Sometimes I lose my words. Not just when I’m talking, but also when I am crafting and using actual words. Like, cut-out-of-books words, that I use for mixed-media projects. Teeny, tiny little scraps of paper with EXACTLY THE RIGHT WORDS ON THEM THAT SUDDENLY DISAPPEAR WHEN I COUGH OR SNEEZE OR START WHISTLING. Or, I cut them out and leave it on my desk where God only knows what could happen. Because once something ends up on my desk, it is lost in no man’s land, never to be found again (or, at least, not until I’ve given up and used a completely different word which changes the whole meaning of the piece).
So, my Mum, ever the organised and, let’s face it, more mature adult, suggested I make a little word book, with all those little-bitty scraps in them, all neatly set out and ready to use. Her idea is simple : stick the adhesive strip at the top of Post-It Notes onto a page in a photo album (the kind where you slip the photos in to little sleeves) and – voila! – you have created a perfect receptacle for your words, sentences and letters. You stick the adhesive strip (sticky side up) onto the pages with double sided tape and then just pop your words on top. They stay in place, the adhesive isn’t sticky enough to make the page get stuck inside the sleeve, and everything is hunky-dory, neat and tidy. Genius!
So, instead of losing those words, or having to hunt through piles of junk on your desk to find them, you have a perfectly organised little file, which saves you time and energy. So you can concentrate on finishing your crafty projects, word art, or collages, and feel good knowing you have created some order in your messy life. I don’t know about you, but I need all the order and calmness I can get right now.
Hope this has been helpful. You can thank my Mum 🙂