Monday, March 10, 2014

new ScrapGals + sorting Project Life cards by color

This week's ScrapGals podcast is "What's Your Excuse?" and it's all about pushing past the excuses we make that keep us from scrapbooking. Tiffany and I were really talking to ourselves the entire time because we can be the queens of excuses just like everyone else.
Taping this episode has really motivated both of us to just cut out the excuses and get busy!
We hope you'll be inspired to just "get 'er done!"

Here's a link to the episode on Podomatic or listen on iTunes or listen on this player...

Our last two shows were all about Project Life.
While we were taping, Tiffany mentioned that she had broken apart her Project Life cards and sorted them into different categories.
I had been toying with the idea of sorting mine by color because that's how everything else in my stash is organized.
So this weekend, I finally bit the bullet and sorted my 3x4 cards! I am tickled pink with how it turned out!!

First, I just started sorting into color piles...
One benefit to doing this is being able to see how many of some colors I have. For instance, the pink pile at the back left above is the tallest so I probably won't buy a bunch of pink cards now but I have barely any black and white.

(ETA: I have 3 of each card from a core kit because Tiff and I split them and I usually sell 1/ for each card that had a different color one each side, I put one of the sides into one color and the other side into the other color. Then for the third card, I chose which side I thought I would use the color more often. I hope that makes sense. I was surprised to see that the majority of my PL cards are one color on each side!)

As I was sorting, I began to realize that I had a few sets of cards that really should be categorized in themes.
I made a pile for home & family, summer, love, friends, travel, food, holidays, boy/girl and miscellaneous.

Once I was done sorting (which really didn't take long at all), I went through each stack again, looking for cards that should be in themes.

I also decided to make a stack just for horizontal cards as I rarely use those.
I originally sorted the multi-colored cards into what seemed like the most prominent color but I realized that I didn't have many multi-colored ones and the ones I did have featured every color of the rainbow so I decided to make a stack for multi. I just wanted to make sure that the cards I had in the yellow stack were really all yellow when I needed a yellow card.

The next thing I needed was a divider for each section so I quickly went to the Silhouette Store online and found a file for 99 cents.
I counted how many sections I needed and it only took 3 sheets of 12x12 cardstock and a few minutes to cut them.

Then I put a card into each section just to make sure I was going to like the way it looked.

Next, I made a word document with a text box the same size as the divider with a smaller text box up top for the tab.
Then after printing a draft copy, I stuck each card down with a dab of adhesive and printed it with the color or theme.

I LOVE how they turned out! I sized them to be slightly taller than the Project Life cards because some of my square cards are taller.

I love that I can quickly find the color I need and they just look so happy and organized.

Right now, I'm in the process of making a Project Life layout and it has come together the quickest it ever has!
I'll share that later this week. I'm writing down my step by step process because I have had some a-ha moments about it.

Well thanks for listening to ScrapGals and I hope you enjoyed seeing this bit of organization of Project Life!

Stay crafty my friends!!


Unknown said...

BRILLIANT!!!! I do not have a Cameo and would be interested in purchasing some dividers from you if you are willing. Please email me.


Unknown said...

Thanks, Tracie! I'm wondering where you got your container for the cards - seems to fit everything well. Looking forward to the PL blog!

The Happy Scrappy Momma said...

What a great idea!

TracieClaiborne said...

Melissa - I can't get to your e-mail from your Google profile - hoping you'll see this and e-mail me at I'll be happy to make you some!

Amanda said...

Love this idea! Thank you for the great inspiration!

Tiffany Lowder said...

Love, love, love it! You're making me want to organize by color. It all looks great!

Christi said...

It's funny that you say you rarely use the horizontal PL cards. I use them all the time and wish there were more out there!

Right now I can store all my PL stuff in one box from a Kelly Purkey PL/Simon Says Stamp kit and the Midnight box. But I can see how easy it would be to go overboard and buy too many cards!

Unknown said...

I am totally afraid to make the jump to mixing my cards all up but I can totally see how it would be beneficial!

Kristina Proffitt said...

Um, I think I NEED you to make me some of those dividers, too! Pretty please?! :)

Emily Adams said...

We think a lot alike Tracie - I have categories such as summer, travel, camping, etc. and I have all my horizontal cards in one place because I don't use them very often either. I buy 1/3 kits and divide them up exactly like you do! Right now I have all my kits separated into themes (journaling, patterned, quote, etc) but I've been thinking about dividing my color. In my PL process, I used to think "oh i need a journaling card here" but now I tend to think more along the lines of "some yellow or some orange would balance out this page" and it takes me longer to rifle through the categories I have set up. I may just go for it and reorganize by color!!

Heather said...

Thanks so much for the shout out! I didn't think anyone other than close friends were reading the blog!
A thought about paper hoarding: When you use your favorite paper, you've saved it, and it's now where you can see it and appreciate it, as opposed to lost somewhere in your stash.

Looking forward to checking out the rest of your blog!