So, your paper is beautifully organized, your scraps carefully stashed or purged, and your desk is gleaming! I've posted my photos in our Facebook group.
For Challenge #2 I decided to sort out more themes from my paper pile . . . Travel, Wedding, and Black & White. And that is done.
My patterned papers and cardstocks are the basis for my page kits. Photos, ephemera, embellishments, sketch ideas are added to the page kits so when I get a chance to scrapbook I am ready to go.
Even the photos are in many of the kits, ready to scrap.
You are starting to become organized. Doesn't it make you feel creative? Don't you want to get cropping? Well, you CAN'T scrapbook without PHOTOS!
Our third challenge is to organize our photos. Here is an excellent article to get you thinking about how to organize those precious photos before we S.P.A.C.E. them:
SORT: Gather together all of your photos, and sort them into categories that make sense: TRASH (it's okay to throw out photos with bad colour, expression, composition. Why keep them? You're not going to scrapbook them) TO SCRAPBOOK (the shots you know you are going to use) TO STORE (photos that need to be kept, but aren't necessarily going to be going into your scrapbooks) TO GIVE AWAY (doubles that you want to send to friends and family)
PURGE: Throw out the TRASH pile. Put the TO GIVE AWAY photos in envelopes and mail them to friends/family, or put them in your car so you can drop them off the next time you visit. Do not leave them in your studio, or they will creep back into your organized space.
ASSIGN: Sort the final two groups of photos into a system that makes sense to you:
CONTAINERIZE: Now it's time to decide how you want to store your photos. Perhaps you want to put your TO STORE photos in acid free envelopes or albums. Perhaps you want to put your TO SCRAPBOOK photos into photo storage boxes, or accordion folders. Just decide and do it.
EQUALIZE: Next time you get new photos from the photo processor, spend a couple of minutes and put the photos where they belong: throw out the bad shots, give away the extras, put the keepers away in their album, and sort your photos for scrapbooking into their container.
I actually get to take this week off because I just finished organizing a huge batch of photos I'd recently had printed. All are in page kits, just waiting for me to find the time to scrapbook them. But, I will still be available to cheer you on, offer advice, and see all your "done" photos posted to our Facebook group.