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Tips to Save Space

Scrapbooking is a great hobby, but some scrapbookers feel that it takes a lot of time. Or that it takes a lot of space or costs a lot of money. These ideas should be considered myths.

Letís talk about the second myth Ė that scrapbooking takes a lot of space. Many think that they need a large space with lots of organization. To help define ďlarge,Ē there are scrappers that have set up rooms in their home as scrapbook rooms. Some scrappers create spaces in their garages, which can be quite large. Or they may take over the entire basement level of the home.

Where does this need come from? Scrappers may dream of a large space to hold all the products and projects that can be purchased. Many dream of great systems of organization to keep those rooms neat and tidy. Sometimes the need stems from wanting a place where projects can be left out, to save time from cleaning and resetting on each occasion to scrapbook.

The amount of space used by any particular scrapper can be compared to real estate, something as vast as a mansion to as small as a New York one-bedroom apartment. It can be large, with multiple organization systems, but it can also be as simple as just a laptop or a small table.

Does a scrapper really need a large space? It may be a dream, but it is not always a necessity. A digital scrapbooker may only need their computer and a small table or a desk. Even a seasoned scrapbooker may be able to keep most of their supplies in the rolling totes or in a small closet space.

How about some tips about utilizing your space?

1. Whatever size the space, personalize it. Even if the space is small, it can still be personal. Add favorite colors or have snacks available. Make it pampering and special Ė that helps to make desire to be in the space.

2. Keep it organized. Bring in some sort of organization. It could be as simple as a bag with dividers. This doesnít have to get crazy. If the space is large, more organization would be advised. There are as many ways to organize as there are space sizes. The goal for most scrappers is to keep ďlikeĒ items together, for example, they keep all the paper together, the markers together, etc. Some scrappers get more involved and sort things by color or sizes.

3. For a small space, keep basic supplies close. Minimize the number of supplies, too. Or keep a storage space separate from the work space.

4. If there isnít room to keep the projects out, this is where good, tight organization is important. Keep supplies that you use every time together in the same place, so that it is quick and easy to get them out. Try keeping a small bag with scissors, adhesive (1 type), a few markers, stamping blocks and a couple of inks. Be obsessive about keeping these things in the right bag, in the right place. Then, no matter what has to get done, the supplies are right there, ready to go. Even if it takes time to get some things out, these supplies are quick and easy to get to.

Think about this for a moment, scrapbooking can take place online, in a group, in a small place or a larger place. Isnít that wonderful? This shows off the versatility of scrapbooking! Thatís never a bad thing, right? Itís important to realize that different scrappers have different places to scrap. No one size fits all here! It is ok to dream of a big scrapbooking room. But there are ways to get around even if thatís not in the present.

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