Create Scrapbooks What’s Inside VIDEO: JULY 2014 OHDEERME Freckled Fawn Exclusive Embellishment Kit with Hero Arts Stamps

http://youtu.be/TLowDwd-NFE - Create Scrapbooks What's Inside VIDEO: FreckledFawn.com: OHDEERME JULY 2014 Embellishment Kit - Featuring Freckled Fawn Exclusives & Hero Arts Stamps

Create Scrapbooks “What’s Inside” Video – OHDEERME Kit

(Want to view the above video on YouTube to see it larger? Here’s the direct link: http://youtu.be/TLowDwd-NFE)

Freckled Fawn OHDEERME JULY 2014 Kit

FreckledFawn.com OHDEERME JULY 2014 Embellishment Kit - Featuring Freckled Fawn Exclusives & Hero Arts Stamps

CreateScrapbooks YouTube Scrapbooking Channel http://youtube.com/createscrapbooks

Want to see the latest kits through video each month? Make sure to subscribe to the Create Scrapbooks YouTube channel here to see the Create Scrapbooks “What’s Inside” kit contents each month in your YouTube subscription feed (as well as Project Life series weekly videos, and more!)

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Project Life Scrapbooking Video Series by Create Scrapbooks – Week 33 (August 13-19, 2013)

CreateScrapbooks.com Project Life Process Idea Video Week 33 2013 Layout Complete (F, A and 5x7 page  protectors by Becky Higgins)
Hi everyone!

This is Terri Bradford from CreateScrapbooks.com, and here’s the latest video (showing Week 33) on my Project Life scrapbooking video series on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/user/CreateScrapbooks.

CreateScrapbooks.com Project Life Process Idea Video Week 33 2013 Layout Complete (F, A and 5x7 page  protectors by Becky Higgins)

Create Scrapbooks Video – Project Life Series – Week 33 (2013) Layout Share and Scrapbook Process.

My notes from this week on supplies I used: I am STILL loving that I am using my latest Scraptastic Kits (especially the “This Life Noted” PL Style one), Gossamer Blue (especially their “Life Pages” PL Style kit) along with my Studio Calico (PL), Elle’s Studio (Papercrafting/emebellishment kits). The list is below of all the supplies/links to the clubs and more info.

I decided to add a 5×7″ Becky Higgins page protector again this week right in the center of the full 12×12″ F & A page protectors to expand my photos and journaling. It helps to have these types of protectors to accommodate the over-flow (and/or orientation) of photos and journaling elements. As usual, I like to edit in Photoshop to fix any lighting/exposure, and add dates/titles before I print. My printer is a small format that prints either 5×7″ or 4×6″ and it makes those simple enlargements easy for me to do at home. Love that! (You can click on the above photo to see a closer look at the layouts.)

Notes on my Week 33 photos/layouts: Definitely an account of how busy things get and everyday things my family does during a typical August week: work, marching band, Starbucks trip, summer AP homework and getting ready for the school year for my son. Still worth documenting the bits and pieces that make up our lives… routines and all!

Stay tuned for the next video (Week 34 – or I may just skip to December project life spreads to mix it up and work backwards!) I am in the mood to scrap with my newest December kit supplies!

Supplies and other information from this specific video:

RELATED VIDEOS & LINKS:

Project Life: Free .psd 4×6″ Date Overlay Template (Photo Title Card for Project Life with Date) can be downloaded at: http://www.createscrapbooks.com/2013/09/19/video-free-4×6%E2%80%B3-date-overlay-template-photo-title-card-project-life-date-digital-psd-photoshop-elements-file/

Create Scrapbooks Project Life Series – WEEK 30 (1st video of this series): http://youtu.be/oL-L1BIFAZQ

Create Scrapbooks Project Life Series – WEEK 31: http://youtu.be/egyRY49WKBQ

Create Scrapbooks Project Life Series – WEEK 32  (previous week to this video): http://youtu.be/eoBPdSsUGm4

Project Life: Free 4×6″ Date Overlay Template (Photo Title Card for Project Life with Date) tutorial in Photoshop video: http://youtu.be/exRREnCWQzo

Project Life: Photo Process – How to add text and edit a 4×6″ photo easily through Photoshop: http://youtu.be/bV0empzUbxc

Thanks to everyone who has stopped by, downloaded a file or two, sent a message or made a comment, subscribed to my YouTube channel, and has connected with me during the scrapbooking journey! Much creative love to you all.

