Saturday, January 11, 2014

Organization: The Scrap Haven

It all started with a couple Expedit Shelves and a bunch of JetMax cubes gifted to me by a good friend.  I have been organizing in my Scrap Haven for a couple of days and can almost see my table top!  ALMOST!  

I have been scrapbooking since October 2002 (about a month after we moved from Canada to Georgia). Since then, I have accumulated a lot of paper, embellishments and albums.  Some of these items are still in their plastic wrap waiting for me to use them!  
Now, you know that one of my goals from THIS post is to USE MY STASH.
Well, it all starts with knowing what you HAVE!  

So, I started with my scrapbook paper....
Some paper is loose, some is in a plastic container, some is in a little poly folder and some came in a "stack". 
I am forever pulling out the stacks to see what they have in them.  I had an "AH-HA" moment while looking through all the stacks that I had and I wanted to share it with you. Who knows, you may have a few stacks on your stash and might want to use this idea for yourself!  

Take a sharpie marker and write on the binding of the stack:
1) Manufacturer of the Paper
2) Theme of the Paper/Name of the Paper Stack
3) Floral, Girly, Boyish, Specific Season

Recollections: Modern Bouquet  (Floral)  
Like this:

You just did an "OH!  I never thought of that before! Ah-ha!"  See?  Ah-Ha Moment!  I did it to the first stack, then the second and kept going until each stack was labelled.  
Now, instead of grabbing each of the stacks that I have and flipping through them and wasting my scrappy time - I can eyeball them, see what each one is and keep looking for the "right" paper for the layout I am working on.  

Genius, eh?  Who'd a thunk it?  
I am going back to finishing up clearing off my scrap table.  I figure the sooner I get it cleared off, the sooner I can get to work on cutting out the titles for the two doors I am doing for the Pre-K and Kindergarten classes!  I have a LOT to cut on the cricut! Sometimes, I wish I had 2 cricuts!!!!

Wish me luck!  
Oh and for those of you wanting to see the progress so far on the Scrap Haven, here is a little sneak peek:

The birch bookshelf beside the Expedit shelf is the bookshelf/desk combo from THIS post.  Ben put it together for me and I have already filled it!  It fits perfectly in the room and holds all of my idea books, power sort boxes with all the photos I still need to scrapbook and some other projects that I am working on.  It looks great so far!  Now, to just finish the table and I can get to work on school stuff!!!!

Until Next Time,

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Organization = A Little Bit of Happiness

I have been "AT WORK" here in the house organizing as much as I can before I head back to work.  I started by getting Ben to move the futon from the front foyer.  We moved it up to the old scrap loft - now we call it "The Loft" - and it is there for when visitors come.  It sits in the kid's play/library area.  

Dawn and I took a trip to "the mother ship" called IKEA! I bought an Expedit Shelf, a bookshelf/desk combo that was on clearance and a new dresser for our bedroom. 

The Expedit Shelf was for my front foyer to store some items that do not need to be stored in my Scrap Haven.  I have been working away in my Scrap Haven to start on the goals written in this post.

(Not the best picture, but it works)

I have since populated the shelf with a few of the 31 Cubes and the FINISHED scrapbooks that I had sitting on my shelves in the scrap haven.  Not all of the finished books are on the shelf, but a few to start with.  The albums that are "in process" are still in the Scrap Haven.

The bookshelf/desk combo was split into two rooms. The bookshelf is now in my Scrap Haven (it is the same birch colour as my Expedit Shelves in there). The desk went to Nathan's room for him to do his homework at.  I think it will be a good spot for it.  I originally wanted to sell that part of the combo, but when I went into Nathan's room and saw that his loft bed desk was covered with Lego, I thought the desk would work in there for him to use. 

The new dresser is a replacement for our old dresser that we have had from before we got married.  My pajama drawer broke a couple years ago and when it finally wouldn't open and close anymore, I just set it on top of the dresser.  So, it was an eye-sore.  See?
(again, not the greatest picture, but it works)
Now, my dear hubby Ben took all afternoon on Sunday to put this beautiful dresser together for me and it looks FABULOUS!!!!

What a difference it makes, eh?  I am one happy chick!

So, now, I am in the Scrap Loft trying to get it organized to start working on projects.
 The bookshelf from the combo that I bought is beside the Expedit Shelf and I have put all my idea books/scrapbook sketch books and power sort boxes with all my photos on it.  

I am working to clean off the top of the scrap table and I am getting close!  
Woot!  Woot!
There you have it!  The Organization of 2014 to get READY for 2014.  
Makes this chick a happy chick!
Take care of business now, so that I can PLAY later.
Now, back to the Scrap Haven to get finished with the scrap table so that I can work on a couple of projects before school starts!

Until Next Time,

Saturday, January 4, 2014

A New Year...A Bunch of New Challenges....

