Going further with embossing folder organization

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I posted a few weeks ago about how I’m organizing my embossing folders. I use Totally Tiffany’s Karen plastic bag with a plastic box inside. I made little folders on my Cricut and embossed each folder with the folder that it holds. I numbered them all so I can find where they go when I’m done with them.

I went one step further, as I’m following Totally Tiffany’s Get Organized Challenge. I made small tags on my Cricut machine and laminated them. I then embossed each tag with each embossing folder I have and numbered the tags. I punched holes in each tag, and put them all on a D ring. Now I have a quick flip ring I can bring with me when shopping (to prevent buying duplicates), and also a quick and easy way to see what I own and grab the correct folder without digging through each of my three bags.

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It’s working fantastic for me, and I hope it works for you, too! I’m including the link to the bags below. They’re very affordable if you’re a frugal crafter like me! Happy November & craft on!

 

The Key to Crafting is SOLID Organizational Skills

The key to being a productive crafter is discovering your crafting style & organizing based on that.

You don’t have to be Martha Stewart and have a million dollar craft room to have a wonderfully-functional craft space at home. You DO have to find a way to organize your things that makes you efficient, keeps your space (however small or large) tidy, and allows you to quickly grab what you need.

I have some friends who have enormous craft spaces. You’d think they would be crafting away all hours of the day and night, being incredibly productive. Instead, their craft rooms are a jumbled mess of boxes, bags, and tons of new products they impulsively bought with no real use in mind. They have never sat down and spent 10 minutes figuring out what their crafting style is in order to get organized. Here’s an example.

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How do you avoid becoming the Crafting/Hoarding Queen? The key is some self-discovery 😉

DISCOVER YOUR INNER CRAFTER: What kind of crafter are you?

Are you a home-only crafter? You live in a rural area or have no friends who are into crafting or the type of crafts that you are. This is the one type of crafter who has the biggest tendency to become an unorganized mess. If you’re the only one using your room, you may lack accountability. If you close the doors, no one sees your mess. I know some very organized home crafters, but the vast majority of my friends who have home craft rooms have unorganized disaster zones.

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Are you a crop-only crafter? Do you only really create when you’re away from home, surrounded by friends, fellowship, and food? The key is portability and securely transporting your items.

Are you a combination of both? I am highly productive at home AND away from home. At least 3-4 times a year, I spend 3+ days at a retreat with friends. I am very productive at these retreats, as well. The key to having fun and accomplishing what I set out to do is ORGANIZATION.

NOW THAT YOU’VE FIGURED OUT WHO YOU ARE, HOW DO YOU BEST ORGANIZE YOUR CRAFT SUPPLIES FOR YOU?

Home Only Crafters: If you’re a home-only crafter, you’re going to start in your space with your desk. Sit at your desk and figure out what you need organized and around you ALWAYS for everything you do. I only do paper crafting, so I need paper trimmers, adhesives, scissors, a craft mat, pens/markers, etc. Those things are right next to my desk, easily accessible, and always out. Keep those things organized and OUT. Don’t put them away in totes or bins. Don’t put them up on shelves. Put them on your desk or next to your desk so it’s easy to grab them when you need them.

Next, create organized ‘zones’ for crafting. Do you sew and scrapbook? Have a designated sew-only area and a designated scrapbook-only area. Separate your supplies into your zones. Shelving that goes to the ceiling is ideal for items you don’t use every day. Repurposing dressers and armoires for crafting is free and easy. The sky is your limit! Hit some thrift stores and garage sales. Get some used shelving. Get organized!

Crop-Only Crafters: The key for success for YOU is to organize your things using secure methods and carrying them to crops and retreast in rolling padded totes, 31 storage bags, and the like. There are lots of wonderful storage items at Joann’s, Michaels, and online at Amazon and Totally-Tiffany. The key is safe travels for your items while minimizing the size of the container you have things in. I’ve found that Totally-Tiffany.com has a wonderful selection of see-through plastic totes in varying sizes that work WONDERFULLY for on-the-go crafting. You’re not stuck with a huge, burdensome plastic bin or box that takes up most of your tote space.

