Thank you for all of your comments and I hope that I have the questions that some of you had.
From Cindy: My only "issue" is that if I separate all of my alpha stamps like that...how in the heck do I bring any to crops and stuff? Know what I mean jelly bean??
You would ask that question! Obviously I don't go to many crops, but when I do I have to be very organized and plan out my pages. Since this is once or twice a year - I usually just take alphabet stickers or rub ons. Most of the time though I am working a on a project like a mini album so I can plan to use one alphabet stamp set throughout. So I just round up the stamps in a ziploc baggie and put in the stamp pad I will be using!
From Frances: what do you do about acrylic alpha sets? Also, there's a weird anal-retentive part of me that deems it necessary to know the maker of products I use (as if I'd be quizzed by the Scrapbooking police--"who makes these alphas you used in Layout A?") and if everything is jumbled up, how would I answer?
Great question Frances - My acrylic alphabet sets... I only have two large sets from Technique Tuesday. And most likely I will break those up since I don't have that many. The other acrylic alphabet sets I have are the teenie tiny ones from CTMH. Those are in that larger wooden drawer - mini alphabet drawer. On knowing the manufacturer... I think you might surprise yourself that you could remember most of them - especially if you were under the pressure of the Scrapbooking Police. You crack me up! LOL! These drawers have made me use what I have and also be a little more creative with my words/titles.
Here are my colors: white/clear, black, orange, red, green, brown, blue, yellow, pink, and purple. When I first started out, some of the colors shared drawers because I didn't have enough to warrant a whole drawer. The extra two drawers top left are: metal findings and misc chipboard shapes.
You quickly find out what colors you gravitate too. You can also see what you need to buy LESS of and what you can buy MORE of. I know for a fact that I don't need to buy anymore blue embellishments. Even after purging, that drawer it is still full - so I need to start doing some layouts using blue!
Which brings me to my next reason... This is what Stacy told me and what really sold me on the idea...
When I get ready to do a page I start with my pictures. In this situation I wanted to finally scrapbook my photos from our Puerto Rico trip. Omayra had sent me some great products from Spanish Memories so I had that in my Cropper Hopper page planner envelope along with the pictures. And then all I do is pick a color drawer or two...I chose yellow. No searching around for hours for that one yellow embellishment.
Here is the finished layout (inspired by Ali Edwards CK 9/2009) the non yellow items are available to me in other drawers, but more on that later!
I have another small giveaway! Leave a comment and you could win a package of Spanish Memories product. Winner will be announced Friday morning.
Plus check back tomorrow for more on my office organization - thanks for stopping by!