When I have time, I'l organize my _________________

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

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When I have time, I'l organize my _________________

Organizing again!

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Here are some tips on storing markers and paper:

Markers:

  •  sort by color in either marker caddies or divided plastic bins. I have several different brands that I sort like this. For instance, I have Marvy, Tombow markers and Embossing markers and gel markers.
  • A great tip is to buy a kitchen tool by Pampered Chef. You will probably use it over and over again. You can also buy another one for your kitchen!

Paper:

  • sold in several sizes.  12″ x 12″, 8 1/2″ x 11″ and 4.5″ x 6.5″.  You can divide the paper by manufacturer, by color, by size, by theme (spring, flowers, holiday)
  • All paper must be stored flat
  • Small scraps can be divided by color and stored in ziploc bags and put in a box. If you have an abundance of a certain type, for example; Christmas, floral, baby etc. you can store them in plastic  folders that are expandable. Don’t store anything that is smaller than 2″ x 2″.
  • Scraps can be recycled into punched shapes
  • Shelves can accommodate different sizes of paper
  • Look at cube systems in office supply stores or check out your local discount store

‘Til next time,

~Sallie

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New Websites to visit

Web Sites To Visit

Web Sites to visit
If you are anything like me, you love to surf the web looking for great card ideas or places where you can buy stuff! The problem is that unless you write down the web address, you loose your history! My advice is to either buy an address book specifically for a web site directory or create your own computer listing.
Next time you’re up for “surfing”, be sure to check out the following:
Ecstasy Crafts http://www.ectasycrafts.com
Gina K. Designs http://www.ginakdesigns.com
Hero Arts http://www.heroarts.com
Marvy Uchida http://www.marvy.com
Sizzix http://www.sizzix.com
Spellbinders Paper Arts http://www.spellbinderspapercrafts.com
Tombow http://www.tombowusa.com
Xyron http://www.xyron.com
Paper Creations Magazine http://www.papercreationsmag.com
CardMaker http://www.CardMakerMagazine.com
Die Cuts With A View http://www.diecutswithaview.com

What’s your favorite site? Please email me at Sallie@uniquelyyourscards.com if you would like to share.
~Sallie