Friday, January 22, 2010

Visible Embellishment Storage

When I talk about embellishments I'm talking about buttons, stickers, rub-ons, pre-cut die shapes, tags, flowers, rhinestones, etc.  I store these items in 2 major different ways; visable and non-visable.  I store all my flowers in the containers they were bought in on the top shelf, then underneath I have an in-expensive curtain rod I got from IKEA.  It is customizable to the exact length you want.  Remember when purchasing a hanging system like a curtain rod and hooks not to buy one that involves taking off the rod evrey time you want to add a new embellishment to it.  You want to get one that has hooks instead of rings.  I store any embellishments that come in a flat package, in their original packaging, hanging from this wire rod.  Some people like the deskop "Clip-it-up" version from Simply Renee, but I prefer mine up and off the table.  I group them mostly by manufacturer so that when I pull out a paper divider (as shown in my Patterned Paper post) I can easily get the matching embellishments to go with it.  Sometimes I buy kits with PP and the matching embellishmens and it will come with stickers or die cuts that are on a 12" x 12" sheet.  These sheets get stored with the PP as they do no fit depth wise from the hanging wire rod.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Ink Pad Storage

I've had multiple people ask me where I got my Ink Pad Storage Unit from.  It is a custom made unit, but here are some ideas for store bought items.

1.  Check out I beleive they are located in Tennessee, but I think they ship anywhere in North America.
2.  If you have an old cassette organizer, it will fit SU! or similar sized pads.
3.  I highly recommend SU! table top organizer if you do not have wall space.
4.  There are people on ebay selling handmade units they've built in their garages/shops.  Have a look under Rubber Stamping or Scrapbooking then Organization.
5.  You can have a look at this website for ideas, but I think the shipping might be astronomical since they are in the UK

Hope that helps!

Friday, January 15, 2010


I store my SU! wood mount stamps in my closet on the middle shelf for easy access.  I love my stamps, but I don't find them to be that attractive of a home decor piece and since I do have a bit of training in Interior Decorating, I'm always thinking about design whether it be on my scrapbook page or in my home.  I store my acrylic stamps in a binder for easy access and quick review.

Every time I get a new wood mount stamp set, I copy the label sheet and place in my stamp binder so that I don't have to pull out the SU!containers to see what I have.  If I buy a single wood mount stamp I stamp the image and label it on a blank sheet and put in the binder.

When I buy some of the smaller discount acrylic stamps I put them in baseball card holders in the stamp binder.

For all my other cling mount/acrylic stamps I bought overhead projector sheets for the office supply store, cleaned them with isopropyl alcohol to remove the anti-static agent and put them in my stamp binder.  I put a sheet of white paper between each sheet of stamps to help me see them better.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Ink and Other Medium

I searched for over a year for a wall mounted storage unit that would hold my ink and other medium, but I couldn't find anything.  Then my good friend offered to build me a custom unit to suit my needs.  All I had to do was come up with the design.

The rest of my colouring medium is in this drawer since they don't fit on the custom unit.  I use dollar store mini baskets to keep little items from shifting around in the drawer.

You should store your markers laying down to keep them from drying out.  I got this CTMH marker tower for Christmas.

Friday, January 8, 2010


I organize my Stampin' Up! cardstock and my scrapbooking cardstock (12" x 12") differently as I use them differently.  I use my SU! cardstock by name and colour so I find having it organized in file hangers with tabs help me see exactly what I need.  I can also easily take the entire container with me when I'm cropping at a friends house or just pull out the hangers I want and place them in a smaller hanging container.  The container and the hangers I purchased at Wal-mart and the tab inserts I bought on ebay along with a ring of cardstock swatches.  Some people organize their SU! cardstock by colour family (ex. Bold Brights or Earth Elements), but I like all of mine sorted by colour as I don't tend to think by colour family.

My 12" x 12" scrapbook carstock is in my Cropper Hopper Paper Holders categorized by type of paper.  There is one holder for regular cardstock, another one for core-dinations or other different "core" cardstock, one for handmade cardstock and the last one is for my 12" x 12" textured SU! cardstock.  I also have some lower quality 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock in there to easily fit my Silhouette machine, but I harldy use it since being introduced to SU!  The quality of the carstock makes a big difference when making a card since it will be fondled quite a bit compared to a scrapbook page in a protective sheet.  I really like the Cropper Hopper Holders as they are easy to pull out of my Jetmax cubes and thumb through what I need.  I try to organize by colour as well.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Patterned Paper

When organizing anything in your room you need to think about how you use that product.  Do you think by colour, theme, or pattern?  When I use my patterned paper I think by manufacturer.  This system seems to work for me as I can grab multiple sheets of PP and know that they will work well together.  However you go about orgainzing your PP, these Cropper Hopper Value Pack organizers work great!  I spend 75% of my scrapbooking time outside of the house.  With my PP in packets it's easy for me to grab the PP I want and pack my bag quickly.  I originally had my PP and cardstock stacked horizontally.  I found this didn't work for me as I was constantly pulling out the entire pile to get at what I wanted and then I had to tidy up the pile to put it back.  That was just too much work for me.  With the dividers I can quickly thumb through and get what I need.

Sunday, January 3, 2010


This is how I store my ribbon than comes on spools large enough to fit in the storage container.  I organize my ribbon by colour because that's how I use ribbon.  You can buy these containers at Michael's.  I chose this method over other ones as I like the way the container dispenses the ribbon and the way it displays it.  It's very easy to pull out the exact amount you want then snip.  No need to put anything away but the scissors.

For m ribbon that comes in tiny spools or wrapped over flat cardboard I store this way.  I purchased these flat spools, made by Cropper Hopper, at a local scrapbook store.  I take the ribbon off it's original packaging then wind it around the spool.  Since most of these ribbons came with matching partners, they are stored with the ribbon they came with.  So for the most part they are arranged by company.


Lighting is very important in paper crafting.  You want to be able to see the true colours of the items you are working with.  I have a torch lamp for all over light and a track fixture for spot lighting.  I also try and keep my curtains open as much as I can as nothing is better than natural lighting.

General View

This is a general view of my scrapbook space.  I was immediately drawn to the colour of the walls when I saw it in "The Organized and Inspired Scrapbooker".  The name of the paint is "Celery Sprig" from Behr.  Even my laptop is a very similar colour. The curtains are from Ikea along with the desks and Expedit bookshelf.  The cubes are from Michael's.  You will see that these cubes and the bookshelf are used a lot by scrapbookers and with very good reason.  The hold a lot of supplies and are aesthetically pleasing.  I'm really not a fan of the plastic storage tote look, although I do have one under my desk for my current projects.  You will notice with these general shots and with future posts that I use many methods of storage that are all dependant and what I am storing.  I like using ribbon and flowers so they are out wheere I can see them.  Where as my stamps are hidden away.