I'm lucky that I get the chance to go away with six girlfriends every year (sometimes twice a year) to a "crop", which in this case is 3-4 days of scrapbooking at a friend's cabin. Because we are creatures of habit, we tend to set up our workspaces in the same spots every time we go there. Two sit at each end of the dining room table, two set up portable tables facing each other and three of us share a little group of tables in the middle.
The three of us in the middle do a lot of joking about whether or not someone is taking up more than their share of the tables, and we've been known to push our "stuff" further and further to see how long it will take someone to complain. All in good fun.
I thought it would be fun to show you a labled look at my workspace so you could have an idea about the things that I use often when I'm crafting (in this case I was making cards, not a scrapbook).
First of all, please note the boundry. It's an imaginary line and it definitely gets crossed. There's one person on the left of my space one one person right across from me. Below is a bit more information about each item.
Lamp - lighting is so important when you are working to match paper colors and attach embellishments in just the right place.
Paper - in this case since I was making cards the paper is actually a white card form.
Coin purse - not a normal part of my scrapbooking, but I had a small flash drive in my coin purse that I needed to access.
Gems - I had some sparkly gems that I was attaching to some of the cards I was making.
Tools - I brought a cute little rooster tin that I used to hold my extra scissors, pencil, glue stick, etc.
Drink - sometimes water, sometimes pop, but in this case it was a Bulldog (kahlua, vodka, cream, Diet Coke).
Cards - a few of the completed cards.
Photos - I brought way more photos than I could ever scrapbook in three days. Way more.
Snack bowl - pretzels, crackers, M&M's . . . you name it.
Album - my Project Life album. 12" x 12" orange loveliness.
Paper cutter - probably my most used tool.
Dots - small, black adhesive circle dots that I used on some of the cards I made.
Adhesive - incredibly important - I went through four or five refills over the course of three days.
Scissor - one of four that I brought along. This is the one that I tend to reach for most often.
This is probably as messy as my space gets. I didn't work on my Project Life album so in hindsight I could have put that away, which would have given me more workspace. I kept it laying there all weekend though, so it clearly wasn't bothering me too much.
The worst part about scrapbooking in a different location is the packing and the unpacking of all that stuff. I came home on Sunday night and all of my bins and boxes sat at the top of the stairs until last night, when I finally carried it downstairs to my craft room. I didn't unpack the bins and boxes yet, but plan to get that done in the next day or two.
I hope to have some time this weekend to do more crafting - now that it's cold outside I plan to spend more time in my craft room. I'm looking forward to that.