et cetera, et cetera, et cetera!
My blog friend Tracy is working on a long-term project to “defunkify” her crafting space. She has done numerous posts and videos, providing some dandy ideas and needed nudges for me to do the same and freshen up my space.
Overall, my space is pretty darn organized and I keep it that way – except for when I don’t. (I thought that would make you chuckle.) That’s when I am likely to toss things I don’t want to deal with right now into my ETC. basket.
One Sunday morning I decided to tackle it. That is, after I took a few things off the top so I could move it to the desk without it spilling over. Here it what it held – divvied up by how it was handled:
Trashed, or recycled if possible:
- Sketches – most of the loose sheets in here were sketches, half tossed and the rest clipped together for future reference
- Pictures of kits – purchased (I always print a content list from the website) or inspiration kits the CKC has chosen to copy. Tossed all but one that needed to be filed – LY’s Gossamer Nov. Themed Kit
- Printed lessons from CKC classes that I had finished
- Miscellaneous notes of no further interest
Filed where it belonged:
- 2 Project Life Cards
- 3 Photos
- 2 pieces of memorabilia – these first three line items were all unrelated in topic
- 2 mini-prints from our trip to Savannah last year that I want to frame
- Folders of longer classes (SU, BPC, Shimelle, CKC)– put on bookshelves, to complete in due time – need to inventory and prioritize these
- Craft Fantastic jewelry making kit from LY Creating Keepsakes – now combined with current years and filed with class kits to finish
- Baseball card-sized pocket protectors that I would use for pocket letters. But I decided instead to cut down 12 x 12 inch PL protectors to 9 pockets, because then the pockets would be standard for 3 x 4 cards and not the smaller 2.5 x 3.5 size. I gave these back to hubby.
- Info on Copic Markers and a small pack of Copic paper – put in its own project bin.
Returned to the basket:
- Sketches – for upcoming assignments and selected others
- Free Printables – 11 sheets, I need to take them and scissors down to the family room for cutting while I watch TV
- Folders of short handouts where I was mid-class – I need to prioritize finishing these
- Photos of card class display boards at CKC for a class kit I need to complete
- Free Archivers’ card class handout
- Journal templates from Creative Memories
- 2015 Page Maps calendar, kept for the sketches – my 2016 calendar is on my island
- Reference materials – I put all this stuff in a folder near the top – color wheels, list of blog tips, list of scrap tips, kit construction checklists, summer photo ideas, list of Project Life kits by Becky Higgins
- Stampin Up envelope making templates
- And yes a few miscellaneous notes of interest, etc! (wink, wink), that I wanted to remember (but I did clip them all together)*
*For example, did you know that one way to help keep your embossing powder from caking is to put those little silica packets you get in purses and shoes in with your powders?
And there you see on the top, my studio to-do list. What's at the bottom of your Etc. bin or box? Do tell.
P.S. A couple of days after tidying this up, we went to see mom-in-law and I had time in the car to cut all the printables up. They fit handily into this little project case with a couple pair of scissors and by the time we were home again, they were ready to bag up. Now I just need to take the label off the front of that case, and then I can call it done.