A little while ago, the lovely Jennifer, a fellow DT member at S J Crafts, asked if I would like to join in with her Organisation Celebration Blog Hop.
"Some of you may have seen my ‘word for the year’ – ORGANISE, which I blogged about in January here. As it will soon be half way through the year, I thought I’d spend some time telling you about the things that are working for me so far. So on Friday 29th June – Sunday 1st July I’ll be having an ‘Organisation Celebration’ here at Jennifer's Jumbles. There will be posts every hour from 4pm-10pm Friday, and 10am-10pm Saturday and Sunday (BST), including a blog hop, tips, tutorials, challenges, crafts, and lots of GIVEAWAYS!"
It sounded like fun so of course I signed up, after all I am a very organised kind of person. And it was ages away...
Of course, time cracked on and suddenly it was this week and I thought, what on earth can I say?! I was about to start packing for a crop and I was getting sidetracked by someone on Facebook asking what they should take when they went on their retreat. Kapow! So my own post in the hop is all about how I personally prepare to scrap away from home. Each person in the hop is sharing something different and each lovely blog has a letter for you to collect (mine is near the end of the post).
I am honoured to be sharing a hop with some of these uber talented ladies and you are sure to find a new blog to follow if you don't already have them in your list. Once you've got all the letters (12 on the different blogs and 2 on Jennifer's own blog), you can email Jennifer the phrase you've collected. All entries must be received by Monday the 2nd of July at 11.59pm BST, and all the correct answers will be put into a draw to win a gorgeous prize package of October Afternoon 9 to 5 and Studio Calico Take Note items, worth over £25! How utterly fabulous is that?! Thanks Jennifer!
Your next stop along the hop is actually back to the start with Jennifer
Here's a list of all the blogs in the hop, in the correct order, in case you get lost.
- Jennifer - http://jennifersjumbles.blogspot.co.uk/
- Clair - http://obstinatepursuit.blogspot.co.uk/
- Leanne http://littlelifeofscrap.blogspot.co.uk/
- Louise http://scrapbook-me.blogspot.co.uk/
- Rinda http://gallorganico.blogspot.co.uk/
- Kirsty http://www.journalofcuriousthings.co.uk/
- Jo S. http://curlyscrapbooker.blogspot.co.uk/
- Daphne http://dapfniedesign.wordpress.com/
- Meghann http://meghannslittlecorner.blogspot.co.uk/
- Jo B. http://buckinghamspalace.blogspot.co.uk/
- Abi http://creatingpaperdreams.blogspot.co.uk/
- Lea http://finallyscrappin.blogspot.co.uk/
- Lisa-Jane http://comeinsidemycrazyhead.blogspot.co.uk/ THAT'S ME!
So, how do I organise myself for scrapping away from home? Firstly, I live out of my tote bag at home. I keep all my essentials in there and it means I can just zip it up and go without fearing that I will forget anything vital. In the back sections you can see various widths and strengths of DST, glue dots and foam tapes. I also pack a spare ATG roll in case my yellow monster runs out. In the middle I keep my large scissors, my Tim Holtz ruler, an acrylic block and my pencil case. I also keep a pack of baby wipes in here and I make sure I keep a few dry ones ready in there too. In the front internal sections are my Distress Ink pads with coloured dots on the side and a piece of foam attached to the underside. I keep the applicators and some make-up sponges in here too. My small scissors, pokey tool, glue stick, craft knife, pencil and thin journalling pen are all kept in the very front pockets, along with my sweeteners. Essentials have to be close at hand ;-)
On my trimmer you can see that I've printed off some inspiration and ideas. These are from my Pinterest board and I often use these to help me plan my pages. I keep these individually on the pile with my photos and papers. Then I add sticker sheets and letters, die cuts and chip boards. Next I go through my embellishment box to see if anything will fit with what I have chosen. Lastly I add texture to the piles with ribbons, buttons, brads and gems etc.
When I've got everything I might need in a pile, I place the individual page kits in a poly bag and add it to my craft bag. I usually have a few in there already from the previous crop as I never complete the volume I attempt! I've also got an idea but this stage if there is anything else I need to take like dies and punches and larger tools. I always take my little trimmer in my bag and a guillotine in the blue bag.
Its not fool proof obviously and I do tend to get wherever I am going and think "ooh if I had brought that particular ribbon, or that label or that punch etc" but in the main I can get to a point where I only have to finish an odd touch here and there back at home.
This is one of the layouts I completed at last Saturdays crop and I managed to finish it entirely, including journalling, away from home. It features Bella and her Daddy in sunny Wales and uses almost entirely scraps.
I scrap-lifted this from one of my Pinterest layouts from Scrapbook.com and I love the way it turned out even I was twitching by the time I had cut, inked and randomised all those scalloped circles!
I'm admitting to using scraps of plastic from toy packaging here and it looks odd as a close up but I'm happy with how it looks on the layout overall.
So now you need a letter to send you on your way back to Jennifer, am I right? Well the letter you need is "Y". Now go, hop around, and tell Jen I sent ya!
Bye for now