However, there are some things that can mess with my happy place, and I'm sure that you and I share some of them. For example, if you don't have enough time, you find yourself procrastinating until you find the perfect time with the perfect idea, which leads to weeks, months, even years of getting nothing done. If you are trying to scrap on a budget, the lack of variety you think you have because of a (temporary) inability to get many accessories and/or tools can turn parts of scrapbooking into a chore. Who needs that? No one. Exactly. I have some ideas that might help.
First, keep your craft/scrap area clean and organized as much as possible. Now, while I wait for my family to pick themselves up and get back into the chair they just rolled out of from laughing, I'll give you some time to ponder that. If you know me even a little, you know that I am, more often than not, embarrassed at the state my home is in. The term 'clean freak' was invented as an antonym to me. Look it up in a thesaurus, and under the antonyms for 'clean freak', you'll find my picture. Now, everyone is going to pounce on this and try to tell me that everyone has imperfections, quirks, and weaknesses with housekeeping, but please don't. I am talking about real struggle and heartache due to a lack of cleanliness. But I digress...
I do seem to be able to do well with it in two specific areas of my life - work (most of the time) and my craft area. This hasn't been without a lot of trial and error - figuring what
One of my favorite organizational
hacks. These shelves are made
from metal cubes - a set of six -
that are sold as a storage solution,
but not usually to be used like
this. Click here for step-by-step
It's been worth it, however, because I am likely to scrap much more when my area is kept reasonably cleaned up. Organization saves LOADS of time AND money. How it saves time is pretty obvious - like I mentioned, I love to carve out as much time as possible to scrap. That is easier if my area is reasonably straightened up, so I can jump right in when I do have the time. It keeps things (somewhat) stress free, especially w/o having to search for everything, so I enjoy scrapping much more. And it means I don't have to set hours aside; I can do half an hour here and there if I need to.
But saving money? That might not be so obvious to some, but think about this - if you are constantly forgetting and losing supplies you already have, you're likely to buy them again, only to find what you just bought is deep in the clutter of your crafting life. Again, who needs that?
Every so often, I find that for one reason or another, I need to do an overall reorganization and clean up my craft area. It is such a pain, but it is helpful, and even fun, to be reminded of all the cool things I already have. I have more designer paper than I realized, tons of great accessories, and even tools that I may have forgotten about. Since I've been making time to scrap, I learn what works and then figure out more/other systems, tools, and designs that might work better.
These types of storage drawers are pretty
common. I did not pay one penny for any
of these. They were gifts from friends
and family, purging their own homes,
or finding them at garage sales and/or
Now, if only I could apply that direction of thinking to my house...