Thursday, March 17, 2011

Keeping Track of Projects

Scraplifting has become a bit of a habit for me. I take someone else's idea and run with it. I don't know if it is because I lack any semblance of original thought. Or because someone else's idea is the springboard for my own creativity. I hope it's the latter. But I'm not counting on it.

So, this time I totally stole Karen's idea for keeping track of the projects I'm working on this year. Thanks for the idea Karen! :)

I had a stack of 2.75" x3.75" lightweight cardstock tags - some in white, some in kraft. I didn't have a tag book handy, so I created my own covers from chipboard and painted them, then aged them with Walnut Ink. Title is felt Thickers.

Karen's project has a handy tag for each month. At the end of each month, she is writing what she completed for the month. 

Of course, I had to be different. I can never leave anything just as is. And as I do with everything I scraplift, I spun off with my own interpretation. I created a tag for each project or class I hope to finish this year.

In some cases, it is projects I have already completed this year, like my 2010 JYC album that I [started and] finished in January 2011.  On the back of the tag I'm hand-writing the origin of the class or project, any thoughts about it, and the date completed.

This method also allows me, where appropriate, to use
actual materials that I used for the album or project!
Like the Embrace Imperfection album
created during Karen Grunberg's free class in February.

In this case, it is a project I'm working on right now! :)


And there are projects I anticipate coming up later in
the year.  Like LSNED and JYC 2011.
There are tags for technique classes (like this Digital
Scrapbooking class from Jessica Sprague) that I signed
up for but never started - others I started but never
And then there are tags for old projects that I hope to
finish this year.  There are a few more of these than
I care to admit!

The completed tag book hangs on my bulletin board right above my computer - somewhat as a reminder to spend time creatively. 

In all it currently has 13 project tags and 4 technique class tags.  I know there are a few old classes I still need to add and I'm sure that more projects will crop up through the year... even without any plans to take new classes, I have no doubt that some will come up that I just can't resist!

And I apologize in advance if the formatting of this post is a total mess.  Blogger just won't let me put things where I want right now!


scrappyjacky said...

I hope it's the latter as well,Cheri...cause I also do it a lot!!
But whatever....the tag book looks just great....and I hope you've included the new Blogging for Scrapbookers class in there!!!

Melissa said...

What a great idea to keep up with your projects. I have a list of classes I'm re-working/completing this year and my other projects in project files on one shelf in my craft room. Love your tag book.

Anonymous said...

Love your spin on this! I'm finding it pretty helpful as a way to stay on track, but I am being pulled into new courses and projects as well!

Amy said...

I often have the thoughts about what is mine, what is 'scrap lifted' and what is the happy medium, I think it is almost impossible to say something is 100% your own thought these days, there is so much inspiration around us, I know I can't but help be influenced by what I see on a daily basis.

Blogger is being a pain for me today too, I have a post with a lot of small photos I wanted to arrange in a grid - a nightmare ... not sure if I will bother publishing it the way it is at the moment!

Anonymous said...

I like that idea! Cute!

Stephanie Medley-Rath said...

Nothing wrong with sense re-inventing the wheel! :) Found you through BFS.