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Project Life with Becky Higgins Live November 20-22, 2013 on Creative Live

I wanted to share this exciting news with everyone!

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If you are new to Project Life, or want to revisit and refocus your Project Life process, you can join this FREE live event featuring Becky Higgins TODAY. If you watch it live it is free, if you want anytime access there is a fee. The schedule is November 20-22nd, 9-4 Pacific Time.

Free Live Course with Becky Higgins

You can enroll here: http://www.creativelive.com/courses/scrapbooking-project-life-becky-higgins

Page Protector Organization

I would like to revisit a popular post here on my blog at Create Scrapbooks – Page Protector Organization! Here’s my system and the original post link – with FREE download files to print, organize, and get things DONE!

http://www.createscrapbooks.com/2013/03/26/get-it-organized-how-to-organize-your-project-life-pocket-page-protectors-free-printable-and-easy-step-by-step-guide/

Create Scrapbooks Project Life Video Series

Also, if this is your first time here on my blog, I’d like to introduce you to the Create Scrapbooks YouTube Channel at http://youtube.com/createscrapbooks. I have been sharing my scrapbooking kit club boxes with my “What’s Inside” videos, and also like to create and put together my Project Life layout spreads with a variety of Becky Higgins Project Life kits, and popular scrapbooking kit clubs exclusive products as well, and have a Project Life video series as well.

CreateScrapbooks.com Project Life Video Series YouTube.com/CreateScrapbooks Terri Bradford
I also cover some Photoshop tips and organization – with bonus FREE downloads as well to help you get things created and simplified.

FREE printables from CreateScrapbooks.com 4x6 project life date photo title cards photoshop pse elements

Hope to connect with you and inspire you to create with me!

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Project Life Scrapbooking Video Series by Create Scrapbooks – Week 31 (July 30-August 5, 2013)

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Hi everyone!

This is Terri Bradford from CreateScrapbooks.com, and if you missed the last video and blog post – I started my own Project Life scrapbooking video series on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/user/CreateScrapbooks.

eateScrapbooks.com Project Life Process Idea Video Week 31 Layout Complete (D&H protectors)

Here’s the second video of the weekly series I created – Project Life Series – Week 31 (2013) Layout Share and Scrapbook Process.

I hope you subscribe and comment so we can connect. Click on the little red subscribe box, comment under the video (or here on the blog) and tell me what inspires you.

Here are some closer photos of the weekly spread, each side, out of the page protectors (click to view even larger):

CreateScrapbooks.com Project Life Process Idea Video Week 31 Left Side of Layout

eateScrapbooks.com Project Life Process Idea Video Week 31 Right Side of Layout

My notes from this week: I am *loving* using the July and August Scraptastic Kits, along with my Studio Calico, Elle’s Studio, and Paper Posies Kits in the mix. Makes things so much easier to open a fresh exclusive kit and put elements easily together for Project Life spreads. I decided to add an H 6×12″ Becky Higgins page protector right in the center of the full 12×12″ D protectors to expand my photos and journaling this week. It helps to have these types of protectors to accommodate the over-flow (and/or orientation) of photos and journaling elements.

As you can see, even during the summertime my small family has STILL been knee-deep into high school happenings for my son… like marching band, AP classes (and me toting around my teenager to/from school, etc.) Summer went WAY too fast this year. My son is a Junior now and I am trying to get a few of the last week’s of summer Project Life layouts completed. Those will be coming up next in the video series.

