Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Some thoughts on vertical scrapbooking.

(Which seems so less weenie than 'scrapping standing up')

I recently said I had some kinks to work out with my new scrapbook set up.  And that was true.  The major hang ups were that the laptop was taking up too much space on the drafting table, and while the kitchen table chair is the perfect height for the drafting table, it's sort of awkward.

I should really take some other shots to make this make more sense, but I still have some tubs of stuff that need to be hauled to the Salvation Army, and until those get dealt with I'm not taking anymore shots of my space. :P  But just to the left of this set up is a school desk that I bought for $5 (score) that has two white paper cubes from Michael's on top.

I really love these - they're sturdy, hold a ton and not awful looking.  Plus, I really prefer to store my paper flat, and these allow for that.

I used to have my wide format printer on top of two of these positioned side by side.  I'm not 100% certain I'm keeping the printer though.  It prints beautifully, but since switching to 8.5x11 I rarely print anything larger than 4x6.  Of course the wide format printer can do that, but since space is at a premium, I'm sort of lusting after a nice, compact Epson PictureMate.  Because yeah, I have money in my budget for another printer.  I need my head examined.

So anyway, I have two of those things side by side on a child's school desk, and over the weekend I realized that my laptop could easy sit on them.  Having the laptop nearby is necessary for both journaling and designing and cutting dies on the Cameo.

So that's one problem solved.  On to the kitchen chair...  In the photo above, I have it sort of pushed to the side with my FirdgeBinz on it.  I felt hemmed in, and eventually I just wanted to sit down because I was still feeling the effects of the move (i.e. everything hurt like a mo fo).   But the chairs are tall - your feet don't touch the ground in them.  So getting in and out can be a bit of a hassle.  Now that everything feels a little better (courtesy of copious quantities of Advil) I can actually scrapbook standing up.


These are just snippets of the layouts that I posted yesterday.  They're special because each one of them shows something that I used that I've had for-ev-er but wasn't using because it wasn't within arm's reach of my fat ass sitting down while scrapping.  Stamp stuff? I have some, but I'm not a stamper per se, so it's always been stowed away.  But because I was standing up it wasn't any big deal at all to walk over to my shelves, bring the bin of embossing powders and rifle through to find what I want.  Same deal with the stack of sticker labels and photo corners.

It also made cleaning up go more quickly - I was already up, so putting things away didn't feel like any big deal - just grab a load of stuff and put it back on the shelves.  Piece-o-cake.

I'm still lusting over the file cabinets that I shared a couple of days ago - they would really complete the space nicely.  But for now I think it's going to work out.

Now I have to redirect my attention to my bedroom.  This morning I had a dream that I was packing for a trip and I couldn't find my pants.  I think that's my (not-so-)subconscious telling me to get my stuff taken care off.

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  1. I adore my paper boxes from Michaels. Something about them makes me feel organized and together. I don't have to go through lots of paper files to get what I want.

    I need to figure out my system for what to do with good scraps ..... because my tendency it for them to go right to the shredder as I don't have a good home for them. I want it to be easy to organize and for me to be able to quickly look and see if I have a suitable scrap.

    I am on the hunt for a product to hold my PL stuff and my distress inks. I saw an IKEA cart that looked great and only $10 for shipping. But I don't know if I want to go there yet.

    Question: Should I be clicking to get to Kerri's site or to the Paperclipping Roundtable through you?

    1. No, you don't need to click through here. I don't have any affiliate programs set up. The links on the side are half so they're easy to find for me and half because I love those places so much I want to spread the word. Because, yes, Echo Park needs my help. :P

      I think I know the IKEA cart you're talking about and I love it! There's also a Martha Stewart cart that's attractive and handy looking...but also more money. :P

      Honestly, I don't think your plan for dealing with scraps is a bad one. It sounds sort of terrible, but it feels like we buy scrapbook supplies way faster than we can use them, so why do we hang on to the used leftover bits like they're so precious? Sometimes I think that we scrapbookers may all be struggling with hoarding tendencies. Me included. ;)