I like my life to be oraganized. I need things in their box and although I'm pretty good when things get out of the box, I prefer they just stay there.
The area of my life where I can be most organized would be my computer. I actually have mini anxiety attacks when someone opens up a laptop and they have icons all over the desktop. Seriously. How do you ever find anything. Everything on my little laptop is organized into folders within folders and I have previews on all my folders and it's just pretty. Even stuff I haven't organized is in a folder called "To be organized."
So a week ago I downloaded some templates from the amazing Traci Reed. I sort of kind of requested some templates with big photo spaces because I sort of kind of love them and can never, ever have too many. Traci packages her templates so they are easy to use, with the stiched overlays in both black and white stitching and the grid in a layered file.
So I could just pop all that into my grid template folder and be done.
Kim has to open up the layered template in PSE.
Then I go ahead and place the stitching on top of the templates and rename those layers either black or white. And hide the white stitching because I use black 90% of the time.
Then I make it colorful.
Yes, I have color palettes saved just for this purpose. I use layer masks to put color onto each layer of the template. I love to open up my grid template folder and see all those pretty colors looking at me saying "pick me! pick me!" Here's a screen shot of how it looks in my folder:
You may be saying, "I ain't got time for that." And you'd probably be right. Certainly there are other things I can do with my time.
I can't control when my daughter pushes my limit on curfew. I can't control when my son is driving on icy streets. I can't control when the dentist sends me a bill after they said I wouldn't owe anything. I can't control whether I have a rough day at work.
Know what it makes me happy to have complete control over? My organized little folders of digital scrapbook goodies and my pretty colors in those folders.
So I make time. It takes me maybe an hour and I do it while watching Big Brother with my family -- who loves the show and I can't hardly watch it.
Sometimes, I've just got to indulge myself.