During my free week I've struck a nice balance between real productivity and lots of play. I've been scarce around your places, but I will return soon. I promise. This week I've enjoyed two girlfriend days with lots of shopping, and I celebrated the Fourth with my parents. The rest of the time I've been bouncing between projects at home. I've been puttering. I do love to putter. I alternate listening to a great book on tape, music to get you movin', or a movie for background noise. Do you putter? Do you have something playing to keep you company? What projects do you do during your puttering times?
I've been calling my biggest project of the week Operation Paper. You see, I love paper any way it comes. I could also have written a personal passions post about paper. Aside from its frequent beauty, what I love about paper is all the wonderful words, ideas, and images it can hold. Art paper, wrapping paper, odd sketches, scraps of doodles, old wallpaper, ATCs, old letters, notes passed in school, scrapbooking paper, my old journals, Sloane's old journals, new journals waiting for words, notecards, snail mail, old school art, paper copies of great emails, books, old photo albums, two boxes of loose family photographs, letters I need to respond to, studio photographs I never did anything with, a collection of vintage images, vintage ephemera, vintage books for some-day art projects, ticket stubs, memorabilia, inspiring catalogs, magazines, magazines, magazines... Collections of paper seem to sprout in all the the corners of my home, endlessly multiplying at night while we are all sleeping. By the end of today, it will be taken care of. Every bit of it will be sorted digitally with only a fraction of it taking up real time space. The rest will be donated, recycled, or stored appropriately. I've even found a place that will convert my boxes of photos into digital images. WAHOO!!
Now. How to keep the paper creep away?
- I am ripping up my collections of magazines, scanning the pages I loved, and getting rid of the rest. Believe it or not, I have every issue of Real Simple - ever. The same for Victoria magazine and Mary Englebreit Home Companion. I also have a ton of Martha Stewart Living. Man! I am showing myself to be pretty obsessive, aren't I? It's just that such wonderful ideas, thoughts, and images are stored on all that paper. (Please note, I've done the rip and scan thing for my other magazines all along. I'm only just now willing to let go or Martha, Mary, and RS.)
- I am catching up on scanning Sloane's old art and mailing it along with chatty letters to relatives and friends that might actually care.
- I am giving away all those snapshots and studio pictures I never did mail to friends and family.
- I am planning to use my plane time to catch up on all those owed letters.
- I've added a line in the budget for all the postage I'm going to need.
- I've made a commitment not to buy any more pretty paper, art paper, or gift wrap until I've made a substantial dent in my supply. Even at the amazing Urban Arts + Crafts in Kansas City, I made good on my promise. OK, I did buy two pieces of paper, but I've already got a project for them both.
- I already told you about digitizing my photographs.
- I've also created a notebook to organize the incoming paperwork for the future. Other than that notebook, I've got a plan in place for the rest of the clutter. I'll just have to be sure to keep up with it.
All the wonderful art in this post is by Amy Abshier Reyes and is used with persmission. Please visit Amy's blog to learn more about her and have a chance to win some of her wonderful artwork. If you're like me, when you visit her Etsy shop you'll have a hard time deciding which one to buy.