Worktable Wednesday

I spent a large amount of time today working on the newsletter for the Book Arts Guild of Vermont. If you’re curious about what we’re doing, you can check out our newsletter for yourself.

Today’s adventure in the studio was pretty straightforward – inventory.

I decided to tackle the most complex drawer in my flat files – the one I call Solids/Brights. What that boils down to is a drawer full of random papers with any amount of color to them.

I love this drawer.

I hate counting the papers in this drawer.

I love love love walking down Paper Memory Lane.

Stack of handmade papers

Mmmmm…paper piles…

I’m thankful that I have created a detailed inventory system. The one thing I haven’t added to my spreadsheet is country of origin. Although it doesn’t really impact my inventory, I just love knowing where my paper was made.

Studio inventory spreadsheet

Super fantastical spreadsheet of knowledge

I love love love the Chinese stone embossed metallic papers that I bought at Paper Mojo.

Stack of handmade papers

Hello Japanese gorgeousness.

Stack of handmade papers

Then the papers get smaller and increasingly random. This is when my brain starts to ache.

Stack of handmade papers

And I almost, almost regret having purchased so much paper. I recover from that quickly.

Stack of handmade papers

Then I take a look at my paper-covered worktable and call it a day.

Oh yeah, that walk into the studio tomorrow morning is not going to be pleasant.

6 Responses to “Worktable Wednesday”

By velma - 31 March 2011 Reply

i, for one, am impressed by your spreadsheet organization. don’t know how you can make yourself do it.

By Elissa - 1 April 2011 Reply

Velma –

The motivation behind the spreadsheet is threefold:

  1. I’m anal.
  2. I have an overwhelming desire to be honest and accurate.
  3. I fear the IRS.

I figure that if I ever get audited, the IRS will take one look at my spreadsheet, then pack up and leave.


By velma - 5 April 2011 Reply

good luck with that. those professional numbers people can make anything happen, at least that’s how it looks to me.

By Parkside Harmony - 31 March 2011 Reply

That spreadsheet is incredible!!!! I wouldn’t even know where to start- my paper collection looks very much like yours. Great job!

By Elissa - 1 April 2011 Reply

Erica –

I seem to have successfully blocked out how long it took for me to get my spreadsheet started – and I am thankful for that.

I can send you an empty copy of my spreadsheet if that will help you get moving. πŸ™‚


By Parkside Harmony - 4 April 2011 Reply

That would be AWESOME!!!!! Thank you! πŸ˜€

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