okay.. so I am soooo in trouble... I guess I overdid it yesterday and now my incision from my surgery came open.. not bad.. but now I have to be a good girl and sit and relax once again (i guess cleaning my office and moving stuff around wasn't what he meant by taking it easy).. it's all good!
so.. I wanted to post a couple of fun things for the weekend. First off, Technique Tuesday is a great acrylic stamp company. Besides stamps they also offer alterable products for stamps like chipboard, fabric adhesive shapes etc. Well last month, Eileen from TT asked me to participate in a campaign they are doing to bring awareness to Autism. They have created some special products for autism awareness and will donate a portion of the proceeds of the sell of these products to Autism Awareness. You can find out more about it here. But she asked me specifically to do a layout featuring their product and my son Parker, (who also suffers from a high functioning form of autism called aspbergers.) So I wanted to share that layout with you! I think they will also be featuring it on their website next month.
Second, I have had several people ask me to post pictures of my "inspiration book". I got this idea from a good friend Courtney Walsh.. about 3 or so years ago. I was getting frustrated with the fact that I had magazines piling up (scrapbooking, home decor, clothing etc), but couldn't bring myself to throw them away, because I often times looked to them for inspiration. She showed me a way to keep the pages I wanted, so I could get rid of the growing pile before it took over my scrapbooking room.
so I purchased a couple of 3-ring binders, some insert dividers and cheap sheet protectors. I then took my books and divided them into five sections: Ad inspirations ( ads from magazines or even layouts that I liked the design or template); Layout inspiration (fun products used, concepts, techniques etc); Color combos (from ads, home decor, clothing, or layouts); Project ideas (I do a lot of project or home decor things for Making Memories, so I like to look through books like Pottery Barn etc to get ideas); Home Decor (ideas for my home, stuff that I can also incorporate into scrapbooks (patterns, textures etc).
So each month when I get new magazines, I go through and cut or pull out the layouts/ads/pages that inspire me for what ever reason and file them into my binder. I also make sure to write on the paper what it is I liked about it.. circle parts on it.. or star things, so when I go back later, I know what it was that I loved the first time. I do this with not only my scrapbook magazines, but my home decor books, etc. It really helps with the clutter and I often times take my inspiration book with me on trips as something to look through and gather new ideas from. I use it quite a bit when I sit down to start a new project. anyhow. it's not fancy, but it's something that works for me!
If you have an organizational tip, let's here it! I will post another one next week for organization projects you are working on, or that are in progress. Have a wonderful weekend, I will be watching lots of movies and my husband got me a facial for mothers day tomorrow morning.. that is taking it easy right? Happy Mothers Day!!! to everyone! You deserve to take some time for yourself!