Scrapbook Organization: Playing Catch Up

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I spent most of the weekend working on my scrapbook room. Ugh! I know . . . AGAIN! I’m NOT considering this part of the whole MAKEOVER thing, just the clean-up to get back to where I left off. If you look back at those last “makeover” photos from 10-15-09, I haven’t really made much overall progress since then anyway.

What I did do, however, was perform a major backslide over the holidays. My scrap space became the activity center, the holiday gift-hiding and wrapping hub, and the dumping ground afterward for gifts to be put away, Christmas cards to sort and scrap, school and personal papers, etc. Everything had gotten WAY-HAY-HAY out of hand to the point that I couldn’t do ANYTHING on my desk or in my scrap space, much less scrapbook!

While the ONLINE CROP happened this weekend, I spent some time sorting, purging, putting away, and cleaning my space, taking breaks to chat with the Scrap Sisters and keep my enthusiasm going.

It’s now back to a decent level so I can scrapbook again (I have until Wednesday at midnight PST to complete some of those crop challenges!). Thought I’d share a few Before and After photos. The Before pix were taken Friday night so they’re dark, sorry. The Afters were taken Sunday afternoon.

LEFT SIDE OF DESK – BEFORE

LEFT SIDE OF DESK – AFTER

There’s my new Daisy tool caddy by Creative Memories. I moved all my acrylic stamps and inks from 2 Crop in Style flat packs into the tool caddy. What I realized is that … I need another one, LOL. I have my current stash in there, just barely, but my Secret Santa sent me a bunch more stamps for Christmas (they’re stacked under that pile of embellies, 5 full sets!). See all those punches and tools behind the tool caddy? I want to get one for those, too. I don’t like how they get dusty sitting out on my desk, even when they’re in heavy use … which admittedly, they haven’t been lately. The Cropper Hopper vertical file is for my newest acquisitions that I hope to scrap with soon. My Inspiration File, if you will. The rest is Secret Santa stuff that I left out on purpose. No, really! One of the crop challenges is to create a layout using products you received from Secret Santas. See, I wasn’t lying.

Yes! I can see my Basic Grey magnetic mats again! The envelope has some CTMH “My Acrylix” (empty) envelopes that I offered to RAK on the Scrap Sisters Studio message board; as it happens, my Scrap Pal was the first to speak up so they’re being mailed to her … along with a little gift that I forgot to include in her Christmas gift mailing.

RIGHT SIDE OF DESK – BEFORE

Oh lookie! Some books that are now neatly filed on my bookshelf, which I also reorganized this weekend. My Green Tangerines bag and stuff I bought there, Christmas card leftovers and stamps, etc.

RIGHT SIDE OF DESK – AFTER

All my most-used tools, stereo, RAK bag, and carousel I use to store Cricut stuff.

Cricut, Epson Picturemate printer, and I moved my little lamp over here. The paper, embellies, and envelopes are hand-me-downs from my mom (she’s the one who always gives me free scrap stuff she doesn’t want … I know, I’d be jealous if I were you, too). Anyway, I found the box they were in at the end of the day and that’s as far as they got :( Out of the box and onto my desk … for now.

COUCH/COFFEE TABLE – BEFORE

Yep, there’s really a couch and table under all that disgusting mess, I swear! CM photo storage boxes (like my fancy labels made out of sticky notes? i made new ones finally), an old printer I need to get rid of, and my basket of alphas. Also, 2 bins of past MEMORY WORKS kits that I need to either use or separate out and put away.

COUCH/COFFEE TABLE – AFTER

The kits are still there, and I stashed some things under the table, but at least I can see part of the couch and all of the table again, right? And there’s my new CROP BAGS. They make me happy :)

So, there’s what I did this weekend. How about you? Anything scrappy or organize-y? Or did you just watch football? Whatever you did, hope it was a great one.

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10 Comments on Scrapbook Organization: Playing Catch Up

  1. Julie Howard
    January 11, 2010 at 2:13 am (5 years ago)

    great job, Erika!!

    I got some scrapping done, and played on facebook a bit too.. Need to do some cleaning/purging too, but not today LOL

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  2. Jenny Lilac
    January 11, 2010 at 5:47 am (5 years ago)

    Your space looks nice! I bet it will feel great to sit down and scrap in it!

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  3. Melissa Stinson
    January 11, 2010 at 8:08 am (5 years ago)

    It looks great!! Isn’t there just something about the new year that makes you want to clean up and start over?

    I actually organized my scrap space last weekend and got to scrap in it this weekend without tripping over stuff. It was bliss!

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  4. audreyj84
    January 11, 2010 at 12:02 pm (5 years ago)

    Great job! I just put all my scrap stuff into temporary storage, my sewing machine needed to stay out and the kitchen table just doesn’t do it!

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  5. Emily
    January 11, 2010 at 4:55 pm (5 years ago)

    I’m jealous of all your space! Looks like you did a lot of work this weekend…have fun using your beautified room:)

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  6. Moira
    January 11, 2010 at 6:26 pm (5 years ago)

    This is what I did a few months ago

    http://lifeephemera.blogspot.com/2009/07/new-scrap-room.html

    It got a little out of control before Christmas, but I did a tidy up/pack away/sort last week – nothing like a clear space to get the mojo flowing!

    Yes, the space is very ‘Donna Downey’s old room’ Turns out she was my inspiration and I didn’t even know it! I’d seen her space ages ago when I was looking at other people’s scrap spaces, loved it, but never remembered who it belonged to. Then when she re-did her space and someone posted the before and afters, I discovered whose room it was that I’d been jealous of! No matter, I’m thrilled with what I’ve got and I can actually find stuff now, which is a novel concept in a scraproom!

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  7. Leigh
    January 12, 2010 at 9:29 am (5 years ago)

    Way to go!! Coffee table/couch is quite impressive. I’m off to finish my cleanup so i can finally get to some thank you cards from the holidays…

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  8. Lisa
    January 13, 2010 at 2:34 pm (5 years ago)

    Great job on your scrapbook room! I need to reorganize mine. Again. Just had a flood in my basement so everything is in boxes or up on blocks right now. Perfect opportunity to get it together I guess. I am soooooo not looking forward to it!

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  9. Julie
    December 6, 2010 at 8:41 am (4 years ago)

    I want your scrap room!!

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  10. Elizabeth
    July 6, 2012 at 7:34 am (2 years ago)

    Good job on organizing I am still working on getting my little area all organized. It seems harder when you have a small space to work with.

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