Ahoy matey! Pirate Pearl “The Albatross’ Curse” Flint here! I hope your October LOAD be goin! well!
I am here today to give you some organizational tips about keeping your supplies under control.
A few years ago, I realized that I scrapped best when I limited the amount of product on my desk at any one time. Up to that point, I had been spending many frustrating hours searching for supplies while working on a layout.
So one day, I opened up a kit that I had recently gotten in the mail and challenged myself to only use what was in that box for my next page. The only things I allowed myself to add were letter stickers or cardstock if needed.
What a revelation!
I made a page quickly and easily, using just what was on my desk. At times my creative muscles were very much challenged as I decided how to make the vision I had for my layout come to life with only a limited number of supplies. Since that time, I have followed this rule almost exclusively and I have never enjoyed scrapping more!
When I moved into my current scrap space about three years ago, I made a rash decision—I organized almost all of my supplies into kits! I sorted patterned paper into coordinating stacks and matched embellishments with the papers.
Each kit now rests either in a plastic drawer or a large ziplock bag. Because the drawers and bags are clear, I can easily see what is in the kit and which one will best fit the story I am going to tell.
I still have a few items organized by color—washi tape, ribbon, brads, buttons, and cardstock—so that I can easily add one of these embellishments to my page if I need it.
If you spend too much time searching for coordinating supplies when you scrap, I encourage you to make a few kits of your own. Challenge yourself to use just what is in the kit!
This be Pirate Pearl shovin’ off and wishin’ ye a good day!