Monday, May 25, 2009

Let the Challenge Begin! Overview.

Thanks to all those brave souls who decided to join me on this task - let's overhaul our scrap spaces so we can get back to doing what we LOVE instead of tripping over piles of paper and brads. I love organization, but my space can always use a little tweaking, so I will be joining in on the fun as well. Once you get organized, it is SO much easier to scrap and scrap effectively. Which is what we all want, right? I won't lie to you tho - this will not be easy. There is no magic Scrap Fairy who will come and make your space Becky-Higgins-worthy overnite. You're going to have lots of ugly boxes, some trips to Walmart, and many thoughts of hurling small objects out the window (your cats and kids may want to steer clear of you during these episodes). But I PROMISE you, if you keep plugging along on this, you WILL have an organized space at the end. Just envision what your dream space will look like...minus David Duchovny in the Speedo....and repeat to yourself, I CAN DO THIS!

Here's an overview of the Challenge and what you should expect each week. I will post the new Challenge every Monday morning. I strongly suggest you keep your Sunday newspaper ads around - you never know what Target or Hobby Lobby may have on sale that week that you may need, and you really don't want to go digging through the garbage on Monday night looking for those ads (or if that's your idea of fun, have at it). Please bear with me if you all have any comments or questions after I post the Challenge, tho -I have 2 kids (ages 3 and 1) and the only time I really get to sit down with my beloved computer is at 4 PM CST, when they both go down for a nap (sans drugs, I swear!). So if I don't respond by noon, I'm not ignoring you, I'm just usually cleaning ravioli off the walls or scrubbing finger paint off the poor dog. Anyways, I figure a Monday start will give you plenty of time to read through the Challenge, figure out the solution that's right for you, buy your supplies, and be ready to organize by the weekend.

Even though there will be a new challenge every week, I do NOT expect some of these challenges to be completed in that time frame. For a few reasons. First - some tasks are obviously bigger than others. You can organize your paints in an evening. That's simple. But organizing your photos will take much, much longer (I'm still working on mine, and I started in February!). What I want from you in this challenge is not to complete the task per se, but to get started and KNOW WHERE YOU'RE GOING. Does that make sense? So at the end of the week, you should know exactly how, what, when and where you're going to store that scrapping item. And having that off your mind is a HUGE start - you just have to put in the work to make it happen, and that really is the easy part. Second - I am a huge, huge proponent of planning. I think if you plan your space and think it through first, you won't have to re-do it months down the road. So I would rather you find the absolute 100% perfect no-doubt-about-it this is MY stamp pad holder that takes 2 weeks to save up for and another 2 weeks to ship, and miss the 1-week "deadline", than scurry over to Walmart and get something that will "do" just so you can say you organized your stamp pads in a week. This challenge is going to be about learning about all the options out there, which ones will work best for YOUR space, and making them stick. I have been there - I took 4 months to plan my scrap space. And in the 2 years since I've had it, I might have changed 3 things. Which has been great (ok, a little lie there....I MISS organizing!!!).

For each Challenge, I will do a few things. First, I bare mine, you bare yours. Which means I will post a photo of my storage solution for that item - and if it's in-progress, in all it's mess and glory. And I want you to post yours - if you're looking for a solution, post your problem area. If you've found a solution, post it so others can benefit. In addition, I will be posting links galore to sites and solutions I've found over the years. I'm hoping to have at least 10 different storage ideas for you per Challenge - for small and large spaces, sitting and standing scrappers, big and little budgets, you name it. So hopefully everyone can find something that works for them. I'm essentially going to do all the brainstorming and idea gathering for you. In return for spoon-feeding you organizational goodness, you'd better get your rear in gear and get organized, or I will find you, and I may not be so pleasant.

