Stash Bashing

One of the ways I engage with my hobby of memory keeping (and also prime the creative pump for my business and my other creative endeavors) is with a membership at Simple Scrapper which is a community of like minded memory keepers from all over the world (which is so totally cool) that offers classes, challenges, online crops, book clubs, a monthly magazine, templates and loads of fun and support. This past week has been their semi-annual “Stash Bash” week, a challenge for members to work on reducing or organizing their creative stash with an eye to making more projects and getting more stories told.

I’m currently working on my girls school albums with a completion date of June 7th (conveniently, their graduation date!) so I am making plenty of layouts and recording lots of memories right now. I do have one particular area of stash that needed a little love so I thought I’d share my Stash bash Project here with you (I’ve already shared it with the Simple Scrapper Community)

My lovingly acquired selection of Story Kits!

 I am the proud owner of many many Story Kits and Story Stamps from Ali Edwards.  I also amassed a years worth of Stories by the Month and, I’m embarrassed to say I have hardly used any of them.  When I thought about why (other than the usual reasons) I realized that they are all still in the original envelopes, so I can’t see or flip thru anything.  So how to get them out of envelopes and deal with different sorts of stuff:  cards, stamp sheet, sheets of cardstock and stickers and then loads of types of embellishments.  my first impetus was to go to Target and buy more plastic fridge bins to house the collection.  I really am not thrilled with the purple bin from the girls old toy room where they now reside.  Then I checked myself and thought a) too much plastic already and we are trying to make a conscious effort as a household to cut back and b) don’t feel like spending the $$.  I looked around the house and thought shoeboxes!  Totally can do that!  Except didn’t have quite the right size/shape etc….   I realized I can just keep them in the purple bin and get over it because it fits perfectly in the bookcase.  In taking apart a few kits and spreading them out… I hit up on the solution to the problem:  1-Take (almost) everything OUT OF THE PLASTIC stamp sets, chip board, everything except some tiny stars and other embellishments that must be contained.  2- All the loose embellishments go back in the big plastic envelope that the kit gets shipped in.  3-Envelope is labeled w kit name 4-  Envelope goes in back and stamp, chipboard, stickers, paper-ish kinds of things and finally the journal cards all stacked on top, then stood up in the bin.  It’s a little catty-wampus, it’s not perfect but quite frankly I was pretty giddy with how FUNCTIONAL it’s going to be for me!!  

the new home for the smaller embellishments! Easy to see and access!
Everything out of the plastic, ready to be stacked up and filed! Easy flip through access now!

I then took all my story by the month sets, which I’m using to document 2018 monthly, found a binder and some page protectors and slotted all the cards, chipboard and stamps into the page protectors so NOW when I’m ready to work on January, I can just add more page protectors and the cards and stamps are all in one place.

Monthly themed cards and embellishments ready to use to document 2018!

All of this was accomplished while still in my pajamas yesterday afternoon!  I’m so excited how everything turned out!!  I’ll try and post more photos in the comments, I wanted to share here because I know many of us probably have piles of these kits and hopefully some idea will help you to work with your kits!!  

Happy Dance over here!!

How do you organize your materials to make your projects flow more efficiently and leave you more time for actually making things??!

December Daily 2018 – Days 8-11

I have made HUGE progress working on my album these past few days.  I’m posting in small batches so as not to bore/overwhelm people LOL.    I’m so glad I made the design decisions that I did, it has made focusing on the story much easier.   Here we go…

Day8-both pagesDay 8

Day9-both pagesDay 9

Day10-both pagesDay 10

Day11-both pages togetherDay 11

Very happy with how these are coming together!

Happy end of December!

 

 

 

100 Days project … the warm up

OK, it’s really not the warm up…I thought it started today, not tomorrow.  AT ANY rate, I have been doing something creative every day so far in 2018 (I’ve missed one day).  I have however, not been documenting it.  So to add another layer of complexity to my life I am going to be participating in the #The100DayProject for the first time… I will be sharing my daily posts on Instagram, but I have to say probably not posting every day here, because that would be rather redundant BUT maybe several process posts ?  I’m not sure yet.  But for NOW 18-04-02-Halloween-1973-WEBI give you Halloween ca. 1973.  Charlie is in the middle flanked by his sisters.  I’ve been working on a Halloween through the years album.  The plan is to have as many generations as possible and so far I’ve got some layouts done of our girls, Charlie as a kid, and Charlie and I as adults.  I have photos of Charlie’s parents as young marrieds having a halloween party and somewhere there has to be photos of me (because there are so many the odds are in my favor).   So that’s been a fun little project on which to work.  A bit of warm up for the next 100 days.

I’m anticipating that my something creative will continue to be a mix of knitting, sewing, photo editing and scrapbooking.  I’m not sure if gardening will count if it ever finally warms up!  We’ll see how it goes.

 

More memorykeeping goodness

Really, I have been loads of other things besides digi-scrapping but they are just so much easier to share !    Heading off to a girlfriend adventure this week but wanted to share the latest layouts I did for my buddy Janet from Little Feet Digital Designs.  So much fun working with her beautiful kits!

Solar Eclipse 2017

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I will admit we were kind of eclipse slackers but it was still worth commemorating the event if nothing else than to use the gorgeous images from NASA!  Kit:  Total Eclipse of the Heart  

Teenage Privacy?

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I have to admit when the suggestion was made to use the kit Land of dreams, the Whitie Tightie papers AND the A Little Privacy Please embellishments I did kind of pause and think how I was going to pull this all together…then I was scrolling thru my photos in Lightroom and found this photo of Lily from a photo shoot the girls did and bingo… ladies and gentleman we have a moment in time documented!

Beautiful Fall

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At what point will the girls not want to go pumpkin fetching with me?  We’ll see next week but I thought it would be a fun thing to document from a few years ago… Template:  Clean and Simple Templates:  Fall Beauty   Kit:  Summer Fades

Texas

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Anyone who knows me knows that I love Texas!  It was heartbreaking to see the devastation from the hurricane.  Janet designed a Texas Strong kit with templates from her partner Dagi’s Digital Designs and is donating all proceeds to hurricane relief.  We also donated to the United Methodist Committee on Relief Fund for hurricane relief as well as Undies for Everyone… because everyone needs clean new underwear.

Hope everyone enjoys the bonus Monday off…it’s rainy here which is great for much needed rain!