This week my blog on Women's Memoirs was about the Sense of Place, and I wrote about the places that have shaped me and which I've called home. I showed three layouts from my scrapbooks that depict those places, explaining why each place will always live in my heart and soul.
I got to thinking afterwards that I have several places in my home which also provide a "sense of place," or maybe "space" is a better word. Places in the house I live in where I think, dream, create, rest, and plan. I realize that some of you may not be as fortunate. You might have small children, and I remember those years where my space was in the bathroom with the door locked and little fists knocking against it yelling, "Mama, are you in there?"
Everyone doesn't have a large home like I do--but I have to tell you it takes longer to clean. I remember the small houses I lived in with the children. Every room was used for a purpose. Maybe a laundry room? I once heard a young mom scrapbooker say she used he top of her dryer to work on, mainly because her toddlers couldn't reach that high.
One of my last scrap spaces was in my bedroom, on my bed, with my supplies piled up next to it. I wouldn't suggest this is you have a water bed. I found that something that provides a hard surface for cutting underneath your mat is a must. Finding a square of wood isn't too hard. Then there are those lap desks they sell at bookstores usually. I found a bed tray for sick people that worked. The one I have even has slots on each side for magazines, newspapers, etc. Great for your stash of paper and embellishments. I bought this originally for my mother-in-law when she was confined to bed before she died.
You can organize your materials under your bed if necessary, though I had a scrapbooking rolling bag from CM, since I'm a consultant. I parked it in an empty corner, and it held all of my supplies under cover.
Now I have my own space and find it's exciting to organize when it gets too jumbled, which happens when you crop. The Library of Memories class I'm involved in at present has been awesome for teaching new ways to organize, and I'm adding these slowly to my space.