Today, I thought I'd show you where I keep all my PL supplies. I don't mean to brag (yes I do), but I have the most awesome piece of scrapbooking storage furniture ever made. It wasn't actually made to store scrap supplies, but it's as if it were. What I'm trying to say is that I love this piece a lot. It might be my favorite piece of furniture.
I think I've shared pictures of it before. My Dad had this file cabinet in his office. I think it came with the space. In his business, he has a lot of filing needs, but this cabinet was meant to be a card catalog, I think. The drawers were way too shallow to be of any use to him, but are absolutely perfect for scrapbooking supplies, it turns out. So he gave it to me. It's just wide enough for 12x12 paper, and I've been using it for a few years now.
When I started with Project Life, and then (somewhat obsessively) creating 3x4 and 6x4 cards for use with PL, I realized I'd need a way to organize them in some useful way, so I turned one drawer of the cabinet into the PL storage space. It's the second drawer down, so if I'm sitting at my desk, it's at a convenient height for me to use.
I made tabs for the card themes I use most so I can find what I want easily. 3x4 cards are on one side and 6x4 on the other. So I guess I'm using the cabinet as a card catalog, as it was (I believe) intended to be used. At least in this drawer. The other drawers contain 12x12 papers, cardstock, acrylic stamps, rub-ons, scraps, etc. I'd say about 80-90% of the supplies I use regularly are in here.
The drawers are so long that I can fit containers for tags, wood veneer, and other PL bits behind the cards.
I've been fine-tuning this system for a while and I'm pretty happy with it for now.
One of my friends at work was cleaning out her desk recently and found this.
Remember those? From back when teachers used stamps on student work? Mine used to, anyway. I don't think too many of us use stamps anymore, although I still use stickers and you'd be surprised how much high school students like getting them.
Anyway, she didn't want it. And I didn't want it for school, but I most definitely wanted it for home!
The bottom set is clear embossed on charcoal cardstock.
Hey, it's not all sunshine and puppies around here. I might need them.
Here's another set. More filler/journaling cards. Most of these are song lyrics.
top to bottom, L to R: Elvis Costello, The Smiths, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Elvis Costello, The Princess Bride, Elvis Costello, Parks & Recreation, Where the Wild Things Are, Jenny Lewis.
I have a thing for Elvis Costello, clearly. Not sure where or how I'll end up using some of those. I mean, I hope I don't have to use the one about cutting out a love tumor any time soon. That's not a nice thought. But they were fun to make.
And I guess I'll have to find a way to treat myself. I have a card for it now. I'm saying "treat yo self" in my head in Tom Haverford's voice and it's killing me.
There are a lot of great products out there now, made especially for PL, and when I buy stuff lately, I tend to gravitiate toward those things. But I also really enjoy making my own cards. I've made a LOT of them. I'll show you how they're organized later.
Here are some filler/journaling cards I've done recently with pop culture references. I have geeky taste in pop culture. Be warned.
top to bottom, L to R: The Wire, Twin Peaks, Doctor Who, Doctor Who, Flight of the Conchords, Dirty Dancing, The Breakfast Club, The Wire, Harry Potter.
I really love writing on dark paper with a white pen. The navy and black cardstock were sprayed with white paint and pearl glimmer mist before I cut them to size.
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I've already posted my 2013 title page, but for the sake of continuity, here it is again.
Starting with my title page for 2013, I've been using an awful lot of aqua and pink. I guess I like that color combination.
I think many people do one double-page spread per week. I've been doing a single page per week. It's working so far. I think I missed a week somewhere in there, too. I don't really care about covering every week. I figure if I miss a week, I probably didn't have anything to say about it anyway. Some weeks are very ordinary.
Yeah, I got a Valentine from my nemesis, Billy Joel. Punks.
That brings us up to date. I'll try to do a PL post once a week in the future.
