Hello again! Welcome to another week of Scraps & Stash Saturday!

This week was a less productive one for me, but I did manage to put together a page based on this sketch from the Scrap Much? blog:

4 April 10 2015 - ScrapMuch

I stuck pretty closely to the sketch as it was. The “stitched” circle was created using my Sew Easy circle tool with the single stitch head. I used a white gel pen to create the faux stitching. I realized that I like this look better than actual stitching because it’s much more subtle. I do wish I’d done some misting before I layered on the papers – I think that would have livened up the kraft background considerably. I also used one of the embellishments I made for this week’s Monday Mojo, and I love the way it works with the colors of the page so well, and it gave me a place to add a little bit of journaling.

I have to tell you – I took quite a bit of flack from my scrapping buddies about making a Halloween page without at least one pumpkin, so the little orange jewel is a nod to that. LOL

I did have quite a few questions last week about how I pack for a weekend crop, so I thought I’d show you that here.

This is all I take with me for a crop. Sometimes I take my Cricut, and depending on what I’m working on, I may take a second tote of photos albums, but what you see in this photo is the basis of what I pack. I’ve got my large-ish rolling tote, a 31 bag that holds 2-3 three-up photo albums, another 31 tote with my Thickers and other alpha stickers, and my basic tool bag.

Here’s the inside of the photo album tote:

The inside alpha sticker tote (messy!):

A peek inside my tool tote – trimmer, scissors, ATG gun, plastic grid ruler (a MUST-have for aligning letter stickers), pens, etc.:

And a look inside the rolling tote, where I keep my stash kits organized in 2-gallon Ziploc bags. I also put my Scrap N Easel in here:

So there you have it. Nothing fancy at all. I don’t believe in lugging everything I own, and on the rare occasion that I don’t have something I need in one of my kits, I just use a sticky note to write down what’s missing, then add it when I get home. I’m so much more productive now than I used to be, and I like my pages a lot better too. To read about the entire process I use to pack for a crop (as well as some awesome tips from some of the smartest scrapbooking designers I know), visit Scrapbook Bundles, where you can download a copy of our free guide “Scrap Smart: Designer Tips to Scrapbook More.” Have a happy Saturday!

 

Planners

A few weeks ago my fabulous friend Cara Vincens at The Hooting Pirate gave me an advance, sneak peek, all-access pass to her upcoming class “Practically Perfect Planners.” Let me tell you, I couldn’t wait to dive into the class content as soon as the access code hit my inbox, because Ms. Cara really knows her stuff!

<Listen in as she discusses planners on Melissa Shanhun’s Scrapbooking Inspration podcast>

The Issue

But I was eager to get right to it for another reason – I have a huge need to get myself – my time, my appointments, my schedule – organized. I struggle to keep up with everything I need to get done in a day’s time and despite several attempts to sort it all out and use some sort of calendar or list-making system, I haven’t been able to commit to any one that works for me long-term. So Cara’s class couldn’t have come at a better time (no pun intended).

Lessons Learned

In the free pre-class videos, Cara taught me that it wasn’t my fault – I hadn’t failed my planners; my planners had been failing me. By working through the checklists and questionnaires, I began to learn about the type of system that could work for me. Cara’s thought of everything, and over the course of the class, it became crystal clear to me what I really needed.

Options

Once I knew what I needed, it was time to examine my options – Cara suggests that you find, alter, or create the perfect planner for you. In my case, I opted to create one from scratch, and with lots of inspiration from the class and the pre-class videos, I even managed to work in a little cuteness.

The Class

Practically Perfect Planners starts up soon – February 9, to be exact, and runs till March 22. Registration is open now. Check it out if you need a little extra inspiration to get organized and stay organized.

Giveaway

Love the idea of this class? Great! You could win a spot! Simply leave a comment by this Sunday, February 8 at 3:00 p.m. CST, telling me about your current planner system – what’s working and what isn’t – and you could win a seat for free. But don’t let that stop you from registering if you know you want to participate – if your name is drawn, you will receive a refund for the full class price. Pretty cool, huh?

So what are you waiting for? Leave a comment, then head on over to The Hooting Pirate to learn more about Practically Perfect Planners.

Today I blogged on the Scrap Your Scraps blog about organizing your Distress inks (and other products) using this handy dandy little jewelry organizer:

Distress Inks 2

I’ve been using it for quite some time now, and I love it. I am an “out of sight, out of mind” kind of girl, so I dig the idea of being able to actually see what I have on hand.

But that hasn’t stopped me from buying duplicates a time or two. What can I say? I’m drawn to my favorites over and over again, it seems.

So I decided to make a little checklist (okay, it’s actually a HUGE checklist) of all the current Ranger Distress products to print and take with me whenever I go shopping. And I thought I’d share it here on the ol’ blog as well. Just click here to join my email list, and you’ll be able to download your copy in no time. Already on my list? I’ve got you covered – watch your email for your copy too – ’cause I’m cool like that.

Here are some other resources you might find helpful as well, straight from the Ranger website:

Distress Ink Color Swatch Chart
Distress Ink Pad Label Template
Spray Stain Color Chart
Distress Marker Color Chart
Distress Stain Color Chart

Who knew there was so much distress-y goodness? If you’re find yourself in need of a serious shopping spree after you fill out your checklist (gotta have ’em all), why not do it in your jammies? Check out the selection of Distress goodies over at scrapbook.com. Happy to enalble! 😉