So it turns out that you don't need to nicely put all the crap on your desk away first before creating something new with your new stuff. Nope. All you need to do is swipe all the offending stuff out of the way. How about that?!
The Fine Print: Designer paper, brads, and seam binding from my stash, stamps by Stampin' Up "Gently Falling" and "A Dozen Thoughts."