Saturday, July 30, 2011

Cost of an Education & A Giveaway

Robbie and I decided it was time to clean out and organize the guest room closet this weekend. The first five boxes we pulled out contained all of Robbie's college work, papers, notes, research, etc. He knew it was time to go through those mounds of papers and pull out the few treasures and throw out/recycle the rest. We spent a couple of hours last night going through everything and narrowed it down to a little over half of one box - what a great decluttering project! We ended up with a good size pile of supplies that I incorporated back into our office/school supply file cabinet - folders, spirals, paper clips, binder clips, graph paper, scantrons.

This morning I decided it was time to organize some of my desk drawers and while I was sorting through office supplies, I had the inspiration to scrap a layout using some of them. I knew immediately what I wanted to scrap about - Robbie's work the past year and a half as he earned his MBA degree. I pulled several photos I had taken of him studying and set to work.

I had so much fun using staples, paper clips, file folder labels, spiral notebook paper, a highlighter and a hanging file folder tab for this layout.



This layout came together is less than an hour - amazing what can be accomplished when inspiration stikes! I hadn't planned it, but this layout also fills the requirements for this week's layout assignment in The Mother LOAD workshop to scrap a layout in 30 minutes (I wasn't timing myself, but it took me somewhere between 30 minutes & an hour).

One reason it was so easy to use these products is because I have an ABUNDANCE of them . . . so, I've decided to share. Would you like to create a layout using fun office supplies? If so, tell me in the comments the topic of the layout you would use them on and you could be the lucky winner of a goodie pack of fun office supplies (colored file folder labels, paper clips, fun binder clips, etc). I'll draw a name at random from all comments left by noon (CST) on Tuesday, August 2! [This giveaway has closed.]

8 comments:

S said...

What a clever idea for this layout. Nicely done. And I can't believe the two of you decluttered so soon after he finished. You want to come to my house and help me clear the decks, apparently you are a natural.

MonicaB said...

Great layout. I love office supplies and seeing them used on a layout is wonderful. You did a great job capturing the work he did.

Sian said...

What a fun idea! I bet I could scrap a page about TTO at the Language Olympiad with some nifty office supplies.

Sandra said...

What a fun layout, loving the use of stationery. Bet you're feeling so pleased wth your clear out

Ginger said...

Love this layout idea Melissa! I plan to go through my University boxes as well over the next few weeks to declutter :) Perhaps if I should win your draw I could combine what I discover from my boxes of notes and textbooks and create a layout as well!

Beverly said...

Don't include me in the drawing (I have a surplus!) but very cool use and super job on the decluttering :)

Cheri said...

What an adorable layout and a great use of supplies! Don't include me in the drawing - I have enough office supplies to sink a battleship!

Jimjams said...

Brilliant (and speedily satisfying) page. I love the way you crossed out "sleeping"! He worked very hard and you must be very proud.

Thanks to this post I have learnt a new word - "scantron" - and discover that I have already used a patterned paper version (from Cosmo Cricket's Boyfriend collection I think)! I love using office supplies - they're great for school/college/university pages! Not sure I'd ever use them for a page about work though - that's best forgotten!