Organizing- W-Z

Dear Fellow Crafters,

You knew the day would come when this popular series would end and today is the day. We have reached the last of these alphabetical tips.

wood mounted rubber stamps can be store on shelves, in clean VHS tape cases or plastic drawers.

X – it off! Celebrate each time you accomplish small things by crossing off  the things on your Craft To Do List.

Y – Whatever your organizational plan or style is, make it a system that works for you. Whether color-coding, sorting by theme, organizing by season or occasion, make sure that the system makes sense to the way you craft.

Z– Find a special antique box or basket to hold embellishments. These add zen to your collection of tools and supplies.

~Til next time,

Sallie

Organize R-S

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Who doesn’t like ribbon? There are so many ways to use ribbon and so many ways to store it. I organized the small $1 decorative ribbon in plastic berry boxes by occasion/holiday. I took my larger spools and put them on a pants clothes hanger-on the back of a door. Some additional ideas are:

  •      Dedicate a drawer for ribbon storage. IKEA has a drawer organizer that is really useful.
  •      If you’re handy, you can build yourself a ribbon shelf and store the ribbon in it.
  •      Take a photo box and cut a slit on the side for each of the ribbons. Place the ribbon spools inside the box and thread the end of the ribbons thought the slit.
  •      Use a Mason Jar for storage.
  •      I absolutely love this idea. Take your ribbon scraps and roll each one around 2 fingers and clip them with clothes hangers. A large apothecary jar is a great holder.

Many crafters have used stencils over the years and have written about their storing them. Here are some that I found useful for my craft room.

1. Divide the stencils into several categories: patterns, basic shapes, borders, occasion/seasonal and templates. Put the brass stencils together with your die cutting embossing folders or Sizzix Thinlits.

2. Put the stencils on ring binders in 3-ring binders with pocket pages.

3. Hang the stencils on ring binders and attach to a wire shelf.

4. If storing in sheet protectors, put a blank sheet of paper on either side of the stencil so you know what it is.

5. Accordion file folders also can be used if you don’t have any binders or your shelving space is not usable.

‘Til next time,

Sallie

 

 

‘Til next time,

Sallie

Organize -P-Q

Dear Fellow Crafters,

In the spirit of re-using items in your home, did  you know that you could use a plastic over-the-door shoe organizer to store hole punches? I use wooden type setter that I purchased at a flea market to store my very small punches and the above mentioned organizer for the large punches. You can also use the pockets for glue sticks, decorative-edged scissors, hand cleansers, and double stick tape dispensers.

If you use quilling papers, storing these items can be a challenge. One tip I came across was to use cardboard or plastic containers with dividers. You can store different colors or finished projects in them.

‘Til next time,

Sallie

 

Organize. M-O

Dear Fellow Crafters,

The organizing tips for June are about makers, keeping track of ideas and the “one year rule”.

Proper storage of markers make them last longer. Make sure that the caps are on tight before storing. Single-ended markers can be stored vertically with the tip side down but double-ended markers should always be stored horizontally. This will keep the ink flow and color evenly on both sides,

In addition to creating a journal of inspiration, buy a notebook for your purse or briefcase. You can use it for inventory, wish lists, or color swatch ideas.

Also, another tip regarding storage of magazines:

If you read my past post Too Many Magazines, you know that I collect craft magazines. One tip to consider is to reduce the print copies by subscribing to digital issues of your favorite magazines. You can scan current and past issues and print the projects or tutorials that you like.

The “one year” rule applies to those supplies you seldom use. Hopefully, you don’t have too many of those. The rule is to buy product to replenish your supplies and give away/throw out those items you haven’t used in a year.

‘Til next time,

~Sallie

Too many Craft Magazines?

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Ready to take on the challenge of organizing your scrapbook magazines?

It doesn’t have to be a chore… In fact, even a little organization can go a long way in de-cluttering your scrapbook space. If you have stacks of magazines all over your house, or Magazine Holdersin growing piles on your scrap room floor, the quickest thing to do is get yourself a set of magazine holders. Using magazine holders, you can easily organize your scrapbook magazines (and idea books) by publisher and date, as I have in this picture.

Over the years, I have collected a TON of magazines (well…maybe not a ton, but close) of scrapbook magazines and felt like they were taking up a little too much space, but I didn’t want to lose some of the valuable information contained within.

If you’re like me and you’ve already taken the first step towards organizing your scrapbook magazines, and want to go one step further, head out to your local Target, Wal-Mart or office supply store and pick up the following items:

 

  • D-Ring Binder (either one big one or several smaller ones)
  • Page Protectors
  • Tab Section Dividers

 

Why?… If there is a helpful article, favorite section or great layout that you would like to save, do what some will consider the unthinkable and remove those pages from the magazine. That way, you save the “good stuff,” but get rid of the extra bulk, leaving you with extra space once you replace all the magazine holders with just a few binders.

There is one additional option that you could use to organize your scrapbook magazines and that is an altered journal. If you’re looking to save entire pages of an article this won’t work for you, but if you prefer to keep only small clippings of a page, or summarize an article so you only keep those core ideas, then this could definitely work for you.

To make an altered journal, simply select a traditional journal and then decorate with patterned paper, ribbons, buttons and tabs to separate the different sections. Once you’re ready to throw out your magazine, simply clip away and adhere to your journal pages.

So, as you can see, organizing your scrapbook magazines doesn’t have to be chore. In fact, it may just give you one more reason to be creative.

‘Til next time,

~Sallie