Hi everyone! Hope you are all having a creative week. Today I am not sharing a card. (What? no card? what is wrong with her?). Spring hit me… I can’t explain it either! ha ha ha!
I decided to make a couple of posts on how I organize my staff and what works for me, after receiving lots of emails.
When it comes to organizing, I am not a pro! I have tons of ideas on how to do things and I am neat enough to have a place for everything and I keep my room clean without clutter all around. But OCD is not in my vocabulary. When I have time to go to my craft room all I want to do is create than lose my valuable time on labeling.
But I had to do something with my inks. My ink collection is growing rapidly and since I keep everything in drawers it takes me ages to find the colors I want since they are all stack on top of each other. Now where is my “barn door” distress ink? …..
So here is the BEFORE photo:
Putting away my inks in drawers is no more a solution… since I have three drawers like the one above containing all the distress inks, tons of Archival, Staz’on, almost all Hero Arts, lots of Colorbox inks… the list is endless.
So I got my self a new label maker! Not that I didn’t have one… but this new one has a QWERTY keyboard and it’s awesome! It’s a DYMO 160 LabelManager. Here it is in all it’s glory!
And since I decided to finally organize my inks, I wanted a pretty outcome so I used my butterfly punch too.
I used my ink pads directly on a white scrap of paper to add a splash of color
and then I used the punch to cut out the butterflies
I printed the labels using my label maker
Those labels are self adhesive, so I adhered them together with the butterflies on the ink pad sides. Here they are on the shelf. This was super fast and easy. And guess what? It was fun too!
Here is the AFTER photo:
Aren’t those butterflies on the side cute?! LOVE THEM !!! They go together with the rest of my crafting room theme. Remember my butterfly wall clock here? I can now find the ink pad I want in a sec. I am not even half way there… still have tons of inks to label but it’s a start right?
And you can have a peek on how I store my stamps. I always keep my stamps on their original packaging. It’s easier than putting them in CD/DVD cases or any other kind of storage systems. This is the easiest, quick and efficient way I could find and it works for me. I use those SAMLA clear boxes from IKEA (only $1.49 per box) and I organize them by company (in the photo you can see just a few of the boxes from Penny Black, SimonSaysStamp and Hero Arts). I am a stamp collector so I have lots of full boxes from many companies including the above. I always keep my newest ones within reach.
I will come back with how I store my scraps. Until then, happy crafting 🙂