Wednesday, March 2, 2011

WOYWW

Welcome to the Before and After edition of WOYWW! 


I'm currently enrolled in Finding Your Way at Big Picture ClassesThe 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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28 comments:

  1. Ooh I love your new space and all organised. I think I will follow your example and re-organise to actually help me to scrap and use my stash more importantly! K x

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  2. Great ideas! I'm actually in the middle of a similar reorganization -- just moved all my buttons from individual little jars to two big, beautiful ones! Next up: deciding what'll go in my new expedit from ikea :)

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  3. It's true that how we are arranged will effect how we scrap. I'm still fiddling with my space to find the "perfect" arrangement. And I hope you didn't throw any pretties away - worst case, you can put them all in a pretty jar and just enjoy the mix of colors. (Can you tell I love buttons and bobs?)

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  4. wow great job! i have done similar things in my scrap room. I now have my silhouette area. I too always had that hiding in a box and now it sits out! great ideas

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  5. looks like a lot of work - great job.

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  6. Well you have inspired e and I may just find the time now to have a bit of a sort out so that I can actually use those embellishments which are hidden away. Watch this space.
    x Tricia (79)

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  7. I'm about to head upstairs and do a bit of reorganisation this afternoon - something about the early spring sunshine here has got me in the mood!

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  8. Wow, this looks great! Very inspiring!!!

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  9. Love that you got your slice station fixed up and will not only use it but are inspired by it! Thanks for taking the time to show us around your new space!

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  10. Love this! It does make a huge difference to organize your supplies to help you work better. For me, figuring out how I work is the hardest part! Finding Your Way is a great class so far!

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  11. I loved when you said "it's just time to admit that" about having your stuff organized by color. That really hit home for me. It's one thing to be inspired, but if it's going to hinder your creative process what's the point? :) Thanks so much for this today!

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  12. Reorganizing is so motivational. Thanks for taking us through your process. I'd been thinking of reorganizing some stuff by color but now I'll really give that a second thought and see what would work for me. I"m sure you will enjoy your Slice close at hand.

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  13. Brilliant redo! I bet you'll get so much more done so much more easy. Now, if I could just follow in your footsteps!

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  14. Very nicely tidied up!!!
    I keep my buttons in identical containers to yours. LOL
    Keep smiling and creating

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  15. nice organisation of your work space, lots of good tips there! hugs debx

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  16. WTG, love all the after improvements! Great ideas all...Thanks for the peek and sharing. Have a great WOYWW.

    Hugs, Marjo #5

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  17. So glad you decided to try the Slice station! I'm re-working some things as well. I did the color bins last summer, but am tweaking that some as I'm not using them like I thought I would. I also want to re-do what's actually on my craft table, but I'm just taking it slow. Will show some of my changes soon. Thanks for sharing your re-organization!

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  18. Ooh I love your new space...its all organised...I love it.... hugs...xoxo

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  19. Love the changes. I hope that it helps your flow and works for you. I am such a process girl that I already have things set up in a way that works so I'm afraid to tweak! LOL. I need help with design, so I'm looking forward to that part of the class.

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  20. Unbelievable! Now, seeing as you are so good at would you come and do mine???

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  21. I too find I use my tools more when I don't have to move them around to use them. I just wish I had a room big enough to have them all out in the open
    Nicely don :)

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  22. Oh my goodness, you are so organized. My scrap room is nowhere near as organized as yours. It is due for a major overhaul. Thanks for sharing what you learned in your Big Picture Class. Looks like you will never have to hunt around for an embellishment again :)

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  23. Wow- this is fab. I do have a tidy-up once a year( usually when I put away my Christmas stuff) but I may have another go, lol TFS, Shaz

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  24. Sue: You are amazing! TFS your insights! You are an excellent scrapbooker and writer too. Right now you had inspired me on organizing my scrap-room in some ways that several books had not convinced me into it! Thanks for that! Love your writing style and how you organize your ideas too!

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  25. Wow you have been busy! Great ideas and your space looks so great too :)

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  26. Hugely impressed - it's difficult to break down your space, even if you think it will help. Must admit that I've done the bulletin board thing - I stopped looking at it to the point that pages were fading..so I took it down and file interesting stuff just as you do...and I refer to it!

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  27. WOW!! This must have taken you for ever to do, but will save a lot of time in future.
    Happy belated WOYWW

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  28. This sounds like a great class, hope you enjoy it. WOYWW sounds fun too, I'm off to check it out.
    TFS
    Ang

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