One thing I'm doing differently than the previous challenge - I like Shannon a lot. But I think you must be smoking crack to find any uninterrupted time during the day to devote to organizing. If you had free time to organize, then you'd be teaching this challenge, not taking it. My philosophy is that 5-15 mins can do WONDERS. Think of what you can do around your house in just 5 minutes. Go through the mail. Put away the dishes from the dishwasher. Pack a lunch for school. Make the bed. Each one of those tasks makes a huge difference in the household, right? Well, cleaning up your scrap space is no different! Got something simmering on the stove? Then sort your scraps! 10 minutes until the kids get home from school? Then file those new rub-ons! If you keep on taking little chunks like that, you WILL make progress. I guarantee it. But you are going to have to force yourself to migrate towards your scrap space during this challenge when you find a chunk of time. Not towards the remote, or the bag of Hershey's kisses, or the new hunky gardener at your neighbor's house. Organizing MUST become a priority.

So....drum roll, please! Here's what you've signed up for - no regrets! Just do it!

Week 1 - Space Audit
Immerse yourself in your space - what do you love? What annoys the daylights out of you?

Week 2 - Brainstorming
If the Scrap Fairy DID exist, what is your idea of the perfect space?

Week 3 - Clean Slate
Get out the boxes ladies, it's moving day!

Week 4 - Paper
We're all guilty on this one. I know my stash could wallpaper the White House.

Week 5 - Scraps
What to keep, what to toss, and where to store them.

Week 6 - Photos (print and digital)
Solutions for your most prized possessions.

Week 7 - Ideas
What to do with that 3' stack of layout ideas under your bed.

Week 8 - Projects, Incomplete Pages and Kits
I found a system to help you get these off your table and into your albums!

Week 9 - Embellishments
Containers galore!

Week 10 - Alphas
Stickers, chipboard and rub on storage.

Week 11 - Non-Alpha Stickers and Rub-ons
When a giant box just doesn't work anymore.

Week 12 - Ribbon, Thread and Fibers
My pretty little things!

Week 13 - Stamps
Know what you have and where they're located!

Week 14 - Crop Supplies
How to keep the sanity in your space when you're always on the go!

Week 15 - Ink, Ink Pads and Embossing
How to deal with these little things that take up so much room!

Week 16 - Paints and Glitter and Stickles
Oh my!

Week 17 - Punches
Not the boxing kind.

Week 18 - Tools and Adhesive
Keeping them handy

Week 19 - Chipboard (raw)
Sheets or die cuts, let's get them in place!

Week 20 - Die Cuts
By theme and by color

Week 21 - Pens and Pencils
The basics we can't live with and can't live without!

Week 22 - Dies for Die Cutting Machines
Quickutz, Sizzix, Cuttlebug, and more!

Week 23 - Templates
Plastic and metal

Week 24 - Memorabilia
How to store your glorious collection of ketchup packets for that layout you're going to do...someday....really!

Week 25 - Negatives
Yeah, we probably will never use these again, but they need to be stored safely!

Week 26 - New Items and Keeping it Neat
How to avoid re-taking this Challenge

Week 27 - Fonts
First step....stop downloading!

Week 28 - Cards and Card-Making Supplies
What DO you do with 300+ birthday cards?

Week 29 - Room and Space Decor
Time to make all your hard work look pretty!

We can add on to this list if I forgot something - no deadlines here, as long as there is continued insterest, I'll be happy to keep hosting. So welcome, and let the games begin! On to Challenge Week 1, ladies! See you on the dark side.



  1. Thank you for taking this challenge on. I am sure it will be really helpful to me to get my scrapping stuff better organized.
    Aloha, Kate

  2. Wow, this is perfect! This past weeekend I tried to get started and just got overwhelmed by the amount of stuff I have. I love your outline. Let the fun begin :)

  3. Thank you for your committment and excited helpfulness to encourage all of us.

  4. I cannot tell you how excited I am to begin! I have truly needed outlined directions stating exactly where to go on my organizational venture. So, yes, let the fun begin!!!

  5. Thanks for hosting such a great challenge. I'm looking forward to each week. Not only will my current space be nice to work in but my dream space will be easier to design with all of the data.

  6. First of all let me start by saying thank you so much for this challange. I need to ask a couple of questions first if you dont mind.
    What if we moved and everything has been in a huge room in and out of boxes with other items non scrapbooking items I must say. It is so overwhelming for me. I really need this room cleaned so I can start organizing and eventialy having the sb room of my dreams.
    How do I get started and if this isnt the challange for me feel free to let me know. Or if you have ssen another challange for me to do this please tell me.
    Good luck everyone and I hope this is the right challange that will help me.
    huggs to all

  7. Hang in there, Terrie - you're in good shape. I think this will be a good challenge for your situation - we'll tackle cleaning out next week.

