This week, the challenge included:
- Create an "organized only" space in your craft or storage area.
- Choose a storage tool for your paper.
- Create templates or dividers for sorting.
- Sort at least 8" of paper.
- Sort your scraps - throw away any scraps that don't meet your minimum requirement.
- Put your newly organized paper into the "organized only" area.
For item #1, I decided to make the new space in the dining room my "organized only" space, and left everything upstairs that wasn't organized.
For item #2, I kept the same paper organization system I had before, but I turned the boxes so the dividers were vertical. It makes it a little easier to thumb through the papers this way.
Items #3 and #4 go together, but since I didn't have 8" of paper to start with, I just sorted it all, including my scraps for item #5. Here's the finished product (item #6):
When I sorted the scraps, I put a file folder in the front of each color and just put the scraps in the folders. I also make cards, so my scrap minimum was 2" x 3". There were very few pieces that I actually purged.
The drawers will eventually hold my ink pads and stamp bases in one drawer, stickles and other fun glues in another. I haven't really figured out what to put in the other two. I'm sure I'll think of something.
Of course, since I relocated my work area, my maps of Ireland are going to need a new home so I can put up some shelving. I like the fact that my area is next to a nice big window to allow some natural light. I also have curtains that are supposed to be up there, but I
It's not shown in the picture, but behind me is another area where I will do all of my cutting and scoring, and a little bit of storage. There's nothing there because it's not organized yet ... that's the rule, right?
One thing I have realized is that this would be much easier if I had purchased the ScrapRack before I started rather than waiting until the end, especially for my themed paper. Right now I have it sorted-in-waiting in some page protectors upstairs.
So now I have finished Challenge 1 and 2, which means I get to reap my benefits! Hooray!