Genius Moment

Okay...I have to brag about my genius moment. Maybe you are like me and find all these great ideas online, in books, magazines, stores, etc... Are they overflowing in folders or binders whispering, "organize me"? Well, mine sure are. I actually did really good this summer and organized most everything...but it is 6 months later and I have a new stack...

Anyways, this is not so much about the stack but about the library. I love the library, it is my new best friend. I have found some great decorating and crafting books and not to mention the free DVD rental... Well, it is time for the books to go back but they are not ready because they look like this...All sticky noted up...and they have been like this for weeks...waiting for me to either copy or scan them. So I finally got up the energy to spend an hour at my printer today...and of course the scanner is all wigging out on me. And then the light bulb came on! Why don't I just take pictures of the pages??? Oh my goodness...it is a miracle. What would have taken probably an hour or more turned into like 15 minutes!!! Now I don't have to add to the piled high stack...these wonderful, beautiful, fantastic ideas can be saved all neat and tidy on my computer until I eventually go to print them. What I love most is that now that they are pictures, I can print multiples pics per page and organize them by craft. As compared to printing each individual page...I am saving a buttocks load worth of paper, ink, and time! Hallelujah!
There is a little glare on the pictures from the light, but I don't mind. I especially liked how I was able to zoom in to exactly what I wanted. This will hopefully eliminate the..."uh, what is this for again??" five months from now. ;)
Well, it is a happy day. Now I can turn those library books in on time and go check out a Photoshop for dummies book! :) Slowly but surely I am on my way to digital scrapbooking...yay! I cannot wait to show you what I am learning!


37 comments:

  1. I so need to go make good use of the library!!!

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  2. If I could LIVE at the library, I would...seriously!

    And from what I have seen at your site, just about everything you do is genius...so I'm not surprised at your latest genius moment =)

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  3. I love that IDEA!! I never thought of that and it's great. I don't have a library in my town so I get them through the mail here in Maine. I am going to do this from now one with magazines as well. To think of the room I'll have when I can get rid of all the mags that I don't use and only want one or two pics in the whole thing. I'm so glad you posted this and thank you, thank you for sharing. I'm going to get started tonight! Big Hugs!

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  4. Hi, I am here by way of my sister, Tracey. This is a brilliant idea...I like the tag idea from Sunday's post too. Now if I just had me a Barbie Calendar....Kathleen

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  5. The library is one of my favorite places ever. If only I could remember what it is I "learn" in all the books I take out.

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  6. Great idea! I always renew my books once or twice before taking them back. I like Tracey's thought about doing it with magazines - that way I don't have these files full of magazine clippings!

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  7. Good for you! This is how I get pre-digital aged photos on my blog. Scanner, shmanner. I will now put this handy know how to good use on library books!

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  8. I came over from sits and you have a great blog. I really enjoyed lookin' at your posts. I like your idea of takin' photo's of the pictures in books and magazines.

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  9. Here from SITS, Congrats on being Saucy. I can see why you are a most Saucy blogger, I love your design aesthetic.

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  10. Even though I saw you featured on SITS, I already come by here quite often. I just don't always leave a comment. I'd probably drive you crazy. I do love your blog though. Such fun ideas. LOVE IT!
    Have a good day.
    Sandra

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  11. What a grea idea. I have never thought about that. Funny cause I have tons of books with sticky notes all over them. LOL

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  12. what a great idea! I could do this with recipes and not have to deal with a copier. Cool beans!

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  13. I had the same genious moment last summer when I needed to scan pictures from our photo album. It is so much easier to take pictures of the pictures! Awesome isn't it! I love the new look of your blog!!!!

    Hugs, Sharon

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  14. From SITS. Great idea. I am inspired by reading blogs. You never know when or where you'll learn something new.

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  15. Great thought.
    dont you wish your home could be as clutter free as the last pic?
    lol i do but will never get there
    thanks for entering my give away and for comments

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  16. Plain and simple...you ARE a genius! Good job!

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  17. Congrats on being Saucy! Love your blog - and ideas! :)

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  18. That was a great idea. Now I can remove all of those unsightly sticky notes from my magazines and books. Thanks!

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  19. You've made me put something else on my new years goal list...go to the Library....good stuff...and taking pictures...really is genius....and congrats on your sauciness...

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  20. Brilliant, yet another "Why didn't I think of theis" moment!

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  21. The library is my best friend too. I'm always grabbing magazines and tons of movies. It's great! They are linked with about 6 other libraries in the area so if my branch doesn't have something and the others do, they can ship it on over here. Love that! I've saved so much $ thanks to the library.

    I'd like to know your take on digital scrapbooking once you start it. I've been thinking that once we get our own comp I'm going to start digi scrapping. I'd love to hear how you are coming by it. I'm thinking that life will be so much easier to do it all on the computer instead of cutting and gluing and such. Plus, it seems sooooo much cheaper!!!!

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  22. Oh my God that's brilliant. Now I can quit trying to figure out which sticky note I need on what page. I love it!

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  23. This is a GREAT idea! Thanks!

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  24. Oh man, Ashley, you are a domestic genius too! This is such a great idea. Ummm...I still can't break the magazine habit yet. It's like when smokers can't figure out what to do with their hands when there isn't a cigarette in them? Mind you, I've never been a smoker...but I wouldn't know what to do without a magazine in them!

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  25. Congrats on the SITS saucy! :)

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  26. Oh I'm so happy to have found your blog through SITS. I love the painted furniture and we are HUGE library patrons (with a few late fees to prove it).

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  27. LOVE your blog! Congrats on being saucy at SITS

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  28. I came from SITS. Great blog, great idea.

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  29. Thanks for the inspiring idea! And very cute blog!!! xo..deb

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  30. oooooooh I like that last photo!

    Congrats on being Saucy! Very CUTE blog!! :)

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  31. I love these ideas! You have a great blog....

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  32. Now that IS genius! Thanks for sharing!!

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  33. I've been in the habit for a while now of scanning in photos and articles from mags, books, etc. that I want to save because it is such a spacs-saver.....but it's also like you said SO time consuming. I love your idea of just taking a photograph! Especially when I don't particularly care about the quality of the print....I just want the info. Thanks for the tip. I know this is going to be a big timesaver for me. Oh, and isn't digital scrapbooking so cool? I've been into it for about a year now after many years of traditional scrapping....and I absoltely love it!
    Elaine

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  34. Holy crap!! This is GENIUS!!!!! You are GENIUS!!!! THANK YOU!! :)

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