Wednesday, January 13, 2010

I am the first to admit this about myself: I'm cheap! I don't buy a thing unless its on sale, in the dollar bin or I have a coupon. I sometimes even recycle packaging into my projects! That kinda makes me a "pack rat" of sorts. I always ask myself, as I am holding something over the trash can, "Is there any way I can use this in the future?" I'm trying to be better about it, honestly! I have limited the amount of saved material to one plastic bin. That doesn't include the mounds of little boxes and tins that I like to make (or plan to make someday) into little shadow boxes or shrines. Really? Yes, I have watched the cable show "The Hoarders" All of my creative stuff is contained in one room, so there!
I have a huge work table. The problem is that when I am working on a theme and have all the parts I need out within reach, I end up with only about a 12" x 12" actual workspace! Its easy to lose tools and tape runners in the process. This tells me two things: there are so many possibilities and choices for any given project and I absolutely love it! I LOVE PAPER! It is irresistible to me! I think this may stem from the great feeling I got as a child when I got new school supplies. I remember, as a teen, going into office supply stores rummaging for craft materials. This was way before craft stores. There were hobby and art supply stores but, not much for those of us that wanted to make cards. Scrapbooks were mostly pasted in bits from events and pictures. Nothing very creative. Wow, we have come a long way in a short time!
So, about the paper. I have mine organized two ways. I have a tall shelf with bins and each one is color coordinated in solids and patterns. The second way is by theme. Bins and drawers with each one and all the embellishment that go along with them. How do you organize your supplies? I'd love to hear about it!

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