  8. I just found this challenge on 2peas and I am in desparate need of some help in this area. I have never joined a challenge before, so I hope I can keep up! I'm excited.

  9. I just found this challenge on 2Peas and I'm so there!! It might take me a little longer than normal as I'm due on June 17 (it's a girl!!) but I LOVE to organize and my scraproom REALLY needs it.

    I love your scrap space! Very inspiring!! Thanks for doing this challenge:)

  10. You are something else, you know that? So glad I found your challenge. I need an overhaul, big time!

  11. I'm sorry to be a pest... but I'm new to blogging. How do I post pictures? and how can I view the spaces others have posted?
    thanks in advance for the help.

  12. I hope I did this right as it took some time. (fingers crossed). I published my pictures on my blog (as I didn't know how else to link it - my first time blogging too so I hope it's there).
    If you have time, please visit and provide feedback.
    (this is my 'you bare yours' from the first week.

  13. I am so frustrated.... I clicked on my name and I can't see anything on my view. Can someone let me know if they can see my pictures?

  14. I just found you via Ching's blog. I am sooo needing to do this!
    Off to read the first week challenge.

    Do you suggest we start on the current week, if we've just found this site or start on the first week? I'm off to read either way.

  15. I just found this site from debbidee's blog. I am so excited to have found it. :) Perfect timing for me. Thanks so much!

  16. I'm getting a very late start here, but I figure . . . better late than never! ;)

  17. I just spent an entire day in my scraproom because I wasn't happy with a few of my arrangements. I looked at my space and kept what I loved, changed the rest. I started by shoving everything I didn't like into boxes. Then I started thinking about where I wanted the stuff put. I sorted, organzied and purged. Felt so good to do it. I am not finished, but the room is clean, minus two boxes to be sorted through. Then today, I find this link on WOW!! What an uplifter to know that we are all going through the same issues and that I followed your plan even without knowing it!! Off to read through to November! Thanks for doing this..even though I am not in the is still valuable information!

  18. My friend just sent me a link to one of your challenges so I decided to come here to see what it was all about. I am definitely in the midst of organizing my space in the basement so this is a great time to get involved with these challenges! Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experiences with us. It's amazing how well you know me! LOL

  19. Just recently found your blog and organizing tips. I had at one point "started with a clean slate" about 3 1/2 years ago, but failed miserably at Week 26's goal! Fortunately not all of it needs to be redone, but many areas do need to be revisited! Those magazines that were so important back then . . . have never been opened, so obviously it is time to purge. Some of the tools I've decided to purge but never did . . . yep, gotta go in a box. I must also say, that I don't feel as discouraged about the amount of the stuff in my stash, as I've looked at your photos and those of others, and realize that yes I can manage my stash, and YES I could scrap for several years with what I have--so it's time to get to work! With two newly adopted boys (ages 4 & 10), a 13 year old step-daughter, and 2 business to help run, I will have to fit it in between, in those 14 minute intervals, and keep my eye on the goal!

  20. Just found it! Been trying to organize my sb room for over a year with absolutely no success whatsoever. This is going to be a big help! Thanks!!!!

  21. Ooh tidy. Organised. Love it. Any lists too, please?

  22. Thanks, I'm going to try this in 2012

  23. This is REALLY REALLY amazing! You REALLY put a lot of work into this and I am astounded at how wonderful and clear your directions and suggestions are. Thank you SO MUCH! I am in the middle of doing my office and have been torturing myself for two years and finally am jumping! Thank you for being such an inspiration! I am going to be linking your blog to my blog as well. Thanks again and your space looks WONDERFUL!!! I am a follower and would be honored if you would come by my blog and do the same at ACreativeJourneywithMelissa dot Thank you again! Really amazing!

  24. I think I will give this a try. I actually just did a re-do on my space and this will hopefully help me maintain it! Thanks for this! I think its great that you're doing this.


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