Have you ever craved a really minimalist stash, where you keep only your very favourite scrappy supplies and have them organised and to hand when the scrapping bug strikes?
Or perhaps the required strictness of this idea makes you shudder? Well, either way, here’s a peek into my method of working in this super-simple, pared-back way…
Let’s dive straight into the practicalities: what are the pared-down scrappy essentials and how do we keep things this way?
Only buy what you love
For me, this means the elegant simplicity of a monthly Felicity Jane kit.
But other options might include a limited monthly shop on items that really excite you. Buying a few items from a collection that grabs you can be a really good option – but only buy what you know you will use.
Limit your colour palette
Maybe you pick brights. Or maybe you land in the pastel camp. But it’s a lot easier to own less when you know which sort of colours you’re more likely to gravitate towards when you sit down to work.
Organise your stash according to type
With a more minimal stash, you can keep papers together (back of Ikea organiser box, with paper trimmer, letter stickers & photos), die-cuts in another container, and smaller embellishments in another.
That way, it’s all there on hand, ready for you to be inspired by – like a little tray of delicious sweets, ready to be rifled through and chosen from!
Be honest about what you really use
Sure, it’s easy to end up with thirty washi tapes because they’re so cheap, but which ones do you really love and use regularly? For me, it genuinely comes down to two. Yep: two.
Think camping-style when it comes to tools
When we go camping, we take only what we know we’ll use, and then only one of each item for each person on the trip.
In the same way, I’ve found that one brush, one journalling pen, one pencil, one stapler and one pair of scissors tends to have most my scrappy needs covered.
Gift most of your stamps to a place where they will be used
I pull my very favourite stamps from their packages to keep and use to bits: the extras go to my scrapbooking group or gifted to friends, where I know they will be used and enjoyed so much more.
Work wherever you like to hang out
There’s no desk or scrap room required for this pared-back way of working, because everything packs away so easily.
Just pick a spot – the kitchen table or a tray on your knees – and relax into your hobby wherever the light is best or where your kids are… or aren’t, lol.