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Get Organized Blog Hop

I got together with a group of friends to bring you this blog hop and share ways that we organize our scrapbooking supplies.  We hope that these ideas will help and inspire you to get more organized yourself.  Scrapping is definitely easier when you can find your tools and supplies!  My post is focusing on organizing your stamps.

I found this set of drawers at Lowe’s that works perfect to store my CTMH stamps.  Unfortunately, I don’t think they carry it anymore.  You could do something similar with any drawers or I also like to keep my stamps in baskets like at the top of the picture.  Baskets are fun and come in many shapes and sizes and it is easy to flip through the stamp sets.

I have my stamps sorted alphabetically by name.  This makes it quick and easy to pull out the ones I use often and know by name.

Something else I do is flip the stamp set around in the envelope so the images face the front.  With my current system it doesn’t matter much but before I had my stamps cataloged this made it easy to flip through them and see the images.  The easier they are to see, the easier they will be to find and use!

The best part of my stamp organization process is my binder where I have made a catalog of all my stamps.  When I used wooden stamps I actually stamped all the images (this is a lot of work) but for my acrylics I just lay the stamp set on my scanner and print.  I do one set per sheet because as a consultant I go through a lot of stamps and do a lot of buying and selling.  This system is easy to keep updated.  My previous catalog I had the stamps on 6×6 cardstock pieces and they were on the front and back.  That was hard to update.  In my new catalog I just make a copy and add when I get a new stamp set and I toss the sheet when I get rid of one.  When choosing the categories for your own catalog, think about how you search for stamps and what you have in your collection.  My categories are Alphabets, Sentiments, Flowers, Holiday, Misc.  I have a flowers section because it’s an obsession.  You may not have this issue :-) but you may have a shapes or backgrounds section instead or in addition to some of the categories I have.

Other ideas:
For wooden stamps you can store them in short drawers so you can see all the images.  I used this system before I went to all acrylic.  I had an iris cart and the stamps were laid out in the drawers so I could open a drawer and easily see all the stamp images.  I had each drawer organized and labeled by category.

Good luck and I hope you find an organizational style that suits your needs.  What works for one person may not work for the next but the one thing that holds true for us all is that we work better when organized!

Now hop to Ramona’s Blog and see what she has come up with for ink pad storage.

Here is a list of all the participants:
Photograph Storage – Leanne
Embellishment Storage – Jo
Ribbon & Fiber Storage – Shellie
Stamp Storage – Wendy K. <—–You are here!
Ink Pad Storage – Ramona
Pen & Pencil Storage – Jeanne M.
Sticker, Die Cuts and Rub-On Storage -Amanda
Tools Storage and Paper Storage – Mary

Organizing your Glitter

As you can see from the picture, I store my glitter upside-down.  This allows me to easily see all the colors!  I keep mine on top of my ink pad carousel but this also works with my embossing powders which are stored in a basket in a drawer.  Would you like to be more organized?  Do you struggle with organizing a particular supply?  Come back next Monday, April 19 for an Organization Blog Hop!

My Scrapbook Room

Someone said I should post pictures of my scrapbook room so here you go:

That tall cabinet in the corner is a favorite of mine.  I bought it on sale at K-Mart.  It holds all of my 12×12 papers.  The shelves are the perfect height and I love that it is behind closed doors because (1) it looks neater and (2) my papers are out of the sun and protected from fading.

The clipboard to the left is on my to-do list; I want to alter it.  It holds my layout goal list for the year and is a reminder of what I’ve completed and what I still need to do!  Notice how I fit the lamp through the middle of the desk.  I like lots of light!

This is the girls area.  I don’t think it was clean much more than 5 minutes after I took the picture.  We’ll have to work on that. :-)

Not sure anyone wants to see my closet, but here it is.  In addition to scrapbooking stuff, the closet also stores PTA stuff, Girl Scout stuff, a stash of last-minute gifts, and more.  Since I have no shelving, the organizer with baskets (from Target) is a good substitute.

Decorate those jars!

Closeup of the plastic jars on top, check out that sparkle!

Here’s another shelf I have that I recently reorganized:
Closeup of the decorated jars:

Well, I guess this is what you do when you have an overabundance of supplies….  I have wanted to do this for a long time and finally got around to decorating these cute plastic jars by Making Memories.  They would also be great for decorating and adding candy for a nice little gift.  The first shelf is Making Memories as well and is one of my favorite purchases from Crop Chocolate.  I love the spots for photos on the drawers.  It adds a personal feel.  You could also use these to add a label of what’s inside the drawer.  The second shelf was a great rummage sale find.  I just love to have things look so pretty in my creative space.  It is much more inspiring!

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If you post this on your blog after seeing it, please leave me a comment to let me know, thanks.