First I sorted my scraps by color then filed them in my filing system.
Next I put my embellishments back into their respective binders. This is a new system I put into place a few weeks ago after many, many failed approaches. So far it has been good and the return process is easy enough that I actually do it.
On top of this unit I keep my papers and card stock organized by color. The red box on top of the paper is my "to be filed" box. When ever I pull out multiple sheets to match a certain color or look, I put the paper I didn't use in the box so that I can file it away. I hate filing but today I did it.
This is the view of my desk and peg board area if you are standing in the room's left corner. My drafting table is large but my Imagine and Cutterpillar do take up some real estate. I have one of those old-school monitor arms for my laptop or to store projects I have not finished. The peg wall has all of my prisma color markers and tools/ supplies I need to keep handy like my crop-o-dile, brayer, wire cutters and T-square. Under my table I store my big shot, sizzix dies, punches, cricut cartridges and my "My Story" machine. You can see the tip top of my drafting chair in between the closet door and the table. Lately I have been using it as another work surface if my desk is overpopulated. In desperate times, I just it into the hallway and use the floor for my overflow crafting.
It is a lot to keep track of and a small space to house it all. If I don't clean up after a project, I develop layers of mess until I can't lay anything flat on the table. So I organize and then I organize some more. If I didn't like to organize, scrapbooking would be out of the question. I just have to build organizing into my scrapbooking time. If I plan to scrapbook all afternoon (12 - 4), what that really means is 30 minutes pulling supplies, 2 hours 30 minutes scrapbooking and 1 hour cleaning up. If I put off cleaning up then the next scrapbook cleanup will beall that more time consuming.
It doesn't bother me really. Scrapbooking isn't just about making pretty pages with your photos. Scrapbooking is shopping, looking for inspiration, chatting on the message boards, taking cool classes, watching you tube videos, a little more shopping and yes, organizing. That is the deal.