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Be an Organized Scrapbooker

Year after year, your skills as a scrapbooker improve. Perhaps your tastes in products and techniques change and maybe you ebb and flow in the approaches your enjoy.

One thing remains consistent, though, no matter how long you're a scrapbooker: there's always stuff to organize! Traditional and digital scrapbookers alike are faced with the challenge of managing the products that make this hobby fun.

That's why I've been hosting Stash Bash events for the past three years. You don't organize just once. It's an ongoing journey to control the clutter and develop systems that support your scrapbooking.

Stash Bash is a week-long organizing party that uses simple challenges and incentives to encourage you to use up, declutter, and organize your scrapbook supplies. Our next event is coming up July 14 and today officially begins the launch.

(Though registration isn't open yet, current members get a free ticket to the event.)

There's a free class I'm hosting right now (details at the end) along with some new blog posts and lots of email messages designed to inspire you to action! To officially kick off the Stash Bash launch, I've curated a selection of our best posts on scrapbooking organization.

How to Be an Organized Scrapbooker

12 Posts to Help You Get More Organized

1. You Can Never Be Totally Organized

2. How Does Your Creative Workspace Make You Feel?

3. 5 Essential Elements of a Creative Workspace that Works

4. Scrapbook Organization: Are You Doing it Wrong?

5. How to Store Die Cuts

6. Clutter and the True Price of Freebies

7. Upcycling a Crib Spring for Your Creative Workspace

8. Time-lapse Video of My Closet Transformation

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9. Are You Deleting Enough?

10. A Drawer System for Supply Organization

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11. Quiz for Scrapbookers: Is Your Stash Getting in the Way?

12. Downsizing the Supply Mountain

Free Organizing Class

Our Stash Bash scrapbook organizing event is coming up soon and to help you prepare I'm hosting a free 4-part class called The Simple Way to Get Organized.

This class will teach you the basics of getting organized and it's for every type of memory keeper! Each video is short and entertaining, because I know you don't have a lot of time.

Get the free scrapbook organizing class.

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Keeping Things Fresh with Selfies with Kristin Tweedale

As part of our Simple Tip Saturday series, we're inviting fresh voices into the mix. Today we’re hearing from Kristin Tweedale with her simple tip.

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What is one way you simplify scrapbooking?

I am a kidless person, so most of my scrapbooking is of myself and my everyday life. One way that I simplify scrapbooking is by scheduling a time each week to take a selfie and jot down a little bit of journaling about what's going on in my life right now. Each Thursday, I make it a priority to take a photo of myself and write down three facts. I post my photo to Instagram for a little bit of added accountability.

What problem does it solve for you?

Because I'm primarily documenting my own life, I need to take a fair amount of photos of myself to keep my scrapbooks looking fresh. The problem is that there is never really a great time to stop everything I'm doing and take pictures of myself and my life going on around me. Sure, I'm pretty good at remember to take pictures of all the special stuff, but I was sorely lacking in photos of myself in everyday life. I solved this problem by making selfies a priority, thinking I would be thrilled if I had one photo of myself each week. With this goal in mind, I decided to schedule time for myself every Thursday to take a selfie and write three facts about my right-now life.

Why do you think it works so well?

It works well for three reasons: 1). I made taking selfies a priority. I thought about a change I wanted to make, I made a goal, and then set up a system to help me achieve that goal. 2). Public Accountability.  After a few weeks of sharing my Thursday photos, a few people started to play along, and knowing that there are other people there who are excited to see you check in with your photo and life update make it that much easier to do. 3.) It's just not that difficult. It's one photo and three facts each week. It takes five minutes out of my life, and the work pays off in dividends. I've been doing this project for more than a year now, and I've accumulated enough photos and facts about my everyday life that documenting who I am has become just that much easier.

How can others get started with it?

If you want to get started, the first step is to snap a photo of yourself and write down three things about your right-now life each week. For a little bit of public accountability and a great community of supportive and inspiring women, share your photo and your 3 right-now facts on Instagram, facebook, or other social media sites using the hashtag #Thursday3. If you're playing along on Instagram, tag me @rukristin -- I'd love to see your face <3.