Thanks to everyone who has stopped by (excited to see my friends from Germany, Australia, Canada, and more!), downloaded a file or two, sent a message or made a comment, subscribed to my YouTube channel, and has connected with me during the scrapbooking journey! Much creative love to you all. See you next week (or sooner) with week 32.

eateScrapbooks.com Project Life Process Idea Video Week 31 Left Side of Layout (up close)

Supplies and other information from this specific video:

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Project Life Video: Photo Process – How to add text and edit a 4×6″ photo easily through Photoshop

CreateScrapbooks.com: Photo Process VIDEO - How to add text to a 4x6 photo for Project Life

Today I have a new process video where I show you my process of editing an iPhone photo in Photoshop (edit, resize, and add text) for my Project Life scrapbook this week.

I love to use my iPhone and edit through Photoshop each week for my Project Life layouts. It saves me time, I get the image exactly the way I like, and is convenient for me to do it all myself (including printing).

Weekly I use:

  • iPhone and/or my Nikon DSLR camera to take photos
  • iMac, iPhoto to import my images
  • Photoshop to edit, resize, and text/design Project Life pictures and elements, and save my designs – Note: You could use Photoshop Elements as well to do these simple tasks!
  • HP Photosmart (A646) 5×7/4×6″ compact printer with HP photo papers

In this video I take you through my process of:

    1. Import/export a photo from iPhoto into Photoshop
    2. How to easily set the size and crop an image to 4×6″ to print at home
    3. How to use a layer/create a layer in Photoshop to add text as a layer on top of your photo
    4. How to save and print

I have started this new weekly Project Life video process series on YouTube to help me keep on track with my own PL scrapbook, share and connect with you, and hope it gives you some great ideas and motivation for your own Project Life and scrapbooking in general.

I would love to hear your comments and you can subscribe on my channel to see the latest Create Scrapbooks videos in your subscription feed at YouTube here – http://youtube.com/createscrapbooks.

CreateScrapbooks.com - Week 31 Project Life - Process of editing photos

My goal is to share what I am doing, what has been working for me for my scrapbooking, share some files I have created that I feel are useful for my everyday scrapbooking processes. The next video later this week will be the Project Life layout I created for Week 31!

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New! Project Life Scrapbooking Video Series by Create Scrapbooks – Week 30 (July 23-29, 2013)

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Hi everyone!

This is Terri Bradford from CreateScrapbooks.com, and wanted to spread the word that I have started my own Project Life scrapbooking video series on YouTube here: http://youtu.be/oL-L1BIFAZQ.

Here’s the first video of the weekly series I created – Project Life – Week 30.

I hope you subscribe and comment so we can connect. Yes, YOU! Click on the little red subscribe box, comment under the video (or here on the blog) and tell me what inspires you.

First off, a big thank you to everyone who has visited this blog lately… especially YOU! I have been SO inspired by how many people have downloaded the Create Scrapbooks Page Protector Organization free on this blog that I created. It’s been amazing to see the list of where in the world everyone is downloading and using this file I created for myself. I am inspired to do MORE. I am making a difference to someone – I have proof! Woohoo. That has kick-started me and gave me a new spark for moving forward. Hence, this video series that has been on my list of things I wanted to start doing.
Project Life 2013 Week 30 Process Video and Scrapbook Layout using Design D Protectors
I have my own set of goals with this series and my own blogging and design journey here at CS. I love so many things about scrapbooking daily life – it always brings me right back to being in a state of gratitude. I absolutely love that Project Life has changed and transformed the industry in so many ways. For those of you that have been with me since the “live” scrapbooking shows… stay tuned… new platform is coming soon on that. I am still here and am working hard on it.

