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Project Life ~ Basic Organization

I’ve been wanting to come in to blog a few days ago but I was under the weather since Friday, so I spent my weekend recuperating and not getting much done. It’s been a hectic week, getting Ethan ready to go back to school on Tuesday, with him falling sick the day prior to school re-opening (hence the bug was passed to me), rushing home from work everyday to make sure he’s coping with his homework (it’s only the first week but he’s already getting tons of homework!), making sure I’m back home on time so the hub could use the car to ferry him to his evening classes and Aikido lesson, so on and so forth. I’ve been preparing for this crazy schedule to happen once the new school term starts for the kids but I guess I was not taking good care of myself not to fall sick and this had to happen on week 1 of 2012!

Nevertheless, I still managed to get a bit of rest and spent the weekend making sure Ethan complete more of his homework before he goes back to school. I just feel sad we couldn’t go out and get some fresh air with me being sick but I’ll make it up to Ethan from next week.

Anyway, I just want to share what I’ve been doing to get my stuff organized for my Project Life. Remember last week when I posted about the title page I’ve prepared and on getting started on my Project Life? Well, this was supposed to come between that 2 posts but I’ll just get on with it.

After pulling out some of the things that I think I would use for my Project Life, on top of my Clementine Core Kit, I went about organizing them and set them aside on my scrap table to make sure they’re within reach when I’m updating my weekly pages.

I have to say it was slightly chaotic when I tried to organize my materials, probably being drowsy from my medication but I managed to put them away in a short time.

This was how my table looked like before I stashed them away properly into some baskets and containers. I’m not very proud of the sight but eventually I got them cleared away nicely. πŸ™‚

I practically put everything onto the table so I could sort them out in order. I’m a neat freak, so I need to make sure I have them all displayed and slowly organize them the way I want it to be.

Oh, I managed to find these circle stickers from Creative Imagination I got them a while ago in my stash, so I took them out and set them aside to use in my Project Life. πŸ™‚

And here’s my precious tool kit where I store all my journaling pens, precision scissors, foam dots etc. I got this pouch from Smiggle, one of my favorite stores selling bright and colorful stationeries. πŸ™‚

I organized my stickers into these 2 baskets from Ikea, which fits perfectly.

I took out all the cards from the core kit and organized them into this plastic container I got from Daiso a while ago. Once they’re out of the box, I can grab them anytime when I’m filling up the photo pages during the weekly updates.

I added tabs to separate the different cards so I can just pick them up easily without spending too much time sorting them out.

So, that’s about it on my organization of the things I’m going to be using for my Project Life. I want to make it as easy as possible without spending too much time looking around my shelves for the bits and pieces.

Oh, guess what I found when I was going through my baskets of materials I accumulated over the years? πŸ˜€

My favorite October Afternoon stamps! Well, they have been very much forgotten and neglected and I’m sure they’ll come in handy when I need to use them! Some of the designs are exactly what I’ve been looking for, the dates, calendar, words and alpha stamps.

On a side note, I have also spent some time sorting out my Instagram photos I’ve taken the past months. I decided to print them and put them together in a small journal book I altered just for the photos.

I cleaned up my scrap room a couple of weeks ago and re-organized my space and settled my faithful Canon Pixma printer on my table, finally. All these years I stowed it away on the shelf and whenever I need to use it to print my photos, I’ll just take it out and put it on the floor. Imagine I have to bend over many times from where I was seated to feed the photos and picked them up when it’s done and over the years, my back does hurt. So, I decided I had enough of it and just parked my printer on the table.

I just love the printing layout that fits my Instagram photos nicely onto the A4 photo paper size.

After cutting out all the photos and with the little journal book I altered with fabric stickers I bought from GmarketΒ which I wrapped over a plain-looking journal cover, add a bright pink card stock to the spine and cover corner and a sticker on the front cover, they’re ready to go into the pages!

I know this is a long post filled with loads of images, please bear with me for another minute and I’ll be done! πŸ™‚

Remember I posted the calendar that I inserted my Instagram photos onto the Paislee Press template?

I’ve finally printed them out and they’re ready to be used any time.

They look better than what I expected. I’m quite pleased with the Instagram images I took. I think just as long as I keep the prints within 4×6 or 5×7 the resolution of the Instagram images would look ok.

And last but not least, to take on one of my 2012 plans, which is to start reading again, here’s what I have on hand right now. This book was a Christmas gift from my dearest and favorite aunt. I’ve only read a few pages and I’m loving it already! I’m truly grateful to her for gifting me this book, which comes in really useful for me to strengthen my bond with my son Ethan and to understand him better (another one of my 2012 hopes, wishes and plans). And this book happened to be recommended by a blogger whom I just started following today. Such coincidence. It’s definitely a positive start to 2012!

Well, I hope you’re having a better weekend than I do (I mean the falling sick part). The weather has been awful lately so do take care of yourself, eat and rest well so you’ll be healthy.

I’ll be coming back to update on my week 1 Project Life, once I’m done with it. I hope yours are coming along well. Have fun and enjoy putting them together!

Good night!

