Hello lovelies, today I want to chat with you about our supplies and the important role they play in our creative life!
So I always am first to say that my studio space, and any creative space, is a working space and therefore messes are ok! They are also works in progress. So just as life evolves, and albums evolve, and supplies evolve, our creative spaces will evolve as well. But there are a few things we can establish that will help our creative process, and I have found that organizing my supplies is one way to make it easier to use them! So let’s talk about organizing supplies!
(Also, it is entirely ok if you just love organizing your supplies! Enjoy them!)
For me an important step in my process is to use my supplies as they come in the door. I talk about this on the regular, and if I did not mention it here you all might think I had lost my mind! Ha! But seriously, I do love using them when they are brand new and when I am excited to use them. So I keep them in my working area close to where I am filming and creating. That way I know that I have used them, I have worked with them, and I can feel better about buying it!
Once the month has passed, then the kits and collections get placed with the rest of the population, so to speak. I shared in my video how my Raskog carts house my journal cards and all my small stickers that come with kits. That is my general population, and I can go through those products at any time to find what I am needing.
I also like to keep certain things right on my worktop, the things I know I use in just about every layout I create. This is a small list of those items, and I encourage you to create your list:
- Pens, pencils, and scissors
- Roller date stamps
- Washi tape
- Paper trimmer
- Labels and tags
Your list (and your worktop) might look entirely different, and I think that is great. If you don’t have any idea what products you use most, perhaps go through your recent layouts and see what items jump out at you and think about your own process. Also, share with me what your most-used items are! I am always looking for new favorites!
Having the items you use most often, closest to you, is a good beginning, and next you can think about the items you are using often but not every day (or every layout). For me this is where I like to keep my the general population of supplies for me: my stamps, stickers, ink pads, chipboard, journaling cards. I mentioned that I like to keep current kits on my desk until the next kit arrives, and then the previous month’s kit becomes integrated with the general population. My traditional scrapbook collections (such as Crate Paper, Pink Paislee, etc) lives with the general population. My art journaling supplies and paints live with the general population as well. This way they are close enough to access easily, they are fairly well organized so I can find them easily, and it also makes it easier to clean up when layouts are done.
A third thing you can think about in your own space is what I like to call “the place where things go to die.” It’s a tongue in cheek reference to things that I want to keep and access very occasionally. My closet in my room is like that, and the hutch across the room is like that. I keep mini albums, traveler’s notebooks, washi tape, rarely used embellishments, over there. Those are things I don’t need immediate access to, but still want to hang onto for now.
I hope this gives you some food for thought on how you can organize your own supplies! I think it is important to be really honest about the things you use most often and keep those closest. Purging also becomes a bit easier – I always know I can start at the closet because those are the things I know for sure I haven’t touched in a while. Most important is to enjoy the supplies you have – if you enjoy organizing them then you should have fun doing that! If you are hoping to use more of your supplies, challenge yourself to go through those supplies and get them out on pages. Let’s look at the process videos for this lesson!