Things about me: I think being a designer in the scrapbooking industry (web and graphic design – mainly for scrapbooking kit club companies) over the past 12 years has developed a solid understanding of what the business side of new product launches, reaching a mass audience, and offering solutions to scrapbookers needs and wants. I also know what is missing and what real heavy-duty scrapbookers are looking for. Practical things – things that make sense, are easy to use, and are honest and from the heart. Things that matter in our daily lives. I see things from so many angles and I can’t stop the design processes in my head. It is part of ME. (I do all kinds of updates and design monthly – see www.bradfordwebdesigns.com and www.scrapclubs.com for examples.)

project life process scrapbooking layout

I know what’s trendy, but I really like classic GOOD design… I suppose that is how I scrapbook and live my life. Design is innate in my character and I love what I do. I’ve worked hard behind the scenes and have decided to put myself in the forefront – it’s beyond time for me to believe that what I do impacts someone else on this earth in a positive way. It’s time to see that I have to invest a good chunk of MY time doing what I’ve taught and implemented in clients I have had throughout the years. It’s time.

I hope to invest my wealth of passion, knowledge, and love for this industry… join me! There is room for everyone’s ideas, creative input, and we need to support each other in the creative industries. I am here to share my journey, and this is my platform. It’s time.

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So, plainly, I’ve had this desire to kick to the curb this nagging feeling that I’ve left myself out of my own equation. No excuses, I am worth it… and so are YOU. I hope I inspire you to invest in yourself. Even if it is just to commit to watching and creating your Project Life spread weekly with me. Let’s motivate each other… connect our positive energies and get some therapy through connecting with others and this love for our scrapbooking hobby.

Much love for everyone who has stopped by, downloaded a file or two, sent a message or made a comment, subscribed to my YouTube channel, and trusted me to offer solutions and inspiration. It’s not rocket science, nor am I reinventing the wheel, am perfect, or know everything there is to know about this hobby… but I do want to contribute and make the world a more creative place. I appreciate the support so far and am excited that it’s time… finally! I promise the next post will be about the layout and process. 

Supplies and other information from this specific video:

Project Life – Becky Higgins – Page Protector (design D)
Cards and some embellishments: Studio Calico Project Life Kit (Becky Higgins) – www.studiocalico.com
Cards and some embellishments: Scraptastic Club This Life Noted PL Kits – www.scraptastic.com
Paper embellishments: Elle’s Studio Monthly Kit – www.shopellesstudio.com
Alpha stickers: October Afternoon (Mini Market)
Studio Calico: wood veneer pieces, patterned paper (Darling Dear 6×6″ paper pad)
“today” and “smile” stickers by Jillibean Soup
We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper (rounder)
Photos and other design elements: Adobe Photoshop, Over App, iPhone 5, Adobe Photoshop Express App, HP Photosmart A646 printer, HP Advanced Photo paper, and ME!

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Friday Freebie: More FREE page protector printable organizational files for you (6×8″ style) for Simple Stories, Project Life, Studio Calico Albums

As I am typing this out I am EXCITEDLY awaiting the UPS man – the delivery of my much anticipated Project Life (Jade Kit) should be at my doorstep any minute. I bet many of you who ordered the Today’s Special on Sunday at HSN.com (Saturday night for me) are expecting to receive your kit shortly as well. I will be doing a open box video soon on it as well, so subscribe to the Create Scrapbooks YouTube Channel if you are interested. (I already have several Project Life by Becky Higgins open box videos up now if you want to see any kits that I have ordered previously.)

I thought I would start “Freebie Friday” today. 

FREE printables from CreateScrapbooks.com to organize your pocket and page protectors for project life 6x8 simple stories albums!

My most recent organizational post was on organization of my Project Life style page protectors from all different manufacturers including larger sized 12×12″, 10×12″,  6×12″ and a few other smaller protectors (you can see the post below or click here to read). I was recently at Michaels checking out any new must-have items and I ran across the 6×8″ Sn@p! Simple Stories page protectors… I grabbed the Variety Pack (10 Pack) and went to the WRMK 12×12″ ringed albums (this is what I have been using for my Project Life so far) to make sure the holes would line up and I could use them as part of my Project Life. They do! I used my coupon and headed home a happy girl.

Then, I realized that in light of my newly organized page protector stash that I needed to add these 6×8″ design sizes I just purchased to my system now. No worries… actually I am super excited to incorporate this size into my stash and projects.

