Summer Scrapbook Series 2017 – Week 2!

Welcome to Week 2 of my Summer Scrapbook Series! Each Saturday in July and August I’m sharing a little something to get your creative juices flowing – a challenge, prompt, tip or technique that I think you might be able to use! I hope you’ll get involved and post your summer scrapbook projects on the OCM Facebook page, because there will be PRIZES too! Woohoo! I love sending out happy mail and I’m planning lots of fun giveaways over the next nine weeks! So, make sure to subscribe to the blog (you can enter your email in the box on the sidebar) and/or ‘”like” the OCM facebook page so you get all the details each week and can play along! (If you missed any of the challenges you can access them all here.)

Thanks to all who participated last week in the Red & White Challenge! It was fun to see what you came up with and I hope that as the summer goes on we’ll have more and more people share their creations. And congratulations to Lee Alice who won the Red & White Prize Pack!

This week’s challenge is:




The name of my blog came about because I am both a Creative Memories Advisor AND a Thirty-One Gifts Consultant. I love to organize spaces in my home and help others get their spaces in check. I don’t share a lot about Thirty-One here anymore as I have put most of my focus into the scrapbooking side of my life, but this week I can’t wait to share some organizing ideas with you and looking forward to hearing YOUR organizing tips!

Here’s a few ideas to get you started…
How do you organize your paper? Do you keep it together in the original collections? Store by color? And where do you keep it? Do you have it in a box or cube? Have you purchased something that you love or DIY-ed something to work?
I “think” in terms of collections, so the CM Power Palette Folders work great for me. I keep the papers in the centre section, embellishments and smaller scraps in the pockets on the front and larger strips and sticker sheets in the pockets on the back. They are easy to store and easy to grab when I head out for a crop!

Where do you store your larger supplies like albums, page refills etc.? Or do you just buy these items as you need them? I have a little stockpile of albums that I purchased when the old CM went out of business (as I wasn’t sure I’d be able to ever get them again!) and I store them by type, size and color in a cabinet behind my workspace so they are protected from dust etc.

Do you prefer open or closed storage? how do you label or identify what is in closed storage? I love chalkboard labels so as the contents of the bin change, so can the labels. (PS…I’ll be sharing some easy labeling tips with you this week!)

And if you missed this video on my YouTube Channel, take a look at how I organize my most-used tools in this cute Thirty-One Caddy (see…my two “businesses” do come together!) It’s awesome to keep on my scrap table and portable enough to pop into my bag to take to a crop or retreat. It is a solution that has worked really well for me!

Some of the other organizing projects I’ve tackled recently or am planning to work on this week and share with you include:

  • Photo Organization (Digital and print)
  • A mini-tour of my scrap space to highlight a few areas that really work well for me
  • A few around-the-house solutions
  • How to organize for a crop or retreat
What about you? I want to hear YOUR ideas and tips! Make sure to share your project on the OCM Facebook page with the hashtag #OCMOrganize. This weeks prize will be a highly coveted CM Photo File…perfect for sorting photos to take with you to a crop or retreat! You have until Friday July 14th to share your tips to be eligible for the prize! Can’t wait to hear them!

Happy Organizing!

3 thoughts on “Summer Scrapbook Series 2017 – Week 2!”

  1. I keep a small plastic box filled with sample punches glued to index cards of all my punches. A) so I can remember what I have, and B) what size it is. This way, I can place the sample over the space I'm thinking of using, before I got through the hassle of digging out the punch (I think I have over 20!) and then realizing the punched image is too large, or small.
    I also have a small plastic box (what the old photo mats came in) that has larger notecards in it with sketches of 1-2-3 layouts on them or other simple layouts. Easy to pick one, and move along completing pages rather than stressing out over the layouts.
    Thanks Noreen for your inspiration!

  2. I bought a cupboard "riser" thing, with two shelves and have things at hand on it. It's a shallow, wide one so fits nicely on my small table. About 6" deep, 18" across, 5" shelf and 10" top.

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