OK, I'm new to blogging. My husband set the blog up for me and has encouraged me to share how I use my scrapbox. I have to laugh at the "slight mess" comment. That's a "slight" understatement. Let's just say that the "slight mess" was threatening to take on a life of its own. And it was discouraging to even start a scrapbooking project since the mess would come out and stay in the living room or on the dining room table for far too long. I seem to have trouble finishing a project quickly. Too many interruptions!
Anyway--the scrapbox has been a fabulous organizing tool. I've got a separate drawer for everything, all my tools at my fingertips, and when I need to clean it up, everything goes in its place, I close the doors and it's beautiful.
The thing I've really enjoyed is using it for more than scrapbooking. I have drawers for shopping ads and coupons, drawers for budgets and receipts, drawers for special projects I'm working on, and the kids have even commandeered drawers for themselves to keep some of their projects organized.
One of my recent projects was sewing a colonial style vest and coat for my son's Colonial Days at school. It took far longer than I thought it would (I seem to have a habit of grossly underestimating the time it takes for anything to be done) and it's full of mistakes, but I'll attach a picture anyway. The scrapbox was a big help since I was able to use the table as an extra surface while I was working on the coat. I don't know why I spend hours and hours working on something that will be worn once--I guess if he feels special for the day because he has something I've made for him, then it's worth it.
P.S. My drawers are messy. Organizing THEM is on my list of things to do. Maybe after the kids all leave home I'll have time . . .