So, today I created another FREE .pdf including just these 6×8″ pocket style page protectors and am sharing that with you (you can download this free along with the whole system – just add them all to your cart and checkout). Enjoy! If you want to just cut these apart and add them to your system as needed you can, or you can purchase the .psd files to create your own custom page protector organizational system (and these DO include this latest update of 6×8″ protectors).

If you haven’t yet make sure you download the larger page protector organization styles (3 packed 8.5×11″ printable .pdf sheets I custom designed) FREE here. 

If you love your new system and this post helped you I would appreciate it if you could please share this post with your creative friends, follow my YouTube Channel hereTwitter, pin on Pinterest, or like the Create Scrapbooks Facebook page – see all the links at the bottom of this site as well. Thanks for your support! 
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Get It Organized – How to organize your Project Life Pocket & Page Protectors (FREE printable and easy step-by-step guide)

Welcome to the  Create Scrapbooks “Get It Organized” Series. I am tackling the art of keeping organized and the use of functional space to make my scrapbooking easier and more enjoyable – and ultimately getting things created and completed easier with less time trying to find what I need.

The first topic I decided to focus on is my ever-growing collection of page protectors and pocket pages. I created this simple organization system that has really helped me refocus my energy back to creating instead of trying to figure out which protector I need to use on which layout and keep an inventory on what I have in my stash to use. I have broken down the steps below with photos and step-by-step instructions on this organization project to take you from start to finish below. By focusing on smaller sections of your stash it really IS easy to start and finish a smaller project and you’ll see results fast… I promise.

Want to LOVE your supplies, storage solutions, and creative space again? I  hope you’ll join me and I will help you get organized during this series!

Ready to get your Project Life Pocket and Page Protectors organized? Check out this method with FREE printables to get you started from CreateScrapbooks.com
If you have been documenting and incorporating life via a Project Life style album for several years – or are just starting your Project Life journey – you will find you need a good supply of page protectors for your albums and a good way to store and access them while working on your scrapbook.

As I scrapbook throughout the year I continually find the need to plan pages around photo sizes, page protector sizes, and pocket pages… I have found myself searching for the right sizes to print my photos, the correct orientation, and I have found that having easy access and an organized system is key to my positive workflow instead of searching through a stash of odd sized protectors.

Problem: There are so many sizes, varieties and manufacturers of page protectors available now for Project Life (and scrapbooking in general). While years back during the initial years of Project Life – via the great Becky Higgins – there were only a few style of page protectors, and now there are so many (and multiple companies selling them), along with variety packs to boot! This is fantastic, however, as you know it just adds MORE variety and a bigger number of options you have at your fingertips. Choices can be exactly what we need, but it can also get you sidetracked if you can’t find what you need or know what you have in your stash.

While multiple styles of protectors and pocket pages is a huge plus in my book, it seems a bit harder to tackle organization of the page protectors if you don’ t have a good organization system. These are things I was running into as issues:

  • Knowing what styles of page protectors I had on hand and how many I had of each – so I didn’t run out of my favorites (or purchase too many duplicates).
  • Planning for what projects I have started (and will be starting this year that I have planned), and how many of each style I may need in the future.
  • The best way of storing them so that I can have easy access, be able to SEE what I have easily, and the exact sizes of each style so I can print and organize my layouts.

Here’s  what I did to get myself organized this week regarding my page protectors. I even designed some free printables (below) for you to give you a creative jumpstart and show you my solution to storage of page protectors.

Here’s my step-by-step solution to get your page protectors organized for your Project Life scrapbooking as well as any other projects requiring page protectors.

You can break it down even further if needed, but try to tackle it in the next week. You’ll be so proud of yourself – and it will be one less project on your to-do list.

