I like to scrapbook. Birthdays, holidays, friends, family—you name it. However, I have a dilemma.
I need to get organized.
Not only are my supplies stuffed into a bag and some small, disorganized drawers, but also my desk is occupied with a printer, some miscellaneous papers I should sort through and a TV too large for the little time I have to watch it.
So where can I find the space to start scrapping? I can browse Facebook and write blog entries from the comfort of my bed, but glue sticks and glitter won’t blend well with my blankets.
I’m assuming some of you scrappers have the same problem. So here are a few of my organization tips, based on what has worked for me in the past and what I should be doing now.
First, take inventory.
Empty the boxes, bins and bags of your supplies, and determine what needs to go. I’ll admit I’m a scrapbook supply hoarder, but save yourself some money and avoid impulse Jo-Ann’s visits. Those cute flower stickers you can’t seem to leave alone will still be there when you really need them.
In her Jan. 21 post on the “Creating Keepsakes” blog, Amber Ellis suggests donating extra supplies to organizations in the community. For example, she recommends contacting local hospitals, daycares and schools to see if their programs accept donations.
It’s refreshing to either help someone out or simply clear out your space, but it’s nice to have an idea about the supplies you do have as well.
I own a lot of cardstock, which ultimately turns into scraps. The accordion-style folder I use to organize my scraps by color is overflowing and refuses to snap closed. Some scraps end up shoved in between packs of scrapbook paper and forgotten.
As important as it is to organize your stickers, scissors and strings of ribbon, it’s just as essential to keep your paper collection organized. I keep plastic folders to separate patterned and solid papers, for example. For a while, the accordion folder worked well to separate colors.
I also suggest investing in some 12 x 12-inch shelves to store paper, if you have the space. However, folders protect the cardstock from moisture and dust.
Then, make some space.
Luckily my roommates and I have an extra bedroom to store any extra boxes, furniture and unfinished puzzles. I have also delegated this space to scrapbook. A card table fits perfectly and provides me the room I need to spread out my materials and scrap.
No extra room? Clear the kitchen table or some counter space—find some inspiration outside your room. You may even consider spreading newspaper over a hardwood floor and crafting some pages from a different perspective, (literally).
Finally, get creative.
Scrapbooking is therapeutic for some people, including myself. Although there’s always something else productive to be doing, designate a couple hours each week to work on a page or a card or two.
Even if you don’t finish the project, at least you spent some quality time creating something, rather than trying to pretend your paper was writing itself as you scrolled through your news feed on Facebook (for the eighth time that day).