  • aniaJanuary 9, 2012 - 1:40 am

    Soo pretty! nevermind that i’ll never become organized..I like looking at other peoples neat places still πŸ™‚ Happy NY btw πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer @ Live Art.fullyJanuary 9, 2012 - 4:01 am

    Thanks so much for sharing this! I’ve been keeping scrappy journals for years, and I am dying to do Project Life. Love your pictures and ideas!! So much eye candy here. πŸ™‚

  • Danielle G.January 9, 2012 - 4:31 am

    I have the same printer and can’t get it to print quality pictures. Any suggestions? Yours look great. What paper did you use? Did you print through photoshop? Did you change any settings? I’d love to print at home because online printing is costing me a small fortune.

  • FindingnanaJanuary 9, 2012 - 10:29 am

    Hi Danielle,
    I always use the Canon Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss and the print quality has been great so far. I print all my photos through the Canon EasyPrint Utility (after I edit in Photoshop and saved them into my folders) and the only setting that I made was the type of paper used. I leave the rest of the setting as it is. The colors would not be exactly 100% of what we see in our screen but they’re very close, that’s what I like about Canon Printer.
    What kind of photo paper you use? Why don’t you try the Paper Plus Semi-Gloss and see the difference of the quality. I hope my suggestions helps. πŸ™‚

  • DanielleJanuary 10, 2012 - 12:12 am

    Hope you feel better soon & can’t wait to see your PL pages.

  • Melinda TJanuary 19, 2012 - 5:52 am

    Hi! New follower here, found you through Tammy of Your Memory Connection! And I’m so glad I did! Thanks for sharing, you’ve given me plenty of ideas already! Can’t wait to get to know you better! πŸ˜€

  • Maria LemontJune 7, 2012 - 11:49 pm

    Great site- super ideas- so inspiring

  • Alicia HarveyDecember 19, 2012 - 8:23 pm

    Okay, I know this comment is almost a year too late but I saw this post pinned on Pinterest and I am *so* glad I did!

    This organization inspiration is exactly what I needed to kick me in the butt and get organized! So inspirational! And I love that you print your own Instagram photos and jealous that I never had the thought myself- haha.

    And the book- I loveloveLOVE the original version. I will be purchasing the children’s version soon though.

    Merry Christmas!

  • FindingnanaDecember 20, 2012 - 10:04 am

    Hi Alicia,
    I’m glad you found my post to be useful and it’s never too late to get some ideas on organization. This can apply to anyone at any time of they year. I’ll be posting a new organization ideas for 2013 soon. Thank you for taking time to visit my blog!

  • Alicia HarveyDecember 21, 2012 - 4:53 am

    =D Excited about the 2013 edition!

  • Sam PerrinMarch 7, 2013 - 11:27 am

    Hi I have just came across your site and absolutely love your organization. I was just wondering if you can tell me what sort of printer you use to print the instagram pictures as I’m on the lookout for a new one.
    Thanks for the help and great blog, love it. πŸ™‚

  • FindingnanaMarch 7, 2013 - 2:28 pm

    Hi Sam,
    I’m currently using Canon Pixma iP4970 printer to print all my photos and prrintables. πŸ™‚
    Hope you’ll get a printer that you like. πŸ™‚

  • DoniMarch 17, 2013 - 9:24 am

    I just came across your website after someone posted a photo of your Project Life organizer for all the journaling cards and other small embellishments. Where did you get the little white cubby/shelf with the scalloped top. That would be just perfect for the corner of my countertops in my new scraproom. Thanks! -Doni

  • FindingnanaMarch 22, 2013 - 9:07 pm

    Hi Doni,
    That white table top shelf is from Ikea. I can exactly remember the name but I think you can search it in the Ikea website for the shelf. It’s a perfect organization for countertops. I hope this helps. πŸ™‚

  • FionaOctober 25, 2013 - 7:50 pm

    Always looking for new ideas to organise the ever-multiplying stash of fun papers and embellies!! I saw that you use Photoshop to edit with a Canon Pixma printer… but what is the software that allows you to print square pictures?

  • FindingnanaOctober 25, 2013 - 9:38 pm

    Hi Fiona,
    I always use my printer utility to print my pictures. You can read how I print my photos here Hope this helps. πŸ™‚

  • callyDecember 13, 2013 - 7:40 pm

    Just stumbled on you blog via pinterest. Love what you’re sharing… Thank you!

  • Melissa GMarch 4, 2014 - 6:56 am

    Do you know specifically which Canon Pixma you have? I need a new printer and would love a printer that someone has had good luck with. It is so hard to select based on random reviews on the websites.
    I also will be using mine for project life so since you have had a couple of them, I think I would like to try one! Thanks!!

  • FindingnanaMarch 5, 2014 - 10:25 pm

    Hi Melissa,
    I’m currently using Canon Pixma iP4970 but it’s no longer in production. I’ve had it for exactly two years so there are other new models available now in the market.

  • AnniejuneMay 1, 2015 - 8:15 pm

    Hi Melissa,
    How do you print your insta photos on the A4, I cannot find anywhere how to do this, thank-you πŸ™‚

  • AnniejuneMay 1, 2015 - 8:17 pm

    It is ok, found it in your thread and will give this a try and fingers crossed I can work it out lol….

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