Hi! My name is Alishia and I am a KraftaholicMommy!
A few days ago, someone asked me how I keep all of my Krafting so organized? Then, they rephrased the question to, how do I remember where I am at with my krafts that are still being worked on. The answer to this is simple…lots of note taking.
I have several legal pads in my office all over my desk. Each one has been scribbled in with what krafts I am currently working on and where I am at with them. Since I have started sharing with y’all how I make my stuff, I have become a bit of a note taking queen. I tend to write every tiny thing down. This helps me remember everything that I have done and allows me to see where a good stopping point would be.
However, more often than not, I tend to kraft until the project is either completely done, or only requires a couple of finishing touches. For instance, when I make my cards, I tend to leave off to the side all of the items I used to make that card. While I am cutting my paper and getting a general idea of where my card is going, I go ahead and mark down what my measurements are. I try not to have too many things going at once, for the simple fact that I am a little bit different when it comes to krafting.
When I would go to friends houses and kraft with them, or if I watch some of my favorite Krafters, I have noticed that by the time they are done, their area is destroyed. I am not that kind of person. I am steady putting things away or organizing them off to the side. I don’t fair well with a messy station. I get this lovely attribute from my dad, he is the same way about things having a place and as soon as you are done using something, you put it right back. I do understand that sometimes that isn’t what is able to happen, but I have a few things that I am able to do to calm myself of that.
For example, when I do my photo transfer projects, I take a moment to remind myself of a couple things. One, there will be several large messes during this project. Secondly, I will be leaving my unfinished project out overnight a few nights. Lastly, this is a project that takes time and takes up space on my desk.
First, before I start a photo transfer project or any project that will take several days to finish, I make a point to finish up any and all partially finished projects. I make sure that if it can be finished and ready to give, it is. On occasion I will have a couple of small things that can’t be finished due to shipment of supplies or the inability to get out to the supply store. Now, when this happens, I simply and carefully put the project off to the side while I complete my new projects. This is one of the most important steps for me, because I tend to fall apart a little bit when things are messy or chaotic.
The next thing I think about before I start my photo transfer, the fact it will be set out overnight for a few nights. To ensure that the photo transfers completely, it is best to leave the project alone for at least eight hours. This ensures that all of the ink that can transfer to the wood, will. Now, this also means, that unless I have a place that I put this project during this time, I am going to have to deal with that being out on my desk during the night. This means there will be a mess…at least in my head. Typically, I will place some wax paper or some plastic wrap on a little table or on my husbands desk for the project to sit. This helps ensure that I am still able to work on other things while my photo transfer paste does its magic. It also helps ensure that a certain little boy doesn’t mess up the project…that’s happened a time or two.
Finally, during a photo transfer, there is a very, very messy part. When I take a damp washcloth and gently scrub off the paper. To say that this causes a mess is an enormous understatement. I like to have my vacuum and a little broom and dust pan handy. I also make a point to do this step when the little one is enthralled with something else. I will even sometimes skip making the mess in the house and do this part of the project outside. Then, it is just a matter of sweeping up the patio and going on with next part.
At any rate, no matter the project, I am constantly cleaning up and putting things away as I work. For me, this helps me enjoy the krafting itself even more. I love krafting and I would never want to do anything that would change that. I also like knowing exactly where everything is and being able to just grab and use it. This helps my organized side of my brain. The fun fact about every single human being on this planet, is that we all have quirks. Staying organized in the kraftroom is one of mine.
What are some of your quirks in the kraftroom? Are you a solo Krafter or do you prefer to do it with friends and family? Do you have a messy work area or is it neat and organized?
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