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It’s Tool Time! Cropodile, Punch boards, stamp blocks, scissors, rulers…you’ve invested in them, now you need to use them, but before you can do that, you’ve got to find them. This week we’ll talk about tool storage solutions that work for crafting at home and on the go. What type of crafter are you? You’ll need to define yourself before you can pick the perfect tool organizers – learn more…  What you need: Easily accessible containers for your always used tools. If you don’t have space on your desk – think about a cart, something that you can pull up next to you while you’re crafting. Storage options for lesser used tools. What to do: Gather up your tools. Sort them by amount of use – every project, some projects, rarely used, *never used. Arrange them in the storage containers you’ve selected. Place containers for easy accessibility Label if necessary…

We’re on to a new type of catalog – the color catalog. I recommend is using my “Peek-a-Hue” color charts. These are a free download – see the links below Why is creating a color catalog using your actual supplies important? There are a couple of reasons – Try as they might, it’s nearly impossible for the manufacturers to create labels on their products that show the “true” color on the ink, pen, marker, etc;. Cataloging the colors will give you that “true” color. Using each of your colors will give you an opportunity to discover what you have and what you need. You’re sure to find dried up products that can be tossed and replacements added to your shopping list. The process of cataloging your inks, pens, and markers is similar to the other products we’ve catalogued. Challenge Goals – Have quick, easy access to your inks, pencils, markers,…

You guessed it – these all need to be added to your catalog too. Remember, you may need to punch out multiple examples if your punch needs to be represented in multiple categories. Stencils and Templates are going to be treated similarly to embossing folders although some of your storage options will be different. What you need: Additional pages for your catalog Permanent Marker or other labeling supplies (see Tips section) Storage Containers – see ideas What to do: Gather punches, punch boards, templates, & stencils together Sort by size and/or type Decide on storage containers and/or order/shop for what you need Fill your storage containers with punches/punch boards/templates/stencils Give each item a number and number label each punch board container Add representations to your catalog Punch out punches Photocopy or print out details for punchboards Photocopy stencils or do a rubbing Trace templates This week’s challenge checklist: Follow the…

Yes, you’ll want to catalog your embossing folders too! This week we’ll follow the cataloging steps from week 5, with a few small changes and get your embossing folders, sorted, labeled, cataloged and stored.  What you need: – Additional pages for your catalog – Black marker – for creating a grid pattern on your paper – Crayons – Label supplies – Storage Containers What to do: 1. Gather your embossing folders together. 2. Sort embossing folders by size. 3. If you need storage containers order or purchase the right sizes and styles for your embossing folder collection. 4. Fill your storage containers with embossing folders. 5. Number embossing folders and label storage containers with number “bookmarks” – remember to leave numbers if you have extra space. 6. Create “grid” sheets and use them to catalog embossing folders that are generic background designs. Use 2 squares on the grid if you…

Keep things together you use together – that means sorting and organizing your embellishments by theme, holiday, or color rather than by “type.”  This idea can be hard to get your brain around, but think about working on a project, i.e., a birthday scrapbook page – when you look in your “birthday” section you want to see all your choices in one place – stickers, stencils, brads, die cuts… Now imagine that you want to add some “color” to that same birthday page – you want to match the other embellishments you’ve selected from the Birthday section – reds and pinks, when you flip to your rainbow section, you’ll see all of your choices – in just the right colors.  It might be flowers, beads, bling, tags, felt, glitter – it’s one stop shopping, no remembering required. What you need: You’ll need embellishment organizers that will allow you to “combine…

Paper can often be the most overwhelming part of our craft supply collection.  Many paper crafters have thousands of sheets of paper. I like to start with paper because it is the supply we use on almost every project.  Which means, you’ll also get the most benefit, most of the time, from getting it organized. What you need: Vertical Paper Storage Boxes Label Tabs/Sticky Notes – I prefer plastic, flexible notes over paper. Dividers 12×12 Paper Pockets, SuperSized Singles, Sideloader Singles or Collection Keepers ScrapMasters, File Folders or Scrap Pockets Themes & Sentiments list you created last week Why Vertical Paper Storage Boxes – Vertical simply takes up less space on your workspace while at the same time giving you easiest access during both organizing/sorting, and crafting. Paper Pockets, SuperSized Singles, Sideloader Singles or Collection Keepers You’ll use these to keep “collections”of  paper together.  All of these that listed are…

Welcome to the 12 week Get Organized Challenge. I’m so glad you’re here.  Our goal this week is to set a foundation for getting and staying organized. Why are you doing this? Identifying why you want to get and stay organized is a necessity for success. “I want to get organized because… I feel overwhelmed when I try to craft, and it’s not fun anymore, I want crafting to be fun again. I feel like I’m wasting most of my crafting time looking for supplies instead of crafting, I want to get more done during my crafting time. I want to have friends and family come over and craft with me, but I don’t have space for them right now. I have invested lots of money in my craft supplies, I want to feel like I’m getting the value for the money spent. I’d love to travel to crafting events,…

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…

Three things you don’t want to miss from Totally-Tiffany Get Organized with me! Go from overwhelmed to organized when you take my Get Organized Challenge (GOC).  The GOC is a FREE online series of classes that will help you get your scrapbooking, cardmaking and general craft supplies organized. 20,000 past graduates can’t be wrong – Sign up today! Jeanne L. I loved the series! Not only did I get inspired to clean up and organize my craft supplies, but I’m applying the principles to the whole house. For 6 straight weeks, our 60 gallon recycle bin was full of “stuff”. Quite amazing how papers accumulate. Found more unnecessary junk than one would think possible. The Embossing Station – our Latest and GREATEST Our new Embossing Station is the perfect way to both store and use your heat embossing tool.  This handy station comes with a paddle and project clip to…

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…

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