January 22, 2014

Workspace Wednesday....Project Life Desk Planner

I've been getting a lot of requests for me to share how I go about storing and organizing my Project Life supplies, what my work space looks like, how I use my vintage storage items for crafting, etc.  I thought it would be fun to join in on the Workspace Wednesday posts and start sharing a little of my craft space each Wednesday.  Marcy Penner has some fun Workspace Wednesday posts along with Gossamer Blue's very own Stephanie Bryan. Feel free to leave a comment if you also post photos of your Workspace Wednesday. I'd love to see them.  As far as my Workspace Wednesday posts, they'll be totally random and I'll just select an area of my work space or a fun storage item to share each Wednesday until I run out of things to share.  Hopefully these will be short and sweet posts but feel free to ask questions and I'll answer them as an "edit" to the corresponding post.

Today I'm sharing something that has gotten a lot of questions whenever I post a photo at the beginning of a Project Life week.  The thing you ask about is my Project Life desk planner.  I first saw this idea in Marcy Penner's Project Life videos over at 2 Peas in a Bucket.  She uses a similar true to size planner to lay out her Project Life weeks while shooting the video.  I loved this idea so I did something similar for my workspace.  

I created my desk planner using a piece of poster board that had 1/2" grids on it.  I got mine from Walmart in the little kids art section.  I used a black Sharpie to draw my lines with a metal ruler, making the layout with 3" x 4" and 4" x 6" sections.  This is my go to layout but when I use other  page protectors, I just improvise.  

I took my desk planner one step further and placed it under a piece of heavy glass that once sat on top of an antique trunk we used as a coffee table.  The glass provides a nice, clean area to work on and it also keeps my Project Life planner from getting dirty or ruffled edges.  I will sometimes use this glass for painting or misting because it cleans up easily.  You can see my Project Life planner on the standing height table that I use when working on any crafty project below. 
 Here's a photo below of how I use my Project Life desk planner.  After I print my photos, I trim them down to size and lay them on the corresponding sections, according to my paper version of my Project Life planner that I keep in my planner. As you can see, it's easy to see at a glance where I need filler journaling cards.  I add those next and then start adding embellishments, etc.
I love it so much, thanks to Marcy for the inspiration.  Hope you enjoy!

Note: I've created a Workspace Wednesday label for these posts which means you can click on the label on the left sidebar and scroll through all the posts for this topic.


Shan said...

I love this series! Thank you so much! Once we get moved and my scrapbook room gets redone, I am creating a project life corner! I can't wait to see more and thanks for the links! I love seeing all the different ways people store things!

CMOM Productions said...

This is on my must have/do list! :) I have been years behind on scrapbooking, discovered Project Life, and made a commitment to simplify and "catch up." This is one of those things that will be a huge help! Thanks for sharing your amazing tips & talents!

Carol W. said...

Fabulous post! Thank you helping keeping Project Life organized. When I first started, I was completely over whelmed with PL.

Cook Scrap Craft said...

I love seeing organized workspace! Gives me hope that someday mine will be just as organized. :)

Erin said...

Cool idea! I have seen the layout before but not the glass. This is good for messy people like me! lol

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