Last month I wrote about my “Quest for Quality” in my life. A lot of focus has been on my children, being a stay at home Mum who has mainly worked either school hour jobs, or worked from home. Recently we did a major overhaul of my daughter’s bedroom. Gone are all the young girl trimmings, the horrendous purple feature paint job I did above the picture rail. Now she has a beautiful teenage girl’s room, newly painted white walls, new charcoal grey carpet, a new wardrobe to replace the old wonky one that came with the house when we bought it, and new bed linen. She even has a reading chair and new desk to replace the one we got second hand from a neighbour. So she is in heaven. My son repainted his room last year and did a fabulous job and his room looks brand new with a lovely grey shade on the walls and a stand up desk as he hates sitting for long periods of time.
Now, the focus is on my room – it’s time to get my stuff together and organised. It’s become a huge mess with all my crafting supplies, and photo albums that are in need of completing and filling. Yes – I’m talking about traditional albums that need to be finished! They have been neglected for quite some time, and I have quite a few that need attention. Since digital came out I became more focussed on current projects – which is fabulous, as I love working on the most recent memories – but it’s time to get back to those older albums. I need that sense of achievement and satisfaction of finishing these albums off. I don’t want them “looking at me” any more with the guilt I feel about the gaps within their covers.
First though – I needed to organise and declutter. You know how that goes – a box for recycle, a box for keep, and a box for donate, and then the box for rubbish. That system works so well. It can be hard to start when it seems so insurmountable, so hard to commit to doing it when so many other things seem more important. But once I commit to something, schedule the time and get into the swing of it, I find I can be efficient and quite ruthless. I had quite a lot of old Creative Memories products that I had kept from way back when I was a consultant – most of those went into a donate pile. You know the type of things that you keep for a “special” page because it’s just so precious, but you never end up using it. Half opened kits that I kept the rest of because I couldn’t bear to throw good things out that I knew I’d never use. I’ve even got rid of most of my shape makers that were so precious to me! All of these things I gave away. I know the person I gave them to will make good use of them, and what she doesn’t want she is giving to a person who loves to scrapbook, but can’t afford to buy quality products. That makes me feel so good, and it was such a weight lifted as I no longer felt like those items were “owning me” any more, it’s a wonderful feeling to let go. I did keep a few special items, knowing that I would definitely use them – and if not, I would donate those too at the end of my process.
The recycle pile was huge! I filled the recycling bin with old Scrapbooking Magazines (so many it is embarrassing to think how much I had spent on them), handouts and a lot of my notes and worksheets that I had created and supplied to my customers for years. I have another box full to put in the recycle bin when it gets emptied – there was just that much stuff! I was guilty of keeping all the cardboard that the 12×12 paper packs came with – time for those to go!!!
The rubbish pile is a bit of a challenge though. In that pile is a heap of photos. Two whole large photo organising boxes worth!!! Over the years I was an unofficial photographer for school events. A friend used to process the photos at her lab and do multiple copies of everything! I would then be able to give out printed photos to friends, classmates, relatives, teachers and so on. Problem was, not all of them were needed to be distributed, and I never threw any of them out! Now it’s time to shred them!
While I was sorting through all the photos I did find some that need to be scrapped to fill the holes in those traditional albums. I have 4 crop boxes (now labelled), Family, Christmas, Daniel & Lauren – and while I was sorting I had them opened and could easily throw in the treasures I found to be sorted and scrapped later. I also have a crop box just for photo enlargements – so I can do those special pages. Eventually these crop boxes will disappear as I scrap what’s in them, and then I’ll just keep one and use it as needed. The two big photo organising boxes are now home to all of my negatives. I’ve just removed all the little sorting boxes from inside them and put all my film negatives in.
My 5×5 Expedit is now looking pretty good with my craft supplies and photo albums in better order. My bookshelf that I had stuffed so many things into anywhere they would fit, now looks organised, I no longer cringe when I walk past it. Now I have my supplies in order, labelled and easy to get at, I don’t find the task of getting those albums finished so overwhelming. I’m looking forward to playing with some paper, getting 12×12 page prints printed, and finishing off those all important gaps in our memories. I am ready to delve into Historian and finish off my planning with the Albums that I have created in Historian, so that I can just grab a few photos at a time, work on those pages and then put them into the albums. A much more achievable task now that I’ve cleaned up my act! The added bonus – my room smells a whole heap better – so much dust is gone, everything is clean, and I’m ready to schedule in some scrapping “me” time!
Designer Digitals: Photo Clusters No. 16, Watchet Scrapbook Kit (includes Alpha Set), Watchet 3×4 Journal Cards (chevron arrows cut from a card).
Font: Caviar Dreams