Welcome to the Before and After edition of WOYWW!
I'm currently enrolled in Finding Your Way at Big Picture Classes. The first lesson is all about prep work Before You Scrap. Karen, our instructor, has broken the lesson into four exercises: What Inspires You, What Stymies Your Creativity, What Are Your Must-Have Elements, and How Do You Decide What Products To Put On A Page.
This led to a minor rearranging of my craft space last weekend.
Before - my main work space had tools within easy reach, but most of my Slice stuff was packed away and a pain to pull out in the middle of making a layout. This was a major creativity bummer, so an expensive tool was left gathering dust. Unacceptable!
After - not only are my must-have scrapping supplies and tools in this area, I relocated some items to make room for a.......
Slice Station - now everything is out and ready to go! Plus, just looking at this new work station is inspiring me. I've used it already and it's so much easier.
Before - embellishments sorted by color and stored in ten containers, mostly leftover odds and ends from kits. Lots of fun to look at, but not getting much use. I think in color, but tend to look for embellishments by type or size. It's just time to admit that.
After - a seriously paired down embellishment center, no longer sorted by color (gasp). Ten containers reduced to six!
Disclaimer: these are not ALL the embellishments in my stash. Not even close. I scrap by manufacturer and keep coordinating embellishments with the paper line.
Pairing down and re-grouping my embellishments freed up four containers for my stamp sets! Now I don't have to get up and rummage around my scrap room to find a stamp for a layout or card. I'm reaching for these more often.
Before - three containers filled with leftover brads, buttons, odds and ends that I rarely used. Again, they look good but most of these are pretty old and just don't fit the way I'm scrapping these days.
After - down to one container of buttons that I will use!
Before - bulletin board used as inspiration and ideas for layouts. Looks good, but I was constantly re-working this space more than I was using it. Most of these pages eventually ended up in the trash.
After - bulletin board is now used to hang scrap paper, lists of what I want to scrap, how-to articles. It's more of an information center, right above my main work area.
Ideas from magazines, sketches and design inspiration now have a separate station at the end of my L-shaped desk and on my bookshelf that you can see in the background. Close to my main space, but not in the way. Have you done any tweaking to your craft space lately?
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