I've been working in the Project Life format for about three months now, and I guess it was just the change I needed to feel inspired again. I know there haven't been a lot of posts lately. I'm going to start posting the pages in my PL book in chronological order.
This is my first stab at it.
I don't love it. I wasn't really sure if I wanted to get into PL or how to proceed. And I only had 6x4 pocket page protectors. I've come to really love the 3x4 pockets.
I loved using the tiny pockets to document the details of this past year's Holiday Fun.
I find that I hide a lot of my journaling in pockets, which I do on traditional layouts as well. I guess I have a lot of thoughts that are just for me. The note in that pocket contains my thoughts on the events of December 14.
My students found out early in the school year that I hate Billy Joel. They punk me regularly. I got a candygram from him for Christmas.
I used a different style of page protector for Christmas, because I wanted to include the card from my brother and sister-in-law. My niece is gorgeous, right?
The 6x12 pocket gave me room to include a poem that I saw online and really loved.
I also inserted an extra 6x12 page so I'd have room for more pictures of the bear cub.
That brings us to the end of 2012. I did a traditional layout documenting New Year's Eve and New Year's Day with Paola and Buster...
I think I'll still occasionally do traditional layouts, but I'll just keep them in the PL album. In the past, I've had separate albums for family, friends, and my personal layouts. Now, that seems too cumbersome to me. I like this change.
Next time, I'll post the layouts I've done in 2013 so far.
In the last couple weeks of December, I made the decision to give this project life thing a try, so I started digging through my piles of supplies, pulling out stuff I thought I could use. I ended up making a bunch of 4x6 and 2x3 journaling cards to use.
It's nice to use stuff that you've had sitting around for years. Like Heidi Swapp chipboard letters from who-knows-how-long ago.
Or rub-ons. I hardly ever use rub-ons, but I have a million of them.
Too lazy to crop out my nasty work desk. Nice, right?
And you know, I never used stamps much in traditional scrapbooking, but I can see myself using them all the time in this format.
Lots of them just have my handwriting on them...
I'll probably end up making a lot of my own journaling cards, although I have been picking up sheets of paper here and there that are printed with cards you can cut out. A lot of companies seem to be doing that right now.
At the moment, I'm working on an organization system for all these cards.
I've made some big changes, creatively speaking, and now seems like as good a time as any to share them. A couple months ago now, I made the decision to step down from the Cocoa Daisy design team. It was a difficult one to make - I spent 6 years designing for a wonderful company, and I loved it. I really did. But several factors converged, making it clear that I needed a change. Mainly these two: 1. My work schedule was busy - crazy busy - and I didn't feel I was pulling my weight on the design team. I just didn't have the time to give it my all, and I felt bad about that. 2. After thirteen years in this hobby, I was feeling burned out - tired of the 12 x 12 format I've been working with for so many years and feeling like I was out of things to say. Obviously, I probably do have more to say and more stories to tell, but that's how I was feeling. Like there was nothing I hadn't covered ad nauseum.
Sometimes you just need to shake things up. I'd been interested in the concept of Project Life for a while, but about a month ago I started messing around with the format and something clicked, and like magic, I felt inspired again. It's a great fit for me right now. I've always been a more of a moments scrapper than an events scrapper. And filling tiny pockets with bits and pieces seems less time consuming, more manageable.
Over the next few days, I'll try to post some of the PL layouts I did in December. For now, here's my 2013 intro page. I incorporated my goals and thoughts on the coming year, though much of it is hidden. I like keeping my thoughts to myself.
Song lyrics are from "Alone Again Or" by Love, from Forever Changes, which is one of the best albums of all time. And I feel like I need to be reminded of this. Because sometimes I forget.
I divided my goals into three categories: verbs (like read and dance), intangibles (like courage and adventure), and proper nouns (like NYC and Vermont City Marathon). My lists are tucked into the pockets.
Nothing's written in here yet. Shatty and I are going to jot down some thoughts this evening. And on that note, I need to get ready to go to Middletown to meet her.