by Rebecca Boyer
CHA does it to me every time. I am itching to get my hands on some of the new products and create! And then the organization bug hits. I mean really, one needs to make sure they have the space for all of those fantastic products, right? So, I start visiting all of the scrap room links that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been saving for years, dreaming of the future and wishing for one of those perfect spaces….Then reality hits.
Anyone else with me on this? While IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d love to have a dedicated scrap room, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s just not feasible. So I start reorganizing the things I have, weeding out old products, preparing my small space for what is to come.
Has anyone else been hit by the CHA organization bug? Whether your space is large or small, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s your place to be creative. Many of you have already worked out what setup is the most helpful for allowing your creativity to flow, but maybe some of you havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t yet. Here are few tips.
Good lighting is very important. The most ideal lighting is an overhead light figure, plus light coming from both sides (two lamps on either side of your workspace.) This will alleviate most shadows that occur when viewing your workspace. Many crafters swear by using an Ott-Lite and I agree, however, if itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not in your budget, donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t sweat it. Using the three light method will help you immensely.
A comfortable chair is a must. Pardon my bluntness, but seriously, how can you be creative if your butt and back hurt? Find something you love that is comfortable for long periods Ã¢â‚¬â€œ or if you are working with what is already in your house and itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s uncomfortable, find a pillow. YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll thank me for it.
Find a space that is Ã¢â‚¬Å“yoursÃ¢â‚¬Â. Someplace that is secure, even if itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a zipped-up crop bag thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s stored in your closet. If you constantly have to corral and reorganize because curious little hands found your stash, you are less likely to actually sit and create.
Store and organize your supplies in a way that works best for you, not the way that works best for your best friend or the newest scrap celebrity. This is the hardest thing, I think. We limit ourselves because of the Ã¢â‚¬Å“if it works for them it must work for meÃ¢â‚¬Â mentality. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not necessarily true. Our minds are all unique. Our creative processes are different. Allow yourself to stray from a set system if you find something else works better for you. Remember, to, that your organizational system is ever-evolving. What works for you this year may not work next year. Allow yourself to change things up as you change.
Are you ready to organize yet? HereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s some more motivation!
Are you inspired? I am! I'm off to organize my scrap stuff!