I have a couple of corners/ boxes with material that I gathered at workshops or when I travelled to places that I don’t usually visit. Some times you come across something that is just the right tool/paint/texture (or what ever it might be!) for that tutorial/idea/project you wanted to do so badly. I am sure quite a couple of you are nodding their heads in recognition while reading these lines, am I right?
That all is well and good if the material/tool/paint get´s actually used for what it was meant to be used. But, and here comes the big BUT, more often than not it just does not happen right away. There are many things that need my attention (work, my family, house hold, … to name just a few of the important ones!) and sometimes, okay often, I have to put that project I wanted to do on the back burner. That is still fine, you know, if it does come back to the front eventually. And here comes the big problem: sometimes, okay often times, I can not even remember what that super interesting fun project even was and what that cool tool/paint/texture was to be used for? I just don´t remember! Like at all! Oh dear, now I am in trouble!
And we (probably all) know the human memory is not a fool proof thing. It keeps a lot of memories in store for us, but not always the ones we are looking for! There is only one cure (that I know of) for that and that is writing it all down. I know it sounds simple, but it does work. After I have been through my stack of things more than once and found not what I was looking for but all kinds of tools/material that I can not remember what I got them for, I promised myself I will find something that will help me with this problem.
And I did! Now I do have three little helpers for my memory. And I thought maybe one or two of them might be interesting or helpful for you as well:[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_34780" align="aligncenter" width="581"] The first one is a notebook/sketchbook I carry with me where ever I go. I use it to write or draw ideas in where and when they come. It´s not like my typical sketchbook where I draw out projects or more in depth ideas. It´s more like an endless list of stuff that goes through my mind, often at times when I am doing something else, and things that I want to remember they all go in here. Not all of the things in here do get made of course, but I do have more that enough to choose from. Sometimes they need a long time until they come out of the book and are being “made”.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_34782" align="aligncenter" width="621"] The second one is a digital version of my idea book. It´s a file that lives on my computer. And in that file I keep another endless list of ideas, but here I can include links to pictures, ideas or articles, books or all kinds of other things that inspire me, Things I want to read or shops that have something I want to have a closer look at. And also files that live on my computer and have hidden treasures in them! A link added to my file will lead me there. Of course you need to write a sentence or two what it is that interests you about the reference. If you don’t do that, you might have the same problem as with the tools you forgot what you wanted them for! Also if I buy something for a project. I write a note for myself: tool for project x, and where it is in my studio! I think you get the idea.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_34785" align="aligncenter" width="626"] The third one is my phone: I know that is kind of obvious these days. But hear me out. I use my phone as a virtual diary or notebook too. Things I see, that inspire me I take pictures of, write or record notes for myself. And often I send emails to myself with links to check out. Once they are in my mail program the can move them to my digital endless idea list on my computer. Also the pictures from my phone move to the computer on a regular base. So they will not get lost, but are in the second idea list as well. It all takes a little bit of time and effort, but it helps me so much to stay on track![/caption] [caption id="attachment_34783" align="aligncenter" width="562"]
You might think: okay, we all do that Anke, what are you talking about? As if that was something new? I know all of my note taking and list making is nothing new for sure and of course I am not the first one to figure this out. But I can tell you something: since I made it a priority to actually write down my ideas, draw them out, take pictures of them and organize them somehow to give them a home to live where I can find them again – instead of just thinking oh yeah, I will remember that … actually doing it … It makes a world of a difference for me! It´s kind of taking it serious and making a point about it.
Maybe you might want to try some of these ideas or maybe you will have other ideas that work even better for you? I would love to hear about them! Please let me know, okay?[/caption]