Posted by: karenevoss | February 12, 2013

Scrap Happy

I love to scrapbook and make hand-made cards. While I’m not a novice, I’m not a professional either. I also get involved in craft projects on a smaller scale. I like to experiment with new techniques and if you saw what I brought home after attending the 2012 Scrapbook Expo in Milwaukee, WI you’d understand.

When I first discovered scrapbooking and cardmaking, I stayed organized. Every few months, I’d tidy my work space in the basement and everything had a home or so I thought. Enter January 2013. I decided to make a birthday card for a friend. Simple right? Uh no. I couldn’t find the items I use frequently: stamps, certain embellishments, and stickers. Oh but I did find the scissors set I had been searching months for.

I made a decision right then that over Martin Luther King Jr.’s day weekend (I had Monday off as a holiday) I’d divulge in revamping my work and storage spaces. I figured it would take me a couple of hours start to finish to accomplish this challenge. Yeah, right. My Astrology.com horoscope for the first day read: “Get started on a little project today — and then watch as it snowballs into something bigger and crazier than you could have anticipated! It’s a good time to make a move in a new direction”.

To begin, I grabbed my Kodak digital camera and headed to the basement to capture the chaos.

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As you can see, it wasn’t pretty. While I looked at additional storage units during the Michaels Arts and Crafts sales, I decided not to buy anything unless I absolutely required it while/after I uncluttered and organized. A song, Do Re Mi, from one of my favorite movies, Sound of Music, came to mind as I looked around wondering where to begin. “Let’s start at the very beginning, it’s a very good place to start” happens to be a great lyric except I didn’t know how to define beginning. I started by putting errant things away. To make the tasks less like chores, I listened and half watched a Harry Potter movie. I also had “help” from my kitty, Whiskers. She figured she could sit or walk on what I worked on, but eventually she went and napped/relaxed on the futon.

Item by item, area by area transformed as I sorted, organized, uncluttered, and cleaned. A bag for recycling and a bag for garbage stayed nearby. I located items I had forgotten about and found new homes for other items. The project began to transform into something manageable and presentable. Other than my hands, the tools I used stayed simple: Formula 409, a broom, and a dustpan. The entire process took place over two-time slots totaling 5 1/2 hours! Looking around and seeing the final result made me feel proud. My hard work paid off.

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Not only did the scrapbooking area transform, but I did too. I’ve released the clutter in my mind that blocked my creativity. I’ve pledged to maintain the organization my mind provided me. On to the rest of the basement!

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Responses

  1. Looks like a very peaceful working area now. You will create great things here.

    • Thank you Stacey! First things up are a couple of cards and figuring out what to create with black sand from Costa Rica.

  2. Good work!

    • Thank you Drew! I continue to transform. 🙂


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