This week we’re responding to threads from the Paperclipping forum…
My new Planner Room is full of planning supplies. Get tips and ideas for better and (more organized) planning when you watch this video.
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to cutting supplies and organization?
For a lot of people, it’s how to store the extra leftover cuts you don’t end up using in a project.
Do you struggle with where to put them? Or do you have a place for them, but find they never get used?
Maybe your biggest problem is that the cutting tools pull you out of your flow, so you don’t even use them much. Do you find that you neglect your electronic cutting machine, or your die cutting machine?
The reason could simply be that the location of these machines and their supplies breaks up your workflow.
So what is it for you?
When it comes to punches, die cutters and their dies, electronic cutters and their accessories, and all other related supplies including the leftover cut pieces, which of these gives you troubles?
Leave a comment and let us know!
Then if you’re a Member you can watch the episode we just released this morning that shows how I set up the cutting area of my scraproom. You’ll see how it supports my workflow, and you’ll see what I do with my leftovers.
Lastly, you’ll see me assemble the layout in the image above as I share lots of design tips for creating a unified page.
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How long does it take you to choose the items you use on a page?
Someone recently used the word, “audition” to describe their long drawn-out process of picking and choosing items to use. That is a fitting word for the task of looking at lots of possibilities until you finally find that right one.
I’ve almost eliminated the audition process.
Only once in a while do I need to spend even five minutes “auditioning.” Now I just play and create.
And on top of that I have very little cleanup time because of my setup and process.
Really, it is an absolute dream.
I want to share it with you, and today I’m specifically sharing how I’ve organized my embellishments.
Here are five things you can do to make it easier to choose and then put away embellishments:
- Sort your items by the categories you regularly search for.
Some of the categories of items I regularly search for are red items; flourish items for a ballet album; bright and sunny items for outdoors Arizona pages; neutral items; brand new stuff; love-related items for relationship stories; house-related items; enamel dots; etc).
- Store your items by these categories you’ve identified.
If you’re always looking for mint-colored items and it takes you more than a minute to find and gather them, it makes sense to have a store of mint items waiting for you. But that doesn’t mean you must also have containers for every other color — it would be unhelpful to have a store of items in a category you don’t tend to look for. You will rarely or never end up using those.
- Eliminate a category once you stop going to it.
Believe it or not, at some point you will no longer be looking for mint-colored items, or enamel dots, or embellishments that will look good on ballet pages. Once a category is no longer serving you and you find you’re not looking for items that way anymore, take those items and divide them up among your other stores of embellishments.
- Eliminate the overwhelm of too much stuff by categorizing.
Grab only one or two of these stored categories when you’re scrapbooking and bring them to your table. This will allow you to keep a decent sized stash overall, but give you the benefit of having fewer items to choose from. Too many choices leads to cognitive dissonance and overwhelm, which stop creativity.
- If an item sits unused too long, re-categorize it and store it in one of your other spots.
By dividing your embellishments into categories, you can choose to re-categorize any items that aren’t getting used. I find that just by re-categorizing something and storing it in a different way, I breathe new life into that item.
This has made the process so fast for me.
You have to see it to believe it.
And you can, because we just shot a video that shows me using a lot of different embellishments on one page without the “audition” time of trying to pick and choose what will work best. I share even more tips and solutions to share on the video, too.
Plus, my table was clean when I was done. I just had a few containers to slip back into place and my table was clean and ready for the next page within a single minute.
But you need a Paperclipping Membership to watch the video.
It’s in the Member’s Area now. CLICK HERE to learn about a membership.
Today we dive into four of my cube drawers, a basket, and a shelf to see how I organize and store all of my mixed media supplies (minus the organization of stamp-related supplies).
We also look at how I situated my entire mixed-media area to work together, including this cabinet of cubes, my painting easel, and my mixed-media scrapbooking table.
And lastly, we see how fast, easy, and convenient it is to find and gather the supplies and use them on a scrapbooking page. Because it really doesn’t matter if your room is beautiful and looks organized if it does not make your process flow.
Our spaces should help us create more.
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Hi there, Roundtable listeners. I want to thank you all for the outpouring of support and kind words as I’ve grieved over the loss of my father.
I had thought we’d be back on track with episodes this week. You have all encouraged me to take my time, but Izzy and I do need Paperclipping to function as usual, as it helps to pay our bills. :)
So I wanted to have the Roundtable going again this week, but it’s been a little harder + slower than I anticipated to have everything up and running again.
Our absolute MUST-DO this month are the four video tutorials for the Paperclipping Members, and the truth is, making those videos have been a nice respite for me. We uploaded the second February video today and I hope you’ll love it as much as I enjoyed making it.
So I’m sorry to say that since the Roundtable is a free show, I need to first guarantee that I am able to do the two March videos during the month of March before I can get the Roundtable started again.
I hope that will be soon, so please stay in touch. :)
We all have a certain supply type (or two) that taunts us whenever we come across it.
It was the supply we thought we’d never have enough of…Until that time came that we very much did have enough of it because suddenly there was a new kid in town, and we definitely could not get enough of that new supply.
So what is your old scrapbook supply that never seems to go away?
My Organization Theory: Move It to Use It
I discovered this truth after having changed my supply setup a number of times.
When supplies get stale and lose their enticement there is a simple way to make it attractive again: Re-categorize it.
In other words, Store it with new companions that help you to see your supply differently.
Let me show you what I mean…
In 2005 or so, ribbon was hot. So I stored it as, “RIBBON” in ribbon jars because at that time, whenever I made a page I thought, “I need some ribbon on this page!”
But now it’s 2015. I never think, “I need ribbon!” anymore. More like, enamel dots.
I’ve been looking past and around these two jars of ribbon, no longer even noticing that they’re there.
You see how quickly an organized space can become unhelpful to us? As our interest in products change, so must the way we organize them if we want to keep them relevant and helpful in how we create.
It no longer makes sense for me to store my ribbon as “RIBBON.”
Above: A drawer for embellishments I do think of whenever I scrapbook. At this time, enamel dots, decorative tapes, and sequins work great when organized by what they are because I think of them that way. When the time comes that I no longer automatically think of them, I will move them to a new spot that make them easier to use again.
If I re-categorize and move my ribbon to a place where I’m going to easily see how it will help me on a page, then I will actually use it again.
Here’s how I moved my ribbon today so that I will better use it agin…
The Most Awesome Way to Find Supplies Ever
I funnel my scrapbook supplies into kits that I make for my various album stories and themes, and I store them in a way that is easy and exciting to use them. But you could also do this with kits you purchase from kit clubs.
I have now dispersed all my ribbons among my various kits…
When I decide to do a ballet layout for Trinity, for example, soft rosette ribbon that I once ignored will call to me from the ballet kit.
Because I re-categorized and moved my ribbon, it no longer matters that I never think of using it. I’ll run into ribbon every time I scrapbook now, and because it’s with other supplies it matches, it’s easy for me to see how I can use it up.
Above: Kit embellishments drawers for stories about myself (left), stories about my boys (middle) and stories from my life in the Philippines (right).
Organization isn’t just about making the room look tidy. It should help you to better use your supplies and your space, and facilitate your crafting.
What is your lingering supply you forget you have, and never use? How can you store it in a new way that is more likely to help you use it?