Happy Monday, fellow scrappers! Melissa Kaiserman here, excited to serve as your hostess this week.
If I sound surprisingly chipper for a Monday, it's because it's truly my favorite day of the week. I see it as a chance for a new start and a fresh perspective.
Sometimes I think that’s really all we need in our hobby when faced with a lack of creativity or when we haven’t made a page in so long that our tools seem only vaguely familiar. It’s easy to think, If only I had a room devoted to scrapping or If only all my children were old enough to wipe their own noses and bottoms, then I would actually fill all those empty page protectors.
Those very thoughts have frequently crossed my mind. I have four children who range from 8 years to 11 months. I also homeschool my two oldest, so I don’t have chunks of time during the day when fewer little people need me. Plus I live in a very small house and do not have a scrapbooking room. Or even a nice-sized closet. I don’t tell you this to gain your sympathy, but to let you know I understand.
I’ve been chronically discouraged by how infrequently I sit down to make a layout, but I was slow in moving toward a solution. I recently decided to stop believing that my circumstances have to be ideal in order for me to scrapbook or work on some other fun project. I purposed to make changes that would allow for creativity even with limited space and time. Those changes are still in process, but I wanted to share some of them with the hope that they will inspire you to make your own small adjustments and recapture the joy of making stuff.
I’m going to spend some time this week describing the steps I took a couple of months ago, starting with
Moving my supplies to an easily-accessible area.
When we first moved into our little starter home six years ago, we had two boys who shared a room, and I claimed the third bedroom as my scrap space. Then our daughter was born and it became a scrap room/nursery. Then it became a nursery (now with two cribs in it following the birth of our son) with a room-dividing curtain hiding my teeny little scrapbooking area. Like most of you, the most logical time for me to scrapbook is when the kids are in bed. But since two of them slept in the same room as my supplies, it wasn’t happening. I knew I needed to be resourceful and come up with a plan.
In our living/dining area we have a standard oak hutch.
There are teacups and teapots behind the glass doors, and in the bottom section I stored pie plates, my cake pedestal, and other serving pieces that were used infrequently. I realized that if I could empty the bottom cupboards along with the two drawers, this would be the perfect spot for my supplies. It’s centrally located, I can get into it any time of day, and it’s relatively safe from little hands.
There was no way all of my supplies would fit, so the trick was to decide what I absolutely needed in there. Can I just tell you how freeing it was to be limited in that way? I only chose those supplies that I love and use often. As for the rest, I purged some of them, and others I put into storage where I can get to them easily if necessary. If I don’t use them in the next few months? Off to the LSS yard sale they go.
So I went from a scrap room that looked like this four years ago
to a scrap half-hutch.
Tomorrow I’ll share specifics on how I organized my supplies so that they would be both easy to work with in this small space and pleasing to the eye. I'm all about the cuteness factor.
In the meantime, if you are in a situation where you find yourself rarely scrapbooking because you don’t have a designated “space,” start thinking of some creative ways to carve one out using what you have. Or if you’ve already gone through a similar process, please share a comment on this post. You never know how your creative ideas might help solve someone else’s dilemma!