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Old 10-18-2004, 06:37 AM   #1
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Just saw a neat card by Speedystamper, and in her description she mentioned an idea book she keeps ideas for projects in. Prompted me to ask:

How do you organize all those ideas you come across?

I am soooo unorganized - the SCS "Favorites" is the closest thing I have to organizing my ideas. It's time to get organized! What should I do with all those printouts, sketches, notes, etc???
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Old 10-18-2004, 06:40 AM   #2
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I'm hopeless when it comes to "paper" idea keeping, so everything I want to keep gets scanned and put into an "ideas" folder on my computer. It's more work that way, but at least I know I'll be able to find it when I need it. And since SOOO many of my ideas come from SCS, they are easier to save that way!
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Old 10-18-2004, 07:03 AM   #3
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I print them off and put them in a binder. It's not labelled or anything, but everything is at least in pne place!
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Old 10-18-2004, 07:07 AM   #4
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If it's a card from a gallery...I right click and copy it into a Word document that has my favorites all in one spot...in color too! If it's a scrapbook layout idea that I love then I print it and place in a sheet protector...then file it in a three-ring binder according to the number of photos on the layout.
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Old 10-18-2004, 07:17 AM   #5
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I have a 3 ring binder with page protectors. I cut out card ideas from magazines, old su catalogs (yes I cut them up!) and printed cards from this site. I try to fit quite a few card ideas but cutting and pasting on plain background paper and them slip them into the page protectors. I also have stamped, or cut out catalog pictures, of all of my stamp sets so I know what I have. This keeps me pretty organized and helps when I am looking for ideas.
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Any help would be great appreciated!!! I am going to start a binder for everything!! thats one step in the right direction!
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All of these ideas are GREAT! Thanks for sharing - now if I could only get off SCS long enough to try some of these ideas... hmmmmmmm...
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I right click my mouse and save ideas from this site in 'my pictures' on my computer. I have a main folder called Stamping Ideas and another one called Scrapbook ideas. I have folders in the Stamping Ideas titled with the name of the stamp set used. Every time I find a card I want to save I save it under the stamp set name. Then when I want to use a specific set and am looking for ideas I go to that one folder on my computer. If a non- stampin' up set was used I save it to a folder titled Card ideas.
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I also do the 3 ring binder thing but mine is a 3 inch. I print out all my stuff and put them in page protectors. I have dividers and they are labeled with each stamp set that I have(ok reword...each stamp set has it's own divider. On my scrapbook pages I have them behind one divider. Other things like journals and post it pads have one labeled "other projects" . I hope this helps. Oh I do have a misc. divider too. I am an organization freak.

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I save pics on my computer in folders organized by set name. Very convienient!

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I have all kinds of workshops and I have noticed that I tend to do similar ideas depending on the type of workshop. I just dont know what to do with all of the stuff I have accumulated. I have them in file folders right now.
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I right click my mouse and save ideas from this site in 'my pictures' on my computer. I have a main folder called Stamping Ideas and another one called Scrapbook ideas. I have folders in the Stamping Ideas titled with the name of the stamp set used. Every time I find a card I want to save I save it under the stamp set name. Then when I want to use a specific set and am looking for ideas I go to that one folder on my computer. If a non- stampin' up set was used I save it to a folder titled Card ideas.
I do the same as swissstamper. I save them into a main folder Stampin' Up. Then in this folder I have the set name and then save it by the person's name who created the card/idea. My Scrapbook page ideas follow the same route. I also have a folder set up for techniques, directions, business related, etc.

Which reminds me - need to back this up onto a CD. My hard drive crashed last year (virus) and I lost everything - we thought we were able to back up my files, but nothing copied! Live and Learn!

I use to do the 3-ring binder way, however, noticed I was not checking it like I thought I would. It is much easier for me to click onto a folder than to leaf through page after page after page to find what I am looking for. JMO.
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I store mine in my head.....probably why I can't remember my name half the time!

