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November 26, 2008

New Printer Crush

You may recall that over the summer I was doing quite a bit of scrapbooking. Oodles of scrapbooking, actually, though I STILL can’t share why. (But I promise as soon as I can, you’ll be the first to know.)


Anyway, the purpose of this post isn’t to taunt you with scrapbook pages that I can't show you, but instead to tell you the story of a girl and her new printer love.




The girl, by the way, is me, and the new printer love is the Epson R1900.


See in the midst of my big (secret) scrapbooking extravaganza, I came to realize that a printer capable of printing 12 x 12 pages would come in quite handy. I'm a 12 x 12 girl (and a 6 x 6 mini album girl) and I although I'm not a digital scrapbooker, I love to journal via the computer. So, wouldn't it be handy to be able to use an entire sheet of 12 x 12 paper when printing my journaling for a 6x6 mini album? And wouldn't it be so much easier to print my journaling for a 12 x 12 page directly onto a sheet of 12 x 12 cardstock? Yes. And yes.


My new printer crush can do these things...and so much more. Because when you have a printer like this in your midst you start to think of the including enlarged photos in your scrapbooks...or going digital altogether (or at least every once in a while.) And this printer can do all of this. 


The print quality is amazing...and you can print on CD's (which certainly appeals to my desire to organize things.) It's really an amazing machine toy.


So if your looking for a new toy for holiday wish-list...keep this beauty in mind.

November 25, 2008

Get Organized in the New Year

The New Year is just around the corner and it's never too early to start planning. :) 

If you have plans to get organized in the New Year you'll want to hear this: Organizing 101 is back! I hope you'll join me for this one-of-a-kind on-line workshop and make 2009 your most organized year yet! You can learn more here. Or let me know if you have any questions about the workshop and whether it's a good fit for you and your organizing goals!

November 23, 2008

Congratulations to...

Kirsti, who said:

I love the one about looking at other people's scrap rooms. I totally do that all the time! I used to do it more "longingly" until I finally got my own space. Now it's less desperate, but no less frequent! :)

Thanks for the fun!


Email me and we'll work out arrangements to get you your copy of Snippets!

In case you're curious, winner was selected using random number generator. And...if you didn't win this go around...stay tuned. More Freebie Fridays are coming soon! (And one of them will be the biggest yet!)

November 20, 2008

It's Freebie Friday!

Just when you least expected it...Freebie Friday is back! And there's just one word for that:


Take a peak at this little beauty that's up for grabs...

Snippets pro 5 (2)  

That's right, it's Lain's newest creation "Snippets!" Isn't it darling? Well, as they say, you can't judge a book by it's cover. Which is a shame, 'cuz that's a super cute cover, don't you think? But wouldn't you just love to get a peek inside? Well, I've got good news! If you hop on over to the Simple Scrapbooks website you can get a snippet of Snippets, a.k.a. a sneak peek. And while you're there, be sure to join all the fun going on with the virtual launch party—including challenges and party favors!

Don't forget to come back here after all the fun and post a comment for your chance to win a copy of Snippets! To enter, simply share which snippet of Snippets (or essay, if you're up for more formality) you liked best and why. Comments will stay open until Sunday, November 23rd at 5:00 PM Central. The winner will be announced shortly there after! Good luck! (And congrats, Lain! Your new book looks awesome!)

November 19, 2008

organizing gift wrap

I'm getting really excited about the holidays. Last week was Collin's now I can officially turn my attention to the holidays. Hooray!

Last night I went through my gift-wrapping supplies, took inventory (not literally) and tidied things up a bit. This is a good thing to do before heading to the store for gift I discovered. I have lots of stuff left over from prior years. So this year my goal is to use up some of what I have. I will have to purchase one special-never-before-seen-Santa-wrap, per Collin's request.(We're trying to keep the magic of Santa going...despite knowing. First year for will be different.)

Back to the gift wrap.

Last year I shared this post which shows my five gallon paint bucket that I use to store rolls of gift wrap. Of course, if I can find a way to use a bucket...I'll do it. I'm happy to say the gift wrap bucket is still going strong...and it seems to look about the same as last year. Although I did discover today that what I thought was red lint in last year's picture is in fact a red scuff mark on my bucket. (I haven't a clue why I thought you needed to know that, but if you've been worried about the red lint, worry no more. Note to self...don't blog when tired.)

Anyway, the bucket usually lives in the closet off my scrapbook room / office. This closet used to be my scrapbook room, before I kicked the kids out of the playroom and the guests out of the guest room and claimed that space as my very own. The closet formerly known as my scrapbook room is now home to a host of things...organizing supplies, file cabinets, shelves of magazines archives, business projects, creative projects, and holiday decor. It contains an eclectic mix of storage solutions, such as the wooden shelf shown below from my college dorm days and Collin's old red dresser. (Hence the loose, truck-shaped knobs.)

