Now that I have been firmly established in my crafting space in my tiny condo, I have realized something about how I create: Out of sight, out of mind.
Back when I had a big scrapbook room in my house, all of my stuff was on display all the time. Anything I might want to work with was within arm’s reach or I could see it. When I see something, it reminds me to use it.
Now, most of my scrapbook stuff lives in a closet away from my crafting space. While it’s all very important to me, so is a living room that functions as a living room where I can invite people over. Same with the dining table. We can’t eat on a table covered in scrapbooking supplies. No food allowed around pretty paper! So 75% of my scrapbooking stuff is tucked away most of the time.
Back to my discovery about my creating process — if something is within reach, I’ll use it. So when I had my embossing folders out the other day, the idea came to me: why not whip up a bunch of these in colors you use all the time?
This serves two purposes for me: 1. I can keep them in my work space and that will increase the chance that I will actually use them. That’s why I used colors I turn to all the time. Now, I don’t have to get out a bunch of stuff just to make a quick background. 2. If I don’t have something in this stack that will work, it reminds me to walk over to the closet and get my embossing folders out rather than just using whatever is at hand. And did I mention I used up a bunch of scraps? I think that’s important enough to be reason 3.
And once I got started on this idea, I couldn’t stop.
Why not cut some shapes I use all the time – hearts, flowers, tags, squares, circles – and run them through embossing folders now? I’ll put them in a container on my table. I may use them, I may not. At the very least I have some fun embellishment possibilities.
And since I was going through my scraps, I thought it would be great to make some extras and cut them down to fit the divided page protectors for Project Life. That lead to getting out my stamps and embossing powders too. If I have one out, I might as well get the other out and just go to town!
And that lead to rummaging through my pattern paper scraps and pre-cutting some favorite patterns so they will be ready to go when I need them. I’m not buying a Project Life core kit this year (or at least I didn’t intend to but now that so many new designs and style are coming out, I may not be able to resist…) but I know how important it is to just be able to grab cards when you work on spreads.
So you see, even though I didn’t create a specific project, I feel like I was really productive. I’m trying to set myself up to use more of my stash and use up more of my scraps at the same time. A worthy goal for 2013!
Do you have any scrapbooking/paper crafting goals for 2013?
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