Saturday, July 16, 2011

Lost Coast Studio Saturday: Organizing Part 2

Today's Lost Coast Studio Saturday continues the organizing theme that I began in this post.  Here's some more ideas:
Since space is at a premium, I don't save any magazines.  Instead, I tear out the articles I think would be good to hang onto for future reference and then file those articles away in the appropriate binder.  I go through these binder periodically to purge stuff that I no longer want and to get fresh inspiration if I'm in a creative rut.  Images that I wish to save get stored in one of various morgue files scattered throughout the house.  (Remember - the most used stuff gets stored closest to me.)
I love collecting tins and storing supplies in them but as I acquired more and more tins, I found it hard to remember what was in each one.  So I used an awl and these metal frames from the scrapbooking department to label each tin.  Viola!  A pretty way to store things and no more having to take the tin down to find out what is tucked away inside.
I hang my large decorative paper in the hallway leading to the upstairs bathroom.  I just stack them and hang by bulldog clips.  This allows me to easily rifle htrough my collection to see what I have and the papers get to lie flat.
For the smaller pieces of handmade and decorative paper, I roll them and store in cans hung on the wall.  This makes another cool and practical display.
And one last tip...I have a lot of black spiral bound sketchbooks.  So that I can see which volume I want at a glance, I hang decorated round tags off the spiral.  This might seem like a small detail but it is an amazing time saver.

For a full tour of my upstairs work space, I've added a new set of pictures to my Flickr account.  Go here to check them out!  Happy organizing!

6 comments:

  1. Everyday I am amazed more and more! I think your studio pictures and organization are just beautiful to my eyes!

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  2. Thanks for sharing your organization ideas. I'm a new fan of yours having only recently discovered your blog. I agree about buying the latest new artist tool that comes out...I was drawn into that when I first started dabbling into journals and mixed media. Thanks again,
    Mary

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  3. I am amazed! You have managed to make organization a work of art in itself. Thanks SO much for sharing!

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  4. Good paper storage ideas. I find that when i have stuff too well stashed out of site and unlabeled it turns to an explosive mess when I want to get to work. I need an organizational specialist like you to come to the rescue.
    Now when I work with the torched glass I have much less problem or mess and everything knows where it lives as do I. Funny how the different mediums behave differently that way.
    xoxo Kim

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  5. Fabulous storage tips! Thanks for sharing. I love the one with the tags on journals, I have forever picking them up to see which one I want.

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  6. I enjoyed looking at all of the photos of your workspace...what an inspiration! I keep many of my magazines, but I also try to "downsize" by pulling pages and storing them in labeled file folders. Your binders look more fun, though! :-)

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