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Back to School Organization + Giveaway!

Disclosure: I was sent products from Martha Stewart Home Office™ with Avery™to review. This post, my experience and opinions are 100% my own.

It's that time of year again for us, back to school, which means 10x more events, scheduling, planning and organization required on my end. I've said it before but I'll say it again. I am NOT the world's most organized person (not even close) but I've learned that in order to maintain some sort of sanity during the school year, some organization is critical!

Martha Stewart Home Office™ with Avery™ sent me some items to try out and see if they'd help me get a little more organized so I got right to work. I LOVE great looking organizational supplies even if I'm not the most organized.

The center of my life right now is my planner so I was really excited about all the options with the Discbound notebook and accessories. The best part is being able to pick and choose what goes into the notebook and it's easy to take things in and out.

I love the month in review, all the notebook paper, and the little task pad you can stick in anywhere you want! Versatility is big for me and that's what I love the most about this planner!

I've shared my office before but I added in this magazine file with the vertical file folders. I LOVE the vertical file folders! I've never used them before but it's SO much easier to pull out what you need with the files this way. They are sealed on one side too so your papers don't come falling out when you pull out the folder you need.

Chalkboard is still very much on trend and I love these chalkboard decals. I stuck one to the garage door (the last door we exit when leaving for school) as a reminder for the boys.

I also had these smaller labels that worked PERFECTLY in my kitchen. With myself and 1 kiddo being gluten free we have lots of labeling needs.

Chalk label tip - use a pencil sharpener (the larger part) to sharpen your chalk for a thinner point - perfect for marking labels.

I added a message board to our backpack organization wall for smaller papers that get lost in backpacks or the wall file.

And for all those things that get forever lost in the lost and found I used these no-iron clothing labels to label hoodies, lunchboxes and all those things that can get lost at school. You can even put them through the wash and they'll stay on.

One other thing we added was a storage box for extra chargers and other electronic pieces that regularly go missing. This little table sits right at the entryway of the house and is available for the boys' electronics or guests who might need to use one! (I love these boxes for school papers too!)

That's a LOT of organizing for someone who isn't very organized! Now it's your turn!

In case you're already shopping Staples has some deals going on now or very soon!

 

  • Week of August 25 – 50% off Spiral Notebooks and 40% off File Folders & Accordion Files (in store temporary price reduction)
  • Week of September 1 – 40% off all Message Boards & Decals (online weekly ad)

 

GIVEAWAY

Martha Stewart Home Office™ with Avery™ wants to help you get back to school organized and is giving away a $50 Staples gift card to one of my readers!

Follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget below to enter!

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Elle's Studio CHA Layouts

I’m not sure which of these were displayed because I know Elle was short on space but here are the layouts I created for the Elle’s Studio Summer CHA booth!

This one using Cameron

And these 3 using Noel - love the chalkboard paper!

It’s weird scrapping Christmas when it’s 115F outside, but then I remembered that it’s Summer for Christmas in Australia so it really shouldn’t be that weird.

Project Life Sale at HSN!

Disclosure: This post is part of a paid campaign with American Crafts, but all opinions are my own.

If you’ve ever been to my site or know me you know I LOVE Project Life. It is such a fun and meaningful way to scrapbook and the best part is that anyone can do it. You don’t need adhesive, scissors or fancy equipment just a kit and your photos and you’re good to go! Obviously you can add the fun stuff in if you want but it’s not necessary. That’s what makes it so great.

The purpose? To document your life. And let me tell you, if you don’t know already, your family will love you for it. My boys absolutely LOVE browsing through a year in our lives. Bits and pieces, photos, funny quotes, receipts (which will be REALLY fun in another 20 years or so) kid art etc. It’s literally your life in little slots all displayed together in one place. What’s not to love?!

Everyone that sees mine in person wants to start on their own. I’ve got a great way for you to do that!

Starting August 5th HSN will be running a special sale on several Project Life bundles. You will have the opportunity to purchase a kit with the Cinnamon, Rain or Kraft core kits or a mini bundle with the Holiday and Seasons Mini Editions.

