Thursday, May 10, 2012

Ten on the Tenth - How Do You . . .

In between challenges throughout Shimelle's Scrapbooking Weekend several weeks ago, she posted 10 questions for us to answer in the comments, so I thought I'd group those questions together and share my answers today (with a little more detail & a photo or two).

1. How do you store your thickers and other letter stickers? I have all my thickers/letter stickers together in one upright bin (no lid), sorted by color. This makes it easy for me to flip through them to find what I want to use on any given layout.


2. Where to you find inspiration? I often find inspiration when we are browsing at flea markets & antique shops. I get ideas for layouts and find little bits & pieces that I think will be perfect for a page & I snap photos of fun craft project ideas. We have a couple of flea markets/trade days that we visit each month, which keeps the inspiration flowing.


3. How do you use tape in your crafting projects? Honestly, I haven't used a lot of tape. I have a few rolls of kraft travel themed tape that I used in Robbie's Florida Trip Photo Album Scrapbook & I received some lace tape for a Christmas gift (maybe it's time to pull that out & use it!).

4. How do you deal with imperfect digital photos? In the past year I’ve used PSE to edit some photos, however if it’s a photo I want to scrap to record a memory I print it and use it anyway. Photos, like life, are not always perfect, so I just go with it (especially when there’s not another photo from that event/day/moment).

5. How did you start scrapbooking? My Mama started a scrapbook for me when I was born and sometime during elementary school I took over adding items to it, so really I've scrapbooked most of my life! In fact, I am working on a series of posts about my life as a scrapbooker.


6. How do you store your scraps & off-cuts? I sort my scraps by color & store in page protectors right beside the chair I sit in while I craft. I blogged about it here.

7. How do you make a scrapbooking page kit? I use page kits only when I'm cropping away from home which was not often until this year when I started planning more get-togethers with friends. I always start with my photos, then pull a couple of full sheets of cardstock or patterned paper that could be used for the background and matting. I add letter stickers and a few embellishments. Just like Shimelle: I err on the side of too much paper rather than not enough. I keep each kit in a page protector in a 12x12 file box. I take my scrap file with me as well as tools, flowers & brads, so I can add bits of other papers & handmade embellishments. I am currently in the process of creating some page kits for a crop coming up May 17-19 where I will meet several other BPC students for the first time in real lift.

8. How do you create a scrapbook page from start to finish?(Bonus points if your process includes supplies speaking to you!) Oh my goodness, are there times when supplies don't speak to us? LOL I pull my photos, choose a background paper & other coordinating papers, choose a design (sketch, scraplift, or my own thing), create journaling on a separate piece or decide to write right on the layout, then I arrange all these elements & begin pulling and adding embellishments.

9. How do you sort your scrapbooking papers? I sort my papers by color and store them in plastic drawers. For each color, I have solid cardstocks on the bottom, solid papers, then patterned papers from light (top of stack) to dark. When I'm ready to scrap, I pull out the color I want and thumb through the stack. I do have one small expandable file that holds my few themed papers, also.

10. Where do you scrapbook? I scrap most of the time in my office/craft room, sitting at my craft table. When I have friends over to crop, we scrap on the dining room table (with all the added leaves in it!).

[Be sure to check out more Ten Things post here.]

19 comments:

Maria Ontiveros said...

I love seeing your workspace. And your answers are so much fun.
rinda

Kirsty.a said...

Interesting to learn more about your scrapping process. TFS

helena said...

I so agree with you on number 4 and your craft space looks very inviting

Sandra said...

I could have cheered at number 4 :). I've so loved this post of yours, it's been a real joy

Jane said...

thanks for sharing this with us x

Tammy said...

Those denim chairs are just way too cute!!!

Sian said...

A really interesting read! Hurray to using photos anyway, I'm all for that. And I agree - supplies very rarely don't speak to me

Rebekah said...

Delightful little tour of the scrappy side of your life! :) I'm working on my list right now!

Rebekah said...

I don't see a link-up yet on Shimelle's blog!

Alison said...

Loved that little insight into your scrapping life Melissa!
Alison xx

Jimjams said...

What a great idea for 10 on the 10th - some similar answers to mine there!

S said...

Great post - I learned some new things about your and your craft and was reminded of things I already knew.

JulieJ said...

I missed the online crop - I was living this month's 10, so this is a nice way to catch up on the none crafting bits.

Julia said...

An interesting 10 things! I love seeing how others store their stash :)

Connie Mercer said...

what a great post~loved reading about your answers to 10 questions!!:):)

Nathalie said...

This was a brilliant idea, take Shimelle's questions and give us your answers!!! I wish I had thought of that one! :D

MonicaB said...

Great idea for Ten on 10. I'm in the process of reorganizing my stash, so this has been helpful.

Ginger said...

I liked reading your list here Melissa :) I agree with the photos - sometimes you do need to just go with it!

Tammy said...

Great list Melissa! I was sad to miss 10 Things this month but just had too much going on to get in on it. How fun that you have a BPC crop coming up to meet IRL. That is so awesome. I wish I could come. :)