First things first - took some time out to whip up a little pincushion - based on this blog post by Spun Sugar Quilts. It was a fun project since I rarely get to work with purple and pinks.
Now I have some happy pins sitting next to my machine!
On to the main heading of the blog post - organizing my Idea Journal. Today I took some time to get my ideas organized. Was very tired of having to flip back through magazines or blog posts/tutorials, my projects saved on the hard drive, etc to remember my ideas. Plus, after writing my zillionth list of people and their Christmas gift ideas I decided I needed one location for everything.
So, I went through my on-line and hard drive saved/flagged projects and printed off what I needed; found my magazines & catalogs with project/gift ideas and sorted them out. Pulled out a really cute journal that I bought for just such an occasion.
Tore out the project inspirations from catalogs and clipped them to the appropriate person's page in my journal.
See - tucked beneath all those catalog clippings is a person's name with gift ideas (to make and/or purchase) along with notes about where to find something, what is still needed to complete the gift and other ideas to enhance the inspiration. For the boys I also jotted down ideas of items they might like so that when grandparents ask I have actual ideas!
I don't like tearing up my magazines and I didn't want to take the time or spend the money on ink to scan and print the projects I wanted so I came up with this idea. Took these cute little sticky tabs (yes, I'm an admitted office supply junkie) and came up with a cross-reference system. The green tabs went in the magazines with a number - the corresponding number is in the journal on the blue tabs (OK - I also color code anything I can - you should see my work files). When I need to find the project I just need to look up the number. I'm only using a couple of magazines so this is pretty manageable.
In the front of the book I have my entire list of everyone that is on the family gift giving list - to ensure I don't forget anyone.
Also put together my thrifting list so I can do some upcycling when making some gifts.
There - now I should be set. Plus, I no longer feel so disorganized. I have a clear plan, a set of priorities and an easy way to find what I need! Now to find little snippets (and a few big ones) of time to complete some of them.
Finally, a little cuteness - Grant wanted to help mommy with some computer stuff and we ended up playing with the camera. He was a happy camper!