(after some serious purging, of course!)
The Why: I use Project Life to keep my scrapbooks simple, in theory. Project Life combines the simplicity of a photo album with the flexibility and creativity of a scrapbook. The problem is that I had collected so many scrapbooking items that getting out my supplies was an ordeal, and sorting through my options was overwhelming.
I love the strategy of creating limits for our stuff. By having a single bin for my scrapbooking supplies, I not only make scrapbooking simpler and more fun, I also prevent myself from buying more than I need, since I can only keep what will easily fit in the bin!
I have to actually use my craft supplies before I can shop for more.What a novel idea!
The How: I have a general look that I'm going for in my scrapbooks and use many of the same items over and over again. I use a lot of brown kraft paper and white pens, paper doilies and labels. So I just went through my craft stash looking for items that go well with my scrapbooking style. I basically created a customized kit that is full of things that delight me.
The most time consuming part was to go through photos and only keep the good ones that I actually plan to scrapbook. My new rule is that if a photo isn't good enough for the scrapbook, it isn't worth keeping!
I did it! I created a compact little kit full of scrapbooking supplies that I love to use. It's easy to take out and use, and then put away when I'm done.
Having a little container full of embellishments I love is really so much more fun than the huge selection I had before. I open this happy little container and start dreaming of the possibilities!
Last night I was eager to use my new little scrapbooking station and loved that even when everything was laid out on the coffee table in a jumble, I was still able to see and use everything!
The scrapbooks sit on a shelf in my living room. One of them holds my unused page protectors.
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