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Product Highlight – Exclusive Inks Organizer

Here is a picture of mine filled with supplies:

Z4131 Exclusive Inks Organizer $69.95
Z4135 Re-inker Tray sold separately $8.95

As you can see I used labels on the side of the organizer so I would know where each ink color belongs.  My kids will use them and not put them back in the right spot or I will take out a bunch and can’t remember where they go.  I have mine sorted by the CTMH color families with the Neutral colors on the bottom.  The best deal is to purchase the entire organizer (or earn it as a 1/2 price item with a qualifying gathering) but you can also purchase it in pieces as you need them.

Z4132 Stamp Pad Tower $11.95
Z4133 Marker Tower $14.95
Z4134 Handle and Swivel Base $15.95

I purchased the Re-inker Tray way before I bought any re-inkers.  This tray can be used for anything!  Throughout the years I have used mine for a variety of things including embossing powders, other ink pads, sponges/daubers, and glitters.

Another item that goes along with this that I like is the Z4136 Organizer Carrying Case $34.95.  If you travel and take your supplies with you it is a worthy investment.

Rummage finds for my scrap room

So here is the start of my cleaning…I had to find homes for some of my new things:

I think I paid $4 for this shelf.  I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it but I knew it would be great for organizing scrap supplies.  Not sure the flowers will stay there but it works for now.

I wasn’t sure where I was going to use this little set of drawers until it sat in my house for awhile.  Originally, I had planned to use it for socks, shoes, and hairbands, etc. in my daughter’s room.  Then I realized that the drawers hold the CTMH stamp sets perfectly!  So it now has a home in my scrap room.  I paid $10.

I only paid a couple dollars for this black set of drawers.  It doesn’t match but I knew it would fit perfectly with my other storage.  I suppose I could paint it but it’s fine for now and serves it’s purpose.

Organizing my Embellishments

I’ve had this basket designated for Close to My Heart but the problem is that it just keeps growing and I am constantly digging to find what I’m looking for.  Today I decided to organize it and I changed this:

to this:

Here is my solution:

I got this spice rack from my mom.  I wanted one for my scrapbook room for embellishments but I wasn’t exactly sure how I would use it.  This was the perfect idea!  I have eliminated all the excess packaging and it will be much easier to find what I need to add flair to my projects.  My plan was to decorate the jars so they were pretty in my room but for now the labels are more practical.  I’m feeling more like organizing than creative today.  Maybe I’ll decorate them another day.

Organizing Cardstock & Scraps

I think I finally have a system in place that I love.  I used to use these Cropper Hopper Scrap Storage envelopes and had one for each color family. (updated: Since these are out of stock at Amazon, here’s a link to Joann’s.) After seeing Jennifer Payami’s system on Pinterest I decided to update mine.  I use only Close to My Heart cardstock now.  It’s simpler because I am familiar with the colors and I love the weight and white core.  Here’s how it turned out:

I cut the labels for the front of the boxes out of my CTMH Idea Book.  (updated: As colors change, I’ve just removed theses labels and updated with new ones, applying with double-stick tape.) For the most part each group fits in a box.  One or two are a bit tight but I’m stocked up on cardstock now so that will change as I use some of it up.  The basic colors (not pictured) take up two boxes because I have more of those and I have one scrap storage envelope for each color.  For the rest (seen above), I have two colors in each scrap storage envelope with the color separated with a divider.  So the scraps for the first color are kept in the front pocket and scraps for the second color are kept in the back pocket.  Scraps larger than 6×12 are kept in the front of that color.

Here’s a picture of the labels:

With the new arrangement of CTMH colors it was difficult at times to see which color was which with similar ones right next to each other (and they are stored in the corner of my room with not as much light).  This system has solved that problem.  Before I would still have to dig for scraps because I only had them separated by color family.  Now with each color in it’s own place it is very quick and easy to find exactly what I need!  Dh saw what I was doing and said it looked too organized…what’s that!?! 🙂

If you are thinking about doing something like this, they often go on sale at Joann’s.  You can see them well on Amazon.  They come 3 to a pack.  The larger holders and dividers are sold separately.

Here is a picture of the envelopes that I use, pink is the front and blue is the back.  It holds 12×12 paper and there is a pocket in both the front and back that is 6×12 where I keep scraps.  I put a tabbed divider in the middle to label the paper name.  The second tab is on the envelope.  Seems like the correct term is “paper file” like these on Amazon but they don’t have the pocket for scraps.  I’d try Joann’s since they have this bundle online.  They may sell more separately in the store.  I have 6 envelopes in each holder.

Stamp Sunday #6 – Organizing Your Stamps

No artwork this week but I wanted to show you how I organize my stamp sets.  If you have more than a handful, it is very helpful to have some type of system that works for you.  This is what works for me.

The first thing I do when I get a new stamp set is to make a copy of it.  I put the carrier sheet with the stamps right on the copier.  Just make sure that you don’t lose any stamps doing this.  If you don’t get a clear image then take the stamps off and copy just the carrier sheet.  *If the copied image does not have the name of the stamp on it make sure to write it on the sheet.  By doing this I can flip through the book to find a specific image.  So many stamp sets have a variety of images that fit different categories that I wouldn’t find without this or I’d have to pull out the stamps.  (Example: a flower set would go under flowers but it might have a sentiment/word on it.)

These printed sheets go into a 3-ring binder which is sorted by category.  You can use whatever works best for you.  My current categories are: Alphabets, Sentiments, Flowers, Misc.  Within the misc. section I have birthday, borders, and other themes together.  I plan to update this with more dividers like kids, birthday, animals, borders, backgrounds, etc.  Right now those stamps are together, I just don’t have a tab for easy reference.

Then the actual stamp sets themselves are stored in alphabetical order.  So I can look through my book to find a stamp and and look up the set by the name of it.  This also allows me to quickly access stamp sets that I use often and know the names of off the top of my head.  You will see I also have the drawers labeled.  There is really no reason for this other than to keep my drawers in order when I pull them out.  I thought about marking which drawer each stamp set was in but because I have so many stamp sets that come and go I didn’t want to bother with this because some may move to different drawers and I felt it was too time consuming to keep up with a system like that.

This My Acrylix Organizer also works well if you have a smaller amount of stamps.  These also stack well on top of each other.

Once you have a system in place you need to use it and keep it updated.  Every time I get a new stamp set, I need to remember to photocopy it and add it to my book.  Every time I get rid of a stamp set, I need to remember to take the copy out of my book.

I hope this has helped you and maybe given you some ideas.  The main thing is to find something that works best for you so that you are using your stamps and not just letting them sit because you don’t know what you have.

Update: In answer to Juliana’s question, the only Close to My Heart stamp sets that I have that don’t have names are the ones that come in the Workshop Kits and I think their technically called by the name of the workshop so that’s what I use.  I write the name (ex. Pemberley) with permanent marker on the envelope where the name would normally appear.  I do the same with the Stamp of the Month sets, they are sorted by name.  I don’t mark these as SOTM because they sometimes show up in a later Idea Book as a regular stamp set.  The few stamps I have that are not CTMH are stored in a basket on top of my tower.  This is as far as this organization goes because it’s easy enough to look through them and I know from the copy in my binder that they are non-CTMH.