Hey everyone - this week we're all about organization here on the blog!!! I have shared my crafting room here in the past, so I thought it might be fun to share specifics on how I have organized myself for Project Life. I don't claim to be any sort of expert, in fact I still consider myself a newbie with this whole method of recording memories :) This year I have vowed to #1 - complete the entire year, all 52 weeks & #2 to focus the majority of my memory recording with this method. I still plan on doing some traditional pages each month, but I have found Project Life to be easier & allow me to get more memories actually recorded over the course of the year. Plus my kiddos actually prefer to look through these albums - there are more photos - which is what they love!!! I have prepared an area in my craft room specifically to work on these pages & that is what I will be sharing with you all today.
When you first walk into my room, you will see two large oversized desks in front of you. I purchased these from Target a few years back & they are AWESOME!!! On the left side I have everything set up for traditional scrapping, while on the right I have set up a Project Life station of sorts.
Here is a close up of the right side. I spent time really digging through my stash to collect products I thought I might use while working on my Project Life albums.
In the middle of my desk you can see the method I'm using to plan out my pages. It's nothing fancy, just a spiral bound notebook of graph paper. First I list out the days in that week. Then I go through my photos and list events for each day. If I have pictures I want to use, I list them & the size next to the event. Finally I sketch out the page protectors I want to use, and fill in where the photos, journaling cards, and filler cards will go.
On the left side of my desk, I have these two wooden divided boxes I found at TJ Maxx. They are perfect to house 3 x 4 cards and other small embellishments.
The next set of organizers hold my stamps & washi tape. I found both of these at Target. I rarely use stamps because I have always had them in drawers. I'm hoping with them at close reach, I will incorporate more into my pages.
Next up is just a collection of various stickers, tags, and alphas.
I found this cute fabric covered box at Target the other day & it fits 4 x 6 cards perfectly!! Next to it, I have a small basket filled with various stickers.
The final two items on my desk are a 12 x 12 paper holder with file folders and an album. The paper holder is American Crafts. I use these for all my patterned papers too :) There are file folders for each month. I stapled each folder along the bottom and side to create a pocket of sorts. I'm planning on dropping any tickets, drawings form the kiddos, notes, or other "real" momentos from each week in here. Then I can use these items in my pages :) The album is full of all my empty page protectors. My favorites are Becky Higgins and I have a large variety in there organized alphabetically by design style.
Thanks so much for letting me share my Project Life organization "station" - hopefully you were able to grab an idea or two for your own space :)