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Old 01-07-2022, 04:18 PM   #41  
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I know people still scrapbook and digital scrapbook, but I would ask your children and grandchildren if they are interested in the books before you make them. I have just recently learned my 24 year old daughter does not want any of her childhood "stuff" I have 3 large packing boxes downstairs to go through. She lives in a small apartment and does not have much room for storage of said items. I am keeping her photo albums at my house. My son joined the Army and can't take any of these kinds of items to his barracks, especially if he gets deployed. The younger generation is living minimally.

Maybe put the photos in a nice box that won't take up much room.

It's going to break my heart getting rid of these things but the memories are there.
Can you take photos of the memorabilia items before getting rid of them? My dad loved collecting T-shirts from places we would visit. (So do I!) Anyway, when he passed away about 19 years ago, Mama & I just held onto the shirts, since it seemed a shame to get rid of them. I finally got the idea to photograph each shirt, print 6x8" photos, and then put them in a 6x8 album. Of course, you could do whatever size(s) of photo you wanted; that's just what worked for me. Then, Mama kept some of the shirts for herself to wear, & most of the rest we donated to a local thrift store. A few were too ratty/hole-y/etc. to wear anymore, so we didn't donate those. So we were able to preserve the memories, without having to store all those T-shirts. Just something to consider.
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One of my goals for 2022 is to finish the 2 remaining albums of a 3-volume set for a trip my brother & SIL took our mom on to Ireland & the U.K. In 2016! I do have the Scotland album finished, & actually most of the layouts for Ireland & England. (I'm keeping those in a "holding album" for the time being, until I can put them in their permanent homes. Makes it easier to scrapbook out-of-order.) I just have to do the final few layouts, & get them in order in their respective albums. (I have one album dedicated to each country.) Also, finish the Watercolor Jumpstart class by Sandy Allnock. I think I purchased that in 2018 - or thereabouts anyway! I am currently on Lesson 2 in that. Those are probably the 2 biggest goals that have a "definite" feel to them. I would like to get my 2019, 2020, AND 2021 December Documented projects done as well, though. It would also be nice, just thinking about it, to finish scanning the 35mm slides from Daddy & his parents. I've been doing that off and on for maybe 5 years now. So far I have over 5,000 slides from 45 carousels digitized, & about 9 more carousels to go. Then it will be "just" a case of clean up the digitized images in Photoshop (remove dust spots, etc.) & create slideshows of at least many of them. I guess I have a busy year ahead of me - better get cracking!
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I retired a couple of years ago and have since been trying to get my craft room organized. I've been collecting scrapbooking and card supplies since i started over 20 years ago.When I started I used to go shop hops and use their dies and such to make supplies I couldn't afford. When I went to friends houses I used their stamps and punches and such to increase my stock. Now I have way more then I will ever use. I've been making cards for our vet to give to people who have lost their pets. I also make cards to give to Smiles for Seniors.
My goal is to get things organized and finish several albums that I've been working on.
Does anyone have ideas where I might donate craft supplies? I'd like to give them to people just starting out in crafts and might not be able to afford them or to organizations that can use them to make cards and gifts for other people.
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Donation location suggestions: Ronald McDonald Houses, women’s shelters, day care centers, local schools, girl or boy scout troops, teen shelters, nursing homes. That’s just off the top of my head
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Also, community centers where classes are held.
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Christi runs a program called The You Matter Project that uses donated crafting supplies:

Are you Cleaning Out, Purging & De-Stashing??? by Craf-T-Bear at Splitcoaststampers

I know she appreciates everything she gets for her crafters.
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Now that I'm retired and have time to get my craft room in order doing so has become my full time job. Over the past week, I've purged and condensed:
Stamp sets. While doing so I broke the sets apart keeping on the images I would use and donating the rest.
Dies: I did the as with the stamp sets and keeping the sizes I frequently use. Dies and stamps are stored together by theme in 3 bins with room for growth.
Embossing folders, stencils and 6x6 background stamps; all filed in the same bin
Ribbons and fibers
Paint brushes and duplicate hand tools
Cubi hole wall unit

I really like the condensed bins, they're neatly organized horizontally filed with dividers, and now I have a stack of empty containers.
I've opened up more space in my room and on my work table.
Moving on I still need to tackle paper, ephemera, beads...
I plan on storing ephemera by theme in a 3-ring binder with 5x7 pocket pages... I believe I'll like that system much better over all those little plastic photo boxes. Those little boxes are taking up too much space...
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I've completed the purge and reorganization in my craft room and it looks so much better and inviting. My creative juices are flowing and it's time to play again (and make a new mess, lol...)
I kept some beautiful printed card mats that I cut years ago that were stowed away and forgotten.
Now they're finally being used with ephemera I already had in my stash.

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My craft room is very small, but functional for me.
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Congrats on completing your reorg! I am almost done with the bulk of mine… well, that’s probably not accurate, but almost done with the bulk of what I’m doing now. Some of it will wait until we move sometime in the next two years.
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BohoDiva- I love your room. I just made a thread about downsizing. I didn't mention this in that thread. I was the most happiest when I had a card table to craft on, my Rubber Maid container full of my art supplies & that's it. I would like to get back to that in some semblance.

Your room is very inspiring to me, more than I could ever convey. I had different New Year's goal's when I started this thread but those pretty much went out the window. My New Year's Goal is to downsize to a small room. I really admire those ladies who have tiny craft spaces but get so much done. I get a large space & can't get nothing done.
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Your room is very inspiring to me, more than I could ever convey. I had different New Year's goal's when I started this thread but those pretty much went out the window. My New Year's Goal is to downsize to a small room. I really admire those ladies who have tiny craft spaces but get so much done. I get a large space & can't get nothing done.
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Can you take photos of the memorabilia items before getting rid of them? My dad loved collecting T-shirts from places we would visit. (So do I!) Anyway, when he passed away about 19 years ago, Mama & I just held onto the shirts, since it seemed a shame to get rid of them. I finally got the idea to photograph each shirt, print 6x8" photos, and then put them in a 6x8 album. Of course, you could do whatever size(s) of photo you wanted; that's just what worked for me. Then, Mama kept some of the shirts for herself to wear, & most of the rest we donated to a local thrift store. A few were too ratty/hole-y/etc. to wear anymore, so we didn't donate those. So we were able to preserve the memories, without having to store all those T-shirts. Just something to consider.
I love that idea of taking photos and making a mini album. When my mom moved out of her home into assisted living, my siblings gave me the bulk of her keepsake items, and all of the old family albums and photos. If I had a huge storage area, that would be fine, but they are crammed in my garage and tucked away in closets all over the house (and under the beds). Some of these items are things I want to keep, but would never display (a display that my grandmother got from Japan for me when I was born, and that was put out every Girl's day celebration), and many handcrafted needlework projects that my mom made.
I have some 8x8 albums that I bought years ago and never used, and that would be a great way to use them. Thanks for the ideas!
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Congrats on completing your reorg! I am almost done with the bulk of mine… well, that’s probably not accurate, but almost done with the bulk of what I’m doing now. Some of it will wait until we move sometime in the next two years.
As crafters, are we ever really done with our reorganization?! Seems like every time I come up with a new system, I end up re-doing it 6 months later...argh.
My stamp and dies organization is a constant on going project. Just made additional dividers for my dies to further refine my categories. I spend too much time rummaging, and not enough time creating.
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