GIIGU : Good Idea(s) in Good Use.
See, on my so far limited travels around WOYWW world this week, a couple people have talked about their plans for saving, filing, using scraps. Born from these very sorts of conversations a couple years ago, I devised my system. It was a very Good Idea. And has been in very Good Use ever since. it worked for me. It's not rocket science. I have a shoebox size RUB and I store my scraps standing up, in that. If it's too big for the RUB, it's not a scrap and goes back into the proper sheet supply section. Colours are loosely separated in groups:
Patterned papers are stored similarly, in a smaller length of box but are not divided under any theme..colour/maker..too much argh! for me!
Are you a grammar fanatic? Have you noticed that the past tense had been adopted in describing the Good Use? Hmm. That's because I stopped playing my part in the system and inevitably, it then breaks down. It's usually after a workshop or such that I let it go ...when I unpack my supplies and have to put away unused stock....they tend to just be thrust in wherever they'll fit on the 'I'll see to that later' basis. Well, look and see where I am with that:
Yep this is a corner. Ignore that I've slotted other stuff between the left box and the wall....I don't really even know what it is. On the left is the patterned scrap box..and you can't see the demarcation line, but truly, that other mess is my plain scraps box. For a sense of depth, there's a bottle of mod podge on the worktop in front of the box. It's fair to say it's not working for me anymore. And that I've just about had enough of it. This is not to herald a big change in my modus operandi. No. I know that this system works for me, it IS a Good Idea in Good Use. and that I use my scraps up fairly well if they are within reach, or even sight. So all I need to do is tidy it up, sort it out, get a grip. I know it will make me feel better. And probably many of you too, who right now are speechless at how I let it get like that and wondering why suddenly, your teeth itch.
Have a super weekend.