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June Story Starter Challenge

For the past four years I've been releasing new storytelling prompts to members every month. This year, we're celebrating each month's theme with a Story Starter™ Challenge. You're invited to create a layout and submit it for a chance to win a 3-month Simple Scrapper membership pass.

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How to Participate + Win

Step 1 (optional) - Download this free story discover tool to brainstorm story ideas and make a plan for your layout.

Step 2 - Create a new layout, pocket page spread, or mini album related to this month's theme: Just the Ticket

Step 3 - Submit a photo of your completed work in the comments below by 11:59pm on the 30th of this month.

This post will be updated on the 1st of next month announcing the winner of a 3-month Simple Scrapper membership pass. The winner will also be contacted directly with instructions on starting her membership.

Three Ideas from the Creative Team

Each of these layouts from our creative team uses a sketch or layered template from the membership along with one of this month's twelve new Story Starters.

You can get instant access to a library of more than 400 Story Starter™ prompts when you become a member at Simple Scrapper.

This layout from Kelly Sroka tells the story of their surprise trip to Great Wolf Lodge for her older son's 16th birthday.

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This layout from Christy Strickler tells the story of making their one day trip to Walt Disney World count despite the rainy weather!

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This layout from Jennifer Larson tells the story of the Star Wars movies in her life and her family's life right now. 

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Now it's your turn! Upload your layout by 6/30/15.

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How to Have a Creative Summer

What if staying on track this summer was easy and fun?

Summer is here and you're ready to feel the grass between your toes and the breeze on your face. You're ready to soak up every ounce of sunshine and to finally get a break. You're ready to feel like a kid again.

You are ready.

But summer also comes with shake-ups in schedules and even more demands on your time. The call of big adventures, long weekends, and warm nights pulls you away from your comfort zone of routine.

Creativity can easily get pushed aside, even though it's important and enjoyable to you. Somehow it's harder to sit down and just focus.

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There are three approaches I use year-after-year to relax and stay creative all summer long.

1. Slow it down. You don't have to do all.the.projects this summer. Focus on capturing your adventures, but work on projects that feel easy and fun. Unless you're a teacher and summer is your time, it's probably not the season to begin a huge endeavor or set ultra-ambitious goals.

2. Consume mindfully. With more time away from your favorite creative workspace - whether that's a craft room or a computer - your bonus activities may need pruning as well. Think about the resources that fill you up consistently and turn to those when you need a lift instead of less-purposeful scrolling and clicking.

3. Set intentions. Once you identify a small number of must-do creative activities, write them down. Being super clear about what you want to achieve and placing those words in front of you makes it a million times more likely for you to follow through. Setting intentions doesn't require anything fancy.

Breathe in and take a moment to imagine. What if you could...

  • have a simple, doable plan for summer memory keeping,
  • not worry about current projects being forgotten,
  • get more of your summer memories documented, and
  • be more prepared to accomplish your goals in the fall?

To help you set intentions with ease, you're invited to download the free Find Your Summer Focus tool. This simple-but-powerful exercise will help you slow down and hone in on what matters most to you.

Get the free summer funsheet now.

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Track Scrap-worthy Memories with Instagram with Jessy Christopher

As part of our Simple Tip Saturday series, we're inviting fresh voices into the mix. Today we’re hearing from Jessy Christopher with her simple tip.

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What is one way you simplify scrapbooking?

I use Instagram to keep track of scrap worthy memories. Instagram is such a great way to share & store your memories. It's very easy to go around with it, too! It has a lot of cool features and the built-in photo editing is amazing. Uploading a few pictures in a week or daily certainly help me to catch up with my memory keeping. I use a custom hashtag (i.e. my daughter's name) each time I post in my feed so that I can have a fast reference. Instagram really helps a stay-at-home-mum like me!

What problem does it solve for you?

It saves me time on remembering the details or notes. It also encourages me to print the photos and create layouts & project life spreads.

Why do you think it works so well?

Simply because I can refer to the details on Instagram anytime on my iPhone. Keeping my layouts and project life spreads clean and simple also helps so that I don't have to spend too much time on each layout or spread.

How can others get started with it?

Consistency is key. If you are using an app like Instagram, be sure that you store your photos and memories on a daily basis or at whenever interval that you can. Also, find a time that works for you consistently so that you can sit down & create on a regular basis. Don't fall into overthinking as there is no right or wrong way to memory keep.

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