This is the last completely new bundle from our time traveling. I still have some old ones I'm working on updating, but this is the last brand new one I have.
Sofia, Bulgaria was the last place we stopped on our travels. We had been hoping to travel by land all the way to Amman, but due to the unrest in Syria this wasn't possible, so we flew.
At this point in the trip I was pretty exhausted from our year long trek. Once we got to Amman I didn't leave the house for about 6 months. I remember sitting on the couch reading and suddenly realizing I had no clue where I was, and then my brain would slowly chug through all the possibilities. This takes a while because my brain always starts with Minnesota (where I was born) and then slowly goes through everywhere I've been since then. So I would sit for several minutes with no knowledge of where I was until my brain would finally come up with the answer. I've felt displaced before, but not to the extent that I did at the end of this trip.
Sofia was a nice city. I remember mostly bright sunshine, domed cathedrals, and cool drinks.
So much is going on here at Pixel Scrapper! Here's a wrap up in case you missed something. Plus a very exciting sneak peak at the end!
Uploads and Downloads
There wasn't just one new bundle this week, but 7! Some assets are up and more are coming! Read more here.
Some great new templates from Brooke. The assets are on their way. Read more here.
In the Forums
|Designer Behind the Scenes Tutorial
2 new tutorials for making a great asymmetrical paper with a "doodled" border. Read more here.
|June 2013 Blog Train Voting
The poll is closing soon so vote now! Read more here.
|Paper a Day Challenge
This challenge is wrapping up, but we'll have a new one in May. Plus I'm sure people will soon be posting lots of goodies from this month-long challenge. Read more here.
On the Blog
|Digi Scrap Organizing: The Project Folder
A look into my work flow system. Read more here.
|Life in Jordan: The Friday Market
A look at my weekly shopping trip. Read more here.
Sneak Peak into Next Week
I can't believe May is coming!
- Designer Challenge: Our "May Element A Day Challenge" will be starting. Leave some feedback here as we're still in the planning stages.
- New Tutorial: I'll show you some secrets behind my own assets and templates.
- On the Blog: I'll take a look at a trend I enjoy.
- Plus: New bundles from me and Brooke!
Discussing organization methods is a favorite for Digi Scrappers. How to handle that enormous hoard? There are so many ways to address this issue, especially since it's very personal and dependent on your scrapping methods. So today I'm going to give a little tour of one aspect of my organization/work flow system. This does not cover my whole system, nor do I think it will work exactly as I've set it up for anyone else. However, I do believe that something in my system could inspire yours.
In my mind everything digi falls into three categories:
- Things Downloaded
- Things Made
I rarely use my "Things Downloaded" folder because I just don't download that much stuff and rely primarily on my "Things Made" folder. In the "Things Made" folder I store all the templates I've made so that I can easily find them to use in a new project. The organization in this folder is still somewhat in flux, I'm not totally happy with it, so I won't tell you about it today. Instead, I'm going to focus on my "Working" folder, which I recently reorganized to an extreme work-flow boost and happy inside feelings.
The "Working" folder is where I keep projects I'm working on (kits, layouts, assets); basically everything. This means that it's a very overwhelming place. I used to organize by year, with all the projects from one year in one place. However, once I started redoing things to upload to the site, my brain just about exploded. I simply could not keep track of what was finished, what was in in progress and what was "almost" finished (ie finished, but not uploaded to the site yet). There was about a month when I was a crazy person trying to keep track of about 50 unfinished kits.
At this same time I was also reading some business books, since we're trying to run a business and I have a degree in Physics (not, it turns out, super helpful for anything). One of these books mentioned the Kanban system, created by Toyota for their factories. You can Google it if you want more details, but basically, as I understand it, the idea is that you have a couple bins (ex: parts, assembly, and packing in a manufacturing system) and each bin can only have a certain number of slots. When it's full, you have to stop until there's room to move it into the next bin. This method keeps you from over-extending yourself and getting too far ahead and causing problems.
In my case, because of all the reworking, I was hopelessly over-extended. However, the system still worked wonderfully to help me weed out what I was doing.
I have 3 main folders again (the zip files folder is just finished zip files waiting to be uploaded).
- Upload Ready
- In Progress
Once I finish a project from the "In Progress" folder, I move it to the "Upload Ready" folder where it waits until I add it the site. Once that is finished I move it to the "Archive" folder and then it's "out of sight, out of mind." Here's a peak into my "In Progress" folder so you can get an idea of what's going on:
All those projects are ones that I'm working on. I've actually cleared out a significant amount, and I'm starting to look forward to the day when I can have a proper bin system, with only a few active projects.
If you have any questions, please ask, as I'll probably be working on some more organizing posts in the future.
Special Note: Sometimes I hear about people flattening layouts when they are done to save space. Every time I hear this my heart stops beating and I feel sick. I personally think this is a terrible idea. I often revisit old layouts for numerous reasons, and if for some reason I can only find the .JPG I'm always really frustrated. Buy an external hard drive, delete some of your stash, but flattening and deleting things you've made is a poor space saving solution. Honor the things you've made by allowing them to grow in the future. Sorry for the strongly worded caution. I know at the beginning I said everyone could have their own way, and you should of course do whatever works best for you. But think hard about deleting and flattening. I've regretted it every time I've done it.
You might be wondering about the best things that Amman has to offer. There are in fact lots of nice things, but the two greatest things are hummus and the Friday Market. Today I'm going to tell you about the second.
When Jordan and I arrived to Amman, almost two years ago, we came with basically the clothes on our backs. We had been backpacking for about a year, any clothes that we had had previously we'd left in Korea and the clothes we'd been wearing for the last year had perhaps seen better times.
Amman is not be the easiest place to try and rebuild a wardrobe. Many clothing stores sell imported brands (H&M, the Gap, Zara, etc) which are considerably higher priced than they would be in the countries where those stores are from. There are a couple stores that offer a more affordable selection, however even these are still higher than what I would pay shopping in the States. So for a while I twiddled my thumbs and made due with a few purchases.
However, then I became aware of the Friday Market, which is a giant market for used clothes. It's only here on Fridays, and it sells pretty much everything. And over time I've collected enough clothes to render my backpack useless as a mean of carrying everything I own. I think now I'll use it to store my scarves.
What follows is a photo essay Jordan took during our last trip to the market.
Pixel Scrapper Blog
I love digital scrapbooking. I also love to read and bake cookies. Especially while drinking tea. I've lived around the world, and love to travel, which is usually the theme of most of my scrapping projects.