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Jan 3, 2009 Author: mytime | Filed under: Uncategorized

Hi everyone

There are 2 posts today, so be sure to scroll down!
The sketch challenge is posted after the Birthday Organization post ūüėÄ

Birthday Organization Challenge!

Jan 3, 2009 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards, Home decor/3-D items

Mission organization: 

Well with the New Year officially here many of us feel the need to get organized. I know I do. We often resolve to get more done in the upcoming year, and hope that organization will help us to do that. I am fairly organized, and am endlessly re-organizing my work space. It always has to be clean! After I create I clean it all up like nothing happened.

This month Nichole asked the Papertrey Ink design team members to kick off the new year by sharing what organizational system WE use to remember, and get those birthday cards out on time.

WHAT?! We are suppose to SEND cards out? AND get them there ON TIME?!

All I could think of at that moment was EEK! I need help and ideas too! Can I sit this one out?! LOL!

¬†I’m so not organized in that area, at all! Its awful really. So I took the assignment as a challenge to myself, to finally organize myself enough to actually get a EASY system of organization for myself to actually start mailing ALL cards-not just birthday stuff.

I hope you enjoy what I found to be helpful!

I decided I wanted to create a file system that would allow me to keep the cards I make, and file them into a particular month. That way if make some ahead of time, or for a specific theme/person, I can easily file it, then find it. So I designed a SIMPLE, easy and fun filer system! I made it to match my stamp space of couse, adding some of my favorite accent colors.


Here is it! The File and Find Organizer!

I wanted it fun, and functional. I also wanted it as small as possible! I need all the space I can get from my system. The finished size is 6 X 5. Perfectly cute.

All I did to make this box was print 8 of the pretty¬†pockets used from the¬†All Boxed Up¬†template¬†from¬†the¬†My Timeless Templates¬†line. It was SOOOOOO easy! I love the pockets from that template. Wouldn’t you know they were PERFECT for this project too ūüėÄ

EDITING TO ADD: The pockets are from the All Boxed Up  template. I created the box to fit my pocket templates for my project. I used ONLY the pockets from that template in this project

Then I created a box bottom to fit my 8 pockets. Stamped it using Polka Dot Basics, and added punched cardstock to match, in the center of the circles. For the back I added a folded piece of chocolate cardstock for a sturdy backing, with a handle punched in.


Here is a side view where you can see the pockets stacked next to each-other.

I printed 2 of each color-pure poppy, dark chocolate, berry sorbet, and aqua mist. Then simply cut, scored and assembled.

They all fit nicely into the box bottom I created. If I want to take them out of it I can, but there really is no need. The angle from of the pockets allows me to easily remove cards when I want, without taking the sections out, but it is a nice option to have.

Side view 1


I used the Wedding Day set to create the months on my paper tabs (I used a Stampin Up! Punch for my tabs) so I know which box holds what months worth of card creations. I needed 6 boxes just for the months, since I am doing 2 months per box. That means I can potentially hold 48 cards, in advance! 4 per month.

Side view 2


The last 2 pockets hold a few must haves to make me actually MAILING my cards possible!


The last pocket has some envelopes handy & ready to go! Definitely need those to get mailing.

The 2nd to last pocket holds a pen-stamped to match, to keep handy for signing my cards and a book of stamps for mailing. In that pocket there is also all the addresses of family and friends!

I took the opportunity to take all the names/addresses of friends and family, and save them on our computer so that they are PRINTABLE on my labels! All I then did was print up 2 sets of all the labels,  cut them up in sections of 5, and store them in the pocket! Easy peasy! No more looking for addresses. Just take the sticker off, and put it on the envelope. Stamp with postage and ready to go.

Here is the system-all laid out.


Just peel & stick the proper address on the envelope-done.

Now you may be wondering what that calendar page is you see with January across it. Well Betsy from the team created a file to go with her exclusive project for the¬†Idea Catalog with the Music Makeover template, so I used that as well. It will be perfect for keeping track of those birthday’s and anniversary’s!

EDITING TO ADD: The templates aren’t on Betsy’s blog. You get the celendar templates as part of your purchase for the Music Makeover template.


The occasion tracker¬†slides behind my decorative ribbon band ūüėÄ I printed out each month to keep for a handy reference.

Here is another photo of a sample of a very SIMPLE card layout, that can be easily modified to fit any color combo, and made to fit any occasion-


It matches my File and Find set too! I think this card is so cute. It used the Wise Owl set, and inside says “have a hoot of a day”.

See here is another card-same colors, and layout, just different stamp set, and occasion!


This card used Floral Frenzy

Here are both together.


So, I think getting organized for this was much easier than I thought! I may actually get this goal achieved this year.

Be sure to check out all the other designer’s ideas:

  • Michelle Wooderson
  • Nichole
  • Lisa Johnson¬†¬†
  • Heather Nichols
  • Debbie Olson
  • I’d love to hear your thoughts on this project and share how YOU stay organized during the year.

    Till tomorrow ūüėÄ

    Teaser Sketch

    Jan 3, 2009 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards, Saturday Sketch

    Happy Saturday. I’m having a great year so far. I think 2009 is going to ROCK!

    Its all what we make it right?

    Time is flying by. Where did the week go? Heck where did 2008 go?

     I have been a stamping maniac, and you will soon get to see the fruits of my labor! LOL! I am also getting ready for another preview of My Timeless Templates ©! Each month gets better and better!! Im just bouncing all ove the place here. STILL trying to find time for the video thing. I know, you are sick of hearing it. Im sick of it too.

    People are quiet these days. What are you all up to? Hybernating? De-stressing? The holidays threw me in a tailspin let me tell you. Im so off track.

    I do have a few things for you to check out!

    I was¬† featured on the inspirational blog HERE!¬†Thanks ūüėÄ

    Also there is a contest on the Pink Cat Studio Blog! Check it out HERE!

    pcs_lilyfairy_coloured.jpg¬†<————OMG! How flippin adorable is Lily like that.

    I’m freakin out. AND you get to try her FREE! Go look.

    AND make sure you check more peeks at the ATS blog, for their upcoming release. I have more peeks to share-soon!

    I have a sketch for you today, and I just love it. I hope you get the time to give it a try.

    Keyword mytimess18


    Now I altered mine just a bit. I had fun with it though ūüėÄ That is the point isn’t it?


    I HAD to use a new set coming out from MFT called Owl for all Seasons by Stephanie Fizer. She also has a digital paper line coming out too!! I used it on my card today ūüėÄ REALLY CUTE!!!

    I LOVE owls! All owls. Not sure what it is, but Im owl happy. These owls definitely make me very happy. I love the happy retro colors, and the paper. So fun.

    Little close up for ya-


    What do you think of the sketch?

    You can use shapes in place of the squares. I love this sketch and think Im going to use it some more! Mix it up a bit.

    I hope you get to have fun with it, and send us a link here if you give it a try!

    In the mean time check out my fab sketch team. I hope they got to give it a try. I was WAY late sending it to them this week! We are now one month ahead though, so thats good.

  • Alicia Weimen
  • Dawn Easton
  • Kendra
  • Kim Gasper
  • Kirsten Dubosque
  • Kristy Vernon
  • MacKenzie Bruckler
  • Maria Levine
  • Tamara Harder
  • I also added a new girl-Kendra! So be sure to welcome her here.

    Thanks for checking in here

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