Friday 13 January 2012

Clearing the Clutter Challenge - Day 12 and 13 - Ephemera and Magazine cuttings

Nearly half way through the challenge and understand just how big a challenge I set myself.  Want to make it as practical as possible so that I don't find myself being overwhelmed and lose interest along the way.  Being flexible I understand the most important thing for me to do now is to for each area decide what needs to happen to it.  I had half hoped to be super efficient and have all the areas locked down by the end of the month, but I have not been feeling it, and had lost enthusiasm, was change too bigger price to pay!!  

Rome wasn't built in a day, and my collection won't be cleared in a month but it can be better organised the Pottery Barn has some interesting 'schedule systems' ...little and often rather than all at once and fizzle out.    How too when the cares of life come and weigh down on us we feel as if we need to solve the problem there and then, but often taking a fresh set of eyes, talking about it, looking at the possible benefits that may come out (lessons we can learn) then we can see the problem in a whole new way.  

One of the things I knew about the collection was that I wanted to clear it, and knew I had to look at the individual area, why was I keeping it, what could I use it for, could it go to a better home, how long would it take to clear....then when you do have 15 spare minutes it can go to one of the tasks on the list that has already been identified.  So, back to the list.....


I have got quite a lot so after going through them decided to use a lot more attachments to my paintings and journals, looking at ways to use more of it in my work especially some of the smaller pieces of work....I will also be using more in the journals and assemblage art that I would like to do. You can find some free printable ephemera at Sweetly Scrapped to get you started.

News paper/ Magazine cuttings 

I had seen some of Teesha Moores work and wanted to do some myself with the cuttings.  I put them all in a large folder, and will separate them into categories to make them easier to find.  Some of the images will go into my source book and I want to find a space to put my dream board.  A virtual way of combining the images that I like as been the pinterest board.  Do you have a dream board? Are you are on Pinteres?  leave your details and we can have a look.


  1. I think everyone seems to be doing a decluttering for the New Year. We winter in FL, so I did my decluttering before we left. We have housesitters living in our house and I was too embarresd for them to see my studio. I posted photos of my clean studio just a week or so ago, because I knew it would be the only time it will remain that way. Once I return home I know it will get messy again. I mean, you just can't be creative without mess. Right? BTW, I'm on Pinterest. You can find me at

  2. De-cluttering and organizing is a GOOD thing, that sometimes get in the way of CREATIVITY. Things will get better. Just approach new challenge with patience.

  3. Carol, house sitters is a great incentive for clearing up, looking forward to checking out your pinterest.

    Carol, its definitely a good thing, I'm taking it a day at a time and trying to make it a creative process:)


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