-Pinterest - I created a secret board for all three of us to pin our ideas onto and comment on. This was a great way to keep visual track of fixtures and tools that we already had. We even pinned our own images - the Pinterest app lets you pin directly from the camera on your phone. This board is secret no longer and you can see it here - http://www.pinterest.com/zimmsha/studio-inspiration/ We pinned everything. Practical pins like tools we either needed or had, and aspirational pins like the whale stapler that is totally impractical, but would make my office desk really happy. You can also see a lot of the ideas that we considered but ultimately rejected, or put on the back burner. Ideas like possibly building a loft to take advantage of our high ceilings, the vinyl and laminate flooring that we at one point considered installing ourselves (note, we eventually hired someone to install the floors for us. Best decision ever.) I even did one of the projects that I pinned to this page.
The succulents in small pots with a layer of hot pink fish tank rocks? Yeah, I did that one. Who wore it better? Wait, don’t answer that.
-Google Drive - When we first decided to be studio mates and talked about tools we might need to buy, it quickly became clear that we had some overlap and that certain tools would be doubles. It was even more clear that the each of us had missing pieces that the rest of us had been yearning for (rolling mill - check. Sandblaster - check.) We maintained a list in a spreadsheet that we could each add to. This list prevented us from running out and buying anything that someone else already had and kept us all within budget. With only 740 square feet to work with and 3 people’s tools and offices to work with, we wanted to keep it simple.
So there you have it! The space will probably always be a work in progress, and we still have some bigger ideas to bring to life, but we are moved in and set up and ready to make beautiful jewelry together.