Well, technically, they aren't really "NEW" challenges, but to me they are because this is the first year that I have actually attempted the challenge while WORKING!  
I haven't set any resolutions this year and I don't think I am going to.  Shocking, isn't it?  
What's a new year without resolutions?  
Well, it is a year for ~Cyn~

I am going to focus on ME this year.
It sounds kind of selfish, and you know what?  It's O.K.
You know that saying "It Mama ain't happy, then nobody's happy"?
Well, that is the case here at our house.  

I want to improve ME - body, mind & soul AND my relationships with my family and friends.
By working on this, it will also improve contentment & happiness in my day-to-day life which makes for a good family life at home.  It makes sense, right?
These challenges for 2014 also means that some things have "got to go" to be able to achieve them.  (more on that later)

I am preparing/organizing to help me with the 6 items listed above.

I am working on a few posts to assist others that may have the same goals that I do this year.  Should be fun!
Wish me luck!

Until Next Time,

Monday, December 23, 2013

Lisa's Door for the 4's

Our REINDEER STABLE with the kid's handprints as antlers and a pom pom for their noses.
All 8 of our kids got to take them home at the end of school in December to share with their parents. 
I had fun doing them too!
Until Next Time,

Friday, November 8, 2013

Meet WANDA!!!!

My new 2010 Honda CRV!
YES, I name my vehicles!!!!  
I also named my Cricut Expression too!  But that is a different Blog post!  HA!!!

I went through CarMax in Stockbridge, GA and the experience was wonderful.
Gary Moeller was my salesperson and he was able to bring in, from other stores, the two vehicles that I wanted to test-drive and choose from.  

I test-drove: 
2011 Nissan Rogue
2012 Honda CRV
2010 Toyota Rav4
2010 Honda CRV.

I went with the 2010 Honda CRV and she is AWESOME!

Gary was very patient with me and my requests too!  I know it is his job, but he didn't roll his eyes when I asked to test drive the Honda CRV again before I made my decision.  Even though I had driven it once before, he opened the car door for me and away we went!  

I wasn't pressured at any point to make my decision, I wasn't hassled by emails or phone calls.  He just waited for me to figure out what I wanted in a new-to-me vehicle and make the decision.  

I was able to give them the majority of the information before I decided on the vehicle.  
We were in and out for the signing in under a half hour!  Now THAT is what I call service!

I would highly recommend CarMax to anyone who needs a vehicle.  

Wanda and I have already been on a little road trip down to Perry for a little scrapbooking trip and the ride was smooth and kinda fun!  I am a happy camper!  

No buyers remorse from this chick!!!!

Until Next Time,



Friday, November 1, 2013

It Only Took 3 Years!

We are coming up on our 3-year anniversary in this rental and last weekend, after the yard sale, Ben and I took to the garage for a little "clean-up".

I had put the old grill out on the front lawn with a FREE sign on it and it wasn't out there for an hour when someone picked it up and carted it off.
I had already loaded up the leftovers and took them to Goodwill.
I had placed the bags of clothes in the back of my car to take to the MPCA Clothing Trailer.

I started by moving our riding lawnmower to the cut-out area near our fridge.  That left a huge space in the middle of the garage and I started to see "potential".....potential to actually park in our garage for the first time, potential for better storage options for our stuff.  

So, I started to work on the boxes that were in the middle of the garage.  I wish I had taken a before picture!!!  It was a full garage and a messy garage.  I often thought we would never get to this point.  

Ben came out after his shower and helped me start moving the boxes and other stuff around. I found several Rubbermaid bins that were half full or empty and put them in the driveway to get them out of there.

I went through a few Rubbermaid bins and threw out old college textbooks that I wouldn't need. 

You know the ones I am talking about....I betcha you are holding onto yours in your garage/basement/attic/crawl space.  The electives that you took or the core classes that you don't use much in your day to day life: sociology, student wellness, student study techniques, psychology.  Yep, I kept them from back in 1994-1997 (now I am showing my age) when I was in college in Canada.  They have made the move from my parents house in Ontario, to our first home in Ontario, to our second home in Warner Robins, GA and now to our home here.  Why?  They just took up storage space and were heavy as heck to tote from place to place!  Why?  WHY?!?!?!

I digress.....

Here is what we have come up with so far and I have to admit that there are still a lot of boxes that we need to go through and figure out what to do with the stuff: 

  • sell it
  • donate it 
  • "file 13" it

But at least we can park in there now!!!!
Before we pulled the cars in....

 My car in the garage......
Both cars in the garage and my handsome hubby who helped!

Not bad eh?  

I think it looks pretty good, if I do say so myself!  

Until Next Time,


Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween 2013!!!!

Our Ballerina and Our Duck Hunter

Until Next Time,