Hello, my crafty friends! Tiffany Spaulding here today on the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine blog! Thanks so much for popping by to learn a little about getting your current crafting project organized. If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you know one of my mantras is “Go Vertical!”  Usually, I’m talking about paper, vinyl, ink pads, or other craft supplies, but today I want you to apply the Go Vertical strategy to your current crafting project. Why vertical?  In general, vertical: Takes up less space Presents items in a more visible way Allows for easier accessibility Provides a more “mobile” solution One of the things that regularly happen with crafting projects and especially paper crafting projects is that we bury our scissors, rulers, embellishments, etc. which results in the “tap and search” – when we literally tap around all of the items on our workspace hoping to find the…

Hello, my crafty friends! Getting your ink pads organized and accessible is the key to using more of them more often. The easiest way to organize ink pads is by using a color chart and an easily accessible storage tool, like my Stephanie Buddy Bag. In this quick blog post I’ll take you through 6 easy steps to using both. Step 1 – Download and print my “Peek-a-Hue” color charts – you’ll find them here. You’ll need one for each color of the rainbow.  You may also want to print extras – these can be used to organize by brand. Step 2 – Create the “Peek” effect Place 2 “Peek-A-Hue” charts back to back and fold along the light grey line. Using a small punch – this could be a craft punch or just a standard hole punch, punch a hole through both sheets of paper.  Repeat this down both…

If paper is your #1 organization challenge, scraps are probably #2.  To get you started WATCH this Scrap Management video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYF3h-lUTaI&feature=youtu.be There’s something about throwing scraps away at the end of a project that many of us struggle with. Before I go any further, I want you to answer 1 question – “If you took time to scrapbook a little bit everyday for the rest of your life, would you ever run out of paper?” I suspect the answer was uttered with a little bit of chuckle, a slight head shake, and a “Nnnno.” So, why are you digging through boxes, folders, baskets…of scraps?  Use the paper you have, use the paper you love and stop spending your time searching for a tiny scrap of paper. I’m not saying you should throw away all your scraps, I’m just saying you should be more mindful of the scraps you choose to…

How to organize Quick Quotes inks at home or for travel with Totally-Tiffany Do you love QQ PP inks?  I love mine.  They’re so easy to use and they always seem to have just the right color.  If you’re looking for the perfect way to organize and store your Quick Quotes PowderPuff inks you’ve come to the right place. Do you always, only, craft at home? If so, you’ll love using a Desk Maid Pen & Ink Palace for your inks.  The Pen & Ink Palace comes in two widths – 9″ and 15″. The 9″ Pen & Ink Palace will hold 25 Quick Quotes inks, the 15″ will hold 40.  Both sizes have the same pull out trays and there’s a lip on the back of each tray so your ink pads don’t fall off the back.  Learn more about the 15″ Pen & Ink Palace.  Learn more about the 9″ Pen & Ink Palace. Do you sometimes travel…

Paper Organization is simple when you have a plan.  Follow these easy steps to get your paper organized and choose the right paper organizing tools for the way you craft. What you’ll need: A “Themes and Sentiments” list 12×12 Dividers Plastic “sticky notes” or paper. I prefer plastic because they are difficult to bend and crease. 12×12 VERTICAL boxes – you can use these for permanent storage or just use them as your “sorting” system. 1 – Create a Themes and Sentiments List This is a list of all of the things you craft about organized alphabetically (NOT to include holidays or seasons) – Baby, Beach, Camping, Travel, etc. Download my example list. 2 – Label your 12×12 dividers Create a label for each of the categories in your Themes and Sentiments list as well as for holidays, seasons, and the rainbow. In the video, I used just a…

Ask yourself…What kind of crafter are you?Do you only craft away from home? – Maybe you’re Mary Mobilmaker. Do you always craft at home? – You’re Cathy Craftroom. Do you store everything hidden away from your workspace and bring things out when you’re ready to work? Could you be Karen Kraftabout? Do you have a craft room, but also attend crops and classes – You might be Sophia Cropalot. Learn more about the type of crafter you are and the types of tools that might work best for you. Choose the right organization tools 4×6 and 5×7 Fab Files Fab Files are ideal for crafters who need to store their products away from their workspace.  The small label on the side of the box is perfect for creating a “library” of embossing folders (and other products, too). Fab Files are small and lightweight. Carry them to your workspace and easily flip through them…

Hello everyone, Tiffany Spaulding here from Totally-Tiffany. If you’ve been avoiding attending crafting events because the thought of packing up and unpacking is overwhelming, this blog post is for you. Having the right tools for organizing your supplies “on the go” will be a key to your success at a crafting event. These 5 tools will simplify packing for the event, crafting at the event, and unpacking when you get home. 1. Craft Crate with Apron How does it simplify the process of packing up?  Unlike many of the crop totes that are on the market, the Craft Crate isn’t loaded with dozens of pockets, zippers, compartments, and flaps.  There’s a few pockets and flaps, but not dozens. The apron around the Craft Crate was designed to hold all your basic tools so they are visible and accessible. You don’t have to remember where you put things because you can see everything.…

Hello everyone Tiffany Spaulding here today on the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine blog excited to share you some tips and tricks on organizing your dies.  What you’ll need: A binder for creating a catalog Paper for the catalog sheets – I like 12×12 because I can get more on each page, but you can also use A4 or 8.5×11 Page protectors for the catalog pages Label Maker – optional Paper for creating each die sample Step 1 – Choose an organization tool for your dies There are many different types of die organizers; magnetic, boxes, binders, etc. Choosing the best die organizer for your dies will depend on where you craft.  If you always craft at home, you can use a desktop or shelf-type file box.  If you travel with your dies, a binder or bag will be a better option. 1-Binder – 3” Flippin’ Storage Binder with Medium Die &…

Getting from Containerize to Organized – Why You Need the 4 Section System and a ScrapRack Hello everyone, Tiffany Spaulding here today from Totally-Tiffany on the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine blog. I’ve been helping crafters, specifically scrapbookers and card makers get organized for just over 15 years.  In that time one thing has remained constant, crafter’s whose supplies are visible and accessible – get more done, craft more often, use more of their stash, experience less frustration looking for supplies, enjoy attending more crafting events AND have a significantly easier time putting their supplies away at the conclusion of a project.  If you want to improve your crafting experience, it’s time to give up the “dig and search” for the “Flip and Find!” Your big question?  “How do I get my supplies visible and accessible?”  The answer is simpler than you might imagine – Embrace the 4 Section System Move your…

There’s Air In There – Maximizing Your Craft Storage Space at Home and Away Hello everyone Tiffany Spaulding here today on the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine blog. The most important thing about maximizing storage is using ALL the space you have.  I know you’re thinking, “of course, I’m using the space, it’s full”.  But if you take a look around your room, your closet, even your crop tote, you may find that your space is filled with air. Open Shelving I started with this shelving unit from IKEA, it’s called Fjalkinge.  To maximize your storage space, you’ll want to fill that space from left to right, top to bottom and back to front – L2R, T2B, B2F – that means going vertical if you can and when you can. It’s easier to do than you think. If you have items sitting on your shelf that are different heights, you’ll have a…

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