Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Storage Binder Re-Organization

Last week I spent time reviewing/organizing/purging and triaging the photos in my Storage Binders. This is the third component of my Library of Memories system that I wanted to review. (I recently completed the re-organization of my LOM Albums & Category Drawers.)

Storage Binders are simply photo albums that I use to store my printed photos in chronological order. These are photos that I know I want to scrap or use in a mini-album or project of some sort. When I have time to scrap or am inspired by a great sketch or want to scraplift a layout I see on a friend's blog or participate in a challenge, I simply flip through these Storage Binders to find photos to go along with the inspiration.

I started out with 10 Storage Binders - some of these were full, others were almost empty, and one was overflowing. I had 8 Storage Binders holding the photos I haven't scrapped from 2007 - 2012; I went through each of these binders, removing empty pages, triaging some photos into my newly re-organized Category Drawers, and combining binders together so they were all full. I ended up with 6 full binders for those 5+ years.

The overflowing binder held my childhood and family photos, but when I originally put the photos in I overfilled it. I went through and re-organized the photos, so I now have one binder with my childhood/growing-up photos and one binder with my family photos.

All of Robbie's childhood and family photos have been stored in a very high alcove (in cute boxes, of course) for the past five years. This weekend, we pulled down seven of those boxes and set to work sorting/purging/organizing. It was quite a job, but also a ton of fun seeing some of the old photos & memorabilia.

I started two Storage Binders for Robbie's photos - one for his childhood & one for his family. I'm really looking forward to completing some pages for his album of layouts from the time before we were married (which currently holds only TWO layouts!). We ended up with five partially filled boxes of photos & memorabilia that I do not plan to scrap at this time. As we find time, we'll continue to pull down boxes from the alcove and add to these organized & labeled boxes and the Storage Binders.

Here's a look at my shelf of Storage Binders - 11 photo albums filled with photos & memorabilia that I want to scrap.

That should keep me busy for a while, don't you think?

11 comments:

Jane said...

you make me feel ashamed of my messy system!

Cheri said...

My "storage binders" are an absolute mess. But since I only print now when I want to use a photo.... most of those are old... and a LOT of it has been scrapped. I need to put most of it into permanent photo albums!

Sian said...

Definitely! I bet you are itching to get started

Beverly said...

I continue to be impressed with the organizational progress you are making .... someday you'll rub off on me ;)

Karen said...

I think I am fairly well organized until I read your blog! I am so impressed.

Rebekah said...

Wow, WTG! I actually have some photos for my category drawers finally! DD1 and I scrapped at Archiver's this weekend, so the extras and duplicates of what I've scrapped will go right into my new but long ago purchased drawers! So excited!!

Alison said...

Busy is an understatement I'm thinking, Melissa!
Alison xx

cate said...

it's inspiring moments like these that make me sad I have no photos from my childhood. I bet it was awesome looking through Robbie's photos!

Sue Althouse said...

Nothing motivates me to scrap more than a full Storage Binder! I also keep childhood photos separate from our more recent photos.

MonicaB said...

Good luck with your storage binders. This is one part of LOM is still don't have a grip on. Since I'm many digital I haven't figure a way to work that into my system. Have fun looking through all the photos!

Tammy said...

You are getting everything in order! I love to have tons and tons of pictures to choose from. Have fun!