My Big Shot broke again, and my wonderful dhDH (dear husband Doug Houck) fixed it for the fourth time. He gave me permission to buy a new one if it happens again. Meanwhile, I decided it was time to re-organize some of my 12x12 and 6x6 collections. After all, there is no way one can live without a Big Shot, right? I had to find something creative to do...
Organizational tip: (6x6 papers sorted by color)
I took my really thin 12x12 collections (some actually had no 12x12, some had maybe two sheets) and cut them down to 6x6. I also took some of my really thin 6x6 pads and threw away the front and back covers of the pads and re-organized all of these papers by color with the cut down 12x12. I also sorted 6x6 papers from retired card kits in there too. Many of my 6x6 were double-sided; I had to decide which side I liked best and filed it that way. In a couple of cases where I loved both sides, I filed each piece under two different colors. Make sense?
I created dividers with colored card stock cut to 6x7; red, pink, green, yellow, blue, orange, black, grey, kraft, and beige. I made a decision to put all aqua papers in the blue section.
I also chose to make a few other categories: text, gingham, multi-colored stripes/dots/chevrons, music, scenic (e.g. hot air balloons, clouds, bikes, maps), colorful florals, and school/office (e.g. grid/graph papers, typewriters, numbers).
This was a lot of work, but I wasn't really using those paper scraps and old collections anyway. I am anxious to see if it was worth the hours I spent organizing.
I have thought of doing this for about 5 years now, and I fought it because I enjoy working within a collection since the patterns are already color-coordinated.
I wanted to play along with Leslie's sketch, and I gotta say I threw this pie card together in less than 30 minutes. My pie and cutting board die cuts and sentiment came from the November Simon Says Stamp card kit. I knew I wanted red gingham paper, so I went right to my newly organized 6x6 to the gingham section. Score! The new system is working already…of course I had a great sketch as motivation. I added some MME burlap ribbon and frayed both ends a bit. Done.
Every year right before Thanksgiving our realtor gives us a gift certificate for a pie at a local pie shop. This card is for her. Perfect, right?
I came across some ancient 12x12 in autumnal colors, so I decided to make some "Happy Thanksgiving" teacher treats with peppermint patties.
Here is the front and the back:
I am probably the only parent that does little treats throughout the school year, but I am sure other parents help in other ways. This is what I choose to do. I like to let them know they are appreciated and I love using my stash.