Good Morning, Peas, It's Margie Scherschligt here sharing an organizational tip with you today.
This is my "Above and Beyond Basket" -- a little toolkit that I assembled when I realized that I wasn't always able to easily find all those tools I need to add just a little extra something special to my layouts. If you're like me, you probably already have a system that works for you to organize the basics: photos, paper, letter stickers. Those things are usually organized by color, theme, or manufacturer, which can help you efficiently put together the basics of a layout. For me, the organizing challenge has always been the little extras. And after trying a few systems, I've found that it makes sense to keep my favorite tools for extra embellishment all together.
Everyone's style is different, of course, so what you keep in here could vary. I use it for sandpaper, paints, brushes, embroidery floss, and needles -- the extra tools I need to help me feel creative when working on a page. They tend to be things that are small and easily lost, and the inability to find these things would sometimes keep me from really finishing projects, until I put together this little basket. Now, I've got them all together, which makes them easy to find and easy to put together. It's sort of like my papercrafting version of the handyman bucket organizer that my husband and I use for household repairs.
I used to have my paints all lined up on a shelf, looking oh so beautiful. The problem is that I would grab a color, then another, and soon enough, the shelf wasn't looking its best...and where did I put those paints when I was finished with them? I didn't even know, because it wasn't convenient for me to get back to my shelf and line my paints up perfectly. That system wasn't working for me. In the photo above you can see how these paints now fit in this basket, along with gel medium, sandpaper, brushes, glue dots, little pieces of canvas, paper towels,embroidery floss and needles.
With this basket, I can work at my primary work desk in the basement (above), or I can just grab the basket and head to the kitchen table where my kids are working on their own projects. My favorite part of the basket is the glass jar that holds the brushes. It keeps me from losing the brushes on the bottom of the basket, and when I take the brushes out, I can fill it with water making it ready for painting.
Right now it sits at my desk in the basement, waiting for me to get started on another project. Hope you've enjoyed this tip -- I'd love to hear your tips for organizing, too.