Anyway, sandwiched between the dresser and the file cabinets sits my gift wrap supplies. The wraps are in the bucket which is easy to carry into my scrapbook room for wrapping sessions. The basket holds tissue paper and packing paper. And the box on top holds flat boxes, gift bags and small packs of tissue paper.


Here's a close up of the gift wrap box. Notice that the bags and boxes are in the storage container vertically...makes it super easy to sift through the storage box and find an appropriate bag or box to use. Easy, cheap solution.


Here's another doozie of an idea. Last night while tidying up I had this idea...use a paper clip to keep the loose ends of your rolls neat and tidy. You've probably been doing this for years...but I just figured it out last night. Makes the rolls look so neat in my bucket...and that of course makes me happy.  


What about my ribbon you ask? Well, on top of the red dresser is a three-tiered wire basket thingy, and this contraption holds my ribbon. Here are two of the tiers, the ones which happen to contain the non-Christmas ribbon. 


Last but not least, the essential gift wrapping tools such as tape, scissors, pens and recycled tags from prior holidays, are stowed in this little basket.


Alright, that's a wrap (ha ha.) Unless of course you want to share how you store and organize your gift wrapping supplies. Yes, that would be fun. I'd love to hear from you...

November 14, 2008

organizing recipes - recipe card binder pages

This post also prompted a question about using divided binder pages for recipe cards. Here's a link that includes 12" x 12" pages with 4" x 6" pockets, as well as 8.5" x 11" pages with 3" x 5" pockets. These are really designed for photos...but could work fine for recipe cards that are 4" x 6" and 3" x 5" (or smaller.)

If you know of other resources for 12" x 12" pages designed to hold recipe cards, please share. :)


Monday Night Chicken Recipe - Again :) are you? It's been a while. I'm having a catch-your-breath-and-catch-up-with-life day. And it feels really good.  So nice to get out from under some linger to-dos.

Anyway, I've recently had a few requests for the Monday Night Chicken Recipe. I've mentioned this in a few places on my website and blog, but it seems my mention of the dish and the recipe itself aren't usually in the same place. So essentially I rant and rave over this dish and then leave everyone hungry (quite literally) for the recipe., problem solved. Here's the recipe again.

6 frozen chicken breasts*
2 cans cream of chicken soup
salt and pepper to taste

Put chicken in slow cookers and pour soup over top. Add salt and pepper. Place cover on slow cooker and cook on low for ten to twelve hours. Enjoy!

It seems a bit anti-climatic...but perhaps that's the point. It's really, really easy and it can strike one thing off your to do list each and every week, if you in fact make it every Monday night as the name implies you could.

We usually have this with rice and a veggie. This dish is super yummy when it's cold out and my whole family loves it (another bonus). For variety try other types of soup ... like cream of asparagus or cream of celery (my personal favorite). And for even more variety, go nuts and serve it on a Tuesday, like we did this week.

*Yes, the chicken breasts can be frozen! You don't have to defrost which makes it even faster and you can always have the ingredients on hand. I love that!

This is a great recipe for this time of year, too, when things get busy. Just stock up on a bunch of packs of frozen chicken breasts and canned soup next time you're at the store...and you'll have everything you need for several nights of dinners...without any planning or shopping mid-holiday season.

And seriously, who knew one person could say so much over a two-ingredient recipe? It's a bit crazy.

What's your go-to, super, simple dish to prepare in a time crunch? (And I'm sure that's how you'd refer to it, too.) I'd love to hear what you do to get dinner on the table when the to-do list is overflowing.

November 10, 2008

it's newsletter day!

If you subscribe to my monthly newsletter, keep your eyes open for your November newsletter later today. If you aren't a subscriber yet...sign up here!

Have a happy Monday!

November 06, 2008

portable scrapbook station

You know I love a good Target find. And so does a fellow blog reader named Julie. She shared this great find with me


along with this sweet note:

Just wanted to pass along a happy Target find this week that I thought your blog readers/clients might enjoy.  I loved Kelli Crowe's scrapbook room, which was featured in your book The Organized and Inspired Scrapbooker.  Ever since I first saw it, I have been searching for a "portable workstation" similar to Kelli's orange tray.  This week I found trays at Target in the kitchen area that are perfect!  I bought a cute red one, but they have other colors as well for just $12.99.  I thought others may want to know about them.  I know I have been so blessed by your suggestions and those of others commenting on your blog.  Hope this helps someone :o)

Thank you, Julie! And I have to say, I was smitten with Kelli's tray, too. And have one (or two) myself. ;) I love it...makes it super simple to scrapbook in front of the T.V. or while hanging out with the family.

Does anyone else use a tray for portable scrapbooking? Any other solutions for scrapping in front of the T.V. or at the kitchen table? Do share...I'd love to hear from you. :)

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