PL-for-Refugees

I’ve been meaning to write this post for awhile. Almost a month in fact. When the idea first came to mind I had just received my Studio Calico Hello Hello kit and the Studio Calico website had just published Carissa Wiley’s studio pictures. I was madly in love with her craft space, but the truth is a dedicated space is not always an option for those who scrap casually.

This past weekend I started work on my studio, it’s been a long time coming and it will be a long time until it’s finished. Mostly because of a desk. I am after something very particular. So until the standing desk of my dreams is found or created (industrial style, 5 ft long, that fits perfectly under the window), I will continue to be a scrapbook refugee – by that I mean I consistently trash the dining room table. This approach however has serious limitations, for starters every time I needed something I’d have to wander though the house to the study to get it. I’d get side tracked half way there or worse still get there and not remember what I came for. That was until the Raskog cart.

Study

This is where it lives when it’s not in use. This is my Studio at the moment. I got the stool for my mythical desk for easter. The window on the left will be where my desk eventually lives.

Past Studio Calico Kit storage

I keep past Studio Calico kits stored in my vintage pepsi box under the desk. They only ever really get pulled out if I have a project in mind otherwise I try to keep all the new and fresh supplies in the cart.

Top tray of my raskog cart

On the top tray of my Raskog I try to keep the essentials. I am a big believer in ‘out of sight, out of mind’. If I can see my supplies I am much more likely to use them. At the back you will see the Hello Hello Scrapbooking kit and add ons. There is also a box of American crafts white cardstock – can’t live without that. In my ceramic punnets (from Lark) I keep the most recent Studio Calico Project Life Cards, The Stamps from all the current kits, any loose embellishments (washi, paint and usually my favorite black ink and an acrylic block) last, but not least all my tags.

Essentialsstorage

I keep my essentials chipboard shapes in screw towers. I just find they are great to have on hand especially if you have a gap on a page or spread. They are really versatile and I like the way they look in the towers. Just from this quick glance you can see I need to order more green geotags.

embellishment-ringI keep current kit embellishment packs on a ring – not just the scrapbooking kit, all add ons and the PL packs as well. This was one of the best ideas I ever had. I can’t tell you how many times I have had to clear off the entire dinning room table just to find a particular page of stickers.

Essentials Cup guide

And then there is the cup of things I can not live without.

Tray 2

Tray two has all my storage boxes (3), the enamel dot ring (because you can never have enough), a Studio Calico bag with last months pack embellishments and my tiny attacher. Shall we look inside my boxes?

Flair-Storage

Colour coordinated of course.

veneer storage

The last box is huge. It fills the entire base of the tray. Right now half is dedicated to loose embellishments and the other half is for loose alphas. Β I intend to buy another one and split them, but at this point in time it’s not really needed. I still have a ton of space in it.

Loose storage box

I love this style of scrapbooking. It’s kinda like the lolly bar target used to have when I was a kid. You lay all the boxes out on the table and you just pick and choose what you want for your layout and before you know it your done!

Tray 3

The last tray is nothing really to write home about. I use a lot of 6×6 pads for project life, they smaller patterns work better in my opinion. Here in the tray they are easier to flip though than when they were stacked on my bookshelf. I also keep past project life cards in their boxes. On a side note, when not in use I keep my cutter in this tray (as you can see in the top photo). The reasons for this is two fold: 1. It’s really handy. 2. It stops the cat climbing in there, making herself at home and chewing the corner of the pads. Learnt that lesson the hard way.

That just about wraps it up. I hope you enjoyed this little look into my ‘system’. Leave a comment if you’d like to see a post of about my studio minus a desk or if you have written a post on your organizational systems. I’d love to see.

Aimee xx