I think this might be my favorite part of the weekly process, especially now that I have my Project Life cards, paper scraps and embellishments all sorted by color and in easy to grab containers.
After I've sorted and inserted the photos into the pockets, I go to The Lilypad and look to see what's going to be released this week. If I find something that I think goes well with my photos or the theme of the week, I'll grab it and print out the cards I want to use.
After I've figured out what digital product(s) I want to print and use, I'll go into my dresser full of my rainbow of containers. I grab the colors that match the cards I'm going to be using.
Once I have the containers all set out in front of me, I'll go through them to further sort the colors out and grab all the embellishments that are the right shade of the colors.
If I need to fill more spaces in the pockets, I'll grab some of the Project Life cards or patterned papers (previously chopped to size) that coordinate.
Next, I'll grab my container of Gelatos and sort out any color that matches, just in case I want to use them. I'll also take a look at my mists and spray inks to see if there are any that match and grab those too.
The last thing I'll do is grab my adhesive, scissors, paper trimmer and journaling pens. I then take everything either to the floor or to my kitchen island to start the creative process. The nice thing about bringing it to the kitchen island is that I can set it aside and not have to pick it up all the time. I'm more comfortable on the floor though, so if I have lots of time, I'll choose the floor.
With homeschooling and a busy daily schedule, having it on the kitchen island makes it easy for me to do tiny bits at a time. I actually call my kitchen island my "command center" because I can work with Moriah on her homeschooling and still interact with the boys and be able to sneak in a little creative time on my album. I especially like this time for journaling and doodling on the cards.
Be sure to come back next week when I begin a Photoshop series and share how you can alter and print journal cards to make them unique and express your personal style.