Sunday, December 9, 2007

An idea a day... #7

Organizing Ideas and Inspiration
Through the years I have tried so many ways of organizing ideas that I see in magazines, catalogs, and online.
This is what is working for me right now... a large Rolodex.
1. I divided the Rolodex into sections by stapling a small piece of wide ribbon at the bottom of the card at the beginning of each section.
2. I glued a picture or small photo of the idea on the page and added thoughts I had about the item, etc.
3. I added comments on the card if I made the item and the date.
I can flip through the cards to get inspired to create something...
or look for a particular picture to remind me of the details.
Christmas ideas

Favorite quotes, scripture, etc.

Sewing ideas

Scrapbook Ideas

"Should you need a helping hand,
I'll gladly give you mine".

Afterthought... To get the small pictures for the Rolodex:
1. As I'm reading blogs and am inspired by an idea, I save the photo to a picture folder.
2. Using Photoshop, I organize the photos on a contact sheet to get them small enough to fit on a Rolodex card.
3 Print out (I do use photo paper with most as the colors and details are so clear).
4. Cut out, paste on card, and comment.
If I see something in a catalog, I usually go online and save the online picture to a folder.
Then... everything fits and is the right size.


Angie said...

Wow. This is awesome. I have notebooks that I carry around -- but it would be nice to have one central place.

Great idea, Miss Joni!!

Kristen said...

I LOVE your blog so much!!! I have missed checking in to see what is new as we are experienceing technical difficulties LOL...LOVE all of your ideas and the felt tree you made - SO CUTE!!

can't wait to see what you post next!

Junie Moon said...

This is an amazing organizing idea and I'm going to definitely try it. I've tried tons of different systems but still end up with fat paper files, overflowing notebook binders, wacky computer files, and 3x5 cards everywhere. Your system looks like something that may be just the ticket for getting myself and my little projects under control.

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

What a clever clogs you are! I love that organisation idea and the picture from the previous post looks perfect above your towels! Lucy x

Angie said...

What a wonderful idea! Thanks so much for sharing it with us!! Happy Holidays!

Junie Moon said...

Thanks so much for adding the extra information--it really is helpful.

melanie said...

brilliant idea!! i have a box of stuff - but i would love to downsize. How are you liking Run?

corry said...

wow, that's a great idea, a rolodex full with inspiration! I love the cards you made with the funny dogs, so cute! Who needs a magazine to get ideas....I just have to visit your blog!

Helen Hancock said...

Now this is a brilliant idea. Your source of inspiration is never ending...where does it come from?

Anonymous said...

That's a great idea. It's small enough to tuck awayy anywhere.