Thursday, March 12, 2015

there's got to be a better way

So I just spent about a day making a layout for Write.Click.Scrapbook. I am hoping it will be up today - I ran into some technical difficulties posting.

Now that the layout is done, I want to move on and make some cards with my snazzy new gold foil! Unfortunately before I can do that, I must clean this mess on my desk!!!!!!!


Let's talk about this, y'all. I mean, really - help me out here. I have upwards of 30 packages of October Afternoon and Simple Scrapbooks embellishments. In each one of those packages are lots of tiny embellishments. They are my favorite. My FAVORITE. But what a pain in the patootie to have to look through each time I make a layout! See this pile on the right? That's one package with another underneath. I had to look through that whole stack twice and still couldn't use any of it. 


I lost my entire stack of enamel dots and after 20 minutes of searching I found them, only to be disappointed that I just have five packages. Well what in the world would I do with more if I had them!? I have too much stuff and I have a relatively small stash compared to most!

This box is full to the brim of October Afternoon packages. I like to keep them in the packaging although I sort the rest of my embellishments by color. Just this box alone should really be enough for me to use for the rest of my life. 

Every area is a mess, even my hutch with the doors hanging open where I've been grabbing stuff. I have to now clean my studio from top to bottom and all for one layout! 


I think of myself as highly organized but I'm starting to think my organization isn't working! Do you have to look through every package to find the perfect little embellishment? I can easily find paper, letter stickers and even stamps but when it comes to stickers, tags, tabs, etc.....it is an undertaking. Then I have tiny pieces everywhere to go back together. That's why I have to start over clean each time, there's no room left to create!

Please tell me I'm not the only this frustrates!! Give me a better way...there's got to be a better way!

If anyone needs me, I'll be cleaning off my desk....

14 comments:

Bernii Miller said...

Gahhh this is soooo me!!!! it annoys me to no end and I have the same problem!! I need a better system and have often thought about sorting my stuff into "colours" to cut down on the time I spend on "looking" for the perfect embellie while turning my scrap space upside down :/

Beth Soler said...

I actually don't have that many embellishments, which after hearing your complaint may be a good thing. I often complain that I don't have enough embellishments but I seem to make do with what I got. I don't buy a lot because I go to the store and see stuff and end up thinking I can make that myself.

Margie said...

Making kits from my stash helps me sooo much with this!! I seriously don't scrap any other way now! I make up a kit once a month, and don't allow myself to search through my stash every time I scrap. I base my kits on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge (I'm on the DT). I used to pull out tons of stash every time I would go to scrap, and search and search for the "perfect" things for my pages. Here's a link to my kits and the challenge blog if you're interested:
http://scrappinmargie.blogspot.com/search/label/Counterfeit%20Kit
http://counterfeitkitchallenge.blogspot.com/
The best part? It's free, and we are using up our own stash!!

scrapstreams said...

When you say that you sort your other embellishments by color, do you have ALL your red embts togeter in a single container/area, or are you sorting all your (IE) ribbons together THEN sorted by color? I used to have to pull out SEVERAL containers or sort through several drawers when they were still sorted by TYPE of embts then color, rather than having a single basket of all my red items together. Just a thought.

Peggy said...

My studio has two phases. Clean or a total mess. I'm Cannot seem to create without destroying it. Right now it is a mess and nothing creative can happen until I make it tidy again. Please post the solution when you find it. I sometimes dream of the cm Days when tools, paper and everything fit all in one bag.

Keely said...

Those packages of die cuts are tough. I emptied mine into a box but now find I don't open the box. Hence, I stink at cluster embellishing!!

Laura said...

I really like pre-printed die cuts, but I seem to have a hard time using them unless I'm using them with the paper line they came out with. And even then some are hard to use. I like using repetition and many of the packages are so eclectic -- good luck finding three of anything with which to create a visual triangle! I do better with other sorts of embellishments -- I don't have tons, so keep them together by type -- wood veneer, brads, buttons, etc. are all in open cut glass bowls on top of a bookcase in my den (which is also my scrap space.) Enamel dots and "gems" I keep in the packages in a basket on my table since they're so small, but I don't have many packages, so it's manageable.

Stacy Petersen said...

Tracie have you thought about using a binder sorting them into pocket protectors? I have a few different styles of 8 x 11 1/2 page protectors and I sort them into pockets. Then it's easy to flip through and see what you have.

kenna said...

I was awake last night when you posted this and I've tried to write a coherent comment but I don't think it's going to happen. My organization style requires me to be willing to do lot's of sorting and do it often. I don't keep anything in packages because I like to be able to touch everything and see it easily. I use the clean as you go method most of the time so that I don't end up with a huge mess but right this minute I am looking at a messy table, so....... ps: even though I have my fair share of supplies, there are times I don't have anything that will work on my layout. I would like to know how that is even possible!

Nynaboo said...

I have to second the vote for kits. I used to do the same thing and have every tub of embellishments I owned out on my table, and would take hours to put away. Now I have kits in boxes and when I pull out the kit it has paper, washi tape and embellishments all together. I work mainly form the kit and when I'm done, I can slide it right back into the box and be ready. Or, even better, because everything coordinates, I can start another layout and use up the pieces leftover.

If you don't like buying kits, its really worth an hour or so to put together you own.

Barbara Eads said...

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http://barbaraeads.blogspot.com/2014/12/not-best-way-to-start-new-year.html

Kimberly Kett said...

This is me too, I'm always looking got better ways to be organized but alas it never works out....lol

Kristol said...
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Kristol said...

Tracie, like how you have all your planner stuff organized. I have the same planner and I'm doing pretty good at keeping up with it, even printing a few photos each month. Thanks for the inspiration and motivation.