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How I solved an age-old dilemna

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Have you ever, in your quest to organize your craft room, put something down and forgotten where you put it? This phenome does not just strike senior crafters, it indiscriminately targets everyone!

Awhile back I was making birthday cards to “beef up” my card inventory and I needed a bow for an image. So I started searching in the usual places. No luck. I then chose to search in un-usual places. No luck. So rather than spend time I didn’t have, I put “bows” on my Look For list and moved on with my day.

The “bow thing” kept creeping into my subconscious and finally yesterday I decided to spend the better part of the day searching for all the Look For items in my craft room. After an exhaustive search the bows were found. They were in a large box under my desk. I also found a stylus that had rolled under a marker tray and an embossing folder in a drawer marked Christmas dies. Then and there  I decided to find a permanent home for my stuff.

I use tiny bows and ribbon a lot so I needed to find something large enough to store them and keep them accessible. My husband came up with the idea of a box of boxes. Each of the 5 empty boxes used to hold #10 envelopes (4 1/8” x 9 ½”) and were contained in a large storage box. I couldn’t use the boxes to hold heavy stuff but bows and ribbon?

I organized the washi tape, tiny bows and ribbon into plastic bags by color/theme and put them in one of the boxes. I labeled all 4 sides of the box “bows and ribbon”. Voila! Mission accomplished. The stylus was taped to my scoreboard and the embossing folder was filed with the others.

Now, back to crafting….

‘Til next time,

~Sallie

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Biggest Challenge

My biggest challenge

Dear Fellow Crafters,

I write a lot about organizing craft products (die cuts, markers, ink pads etc.) and I have written about craft rooms and other craft organizers, but these days, my biggest challenge is how to organize all the posts I want to write about.

My past approach was to sit down with a pocket calendar and plot out the month of Wednesdays and Fridays with topics and scribblings (now Fridays with Sallie). My problems started when I would research a topic or write from a prompt in a notebook. I would put the notebook down along with the research material and forget where I put them! (A common problem when you get older!) I once “lost” an entire month of scribblings and had to start from scratch.

Finally, I got smart at least for now. My solution(s) was to write in 2 notebooks – one labeled “Creativity and Scribblings” and the other “Ideas for Posts.” This time I wrote the full date on the page such as 3/2/16 rather than just 3/2.  I tend to write out my thoughts in long-hand, then type onto my blog. I know it’s double-work, but I can edit better. (Maybe it stems from all those years as a teacher, when we didn’t have internet.)

The pocket calendar is still working and is easy to tote especially since its cover is very colorful. I purchase 3 of them in early December (one for personal info, one for Uniquelyyourscraftjournal.com  and one for this blog. I bought them from Current. I’m still trying to figure out how to organize my research items. I welcome any suggestions! Please use the comment box at the end of this post.

Thanks in advance,

~Sallie

When I have time, I'l organize my _________________

Organize -G-H

 

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Our April organization tips are all about clutter control.

G:  As you begin to clear away the clutter, create a “giveaway” box for supplies to be donated to a school or daycare. Right after I made my Christmas cards this past year, I started weeding out scraps of paper, stickers and tons on paper bags. Some of the items went to a school for children with special needs and the rest went to our Granddaughter.

H:  Here’s an idea – in addition to donating items, invite fellow paper crafters to clean out their clutter and bring it to your home for a fun Suppliers Swap.

‘Til next time,

~Sallie

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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