Get Organized with Creative Options

The process of getting organized seems to be a constant work in progress for me. Please say I'm not the only one? My work surfaces get covered, and only cleaned enough to work on the next project. And then when things seems to get really busy, the piles grow, and I start scooting things around so I am left with just enough room to work on the current project. But thanks to my partnership with Creative Options, my studio is looking so much better - the piles are dwindling and my supplies are getting put into awesome storage containers that are stylish and functional. Most importantly, I have a place to put numerous items so that I am able to find the things I need to use easily. I can do this both in the studio and for creating on-the-go. Here's a little video I put together showing various ways I've been using the products.

You can see even more ideas in this wrap up post where I asked some ladies to show how their using the products. Creative Options products are available at Michaels, JoAnn, Wal-Mart, Hobby Lobby and online at Amazon.

Want Creative Options to help you get organized for fall? Take a picture of your craft areas or projects that need help and upload your photo to Instagram, tagging @creative_opts & @amytangerine and using the hashtag #creativeoptions for the chance to win the latest products from Creative Options! Be sure to also Like Creative Options on Facebook for more details. Contest runs through 9/19.

Sewed Minialbum by Olennka

I need to admit that I love minialbums. I love to create them, collect them and finally after a while browsing page by page. It’s great idea to gather more photos in one place. Now I can see that it was worth to make lots of minialbums. Nowadays my son – he’s three – is viewing my albums and keep asking questions about photos, places and dates. It’s great fun spending time with him in that way. Well, you can say there is lot of work in such an album, it takes more time than scrapbooking page. I don’t think so. I want to show you how easy it can be. You don’t even need lots of supplies, just basic stuff.

Here’s the list of supplies which I used: Amy Tangerine Plus One papers, Amy Tangerine embroidery set, Photos, Scissors, Ruler

suppliesWhen you’ve got all it’s time to start. I’ll explain everything in simple steps.step1Step 1: Cut papers to size 12 cm* 15 cm ( I had photos 10*15 cm and I wanted to use them as individual pages for my album).step2Step 2: Fold each paper as on the picture. I divided each piece for 2 cm fold 10 cm wide/ 15cm highstep2aStep 3: Make holes with paper piercer every 1 cm on each piece of paper on the fold area.step4Step 4: Arrange your photos and add titles, embellishments and whatever you like.step5Step 5: When your pages are ready sew it together. As you can see it’s quite simple. And here’s my whole album.SewedMinialbum 1SewedMinialbum 2SewedMinialbum 3SewedMinialbum 4SewedMinialbum 5SewedMinialbum 6SewedMinialbum 7I encourage you to try this!!! Hope you like it and have fun! Ola

What a fantastic little book! Other Design Team member posts can be found here. Shop for Plus One at your local scrapbook stores and online at and Simon Says Stamp!

Babymoon book

If you're popping over from Ali Edwards' blog, welcome! Now that I am back from the babymoon (a vacation taken by soon-to-be-parents to try and relax a bit before the baby arrives - similar to the idea of a honeymoon for newlyweds), I can theoretically finish up the book I started, which you can read about & see here. But with work and the new house, I really haven't had a chance to sit down and work on it as much as I would have liked to. This is what I have completed so far, and though it only covers half of our first day there, I am ok with it. DSC_1099The cover of the book is a photo of a collage. I added these Wood Grain Goodness Thickers and this cute airplane from Skipping 5.DSC_1100 DSC_1101 DSC_1102 DSC_1103One little thing I love about traveling is JC indulging me in a few silly photos. Another is the gathering of the souvenirs, which I have plenty of in an envelope. Though the book may never actually get finished (although I will try), I will record these memories onto scrapbook pages and also Project Life.

We have a GIVEAWAY of one of the travel kits that will be stocked in our shop tomorrow!amy tangerine travel kit giveawayThe winner will get a choice of either the small camera pouch or the airmail pouch. TO ENTER: Leave a comment with which one you prefer along with a fun travel tid bit. It can be anything from a favorite destination to a tip for traveling with babies (as I am gathering notes). Comments will close in 24 hours and a winner will be announced on this post after 10am on Wednesday, August 7, as we have another fun giveaway tomorrow. GOOD LUCK!

WOW - I am blown away by all the fantastic tips and interesting travel bits you shared. THANK YOU!! 

The winner is #131 - Anissa H. says:

Love these kits! My favorite is the camera pouch.

My tip for traveling with a baby… simple Just Go. Don’t let having a newborn stop you from those spontaneous weekend trips. Just pack them a bag and take off. If you forget something at home, there will probably be a Walmart or Target near your destination. I hear so many new parents say that they can’t just get up and go like they use to, but really YOU CAN!! My husband and I did those little weekend trips while our boys were little and they loved it. They were exposed to new places from the beginning.CONGRATS!

I am having some website issues but will try and get these kits (and others) uploaded to the shop as soon as possible. Thanks!

Daily postings in December

I've decided to try and post something every day this month. Lofty goals are always made on the 1st of the month or the start of anything. And if you all are wondering about #mileaday, I am already a failure. I made it to Day 7 and then on Day 8 & 9 it rained. I used the rain as an excuse a reason to not run. I suck and it's ok. I will continue to do the miles on the days I can and am trying really hard to hit my Nike Fuelband goal of 3000 every day for the rest of the year. Keeping it simple and small (4x6 again, this time landscape orientation). See how the cover came together in this post. Worked up a couple intro pages using what I had on hand, one of which was a Bloomingdales ad from last year. (supplies: washi tapes || gold heart from this sticker album || hot pink ink pad) I cleared off just enough space on my desk to start working on this. Cleaning up as soon as I am done with each project is another goal. Dang, December is bringing on big plans.(supplies: evalicious now at Two Peas!)

So I started this a bit early this year, because when I looked back on my previous books, they both had pages from Urbanic's Holiday Soirees from 2010 and 2011. Now I automatically associate these festive events with kicking off the holiday season. Apologies in advance for the photos, as it was already dark last night and I really wanted to get these up on the blog today. (supplies: ampersand || evalicious cloud date stamp, journaling card & tab || white alphas || black and white chevron paper

I'll just consider these bonus pages in my album since I usually start to slack off around Christmas/towards the end of the month anyway. Happy first day of December!

hello adventure pocket book

This little notebook was sent to me by one of my creative partners, Baum-Kuchen. It's aptly named, Kangaroo Notebook, because all the pages are made up of pockets. Clever, right? Well the notebook is now available for pre-order (and these cute pockets for pre-order). They were so kind to send me the horizontal sample to play with in advance. I kept it simple and used new washi tapes from My Minds Eye and Freckled Fawn along with a hand-stitched title for the cover. I like to take washi tape along on my trips. Since it can get bulky (and I prefer to travel light), a solution that works best for me is to wrap a selection of favorites onto a shipping tag.(Background paper: Together Chevron by My Minds Eye)

The tag fits perfectly into the pocket. You may have noticed that my schedule coming up is jammed with travels. Thanks go out to the blog reader who brought to my attention that I will be in 4 continents in the next 3 months. Whoa! My cousin Cindy also pointed out that I will only spend 6 days at home this month. Yikes.

No doubt this is the perfect little book to accompany me (and my spiral daybook) on all of the travels. I can collect goodies in the individual pockets for safe keeping before they make their way into mini books or onto scrapbook pages.