Monday, July 26, 2010

My Idea Book

This summer has been one half chaotic and one half flying by the seat of my pants. We've had a lot of fun, but I have been in some serious need of catching up on my organizing. I wanted to do something fun, so I started with going through by magazine back issues. I admit, I am a bit of a magazine addict. I only subscribe to a few, but if one catches my fancy at the store I'll bring it home. I only keep a year's worth of back issues and then go through any of the issues that are older than that, tearing out what I like and putting the rest of the magazine in my garage sale pile. After I've gone through what I have set aside, I sort them according to theme: recipes, scrapbook and card ideas, craft ideas and holiday ideas. Recipes go in my "to try" pile in the kitchen. If the survive the vetting process (aka my family) they go into my recipe collection book. The general craft ideas and holiday ideas go into a hanging file, organized by theme so they are easy to find. Any paper crafting ideas go into my Idea Book.  I love this's a great source of inspiration for things from cards and scrapping to visiting teaching ideas. I have it organized by general themes: layouts, accents, cards, titles/journaling blocks, and patterns. As I add new ideas to the book, I make sure to pull out any that I have already used or that are outdated. I love this thing.

How do your organize your ideas??


Kathleen said...

that's a really incredible book, amber. i've told you before that you should seriously market your organizational skills! i have a manilla folder marked "ideas" that i sort through every so often. yup, nothing too fancy over here; although i'm sure my ideas would come to fruition more often if i had a cool binder like yours! way to go!

Jeni said...

I don't, but I hope to be like you!

We lucked out and got civilian flights. Non-stop Atlanta to Seoul. But before I knew that I was thinking I may come your way.

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

I do the same thing! It's one of my favorite books to look through.

Jenni said...

Hi Amber~

I must admit, I don't organize my ideas very well at all, BUT I love how you organized yours! :) And I know what you mean about feeling the need to organize things! My linen closet is a mess! :)

I hope you are doing well this summer! Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice comment about the kitchen floor! :)

Have a good night!


Jessica Jane said...

You are so amazing. Maybe someday I will break into your house and steal your book. It's my only hope of being as cool as you.

Walker said...

Would you please come over and help me get organized???? I love looking at your shelves all so organized and pretty - that would make me so happy. Good job!

fawndear said...

Loving this idea as well. I've piles and piles of magazines I don't want to chuck because of just one article or idea I find. Need to do something like this just to cut down on my clutter.
Thanks for sharing.