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Yeah, i have saved pics on my computer..but all in one folder. wonder if i can go back and break it up by set?????

thanks again for all the great ideas...
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I store mine in my head.....probably why I can't remember my name half the time!

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Im the same way...you all have inspired me to make my samples more organized!!!
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I print them out and then scatter them liberally all over my stamp table I'm hoping if I leave them there long enough, they'll soak in and start making themselves! On the other hand, whenever I'm stumped for ideas, I just start rummaging around and I can usually find something cool to do!
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I have a 3 ring binder with page protectors. I cut out card ideas from magazines, old su catalogs (yes I cut them up!) and printed cards from this site. I try to fit quite a few card ideas but cutting and pasting on plain background paper and them slip them into the page protectors. I also have stamped, or cut out catalog pictures, of all of my stamp sets so I know what I have. This keeps me pretty organized and helps when I am looking for ideas.
This is a great idea! I'm gonna have to use this one! It will save a ton of space by getting rid of old mag's....I can just clip out what I need/want and be done with it. Thanks for sharing
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[quote="janicemarz"]Yeah, i have saved pics on my computer..but all in one folder. wonder if i can go back and break it up by set?????



You can go into your saved pictures folder and click on create a new folder which will create a folder in that one main stamping folder for you to name by set. Hope that makes sense.

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I print them out and then scatter them liberally all over my stamp table I'm hoping if I leave them there long enough, they'll soak in and start making themselves! On the other hand, whenever I'm stumped for ideas, I just start rummaging around and I can usually find something cool to do!
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Ya'll just have my brain going now! After reading this I thought of something: you could scatter these print outs on your table and cover it with clear glass/plastic. Something see through where you could just slip the paper right under it. (Sorry, I totally can't think of the name of what I'm talking about right now). You could then take your handy dandy lable maker and either label it by the creator or the stamp set used for easy access. Just another thought.

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I have a pile of printouts literally an inch thick of ideas that I've printed off from various places. This is nice because I know who did it and what they used (sometimes). I have them in alpha order by set but they aren't in a binder or anything. It's almost easier to sift through them loose. Then I don't have to find room on my table to put the notebook when I find something I want to do!

I also use the heck out of the favorites gallery here. But that's mostly for techniques I want to try or layouts that I like. Since I try to post my work here, it's no fun to CASE everything I like. Then I wouldn't be able to post anything!

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Hi,

I have all of my cards, projects and pages scanned and the pictures saved in files by event - workshop / class / camp. Anything that I post on my website gets copied and pasted into one Word document so that I'm sure to have my instructions and materials listed with the picture (also ensures that I never post the same items twice) !!!

I love sheet protectors and binders for saving torn pages from magazines, although I don't know if I could ever tear out ideas from my SU! cattys !!!

I still have a lot more to go to get completely organized, so keep the ideas coming !!!

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All of these ideas are GREAT! Thanks for sharing - now if I could only get off SCS long enough to try some of these ideas... hmmmmmmm...
Amen to that! I'm with you!
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I print them out and then scatter them liberally all over my stamp table I'm hoping if I leave them there long enough, they'll soak in and start making themselves! On the other hand, whenever I'm stumped for ideas, I just start rummaging around and I can usually find something cool to do!
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Ya'll just have my brain going now! After reading this I thought of something: you could scatter these print outs on your table and cover it with clear glass/plastic. Something see through where you could just slip the paper right under it. (Sorry, I totally can't think of the name of what I'm talking about right now). You could then take your handy dandy lable maker and either label it by the creator or the stamp set used for easy access. Just another thought.

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Actually, I did think of a good idea right after I posted this. By the way, the word you're trying to think of is Lexan (or Lexon?). The room where I have my stamp table is completely surrounded by windows floor to ceiling on three sides. It gives me a magnificent view, but I have to worry about sun damage to my cardstock. If I were to take some of these ideas I've printed out and tape them up in strategic spots to several of the windows, I would have some good ideas to work with and I would eliminate some of the problem with the sun coming in.
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