I’m back!

Posted on in CTMH, Scrapbooking 5 Comments

After scrapbooking a layout a day in May, I needed to focus on finishing out the school year strong and getting my classroom in shape. I took a week long teaching course in Kalispell, MT, right after school ended so didn’t finish in my classroom until Monday night at 8:30pm! I still need to go through my filing cabinets, but I’m going to leave that for early September. Another couple days in my room prior to school beginning and I’ll be set.

I was so inspired by cleaning my classroom that I spent a week cleaning and organizing my craft room. I did not dare take any “Before” photos as the room was a hideous mess. There was one path on the floor to one small area on the futon. My desk was a nightmare from the LOAD challenge, so I couldn’t have scrapbooked in June if I had wanted. I still have a little bit left to do, but here are my current “After” photos!

The first is a view from my window seat and the second a view from the door.

Notice that the floor is spotless and the only piles I have are (1) works in progress on the window seat, (2) my school books for the class I’m taking next to the futon, and (3) the magazines I need to go through to cut out scraplifting ideas!

I had to include a photo of my bookshelf as it used to be stacked with books two deep on most of the shelves. I finally made the decision that I was never teaching theatre again, so I donated most of my theatre books to our drama teacher. I also quit hording books I’ve already read and took them to my classroom library. I will admit that most of the books I kept are my favorites and I wasn’t willing to part with them. I do have one shelf that contains the YA books I haven’t read and will take to school once I do. The beauty of this system is that I’ll be able to start buying YA novels again once I start reading them and making space on the shelf.

Okay, now to my organization system. I went through ALL of my scrapbooking supplies and donated several boxes to a friend who is having a garage sale next weekend. It felt good to purge things I haven’t used in years. I even donated a bunch of the wood stamps I never mounted! Someone is going to get a good deal at that garage sale! Anyway, I cleared out all the paper in the rack above my desk and replaced it with CTMH cardstock. This is where I’m storing my page protectors, pages in process, and the non-CTMH cardstock/paper I kept that doesn’t fit in my other paper container.

It holds CTMH paper packets older than a year, papers by manufacturer that I am keeping for specific projects, and other miscellaneous papers in the side trays. I also have a couple black storage boxes that fit nicely under it.

I’m proud of my storage system! In addition to the 4 deep black storage boxes, I got 8 white photo boxes that hold paint, foam stamps, paint trays, and photos. I also got 6 white project boxes (they are under the futon!) for CTMH chipboard, stickers/rubons, embellishments, non-CTMH chipboard, Bind-It-All coils/cardboard, and one box for all my Scenic Route kits/papers!

By placing all of those embellishments in easily accessible boxes, I was able to better organize the cabinet to the right of my desk. I have to move very little to get to items in the back of the top two shelves, and I have pull out drawers for inks, wood stamps/punches, ribbon, CTMH stamps (WOW! I have a lot of stamps!), card, other projects, and CDs/software.

The final bit of organizing I did was clearing off the majority of the paper from the rolling cart in front of my cabinet so there was room for my CTMH ink tower. Getting that off my desk really helped. It also forced me to decide what I was going to do with my CTMH paper.

I finally made a divider for the 5 different paper packs in each season. When the next Idea Book is released, I will transfer the unused Winter 2008 packs to the black paper storage by the bookshelf. Having the current year’s worth of paper packets right next to me will give me motivation to finish them off prior to new product arriving. I have a feeling that this new system will help with my productivity. I guess you will get to be the judge of that as I post my new pages/projects here!

For anyone who made it this far…thank you for reading my very long and involved post! Leave a comment and then e-mail your address to me and I’ll send you a gift pack of handmade cards!


LOAD #25

Posted on in CTMH, Scrapbooking Leave a comment

I didn’t have much to finish on my LO today, but it still took me awhile since I had to stamp and cut out all the letters for the title. I tell you…I love the Rustic Alpha stamp set! I use it all the time. I’m really excited about it now that I’ve started using my Back Country papers and embellishments; they are so cute! I spoke to my mom this afternoon and am going to look through all our old camping photos when I stay with her next month for my nephew’s graduation. It will be fun to scrapbook my childhood memories. I have a few funny and highly embarrassing camping stories to tell!


LOAD #24

Posted on in CTMH, Scrapbooking Leave a comment

I’m getting a jump start on the Back Country WOTG for my club next month. I’m uploading the second page today and will finish the title and journaling on the first page of the LO tomorrow. I need to get some information from my husband to find out exactly where we were on this road trip after I got my first brand new car. It was very exciting!


LOAD #23

Posted on in CTMH, Scrapbooking 2 Comments

This is the second 1/2 of the Omak Fair layout I started yesterday. Although the photos are bad, it is a reminder of a fun day we spent together as a family. On a product note, I’m having so much fun with Heartfelt Whimsy!


LOAD #19

Posted on in CTMH, Scrapbooking 1 Comment

This is the second page to the LO I started yesterday. I really like this sketch. I was able to finish it while my club members were putting together their Tickled Pink kits. It was a fun night! I only wish I wasn’t so exhausted. My cats kept waking me up all night and morning; now it is slightly after 10pm and I can’t function. I’m posting this and going to bed!


LOAD #17

Posted on in CTMH, Scrapbooking 1 Comment

After working on the 2nd 1/2 of my LO, I decided that I didn’t like how the title turned out, so I went back and made some changes to the first page. I’m much happier with it now. It says, “I am…45 pound lighter!” This page is a celebration of my accomplishment in losing weight and gaining a healtier lifestyle. The journaling is in white gel pen, so it may be difficult to read. The journaling strips say, “I am…fit!” “I am…healthy!” “I am…so happy!”

Now I’m off to spend the rest of my day doing chores, exercising, and grading essays…fun times!


LOAD #4

Posted on in CTMH, Scrapbooking 1 Comment

Here is my 4th LOAD challenge. The goal was to incorporate squares in the LO…thank goodness for CTMH preprinted pages! I only had 1/2 to get this done and I finished with time to spare, which was really good because my card reader flaked out on me and I had to restart my computer.

I gave a card workshop to a great group of ladies tonight. It was a prize in a charity auction to support the drama club!

Exercise Update–due to the workshop, I didn’t have time to work out tonight, but Kristina and I did take a long walk around the school this morning during planning.


LOAD #3

Posted on in CTMH, Scrapbooking Leave a comment

Wow! I was cutting it close tonight. I spent the whole evening getting ready for a card workshop I’m giving tomorrow. It wasn’t until 10:20pm that I realized I hadn’t done a LO yet. Thank goodness for CTMH level 1 kits! I used the Unforgettable kit with a little stamping using Comments (I LOVE this new stamp set!). I didn’t plan out my journaling, so I ended up going on a bit of an anti-smoking rant…LOL! Now I’m going to bed!


National Scrapbooking Day Mystery Hostess Winner!

Posted on in CTMH, Scrapbooking 1 Comment


LOAD #2

Posted on in CTMH, Scrapbooking Leave a comment

I had a great National Scrapbooking Day! Five great women came over and did some make-n-takes and browsed through the new Idea Book. It was a lot of fun, but I’m really tired. I cleaned up the make-n-take area before dinner, but I’m leaving the rest of it until tomorrow. 🙂 I did finish my LO for today…thank goodness most of it was complete and all I had to do was add the embellishments and journaling. These photos are really bad, so I’ll have to retake them before uploading them to my CTMH website. I just wanted to get them up here for the LOAD challenge.


  • Studio Scrapping Categories
  • Studio Scrapping Archives