Combination Crafter:  It’s a little trickier for combination crafters (like me) who struggle to find organizational methods that work for home and away. I’m going to share some of what I use that works ideally for me — the Combination Crafter!

First, I’m truly lucky to live within 50 miles of an Ikea store. I love their Kallax storage units. They fit 12 x 12 paper with room to spare, and they are an absolute must (in my opinion) for any serious at home or combination crafter.

I have a 2 x 4 that sits on the right side of my work space. It holds my paper, my wooden stamps, my inks, and my assorted small embellishments like washi tape and inks.

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Breaking my Kallax down by item, I store things as follows:

I use Totally-Tiffany Paper Storage Boxes to sort my paper by color. If there is a distinct theme for my paper, they are stored in my themed scrapbook paper area. I’ve already blogged about how to do this. You can find that post here: http://www.christineiscrafting.com/organizing-your-themed-12×12-scrapbook-paper/

I have my paper organized by color. I recently labeled everything to make it even easier to grab & go. There are also two additional boxes: polka dot and striped — they are the non-themed papers that are too colorful to fit in any one color section.

20161022_111656These fit perfectly in the Ikea Kallax cubes, but I was left with about 1 inch of space inside each cube, so I decided this would be the perfect place to put my wooden stamps. I have them sorted, organized, labeled, and stored inside Totally-Tiffany Stamp Suitcases. I blogged about them yesterday. Here’s that post:  http://www.christineiscrafting.com/organizing-your-wooden-stamps-for-home-away/

stamp-suitcaseI also have Totally-Tiffany Stash and Store boxes for my items like washi tape, ribbon, inks, Stickles, and paints. They fit in the Kallax cubes, as well, and transport easily to crops & away from home crafting.

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Each cube of the Kallax holds three Stash & Store boxes perfectly. Each box has a handle on top for easy transport. They have magnetic closures at the back of each shelf so that you can transport them and keep things in place.

I’m including a link to each of these items on Amazon that you can get delivered right to your door. I hope some of my ideas are giving you ideas on how to best organize your crafting. An unorganized space is a nonproductive space. The key to having fun crafting is finding a place for everything and everything having a place!

Until next time, craft on (links to products below)!

Totally Tiffany Stash & Store Cases

 

Totally Tiffany Paper Boxes

Stamp Storage Suitcases

Totally-Tiffany bags

ORGANIZING EMBOSSING FOLDERS

I have been a fan of Totally-Tiffany.com for about a year, since I discovered her wonderful see-through plastic organizers. I absolutely LOVE her Karen bag. It’s made for card makers, but I have found a wonderful use for it — organizing embossing folders!

I recently won a Tim Holtz Vagabond 2 embossing machine, and also received quite a few embossing folders with it. I got about 20 more embossing folders at Tuesday Morning for $1.00-$1.49 each. I quickly found that I needed a way to keep them safe and organized.

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I started by making a file folder on my Cricut machine, and added a tab to the top. After cutting the folder out, I embossed the front of the folder with the embossing folder contained within. I labeled the folder with a name that I would remember and find — NOT with the manufacturer’s name. That doesn’t help me at all.

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I then used the hard plastic laminated dividers that come with the Karen bag to make alpha tags. I filed the embossing folders alphabetically, and I’m done!sbc_sr-sng13

It’s easy for me to use both at home, and away, and the clear see-through bags are ideal for easily spotting the folder you need. No more digging through something to try to find the one I need.

If you’re looking for a relatively inexpensive and portable way to organize your embossing folders, you can’t beat Totally Tiffany’s Karen bags!  I’ve included a link so that you can buy your own.

 

Do you have a favorite way of organizing or storing your embossing folders? Share your method in the comments below! Until next time, happy crafting!