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Ladies! Declutter Your Space!

An organized home is a happy home. Discuss great tips to de-cluttering your space!

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Does anyone have the Scrap Rack system

Started by Susan Beerman. Last reply by Jacqueline Jan 23, 2016. 1 Reply

I have been checking out the ScrapRack site, they have great organizing tutorials that are good if you use their system or not. But the ScrapRack system looks pretty good you see everything and you…Continue

What to do with a mess of ribbon?

Started by Laurie Morris. Last reply by lovinpaper Jul 16, 2015. 24 Replies

I love ribbon and have a tendency to buy snippets on a regular basis! The problem was that my stash soon became a huge mess! Fortunately I came up with a great way to organize all these snippets. I…Continue

How Do You Store Your Dies?

Started by Sharon Underwood. Last reply by Queen-of-Cards Dec 6, 2013. 7 Replies

I have several different sizes of Sizzix Dies, Tim Holtz dies & Spellbinders dies. How do YOU store them? I've tried plastic boxes, wood boxes, closet sorter made of canvas that hangs (sections…Continue

How I store my dies

Started by Beth R. Jul 6, 2013. 0 Replies

Sharon I still store all my flat metal dies in CD cases with a magnet sheet adhered inside. You must buy the older thicker CD cases and simply remove the black insert. I have found them at Staples in…Continue

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Comment by Anna Jernigan on May 3, 2013 at 4:33pm

Yikes, look at how long my comment went.  AND, I just remembered something that I forgot!  LOL  Seriously??  Long-winded, sorry.  So, I have also, like someone else said, I am giving lots of my scraps and left over bits of embellishments to a elementary school teacher.  Kids love crafts.  It's great.  I also hate to just toss that stuff.  Donating excess stuff doesn't bother me as much as throwing it all out, and enlarging the landfill, although paper stuff IS recycleable!  Yeah!  But not all my left-overs are paper...so.  I just pull out a grocery store bag, and when that gets sort of filled, then off it goes.  I don't actually know the teacher, but my friend does, so I give it to my friend.  I should probably check with my youngest grandson, and see if HIS teacher would like stuff.  They have before and after school classes for kids whose parents work longer than school is in session, so they use crafts to enterntain the kids.  Hmmm.  That's an other idea.  Not pre-schools, though unless free, heck they make more money than any of us do.  LOL  Just my opinion.  In a funny way.  Please don't anyone take offense, I would rather give to those who need it, is my thing.  Okay, nuff said.  Bye for now.

Comment by Anna Jernigan on May 3, 2013 at 4:23pm

Hello, Hello....I just joined up, and happy to be here.  Know quite a few of you already.  My problem: Craft-room is a total mess.  Been working on it, but I get started, then get distracted....duh, it's my craft-room!  Needless to say, it's a big mess.  I don't like it like that.  Also, problem with storage, etc.  I have some ideas that work for me, then I have a whole lot of other areas, that don't work!  I am the type of crafter that IF I can't see it, it probably won't get used.  I have gone for long periods of not dry embossing, because all those folders, are in a drawer.  It's dumb, but I will see a nice card, and think...awww, I have that embossing folder why aren't I using them?  I could go on, but it's the same thing different product.  I even purchased a six drawer long flat top chest of drawers to replace a no-drawer door topper over file cabinets that was previously there, and I have overflowed those six drawers already (in less than a year.)...and more stuff coming.........like I have heard you all say.  LOL  Egads, and gadzooks!  What a fine mess I have gotten myself into.  BTW, I have a used wooden kitchen table that my husband added a finial top to each leg bottom, and it is "counter" high and a great thing to work on.  (Also, have a long list of health problems, standing or using padded stool really works for me.  Also have a behind the door "shoe" bag that I have placed my punches, and border punches in...added cut-out examples of each punch to the pocket of each holder.  Like where you would place the shoe?  That's where I put my punch.  some punches are doubled-up.  Works great, even the over the door part works great.  I am ramping up to put my steel die-cuts on magnetic sheets in plastic boxes, and found a store that sells them reasonable...ordered a couple to start.  Also have those plastic see-through drawers on rollers under my counter-top table.  Amazing how many you can fit under a raised up table.  LOL  That works.  Well, I will stop. Here is a short list of other things I have utilized from other people's ideas.  Small single stamp sets in clear pockets in binders.  Clear shoe box containers for Inkpads, rubber-banded the tops on.  Lots of things I keep in the original package, like my nested spellbinders, but added magnetic tape to hold them in a group inside the pkg. and slide them in and out.  They are stood up in one of the under the table clear drawers.  Have also used pencil boxes $1 store finds, to put smaller objects.  Open clear plastic containers to keep on table top with acrylic blocks.  Steel mesh pen holders (added some foam to inside bottoms) and store my craft scissors, craft knife, craft pick, glue pens, white pens, etc.  Have more than one holder, so dedicated to each category. All stuff purchased on sale, or at dollar store.  I want to spend on stamps, not storage.  LOL  Okay.  Later.................Hey, there are some really good ideas from what I have read so far on the comments here in this group. 

