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Retreat 2013 Project: Desk Organizer

November 10, 2013

Well, it’s time for a post on my annual trip to Paper Mecca, Club Scrap’s annual Retreat I went to in August, but while I’m assembling photos for that, I thought I’d post about one of the projects this year, which was inspired by a project suggested by … moi …!

Desk Organizer Project

Here’s my finished project… I will be making a second one, modified a bit to hold ink pads, and they will sit side by side on my work table

I thought it might be interesting to share how something like this comes about. Here’s the genesis of that project…

Back in mid-February, I was doing something that I only did a couple of times — and never since! — browsing around Pinterest. I came across a post of a neat idea, a hand-made desk organizer.
. I thought it was pretty cool, and that a variation of it might make a cool Club Stamp project, so I forwarded the idea on to the powers that be at Club Scrap. I was surprised to get a response that they were interested to research it! So that made me even more interested, and I began working on a sample of what I had in mind. I cut out several little “cubes” and varied the heights of them…

Beginning Organizer "Cubes"

Beginning organizer cubes I started out with in 3 different taller heights.

Experimented with filling it in...

So far, so good. Looking pretty useful…

I thought it worked pretty well, but that it needed some more cubes to hold smaller items that would get hidden and difficult to retrieve if put in the taller cubes. So I made a shortie version, and thought it would be good for gelatos and glitter glue, etc. …

Adding on some "shortie" cubes

Adding on some “shortie” cubes, too

So I made more of them to surround the taller cubes in the middle. I almost went all the way around–that would be 12 shortie cubes–but stopped to consider that I would really LOVE somewhere to store my rulers, too–and especially Club Scrap’s 8″x8″ ruler. So I just make up my own “pocket” to insert behind the taller cubes. Originally I was going to continue attaching shortie cubes around the back of the ruler pocket, too, but in the end, the square geometric configuration was interrupted by the addition of a 1/2″ wide ruler pocket; and also, I figured that doing that might make the whole thing look too big and cumbersome. So I left it with the 8 shortie cubes, and the ruler pocket forming the back side…


I covered a piece of chipboard for a base, and even intended to put it on a lazy susan base, but never got that far!  LOL


So that’s how my prototype looked, and I was proud of it, so I sent it off to Club Scrap. Tricia even mentioned that it had retreat project potential! Woo hoo! I was so stoked! I really, really wanted to make a blog post about it back then, in February, but in case it turned out to really be used at the Retreat, I didn’t want to spoil the surprise, so I waited.

So I was very happy at Retreat to see that they had indeed taken the idea and worked it into a special project like only Club Scrap does. I’m much happier with their version, because the chipboard sides made it much, much more sturdy. Even though Club Scrap has the thickest cardstock, the back ruler pocket as I had made it would end up taking a lot of abuse by the rulers, and would in time, tear somewhat. But not in that beautiful Retreat version!

You know, there are so many ready-made desk organizing tools available on the market today. But when you’re a paper artist, it just feels so much neater to use one that you made with your own hands! Thanks, CS, for making such an awesome project!

(p.s.: These projects are now available for sale HERE if you want to make one yourself! I don’t think they will last very long, though…)

16 Comments leave one →
  1. November 11, 2013 4:37 pm

    I just love your story about how all this came about! Congratulations for making it to Retreat Project Status!!!

    • LynnMath permalink
      November 11, 2013 4:42 pm

      Lol, thanks, Patti!

  2. sophieno permalink
    November 11, 2013 10:42 am

    You are so creative. Thank you for sharing your creation!

    • LynnMath permalink
      November 11, 2013 10:54 am

      You’re welcome, Beth!

  3. November 11, 2013 9:11 am

    Very orginized, Lynn!And what a good idea by YOU!! I took it home flat and now i do need to assemble it! It will make my desk look so much prettier and cleaner.You did great by coming up with this.

    • LynnMath permalink*
      November 11, 2013 10:48 am

      Thanks very much, Hetty!

  4. KnitterPam permalink
    November 11, 2013 7:50 am

    I loved hearing about the process, Lynn. Thanks so much for sharing! I agree, it’s so much more fun when you know you made it from scratch!

    • LynnMath permalink*
      November 11, 2013 10:47 am

      Thanks, Pam! Yes, you should know from experience, too! LOL

  5. Janet Moran permalink
    November 11, 2013 7:27 am

    I’m so glad you posted this! I love the process (and I didn’t know you had a blog!) =)

    • LynnMath permalink*
      November 11, 2013 10:47 am

      Thanks, Janet! I love it when something I make becomes part of a bigger effort!

  6. November 11, 2013 7:08 am

    That is something Lynn!! I love your version and love how Club Scrap ran with it and made it their own!

    • LynnMath permalink*
      November 11, 2013 10:46 am

      Thanks, Julie! Indeed, it is an awesome thing to look at…

  7. November 11, 2013 6:26 am

    Thanks for sharing the genesis of that GREAT idea! I wish you could see all of my flopped prototypes as I continued the process. It was quite the journey, wasn’t it!? What are you going to submit for next year?

    • LynnMath permalink*
      November 11, 2013 10:45 am

      Well, as a matter of fact, I think it would have made an even better story if you had some photos and could complete the tale of what it took to come to a final design!
      I need to put on the thinking cap for any other ideas, though… I’ll have to take a look around and determine what I need, and see of CS can come up with a project to fill it! LOL
      Thanks so much for the comment!

  8. Mary permalink
    November 10, 2013 11:57 am

    Cool, cool, cool, Sis . . .I figure maybe if I get more organized, I could use my organizer on my work table too . . . love the colors!!

    • LynnMath permalink*
      November 11, 2013 10:42 am

      Thanks, Sweetie!

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