Monday, July 27, 2009
My local scrapbook store recently had their first ever garage sale. I have wanted to go to one of these for a long time. I have heard good things about them. Basically, customers can pay to rent space, and price their own items, bring them in, and let the store sell them for you. I didn't put anything together to sell, but I did end up spending a lot on stuff for myself. In fact, this was around Mother's Day, and so that was my gift, a crap load of scrap stuff for CHEAP! It was a lot of fun. Mostly because scrappers tend to be hoarders, so a lot of the stuff was new. I picked up a book called The Organized and Inspired Scrapbooker. It came with a quiz and was never used. I read through it, and have several times since. It talks about how to organize your supplies to meet your creative process and style. This is great because I like to be organized, but I don't always know how to do it.
I have a lot of ideas from the book. It also has some suggested projects to help get you organized. One of which was a fun project for tackling those out of control art projects the kids bring home from school. I took a suggestion from a friend and made portfolios for the kids from poster board. All year I was shoving paintings, pictures, and crafts in these portfolios. It worked pretty well. But now what? So I used the idea for a mini art album from the book. I sorted through the stacks of art. Then I took pictures and tweaked the photos in photoshop. Then I just had them printed cheap at Walgreens. Then I made covers for both kids, and laminated everything. Punched some holes for rings, and tada, mini art books. The best part? I then threw out all the art work!! Now I don't have those papers collecting dust in a corner. And I am ready for the next school year to start again. The kids enjoyed flipping through their books and talking about projects they didn't remember doing. Now I have a way of seeing how their work progresses over time too. SUCH a great idea and great space saver. It only took a weekend.
The pictures didn't turn out super clear, next time I might scan some of the work and also, some of the work didn't survive the year anyway, so not every project is represented.
I also love the look of the laminated cards, they will surely last a little longer this way.
Posted by becca at 7/27/2009 02:06:00 PM