  • To start – you’ll need some room on the floor, table, etc. to work, your stash of pocket and page protectors, a pen (AC Project Life Slick Writers are my favorite!) and some post-it note tabs or paper and scissors. That’s it. Later after reviewing your stash, you’ll need a bin (in my case) or a binder (if you prefer this method).
  • Step 1: Find ALL of your page protectors that you own. Yes, all of them… make sure you check each new/empty album as those can also house a few new protectors that are supplied with the album, and all your stash of crafting/scrapbooking supplies. Tip – If you find you have several different types that are NOT 3-ringed (for example, post-bound scrapbook style) you can put those in a separate pile to organize later if needed. We are going to focus on the 3-ringed style this organizational round.
  •  Clear off a large enough space to make several piles – use the floor, table, etc. This won’t be a long project, so the key is to just get started. This is to be able to SEE what you have all in one spot and decide what type of bin or binder you want to store the page protectors in to store them ALL in. I decided on some bins as I have a lot of pocket and page protectors. I’ll go into detail below on this. It’s imperative to really see what you have purchased, collected, and get a good idea of how many of each before you jump into an actual storage solution.

Step 2: FREE printables from CreateScrapbooks.com to organize your pocket and page protectors for project life!

  • Step 2: Print these organization files I created (free!) here and use regular printer paper and cut apart each design (you won’t keep these, so use less ink and print as a draft). Take the stash of all of your 3-ringed page protectors out of their packages – start organizing them by type – one type per pile – and mark each pile with a coordinating image you cut from the printables for visual reference. Note: There are 3 separate files to print (.pdf’s) that are sized to 8.5×11″ to print and have lots of different options to use.  For example, “Becky Higgins Design A” pile, “We R Memory Keepers 6-4×6″ vertical” pile, “Becky Higgins Design G” pile, and so on. Tip: When you start going through the packages you’ll notice it is not easy to see the divider markings and styles once you get a stack going since the page protectors are clear, so this for me creating this file and using the images in front of the pile was a nice visual and helped me organize into piles much faster. Important: Keep the original packaging under your piles for each – we’ll repurpose some of the packaging in this project. If for some reason you don’t have a printer or I didn’t include the protector that you have on hand in the printable I created:  just do a rough sketch on a piece of paper or use the packaging image that was included with your protectors to help aid you during this process. The point is to get this part done and move on.

FREE Project Life Style Page Protector Organization Printable by CreateScrapbooks.com (Terri Bradford)

  •  If you have the envelope-style page protectors decide if you want to keep those in their packages or distribute them out into the piles. Tip: ask yourself how you will try to access these later when you need them – will you remember you have pocket pages and look for those separately or will you want everything together with the protectors? I decided to keep them with the protectors as I will remember to USE them – which is half the battle in organization.
  • Now assess the damage and plan accordingly: What do you have? Do you have a lot of the Becky Higgins Design A and just a few other types? Tip: Jot the numbers on a post-it note, on your phone’s list app, or both to keep inventory. Tip: I put the number on a post-it note on top of the pile at this point for reference later.

Bins, labels and instructions: Ready to get your Project Life Pocket and Page Protectors organized? Check out this method with FREE printables to get you started from CreateScrapbooks.com

  • Step 3: Find a container, box, folder or bin to store or use an old binder – and get ready to create some simple labels. Use what you have on hand first before purchasing something new. I purchased these Mulit-Use Bins from The Container Store a couple years back (they have a big office sale each year and you can get them for just a few bucks each), and they are super handy and fit the protectors (and lots of other scrapbooking papers, etc.) too. I like that I can see through them so I know what the contents hold, yet they are uniform so they fit nicely inside my Ikea Expedit shelving, and they do not take up too much visual weight on the shelves and in the room. I LOVE these. I have way too many to stick in a binder, but if you want to use 3-ringed tabs or binders with tabs you can modify this a bit to suit your needs.
  • Before you add these piles of protectors into your chosen bin or binder, create coordinating labels to match your inventory to your protectors. If you are storing them in a bin like I am it is important to turn each pile so that the hole seam is at the top so that they fit nicely into the bin and so you can see any manufacturers markings clearly. I recommend labeling the outside for easy access and organization with simple tabs – you can punch some out with your file tab punches with cardstock, hand cut them, or use something else. I personally found the Martha Stewart tabs from Avery (at Staples) and the Post-It Note brand small tabs work great for this and is what I used. I also used my favorite scrapbook pens from American Crafts (Slick Writers in black/Ultimate Craft Pen) and they work great on these slick surface labels shown in the photo.

