On a recent episode of The Paperclipping Roundtable, I admitted my bad habit of allowing completed layouts to pile up on our seldom-used dining room table and procrastinating the dreaded task of putting them into albums:
Of course, the impending Thanksgiving dinner always forces me to address this habit, and if you read this blog with any regularity, you can probably imagine the dragging-of-feet-and-incessant-whining that ensues. I often spend several hours trying to arrange the piles into a unique and decorative table centerpiece, but the fear of my family spilling gravy and wine on them usually wins out and I am forced to just put them away already.
So I thought this might be a good time to give you a peek into my album organization. And - bonus! You also get a peek into my dusty, dirty dining room! Lucky you!
When I complete layouts, I do try to pile them up according to what album they will go in. I categorize my albums like this: Dickinson Family, Hayden, Riely, Mike & Lisa, All About Me, Christmas & Heritage. I use American Crafts Modern Albums in black, and decorate the covers with a simple strip of patterned grosgrain ribbon (I get it at Hobby Lobby).
The ribbon lets me add a bit of color to each album, yet when they are lined up on a shelf, only the black spine shows. Which soothes my inner OCD.
On each album, I attach a tag that hangs on the spine identifying the album type and number. I use the 2.25-inch Avery Martha Stewart tags (available at Staples). I cover the front of each tag with my own labels, printed on cardstock:
Then the albums all go into our front entry coat closet (just off my scrap room), which we converted from a hanging rod to shelves for this purpose:
So that's that. And now I must go commence this yearly tradition, for I have gravy-hungry relatives decending on the homestead in less than 24 hours. I'll be alternating my whining with my other little-known yearly tradition of singing Christmas carols in a falsetto voice at the top of my lungs. Good times.