Holiday Mini Edition

Seasons Mini Edition

Rain Core Kit

Cinnamon Core Kit

Kraft Core Kit

Last time the sales were pretty awesome so no doubt this one won’t be any different! The bundles are going to be offered at a price you won’t be able to beat! Tune in to HSN or check their website on August 5th for the pricing!

What are you eyeing?!

NSD at Studio Calico!

The fun has started! Studio Calico just kicked off the NSD fun on their blog!

There are 9 total challenges with examples for Scrapbooking, Card, and Project Life for all of them! Check out the blog post for info on how to participate and how to win the grand $100 prize!

I took on the challenge of mixed media and I made 3 different cards showcasing it on this PL spread!

Week 14 Card: I placed thickers on a blank 4x6 grid card and painted over with watercolor on a small brush - super easy and fun! 

Excellence Card: To create the ombre effect I loaded up the water color paint and applied it several times to the bottom of the card slowly blending it up with more water. As I got to the top all that was on my brush was water. Once it dried completely I printed over it with my quote!

Love Lives Here Card: I painted a base of gesso over a printed PL card. Once the gesso was semi-dry I applied some water color on top of that. Once dry I layered it up with a cut file!

Now your turn to give it a try! It’s easy and fun I promise! I used the Artist’s Loft watercolor set from Michaels

Happy NSD!

 

Planetarium Reveal!

I hope you are ready for lots of updates from me over the next couple of days - it’s NSD on Saturday! But first I wanted to share my Planetarium projects for the month! You can also see them in my CT gallery

First up my PL kit only spread

and for this spread I mixed the PL kit, add on, stamp add on, and Orion

Everyday Storyteller 2 Blog Hop!

As you know I am SO excited to be contributing to Everyday Storyteller 2!

And now I get to welcome you to the  Everyday Storyteller 2 Blog Hop!

Everyday Storyteller 2 is a brand new idea book offering more than 100 tips, tricks and techniques for scrapbooking. Go behind the scenes with 33 of your favorite memory keepers to see how they capture moments, tell stories and document their best memories. Sign up for the VIP list to be the first to know when the book is released and receive an exclusive discount.

THE HOP

Each book contributor participating in the blog hop is giving away an eBook copy of Everyday Storyteller 2. Use this entry link or click the graphic below to complete your entry form. You must enter by 11:59pm PDT on April 30, 2013 to be eligible. You may enter from each stop. Winners will be contacted directly as well as posted at everydaystoryteller.com on May 1, 2013.

 FULL LIST Tangie Baxter Kerri Bradford Joscelyne Cutchens Catherine Davis Patty Debowski Lisa Dickinson Karla Dudley Leah Farquharson Karen Grunberg Jenni Hufford Donna Jannuzzi Amanda Jones Mandy Koeppen Riikka Kovasin Kami Leonard Amy Mallory Amy Martin Ann-Marie Morris Celine Navarro Lynnette Penacho Kelly Purkey Krista Sahlin Linda Sattgast Cindy Schneider Wendy Smedley Elisha Snow Amy Sorensen Neisha Sykes Jill Sprott Laura Vegas Allison Waken Crystal Wilkerson Jennifer Wilson

Free Printable Filler Cards

I made up a few filler cards while “doodling” a week or so ago and posted them on Instagram and a few of you said you’d like them so I’m putting them up here as a free download! We all need a bit of Summer in our lives I think.

Download HERE

Digital Cards HERE

Let me know if you would like them as a digital file for a digital PL!

Trim just inside the cutting lines. Enjoy!

Everyday Storyteller 2 Sneak video!

You have to go check out the awesome Everyday Storyteller 2 sneak video!

While you’re there don’t forget to get on the (free) VIP list to get an invite to the virtual launch party! I’m so excited to be a part and think you’ll LOVE the inspiration and ideas in this book!

Let me know if you spot my page in the video ;)