NSD 10am Hour Challenge: Clean Up!

Goooooood Morning Scrappers! (and Good Afternoon & Evening to our international friends!) Happy National Scrapbook Day!

Most of us will be doing one of two things today: Shopping or Scrapping (or a little of both). That means we actually want to use our scrap stuff, or we have to make room for more!

But if you are anything like me, your work area looks something like this right now:

That’s the floor next to my scrap table…major nightmare, huh? I’ve been basically scrapping off the floor! Stuff needs to be PUT AWAY!

So, before we get started on all of that, let’s get organized so we can work efficiently! (And if you are an international reader who has already been celebrating all day, maybe it is time to dig out of the mess you’ve created so you can keep going!)

On this week’s Paperclipping Roundtable podcast I talked about a productivity technique called the Pomodoro (named after a tomato kitchen timer) that says you can get a lot done if you concentrate on one task for a half hour sprint. So, we’re going to do a half hour organizing sprint to get ready to do our scrapping today (and why not listen to the Roundtable on your computer while you do it?)

Then you’ll be ready to do stuff like these projects on my table I’m excited about:

Oh yeah, and you can win a prize while you tidy up!

Since we are talking about messes this hour, we’re giving away some Mudd Puddles texture mediums! These are texture grains embedded in clear glue that you apply and when the glue dries it leaves fabulous texture. I’ve used it to create this beach mini-book I have in progress:

I used the Malibu Beach color for the book I’m working on.

This prize package contains a selection of 7 different colors, including some that were discontinued when Creative Imaginations picked up the line from the original creator of the product. So enjoy them!

How to Enter:
All you have to do to be one of the lucky winners is leave a comment on this entry before Midnight U.S. eastern time on Sunday night, May 2nd Tuesday night May 4th (deadline extended due to Feedburner delivery issues) telling us your favorite organizational trick or product . Make sure you include your email address in the line reserved for it on the comment form (for your own protection, don’t put it in the text of the comment, where it will be visible to the public – just in the line labeled “email” in the form where only Scrapbook Update staff can see it). We will need it to notify you if you are a winner. Winners will be drawn by random drawing from all eligible entries. One entry per person.

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107 Responses to NSD 10am Hour Challenge: Clean Up!

  1. Deanna May 4, 2010 at 3:35 pm #

    I love the Cropper Hopper folders that are have the main pocket plus two half-height pockets, one on each side. That makes three areas in each folder. I keep all my scraps, organized by color, in a lineup of these folders. I use them for scrapping, plus when I want to make a card, I usually challenge myself to pick several pieces just from scraps. Works great!

  2. Shelley W. May 4, 2010 at 3:48 pm #

    My favorite organizational product are the disposable plastic containers from the $1 store. They are cheap, and I like that I can get clear ones so that I can see what’s in the container!

  3. Stacy May 4, 2010 at 4:05 pm #

    I love love love my scrap-paper bin…. files for each color family – I save SO MUCH paper this way. AND the scraps are not laying around.

  4. Pam May 4, 2010 at 6:17 pm #

    My favorite organizational tool is the Clip It Up. I organize my items by theme. This has saved me not only time but money because before I used the Clip It Up I would buy items to use for a layout then forget where I stored them & end up buying the same thing again.

  5. Kevin May 4, 2010 at 10:10 pm #

    My favorite organizational tool the is trash can! I’m forever saving scraps of stuff that should be thrown out.

  6. Kelly Sas May 4, 2010 at 11:06 pm #

    I hang all my scissors on a 2 foot long horizontal magnetic strip over my craft space. I have rotary cutters, small large and every size inbetween scissors that are now always within reach and can be easily seen.