Is it any wonder I fell off the wagon right when the Workspace course started getting really hard? Purging is difficult and time consuming and near impossible without a plan of attack.
I knew I wanted to organize a blog and Instagram giveaway (woohoo!) but that only addressed part of my problem. The real issue was my scrap paper situation. How was I going to coral and organize all my little bits of pretty paper?
Also, why the hell was it so hard for me to figure out what to do with this damn paper anyway?
The latter question was actually integral to determining the former. I realized that I was doing what I always do--deciding I should work a certain way to be more efficient and then trying to recondition myself.
In this case, I have loads of pretty scraps I don't want to waste and so I want to include them in more projects. I have seen great organizational methods used by other people with the same goal. There's the basket method (basically just dump everything in a basket haha) and I love Andrea's elegant method of filing papers away by color and type.
So what's my deal? Just pick a method and run with it right? Well, no matter how hard I try, I can't change the way I work. I am always very deliberate about my page design as well as what papers I'm going to include. Before I start creating, I have a plan in place, including the specific supplies I want to use, so I've decided to file my scraps by designer or manufacturer because that's the fastest way for me to find a specific paper.
Remember my $0 budget? Well I already own two of these clear plastic bins. I've decided to keep larger scraps separated into baggies and smaller pieces will be filed away into folders.
I'm afraid I'll never be the type of person who makes the best use of her scrap paper, and I've come to realize that's okay. So, I like the idea of limiting myself to one or two boxes, instead of drowning in a sea of supplies. And I've already purged quite a bit. And it feels good.
Now on to more fun stuff! Tune back in tomorrow for my giveaway (finally!) which will include super cute supplies from Crate Paper, American Crafts, Gossamer Blue, and Studio Calico. xoxo