Magic Mike Actress Olivia Munn at the front door of her very organized and clutter-free Hollywood Hills home
The film Magic Mike might be focused on romance in the bedroom, but the Actress who starred in the original film is all business, proclaiming that she cannot stand clutter and prioritizes keeping things neat and tidy.
Enrique Bilsland and Scott Inoue, both former Hollywood special effects specialists, have no scrapbooking experience and neither have ever run a business before. But interestingly enough, their idea grew out of a better organizational system for their daily meetings at the studio.
The idea they invented involved a kind of sandwich board/file hanger/gadget container unit, and soon their idea was introduced to a national office supply show. But everyone said the sandwich board was better suited for scrapbooking. So when both Bilsland and Inoue left their jobs blowing up boats on Baywatch, or creating talking pigs, took the "Scrap-eze Elite Freestanding Organizer" to the web, and then naturally to a retail concept to take advantage of the burgeoning predominantly-woman dominated industry.
"Now they sell hundreds of items that can be used in scrapbooking along with 20 workstations where scrapbookers can gather to produce their books and share ideas. Each station has a cupholder and electrical outlets for heat guns, glue guns, die cutters and even sewing machines."
We love the idea of getting out of the house and actually putting this job on the "done" list. But readers, two men? Do you think the layout of this idea will stick, or will these dudes fall off the page?
Barb and I became friends while taking Structures for Success, a Los Angeles business building class. Recently, we interviewed Barb poolside in Marina del Rey, Calif. If you check out the 6-minute interview, you'll learn some great tips and tricks from the master herself:
How did working as a Hollywood Publicist contribute to Barb's scrapbooking?
Where does Barb hunt to find unique accessories?
What are Barb's 3 Top Tips for creating a beautiful scrapbook?
If you'd like more information on Barb's services, contact the expert herself or post a comment and we'll make sure she gets it.
We were in West Hollywood yesterday, picking up dry cleaning and stumbled on some information about archiving textiles. While this is not the most exciting news, we do run across this issue occasionally-- boxing up wedding gowns and children's clothes for organizing clients.
Designed to last 200-years, my local dry cleaner is now using archival-quality boxes and tissue paper just like museums, overseen by Federal and State governments for the preservation of historical costumes, and by libraries for the preservation of rare books and magazines. You are familiar with this material already because archival board is used for the backing in framing pictures.
Once your gown has been preserved, it's up to you to incorporate these tasks into your datebook:
Every 2-3 years open the box and inspect the gown;
Wash your hands with baking soda mixed with warm water prior to touching the garment;
Examine each layer, box, tissue, fabric;
If you see spots or discolorations, contact your cleaner;
It is not necessary to remove the garment for initial inspections. Examine top layer of the gown, and in-between a few folds;
Wash the cotton liner and cover every 10-15 years;
After initial washing, rewash every 20 years.
Tissue should be replaced every 25-30 years.
A quick check on Microsoft Outlook does prove that you can make a to-do task in 30 years. So there's no way you'll miss it.
Last week, we worked with a retired lifeguard in the South Bay.
He had just come back from Hawaii and it was great fun hearing some great stories about his trip and his life working on the beach. Well, we love Hawaii, the colors, textures, sun, the relaxed decor and their passion for manana time (living life in absolutely no hurry.) Although over time, manana time might drive us bananas.
These striking bamboo storage pieces reminds us of the Islands. They're new from Exposures. We say "E ho'a'o no i pau kuhihewa!"
Tone-on-tone, these photo boxes, magazine files, art files and two-drawer CD boxes keep your office organized with exotic flair. The camel top-stitching adds visual interest and the chocolate paper lining not only hides dirt, but provides archival quality. Smartly enough, all the pieces come complete with silvertone label holders.
These might be just the thing to protect your valuable leis documents. Aloha!
One of the things we love most in writing about organizing, is we get to hear rumblings about new ideas, read the formal announcements, see the actual idea or product revealed and finally get an opportunity to review it. It's fun discovering, and sharing with readers.
Our friend Amy Mobray has been to Michaels Craft Store, and checked out their brand-new line of Martha Stewart's new line of craft supplies. She says good things. Amy does have her pulse on typical shopping-- what has value for the price, and what just seems wrong. Her opinions are always on the mark.
Amy has written up a great review and even snapped a few pics (where does she find the time?) on Martha's new line. Better than we could have done. Our nearest Michaels is in the Burbank Empire Center, 7 miles away in *uber* heavy San Fernando Valley traffic. We don't get there as often as we should. Here's what Amy said about Martha's organizational products:
"I did purchase a few of [Martha's] organizational products. I bought the paper box, CD box, and photo box... I like how the boxes have ribbon in them so you don't remove the lid completely. The ribbon acts like a hinge. Another thing that I like about her stuff is the packaging. Apparently there's storage binders to store all the rub ons, stickers, etc. in. My Michael's didn't have it."
Check out Amy's review on Martha's new craft line-up. If you've seen the products, we'd love to hear what you have to say, too. Enter your comment below.
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