Organizing Your Junk
When you enjoy making junk journals and collage art, collecting junk (vintage or otherwise) can quickly get out of hand.
Although I have yet to find a perfectly efficient way to store my stash, I have a system in place that keeps it manageable. I thought I'd share what seems to be working for me.
First and foremost, I know what type of junk I prefer so I don't bother keeping items I don't like 'in case' I might need them later. Also, I've designated a dresser and a few containers for these supplies, all within reach of my worktable. Here's the breakdown.
1) I only keep what I can fit in those spaces. One drawer is for modern office ephemera (manila tags, time cards, envelopes, etc.). I stop collecting if the drawer gets full.
2) I have a separate drawer for vintage ephemera and I'm limiting my collection to what will fit.
3) I have a container for assorted recycled things like junk mail, pamphlets, paper bags and paint chips, etc.
4) I also keep a cigar box of miscellaneous merchandise tags, the kind you get mainly on clothing.
5) Similarly, I keep a shoe box of stamps and only add to it when I find any that are unique.
6) I keep a basket of paper scraps near my work table. These are mainly offcuts from paper pads and coffee dyed copy paper and the extra bits from my digi test prints.
7) Finally, I have a container for interesting images for glue books/collage art. I prefer to pull them from the books and magazines ahead of time so that they're more accessible when the mood strikes.
The truth is, ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING can be used in junk journals so it's easy to get sucked into saving it all. But I'm not sure that's a good idea because you could get overwhelmed sorting through it before you even get a project started.
Consider the amount of time you can reasonably devote to crafting, your preferred style of junk journals and what you've got in your stash already. This way, you can keep your collection in check and feel more inspired to use it.