Thanks for visiting my blog. I began journaling about my daily life when I was eleven. Over the years, this has grown to become a way for me to share my thoughts rather than my daily life. I’m pretty open with sharing all the beautiful chaos of life with six children. I have to remind myself to extend grace to myself each and every day! It is my hope that my writings will help others to learn to extend grace to themselves too. After all, if it weren’t for the Grace of God, life would just be messy. I’m so glad that life can instead be a Beautiful Mess and is covered by His Beautiful Grace.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Cleaning out!!!

Whew! I got quite a bit done in the building today. I cleaned out 2 boxes and cleaned off the top of a shelf too. Last night I unpacked from the crop Friday and kinda rearranged a bit too. It can now hold about 2-3 people to scrapbook as long as they don't mind the close quarters. Maybe one day I can talk Gabe into adding me a large crop room on the back. Until then, I am thankful for the great space that I do have and I am trying to clean out a bit so that the space will be even better. My good friend Lisa Harris is hosting a scrapbooking garage sale this weekend and I am taking advantage of the oppertunity to get rid of some of my things and make some money too.

Through the 7 years that I have been scrapbooking my techniques have changed drastically. When I began, I would pick out my patterned paper and then my cardstock and go to creating. Well, over the past 2-3 years I have began using kits more and more so two large accordian files of paper have to go. I sorted through those today and kept only the ones that I knew I could use and I am going to create my own little kits with those and file the kits by theme. My ribbons and fibers are all a bit better organized but I don't think that I am going to add those to the kits. I can just pull those out as needed.

I rounded up all of my adhesives (why do I have so many that are exactly the same) and put them all in a drawer together, sitting right on my scrap space. My newest embellies all finally got sorted into my embellishment tote from CTMH last night and that cleared out one small drawer too. I have a strange habit of putting new things in spots so that "I will use them quickly" and I seem to never move them to the permanent housing. Well that is done so maybe I can keep it up.

I have a big problem though. I have a large bin on my table that I usually put my kits in as I get them and then they go into my Cropper Hopper files. Well, the CH files are full and my bin is full and neither filing system seems to work for storing kits. Also, while my stamps are greatly organized in CTMH containers that are labeled with the correct catagory, I never seem to know which catagory the set that I am looking for would fall under. I seriously need some advice on organizing my kits and recatagorizing my stamps. Those things are on my list for tomorrow so I will write later in the week and let you know what I come up with.

Well, Levi is throwing a fit and I have got to start dinner so I guess that's all for today. Wish me well as I tackle this major clean out and organizational challenge. Audrey

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