AFTER - In 4 EASY steps createscrapbooks.com gives you step-by-step instructions on how to get your Project Life pocket and page protectors organized for easy scrapbooking!

  • Step 4: Put everything together! I designed these printable organization sheets to help you in this stage as well. Reprint them if you desire again on nicer heavy weight cardstock (I used 100lb. white that I had on hand) on the best setting for my printer. Set these aside (don’t cut them apart unless you want to) and use them inside the front of your bins or binders (either directly adhere, place in a page protector or whatever you’d like to do in your system that will work for you). Why do this? These are VISUALS to help you remember which pile is where and what sizes for photos, journaling cards, paper, etc. that you have in each binder/bin. I actually printed a set to display in the front of each of my 2 bins filled with protectors (they are clear and I can see conveniently through the front of them to reference sizes). You’ll notice I have labeled (painstakingly as I carefully created the file) what the page protector design is – Becky Higgins “A” – and/or created a number for each one – this is what I wrote on my Post-It Tabs to stick onto a cardboard/chipboard divider or directly onto the page protector and placed the coordinating page protectors behind it. I also printed a second set out to set by my computer so I can REFERENCE sizes to create for photos/journaling cards, etc. in the appropriate page protector. I have found that they are handy in so many ways throughout this organization process for me.

Check out how easy this was and how good it looks (if I say so myself) afterwards – makes me excited to USE this system and keep it organized this way!

Helpful Tips:

  • I mentioned for you to save the original packaging to re-use because: I repurposed the original packaging and stored items within the bin that way. For me, I didn’t have a lot of 5×7″, 8×10″, etc. protectors and I liked the stabilization of the Becky Higgins packs with the cardboard inserts they come with – so I used them as dividers within my bin. I did trim off about 1″ on the side to use them individually and just slipped it all back into the clear plastic packaging, attached the tab on the top and cut off the adhesive flap. Works perfect for me!
  • I also used one of the cardboard inserts to adhere my printed page protector sheets I created (pages 1 and 2 together) to the front of one of my larger bins. This secured the front of the larger 12×12 bin and allows me to see everything nicely on the two pages together… and it looks great and is such a help for referencing what’s inside each bin. If you have a different configuration that what I have in my bins and the sheets don’t match your bins you can simply cut the sheets apart, keep the styles you need, and adhere those individually to a sheet of cardstock to customize your own system, and then adhere or place the cardstock in the front of your bin. Make it work for you and custom to how you access your own supplies and make it your own.
  • The larger boxes of protectors (for example, Becky Higgins “Big Packs” of protectors come in a really nice box) serve as such great storage for in-progress pages, projects, storing kits to use, etc. My teenage son has actually used the back of one for a project at school. They are great… keep them if you have space and know you’ll use them. You’ll notice I have several different sizes of protectors and pockets in one bin (see the photo I took that shows the “above” angle). I stuck the odd sizes back into their clear packaging – some with the original cardboard insert and just cut off the tops where the flap and adhesive is so I can reach in and grab what I need but not remove the whole package – and there is not anything to catch your protectors on when you pull them out. Need chipboard to use for dividers? You could use the original packing like I’ve said before, or the backs of your stacks you have laying around, collected from online purchases, cardboard boxes cut to fit, or even ask your local scrapbook store if they have any “extras” that they stash away for free that come with their shipments.

That’s it! Simple, yet so very effective. You can get this done in a day, or a weekend project. Honestly I am SO happy to have this task all done and it looks so very nice in my studio space. Don’t you just love the function of the finished bin and the ease of seeing what you have? 

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