Just One Tip: Pocket Page aka Project Life Organization

Hello! It’s Cicily with my special Just One Tip for you. Last year I started using pocket pages and I’m loving this style of scrapbooking . I’m still doing some traditional scrapbook pages, but with 3 little ones I want to stay some-what caught up. I’m not doing Project Life so much, more my own take on the pocket pages. However I use various pocket page styles and now my collection is growing. I don’t want to sort through them all to see what I have as I create each page.

The solution? Organize them in a 3 ring binder. I’ll happily admit this was not my idea, my mom’s collection is substantially bigger then mine (yes I just called you out! LOL). It was her idea, so thanks for saving my sanity, Mom!

You will need an empty Binder,  white 12×12 cardstock, a Marker, pen & Pencil, & your pocket pages.

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I started by creating 3″ grids on my paper, which creates twelve 3″x3″ boxes. I used the sharpie to do this so the boxes stand out.

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Now looking at my actual pocket page layouts I created a different layout/style one in each of the boxes. I used the pen and also marked the pocket sizes for easy reference. (and yes I made a couple of mistakes!)

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The next step is taking out all the pocket pages from each of their separate packages and putting them in the binder in the same order as they are on the reference page. I added a post-it so I could easily find the different pages. I labeled each square a different letter and those correspond to the divider post-it tabs.

The last step is to count each different layout and note it on the reference sheet. Do this in pencil so you can easily change it as you use or buy your pages. Because the reference sheet is in a plastic page, I didn’t want to have to remove it each time to update the quantities. I added small squares on the outside of the sheet over each 3″x3″ for the quantities.

Now I no longer have to look through each of my packages to determine what I have and I can also easily see what I’m running out of.

I’d love to hear how you have organized your pocket pages.

Cicily

Storage Solution Roundup: Embossing Folders

Hello CSI fans! It’s Cicily with a Storage Solution Roundup for you today. I’m not sure how many of you are like me, but I am a hoarder collector of things, especially everything scrapbooking.  Sometimes knowing that is a good thing and it keeps me from starting a collection. Case in point, I held off on buying and using washi tape. For whatever reason I finally caved, probably cause it’s just so darn cute, and within a short amount of time I had an obscene number of washi rolls! See my collection and storage solution here.

It was somewhat the same with Embossing folders. I’ve yet to figure a storage solution so I’m doing today’s roundup not only for you our loyal followers but also for me to get some ideas.

The first idea is from Karli of Crafting with Class.  She used a recipe box for those smaller embossing folders.

Here’s a really cute double box with a SVG file and tutorial from Bits of Paper.

How about a Clip it Up Wall Mount above your embossing machine and hanging your folders! Great idea from Natasha of Moments of Tranquility.

Or a binder with top loading recipe card holders? This was Jane’s idea from MilliesMarvels. She said the cuttlebug fit perfectly, but the sizzix are a tight squeeze.

Here’s a ready-made solution from Consumer Crafts. It holds 40 embossing folders!

Now I have too many choices to choose from! I’d love to hear or see how you organize your folders. Leave a comment and let me know.

Cicily

Craft Space: Darcy Miller

When I imagine my dream craft space, it definitely looks something like this. I’ve been a huge fan of Darcy Miller for a long time.  She currently serves as the Editorial Director at Martha Stewart Weddings but she’s also an illustrator &  crafter. Her amazing scrapboxes have been featured in Martha Stewart Living magazine.  It’s no surprise her craft space is amazingly organized and well designed.

I love the repetition of the black binders mixed with the collection of wedding cake toppers and artwork. Craft spaces are great places to show off a personal collection, including your own creations. The display of pens is functional and beautiful:

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This is how she stores party-related ephemera and materials. Grouping items by theme or season is a great way to streamline the process of crafting:

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I love the interior of this drawer with all that gorgeous color on display:

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The closet holds collections of inspiring items, like tear sheets from magazines and ephemera for future projects:

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Here is the photo storage area. The custom ‘wallpaper’ is simply enlarged black and white photos printed on matte paper and collaged on the wall. Brilliant and simple:

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The corkboard walls are home to more enlarged photos and a collection of ephemera:

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There are so many innovative ideas in this craft space that could be easily adapted to any space. I hope they’ve inspired you, too! To view more photos of Darcy’s blog, you can view them here on the Martha Stewart website.

Valerie