I thought to myself that it would probably take me 2-3 hours to organise my papers and then I could start the prompt. HAH! I should have known better ... try 10 hours!!!!!!! But is was worth it. I took EVERY paper out of packs, pads, containers and places that I never knew I had papers in and sorted them by colour. Those that were heavily themed and multi coloured also had their own pile. I found papers I had forgotten but thankfully still loved, papers that I hated, old nostalgic papers that were flood damaged that I had saved to remind me not to hoard paper again, AND paper I didn't even know I had!!! One collection pack really brought that home to me. It was a pack which had a collaged paper on the front with a forrest and a deer. It was hugely popular in its time and for some reason I bought it. I have never even used ONE paper from it as every time I picked it up I was put off by the cover. But open it and I found some of the most beautiful paper I have ever seen! I was missing out on pretty paper!!!!
|My patterned paper!|
The big one at the bottom holds all of my multi coloured papers. There are no plain or themed papers in this stack. :-) But my real challenge is in the pink container at the top. That one hold my MME Lost and Found papers. I just couldn't bring myself to sort them, nor it seems can I find a way to use them that doesn't involve mini books!!! I am looking forward to the day this class covers those difficult papers. They are so beautiful that I could just put one photo on each page and put it in an album, or of course photo-less just so they can be admired :-)
So now that my patterned paper was sorted I decided to put my cardstock into the vertical paper holders (I think I need three more!). Ohhhhhhhhh ... so organised now!
And then I had to sort all of the other stuff that came out of those Artbins and all of the die-cuts, rubons, alphas and accessories that had come out of each collection pack! Those are in the old thin paper containers. WOW, such a lot of organising!!!! But now I feel that I may just be able to find things and USE them! I will be quite busy between now and the craft-a-thon so it may just have to wait until Tuesday, but I am looking forward to trying out my new system. It may seem crazy, but I feel inspired now that I am organised. I will let you know how I get along with it.
On another note, I died my hair tonight for our craft-a-thon. It is now a black/purple. I actually love it, even if it is only an 8 wash rinse. But now I have to alter my costume. I was going to be just purple but I couldn't find any in a rinse. My costume was purple, silver and white. Now it needs to be purple, silver and black. I should have time change all of the white to black as I am only recycling an old costume. I will be a fairy with lots of home made bits and a pair of my daughters wings. I will share pictures after the event.