I admit that like most crafty/creative types I tend to hoard and collect all kinds of bits and pieces hoping to use them one day. Magazines are one of these things that I have piles of with dog-eared corners, and sticky notes. The unfortunate part is that I forget which magazine I found some great idea. It seemed like I wasted a lot of time thumbing through these! This frustration coupled with my “organizing” bug made me decide to deal with the piles.
First thing I did was start ripping out the pages I liked. Each night while watching tv with the hubby and kids I’d take a pile of magazines and literally rip out the pages I liked, then I tossed the rest of the mag! This can be the hard part but I think it really helps with the creative juices. I then put these pages in sheet protectors to fit into a regular office binder. Then I set up the following categories: Ali E, single photo LO, multi photo LO, albums, mini books, Cathy Z, and other. Then I took my handy dandy tab punch from Stampin Up! Then I stapled these tabs right on the first of each section. Now, as I find pics I want to scrap, I look in my binder for an idea or two and then I toss the photo in the sheet protector on top of the LO. This also gives me a way to see if the pics will work with the inspiration LO. I have discovered a couple of other things while doing this: I found my style/preference, and found I can get more scrapping done!What’s my style? I can’t really name it except I really like clean, funky, vintage, fun designs. So maybe I can call my style clean and funky? I did find that I am really drawn to the style of Jamie Waters . I found a lot of my faves were by her or inspired by her. She does such a great job with clean/funky/fun style. My next post I’ll show a few of my scraplifts.