You can expect to see an entire table covered in photos, cut out bits of paper, scrap fabric, pens everywhere. Basically just chaos. And usually a pen, or photo, you happen to need has been lost somewhere under it all.
I know I usually waste a lot of time hunting for things amongst the rubbish.
For Christmas my sister bought me a huge board with a Pirated of the Caribbean background, and she said she thought I might find it useful if I want to do my work on my lap or something. I was very grateful, but didn't give it much thought after.
But when my new project started I had an idea:
The only problem with this board is that when I work I need a clear background so I can focus purely on the subject I'm working on, but as you can see the background of the board is really busy. Way too busy for me anyway.
But, as you can see, on either side of the board there are clear panels for you to slide in notes, photos, etc.
So I had the idea of using the panels to hold an A2 piece of blank paper (you can buy an a2 sketch pad at Poundland), and this would act as my blank canvas:
I then used the side panels to organise my images and inspiration, so I know where everything was when the time comes to using them:
This has definitely helped to keep me more organised, and I've saved a lot of time from knowing where everything is. I definitely don't miss rooting around for things, and definitely have a clearer head for work without being surrounded by mess!