Keeping track of it all

Flow creates a wonderful abundance of endorphins to keep you motivated, but not the organization needed to keep track of it all.  I’ve been working simultaneously on many projects while getting ready to teach a workshop next Saturday.  Ideas are arriving almost faster than I can keep up and I keep writing them down everywhere.  This weekend I spoke with a dear friend and fellow creative Carolyn Dube, a wunderkind all her own. We laughed, laughed some more and talked about all the places we keep notes about ideas, mostly on scraps of paper and in notebooks that are everywhere  and never where we need them to be to remember that flash of inspiration. It seems impossible for both of us to keep track of it all.  When I woke this morning after an early start because we “sprung forward” for daylight savings time here in the USA, I had an organizational breakthrough.  A box, to keep all those scraps of paper in one place, notebook pages included.  A box of MYSTERY in which I would draw a scrap out and make that project written there.  And if I absolutely had no juice left for that idea, I would toss that scrap once and for all and pick another.  Simplistic, maybe, but what a relief to have a system where I could find the ideas, but not stress about how to go about keeping track of them, they would be right there, on my worktable, ripe for the taking.  I’ll let you know how it goes and when my box is done, give you a look see.

Last week I did manage to finish two projects, and write at least 7-8 more ideas down.  I think my MYSTERY box is going to have to be pretty large, maybe a suitcase will do, a traveling world of ideas simmering inside together.  It’s developing is all I can say.  Enough of this, how about a couple of visuals of what I did get done.


Some small books to be given away and


Some tassels for a swap with stitching friends.

Hope you all have a wonderful week.

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17 Responses to “Keeping track of it all”

  1. Lynne Moncrieff March 13, 2016 at 7:26 pm #

    Your Mystery Box sounds ideal. I jot all ideas in a Moleskin style journal, many of the jottings would make sense to no one other than myself. Typically the ideas become lost within the forest of jottings and I find that all I can do to try and mange the situation is to continually refer to earlier pages in the book, scoring a pen line through ideas which never did stretch beyond a mere springboard of a notion or if I have actually taken an idea and completed the art, that will be another penline. A Mystery Box would bring much clarity. I am applauding you for such a fabulous idea I am sure it will work well for you.
    The tassels are so beautiful, I would like to run my fingers through those fibers and what a wonderful photograph of the books.
    (Apologies for such a lengthy comment!!!)

  2. Jan March 13, 2016 at 7:44 pm #

    then all you will have to do is remember where you put that mystery box. Love the looks of those little books. I’m busy making some birthday cards, there seems to be a lot of birthdays this and next month. I’m channeling you and grabbing a bunch of colorful scraps to glue down to card stock. Got a stack of recycled calendar pages made into envelopes to use to send them in. Now where are those postage stamps…..?

  3. Bleubeard and Elizabeth March 13, 2016 at 7:54 pm #

    I am really interested in those small book pages. They look incredibly interesting.

    I like your “suitcase” idea. I have things I want to try, but something always stops me, probably lack of required materials. But I know you won’t throw out an idea unless it no longer interests you, so it sounds like a fine plan to me.

  4. Carolyn Dube March 13, 2016 at 8:03 pm #

    That mystery box is totally muse bait! Brilliant! And will make for more play time too! Had so much fun swapping ideas with you too- looking forward to doing it again!

  5. Erika N March 14, 2016 at 5:45 am #

    Fun fun idea. And those little tassels are pretty fun too. 🙂 See you Saturday.

  6. johanna March 14, 2016 at 6:08 am #

    i will watch how you do with your mystery box. yes, often Floating notes around, or in a Journal (if it is at Hand)… my biggest Problem actually is that i make too short notes and later on i can´t imagine any Longer what i meant… though it was absolutely clear in the Moment of writing down. so a lot of ideas is thrown away…
    love your Little booklets and the tassels – it is quite hard to get those old wooden bobbins meanwhile. but i always have my eyes open at fleamarkets…

  7. lyle baxter March 14, 2016 at 7:34 am #

    you’ll need a deep box like a steamer trunk so you can stir the ideas around once in a while!

  8. Barbara Casillas March 14, 2016 at 8:46 pm #

    Really cool, the books and the tassels! And, I loved the words you used to describe your suitcase mystery box, “a traveling world of ideas.”

  9. Becky Lane March 14, 2016 at 11:22 pm #

    Brilliant idea! I made something similar to this for my kids when they were small. Whenever they told me there was “nothing to do”, I made them pick a piece of paper out of the box and do whatever it said. And they always ended up having fun! Maybe I should start one for myself, and another one for my future grandkids.

  10. Jackie P Neal March 15, 2016 at 8:58 am #

    I do love the idea of the mystery box Corrine! and the suitcase as well! heehee
    Great looking projects going on here as well- you are one busy beaver! heehee

  11. NancyLee March 15, 2016 at 7:03 pm #

    As always love your colors and ideas!
    Can I copy your box of Mystery? That is SO simple but ceative…!

  12. sheila 77 March 15, 2016 at 7:14 pm #

    These books are totally fascinating, they look great as a group too.
    Love the tassels, they would look lovely hanging from a shelf bracket.
    The mystery box sounds intriguing.

  13. aga March 16, 2016 at 6:07 am #

    Mystery box sounds great. Your finished work is beautiful! Big hugs to you!

  14. froebelsternchen March 16, 2016 at 6:35 am #

    The idea of the mystery box is brilliant and I love your little booklets and the tassels !

  15. Dorthe March 16, 2016 at 9:02 am #

    Oh Corrine,

    I had to smile very wide, seeing myself in all you wrote here,just the same situation, with scraps of both papers and fabrics, little nature pieces, bits of strings,laces, buttons not returned to their glasses, dried leaves ,and so much more on my small working table, or in many different little boxes, where I never find what I`m looking for,but a lot of other stuff -LOL
    I hope your magic Mystery box will keep track of notes of ideas, and all, I have like you, and Lynne, done the same….many little notebooks laying all over, with notes, of this and that, but never in the same book, and never to find, without reading through the whole notebook !!!!!!!!!!

    You know I love the row of bright colored books, and your tassels are amazing, can`t wait to see what you are swapped in return, dear.
    Dorthe, x

  16. Kay Wallace March 18, 2016 at 5:16 pm #

    I love those small books of yours, Corrine! So full of color and promise and, well, ART! The tassels are mesmerizing and I especially love that you upcycled the empty thread spools! Genius, I say! I am currently pondering keeping all those scraps of ideas that float everywhere (like dog hair) and can never be found anywhere–okay, pondering over, I’m in!

  17. Patty's Magpie Nest March 22, 2016 at 5:18 pm #

    Cool idea about the mystery box and definitely a suitcase would be more like it!
    I too have snippets of paper everywhere.
    I try and “sort” notes with quotes from other tidbits of info…but oh my!!!!
    I confess I have come across notes and thought what the what does this mean LOL

    Sweet small books you are creating and really lovely tassels too ♥

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