Sunday, May 1, 2011

My 31 Day Challenge - Day 1

I know what you're thinking, "what on earth is she doing now?"  I few days ago, I stumbled upon Marion Smith's 31 Day Challenge (here YouTube channel, here).  She really doesn't have a lot of requirements, just do one project a day for 31 days.  So I'm going to give this a try.   The project I took on today, taking this pile of scrap paper and organizing it in a way that will be useful to me.  I used to organize my scrap pieces by color (all reds together, etc), then I organized them by size (all 12" strips together, all pieces smaller than 4x4 together, etc).  I found I never went back to those piles when I was making a card.  So I took this pile and I separated the pattern paper ( putting coordinating patterns together).  Then I put the solid scraps that matched the pattern paper together.  I ended up with 25 bags like this:
Now, I just reach for a bag when I need to make a card.  An on going challenge for me:  NOT buy another piece of pattern paper for the rest of this year.  We'll see, I'll be lucky if I can keep to that for the month of May.  If I successfully use up this stash, I'll move on and do the same with my boxes of  (6x8, 6x6, and 4x6) papers.  On thing at a time. 


  1. Good luck on your challenge. I would say the most difficult part to stick to will not buying any paper for a month. Now what fun is that?

  2. Wonderful idea for all those scraps of paper!

  3. I saw the challenge as well a few weeks after it started. Didn't even realize May has 31 days until I saw yer post and I do believe I'll join you! I also wanted to start on YouTube - no better time than the present, right?! I'll be doing this right along too... thanks for the reminder and inspiration! =)

  4. I finally have a method for my scraps that helps me reach for them instead of whacking into a new sheet of paper!! I know this will really help you!!

  5. This sounds like a fabulous Challenge Monica and I will have to tune in and see all the wonderful projects you get up to. The idea of presorting your scraps into workable packs sounds wonderful. I think I may adopt this idea for mine ever increasing stash.


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