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?
Mine was hot circa 2005 and fills two jars: ribbon.
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…
Above: Kit embellishments drawers for the ballet stories (left) and for relationship stories (right).
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?