This weeks SCRAPtivity is all about space – your scrapbooking space, that is! What a variety of situations there are – from no particular space to a separate room just for scrapbooking or crafting. If you have your own room, you are so lucky and an activity and tips for you will be included at the end of this post. The challenge comes when “I DON’T HAVE ANY ROOM!”
Before you consider it a hopeless situation, take stock of you surroundings. With a little creativity, you can find space just for you to create. Consider these ideas:
Check your closets – do a major clean and get rid of stuff and/or organize other areas to accommodate items more efficiently. (Check out IKEA. What a great source for inexpensive organizing systems.) Custom fit a “table” by measuring the space and having your local Home Depot cut a piece of countertop. Use two inexpensive filing cabinets or narrow shelving units to hold it up and to organize your papers, scraps and supplies. Hang baskets from the walls and clear shoe bags from the door to hold all your goodies. A small space can be very efficient with the right outfitting.
No closet? Consider an armoire with doors that can disguise your workspace. We have a local company that make an amazing piece of furniture for scrapbooking and crafting. http://www.scrapboxusa.com/ . They offer space saving solutions in all sizes. Check it out. While you are at it, surf the net and look at all the options and ideas that other resourceful scrappers have come up with. Just take your lunch and Google ”scrapbook organizing ideas”. You will find a wealth of ideas.
No wall space? If you do not already have a wheeled tote, this can be your home storage system core. But, just as with any tiny space, you will need to be super organized and only keep on hand what is necessary.
Now, for you luck duckies with a room all your own. If your space is all organized – give it a good cleaning and implement some of the above ideas as needed as you outfit your area. Organize your punches and embellishments with flip-out storage units that you can find at hardware stores and attach to walls. Plan out shelving to store your albums, photos and supplies. A comfortable chair, worktable and good lighting is essential.
Whatever your space – make every inch work efficiently for you. Time spent organizing is like putting money in the bank – the minutes saved in the future will accumulate “interest” and grow into hours!