Comment by Sharon Underwood on January 19, 2013 at 6:53am

OMgoodness, thought I'd left my little phone in my craft room! I looked & looked & looked...finally found it in another room, thank goodness!

I've been sorting paper, like scraps left over from projects. That stuff is everywhere! I saw someone online had shown they had scraps in boxes (like shoe boxes) sorted with dividers by color. She went straight to each divider anytime she needed even a small piece of paper. It looked so easy & organized...but geez, where do I start? Ha! If I start now, maybe by...hmmm.

Comment by Cheryl Wright on December 31, 2012 at 11:26pm

I'm on the verge of totally emptying out my craft room and starting over.  It is such a mess that I feel overwhelmed with it all.

I have three grandchildren living with me, and the two girls (10 & almost 12) craft all the time. They never pack up after themselves, and leave a massive mess everytime they're in the craft room.

It is so frustrating.

Last time I was there with the ten year old, she knocked something off the table, and there it stayed!

I'm looking at getting additional cupboards/shelves to accomodate all my extra craft goodies I've bought this year.  Eight more sets of GKD stamps on their way, so I better get organised soon!

Comment by Sharon Underwood on December 31, 2012 at 11:07am

WOW--thank you for posting! I cannot wait to take a closer look. Maybe get motivated to work on my creative space again?

Comment by Jan Smith on December 3, 2012 at 1:17pm

Hi everyone, my name is Jan and I just joined this group.  I am in the process of moving my scrap room from a bedroom to the basement and want to really make sure I have it set up and organized.  So am excited about learning from all of you.

Comment by Sharon Underwood on November 27, 2012 at 3:10pm

Hi everybody! I was feeling tired & frustrated today because my living room now looks as bad as my craft room! All these challenges I jumped into, along with creating Christmas cards...all I can say is, Oh, My! I do try to keep things grouped together & I do try to put things away, but there's always something else to get out. Now I'm trying to get things cleared up so I can get out my Cricut to make more cards that way but so far it looks like a creative explosion!

Thanks for the tips for keeping ribbons. Mine have gotten out of hand & I was wondering what to do.

As far as punches, I keep mine in plastic shoe boxes, grouped in shapes. I've read several suggestions to hang a towel rod (like you'd have in your bathroom) & let the punches hang on that. For dies (Spellbinders, etc.), I'm beginning to lean toward those magnetic sheets that fit into binders. They even make something just to hold those sheets, but I'll try my own binder first. I've been using double-sided tape on the original sheets but the dies keep falling off. Fortunately, they are in plastic page protectors so they don't get lost but that's only a matter of time if I don't change it soon.

Energy levels come & go for me; I just had my thyroid out & I'm still fluctuating between hypo & hyper thyroid so whenever I DO have the energy I'd rather play with cards than clean up!

Please stay connected in this group. I enjoy hearing from each of you & every little bit of organization tips helps in a big way.

Comment by Jasmine Ramos on October 22, 2012 at 11:00am

Thank You Darlene....I will keep looking out for advice on keeping my space more tidy. I am happy to join this forum!   I keep my abundance of ribbons rolled up (sometimes with a small paper clip) in a large zip lock.  So that when I need ribbon, I take out the bag, take what I need...put it back.  My issue is storage space. I do not want shelves all over my room, since it is a small room. I do like to tidy up at the end of my crafting...Like dishes in the sink....I do not like to wake up to a mess!  :)

Comment by Darlene C on October 22, 2012 at 5:35am

Jasmine:

Some people (like you and me) need to be able to see things to include them in their creative process. I like to be able to spread out when I am creating, but when I'm all done, I like to have a place to return my supplies to their proper storage place for the next time. I'm in a perpetual process of organizing. As I acquire new tools and supplies, I have to re-organize to find a place for them. Even though my crafting space is overflowing, I am always still on the lookout for new things.

Comment by Jasmine Ramos on October 21, 2012 at 11:18pm

Hello everyone!  I was ready to make a comment on the above posting, until I realized it was from 2011.  Well, I am new here and look forward to sharing and recieving some advice on how to keep my craft room tidy.  When I start a project, I try really hard to just lay out everything I will need.  All of the sudden my desk is a huge mess with an abundance of ribbons, cardstock, tools, etc.  I find it hard to stay focused on one thing at a time.  Even when I try to replicate a card, I find a new way of doing it and there goes my organized area!  Any advice is truly appreciated!

Thanks !

 

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