I enjoy sorting through materials and finding tiny paper scraps that I forgot about. Sorting for inspiration is a lot more fun than sorting to organize – or to try to clean up the desk or remove another pile! Sorting for inspiration is the opposite of cleaning up, it is about looking, spreading and touching slowly.

Do you do some kind of sorting for inspiration too?

Sorted tiny ones

Recently, when cleaning out the Scrap Inbox, I sorted the smallest scraps into rows of prettiness.

This is what it looked like when I emptied the Scrap Inbox:

Unsorted tiny paper bits

Like mentioned in my review of Randel Plowman’s book The Collage Workbook organizing is problematic when it comes to collage papers. Because I have been Art Journaling and making collages for so many years now I have way too many folders, flat chocolate boxes and piles of scraps and papers. Sometimes the constant shuffling irritates me to no end, and sometimes these piles makes me endlessly happy…

Scraps of prettiness that I have collected I am unable to shred.

Strangely, I love each bit. Please don’t tell anyone!

Great paper bits

Collage material are often reminiscent of children’s treasures.

Little paper bits

Sorting for Inspiration

To find the gems you’ve got to cultivate a child’s curious mind. And be ready to dig.

Bits that smile

All collage artist are avid collector of the things that nobody else wants. Other’s paper garbage is what makes a collage artist smile and reach out to snap it up… The pretty patterned candy wrappers, ticket stubs and the cut off edge of painted paper are saved together in little boxes.

New Scrap Inbox

Once you open up such box the sorting begins.

If you let go of your fear magic will happen.