Let’s Get Organized
One of the biggest head aches scrapbookers encounter is getting and keeping supplies orderly and accessible. Clutter soon becomes our middle name. Keeping track of things is a monumental task in and of itself. There are three main areas of concern:
- paper storage
- tools and embellishment storage
Working on a kitchen table or counter may provide an adequate work space, but it also means setting out and putting away your supplies each time you want to scrap. This “getting ready and clean-up time” would be better spent scrapping. If, however, you had a dedicated workspace and/or organized storage for your supplies, you could spend more time doing what you like best–creating scrapbook pages and albums.
Consider some of these helpful hints and ideas as you build your scrapbook “kingdom”:
If you are just beginning to scrap, your needs will be limited. You may even find it easier to buy only the supplies you need for each specific project. The practical side says you will begin to build your supply collection a little at a time . . . with extras and leftovers from each project you work on. At some point you will find the need to put these extra items away to be used on another project. We won’t even discuss finding those super “buys” that always come up, and we can’t seem to pass-up! Pretty soon you have more things find a home for . . . and so the story goes.
It doesn’t take long before you need to be very organized with plenty of storage for your wares.
The kitchen table or counter top is just fine for a scrapper’s workspace. The major drawback, as previously noted, is setting up and putting away. If, however, you are blessed with a little “extra” room somewhere, you can opt to have your own dedicated scrap work site.
You can always create or construct your own work space that may have to fit in a unique space.
Using an entertainment or computer armoire may work after you modify them, but there are draw backs. These pieces of furniture were not constructed for your purpose. The actual workspace is limited, and storage can be wasted because of the unique odd sizes used in scrapbooking.
Paper . . . you just can’t have enough paper! Then comes the need to properly store it so it won’t get “folded, spindled or mutilated.” The two work stations previously mentioned have storage. You may need more, or your scrapping from some other source or area. There are several options available to you to have your paper safely stored, but easily accessed.
There are several mobile or carrying totes available like “Crop in Style” and “Cropper Hopper Class Tote.” There are plenty of other smaller or individual style holders that could well meet your storage needs. One of the largest selections I’ve seen online is at JoAnn.com. Go to “paper organizers” under the scrapbook storage area. Plus, they always have something on SALE!!! Don’t you just like to get things on sale?
For large storage needs take a look at ScrapNcube. They also have workspace items. Also, take a look at Display Dynamics for shelf units, or individual pieces. And lastly, take a look at VmarkInc on eBay for shelf towers.
For those who are looking to build there own storage rack or unit, you may want to review Rebecka’s article on 12 x 12 shelving she made at Ask.com.
(One note: Office file cabinets can work if you modify the hanging folders to allow for 12 x12 sheets. One drawback is the lack of ease to see the various papers you may have stored.)
Additional Article: More on: “How to Organize Your Workspace
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