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Organizing Digital Photo’s with Blurb Books March 28, 2012

I have tons and tons of digital photos.  A few years ago, my computer (and hard drive) crashed.  I lost all my digital photos (including all my digital wedding photos).  I was heartbroken and tried everything to retrieve them.  I still have that corrupted hard drive in my filing cabinet hoping some day I will be able to retrieve my collection.

 

After the loss of my digital photos, I purchased an external hard-drive.  Now, I backup my pictures onto my external drive very often.  I even have it on my daily to-do list so I don’t get out of the habit (which is so easy to do).  Also, I backup all my photos onto CD’s (or should I call them DVD’s now?) at the end of each year.  I save each photo with the date and a description (i.e. 09-27-2011 Sophie’s 4th Birthday).  I found it’s important to use the “0” at the beginning of the date, so the pictures are in chronological order.

 

Now that I have a system to back up my photos, I wanted to do something with them.  I’ve always had hopes and dreams of filling in all the blank scrapbooks I have laying around, but I never got around to it!  This is where Pinterst comes in.  I came across a pin that introduced me to blurb books.  I fell in love with this blurb book idea immediatly.  Basically, I will tell the story of my family each year with a new blurb book.  I’m starting with 2012 and if I can keep on it, I might even back track and do 2011.  At the end of the year, I will have a finished book with all my favorite photo’s from the year.  With a blurb book you can add photos, text, etc.  You can pick out the size of your book, the cover, font, text size, colors, etc.  I’m sure there are other options out there, but the blurb books seemed to be high quality and I stopped searching once I found this website.

 

Pinterest Pinhttp://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878124356/

Link to Idea from Pinterest:  http://jengrantmorris.blogspot.com/2012/01/organising-photographs.html – you have to check out Jen’s amazing post on photo organizing.

 

 

 

Cutsy Clip Board March 18, 2012

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After taking inventory of my freezer and fridge, I soon realized that a clipboard would be handy!  I pinned a cutsy clipboard which was covered with scrapbook paper and coated with mod podge!  This craft looked quick and easy, so why not?  Now, taking inventory of my freezer is much more glamorous!  😉

 

Project Steps:

1.)  First, I got a cheap clipboard at Walmart.

2.)  I picked out two pieces of scrapbook paper from my collection.

3.)  I traced the scrapbook paper to fit each side of my clipboard.  I had to trim the paper to fit just right.

4.)  I covered the back side of the clipboard with a thin layer of mod podge.

5.)  I carefully placed the scrapbook paper over the mod podge.  I used a food scrapper to smooth out the paper and remove air bubbles.

6.)  I let the back side dry for an hour and repeated step #4 and #5 for the front side.

7.)  I propped up the clipboard and let it dry overnight!

8.)  In the morning, I cut a small ribbon and wrapped it around the clasp of the clipboard!

 

Pinterest Pin http://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878075251/

Direct Link to Project:  http://createstudio.blogspot.com/2011/04/quick-clipboard-facelift.html

Substitutions:  I didn’t have any regular mod podge, but I did have some fabric mod podge, so I used that.  My clipboard turned out a bit sticker than I’d like, but it was probably the fabric mod podge!?!  I do have another clipboard to do, so I will purchase some regular mod podge (with my 40% of coupon) and see if it’s less sticky!

 

 

Getting Organized … Freezer / Fridge Inventory Printable March 12, 2012

The first printable that caught my attention on the simply101.com website was the was a “Freezer Inventory” worksheet.  Realizing that I have no idea what is in my freezer (or fridge), I thought taking inventory of my fridge and freezer could be my first step.  I used the worksheet on simply101.com for my inspiration, but created my own version in excel.  Here is a link to my printable:  Freezer & Fridge Inventory.

 

My printable includes six categories of food including (1) Main Dishes, (2) Meat and Seafood, (3) Veggies / Side Dishes, (4) Breakfast Items, (5) Desserts and Snacks, and (6) Misc Items.  Every two weeks (before I make my meal plan), I will take a quick Freezer & Fridge Inventory using my printable.  I will document the food item, location (I have two freezers), whether I need more, and what meal I could make out of that food item.  If I need more, I will add that item to my grocery list (see a post coming soon).  If I can use up that item in a meal, I will make sure to plan that meal for my next meal cycle.  This is how I will keep my food from sitting in my freezer for weeks, months, or (oh my) years!

 

While taking inventory of my freezer and fridge, I realized that I needed a clip board.  I remembered that I pinned a crafty clipboard that I will make (post coming soon).

 

Upcoming posts related to this article:  (1) Cutsy Clip Board, (2) 2 Week Meal Planning, (3) Grocery Shopping’s A Breeze

 

Pinterest Pin:  http://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878045918/

 

Getting Organized … First of Many Posts! March 11, 2012

I have seen so many pins on Pinterest linking me to organizing worksheets/printables.  These worksheets have inspired me to get organized!!!  People who know me are probably thinking that I’m organized enough, but I just can’t get enough.  I have to admit that I LOVE ORGANIZING!  I know .. I’m such a dork.

 

As a stay at home mom, I struggle balancing quality time with my kids and all the errands, cleaning, cooking, etc.  I predict that if I can get my life organized a bit more, I will feel less stressed out and have more time for my kids and hobbies!  I have spent many many hours over the last month getting organized.  Some things I’ve organized include meals, grocery shopping, declutter zones, deep cleaning, routine cleaning, vacation packlists, birthday checklists, etc.  I will add to this list as I organize my life.  I will post my organizing breakthroughs as they occur along with the worksheets I created to get it done!

 

The first organizing pin that caught my attention, linked me to “10 great organizing printables.”  From here, I got many ideas to get me started on my organizing journey.  I really love the simplify101.com website.  The site has tons of great organizing tips and printables.  Many of which I have already started implementing!