Happy Friday everybody! I hope you all got your chance in for the giveaway yesterday? Gotta love October Afternoon! Thanks again for all the comments on my process. I am slowly going through and replying to questions and general comments as I find the time. Today I will share a bit of my scrapbook space and organising methods.
We live in a small one-bedroom apartment, and before Kieran came along my scrap space was in the bedroom, underneath our mezzanine (loft) bed, but now that is his nursery and I moved out into the living/dining room. This is my main set up in the corner, using an Expedit shelf and desk from Ikea (I love that they came up with this idea!)
On my desk you will find my most used basic tools
The top part of the shelves is where I keep all my most used items: patterned paper and cardstock, alphabets, journaling spots, punches, and stamping equipment.
On the top right you can see my patterned paper and cardstock in Cropper Hopper vertical holders. They were a tad bit too tall for the shelves, so I just cut about an inch off the top. The paper still fits in them perfectly. I organise my cardstock by colour and my patterned paper by manufacturer. When it comes to patterned paper my mind just seems to work that way, I tend to remember what I have by who made it.
I talked about my baskets on Wednesday, here is a better shot of them
I have one for punches, one for random stamps, one for alphabets, and one for journaling notes and spots and one for doo-dads. The others are all self-explanatory; the doo-dad basket basically is full of embellishments: mostly partly used packs that I either bought separately or that came with monthly kits. When I am scrapping I keep that basket close by, even after choosing items from it to work on my project. I got the baskets at Ikea (surprise!) and made the labels myself.
I have two more baskets on the lower part of the shelves, those contain chipboard and blank mini albums. Here is a view under the desk.
The coloured boxes hold my unmounted rubber stamps, acrylic stamps and rub-ons. Underneath those you can see all my monthly kits. I keep them there until I have made a few layouts from the kit and then I break them up into the general scrap population. As you can see I have quite a bit piling up on me of late!
The black bag is my crop bag. I used to go to a weekly crop before I got pregnant, I'm hoping to start that back up again in September. The three accordian folders hold paper scraps, 12x12 diecut sheets and stickers other than alphabets. You can also see my basket of chipboard, and below it the top of the basket of minibooks.
That big pink box is more paper scraps. I know, I know. It's mostly older papers, as far back as three years ago. I plan to sort through it and keep the ones I truly love, and then donate the rest. Oh and my sewing machine is under there somewhere too!
Across the room I have another shelf and a closet for lesser used items.
Well, lesser used except for my stamp pads! I couldn't find a space for them on the Expedit shelf, but they are just a couple steps away. I rigged up a way to cover up the shelf when we have company. At the top you can see a box containing pages that need a home and most of my minibooks.
The closet contains general craft items like paints, canvases, buttons, ribbon, flowers, sewing tools, metal embellishments...oh and even more unmounted rubber stamps in CD cases. I went wild for rubber stamps for about a year, couldn't stop buying them!
That's really about it. I downsized alot when I moved out to the living room, I finally got rid of a lot of stuff I was holding onto "just because". I still need to go through and reduce again, to try to get some of the stuff out from underneath the table. But at least all the contortions I do when I need to get something from the lower shelves serves as a form of exercise!
I know that lots of people are looking for ideas about organising embellishments, and I confess that I am not that mush help. I figured out after a while that I am a searcher and dumper, I keep things in bins and baskets that I can rummage through or dump out. I tried having my stuff by colour in nice little jars or embellishment boxes but it really didn't work for me. As far as organisation goes my advice is to really think about how you scrap, and your overall personality, when deciding how to store product. When working on a project, do you think about things in terms of colour, type or shape? Or in terms of who made it? That's a first step there in deciding. Can you deal with small containers for stuff like brads and eyelets, or do you prefer to throw out, dig through and dump back? I think you know what the answer is for me!
If there is anything you'd like to know that I didn't cover, leave me a comment, or if you prefer shoot me an email at scraphappyfran"at"yahoo.com.
And don't forget about the challenge! I'll be sharing my page and others here tomorrow.