  I started out buying both the 3×4 and 4×6 packages for each kit, but I don’t use it as much as I thought I would, so I’m limiting myself to buying 4×6 and cutting a sheet down if needed.  The other drawer has my blank cards – grid, ledger, lined and plain white, as well as small photo cases which contain my Project Life themed card packs.

The first two cubes of the bottom row are obviously paper.  I sort my cardstock by colour, and then I have a section with a paper organizer in it.  This is for the Project Life coordinating papers – I have dividers in the organizer to label the paper with the corresponding kit name.  I have a small section of 12×12 patterned paper, then there’s my chipboard and plain white paper for printables.

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The 2-drawer cube contains my pocket scrapbooking cards.  Each kit is labelled in its own section of the drawer.  One of my projects for the next bit is to cut pretty dividers with my Silhouette! I have mostly Becky Higgins kits, but have also branched out into WRMK and Simple Stories recently.  There’s getting to be a huge variety in the marketplace thanks to the popularity of the pocket scrapbooking system, and it’s getting hard not to BUY ALL THE THINGS!

I love having 95% of my stuff in one place, ready to go.  The only other storage I have is for my photos that are printed and waiting to be scrapbooked, which are in plain photo albums on a bookcase in the living room.  As well, my stash of extra Design A and D page protectors are in boxes in the closet of the spare room.