Friday, January 23, 2015

5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash

It's our final day of our week long series on organization. I sincerely hope you have enjoyed all the tips and tricks the Design Team has shared with you. I know that I have picked up lots of ideas that I will implement as I am making some changes to my own storage.

Today it's all about ink! I may have a slight problem with ink. :) This first picture will give you an idea of what my stamping desk looks like. I am surrounded by inks!

I store my inks in a couple of different ink storage organizers from Stamp-N-Storage. I absolutely love the sturdy design of these units. These units are made of Birch and they arrive in their natural state. As you can see from the photo above, my two newest units still need to be painted.

I have three of the Standard Ink Pad holders. One for the Premium Dye Ink Pads, one for the Hybrid Ink Pads, and one for the Pigment Ink Pads. These particular units have 60 slots in each. I use one for each of the types of MFT inks. The ink pads are slim enough that I am able to fit the matching refill in beside the pad. I love having them stored together like this!

I recently purchased this holder for the new line of Pigment ink pads. I haven't had the chance to paint it yet, but I couldn't wait to put it to use. I didn't do the best job spray painting the other ink pad holders, so I will spend some time this spring getting them all painted up the way I want them. I do LOVE that I can customize the color to match my furniture. I'm just a little impatient when it comes to painting them. :)

In addition to my MFT inks, I also have the line of Tim Holtz Distress inks. These inks are stored in a Petite Ink Pad Holder that is the perfect size for these pads.

As a past Stampin' Up! demo I still have a soft spot for their color line of inks. These are their newer style of ink pads. I have them stored in the fabulous Standard Ink Pad Holders that are specially sized for the Ikea Expedit Units. I can't tell you how much I love these units. I am able to tuck my inks away on the shelves, but still have them in arms reach.

 In addition to Stampin' Up! inks, I also have a few specially inks stored in this unit. These inks include Delicata Silver, Delicata Gold, Versamark, Memento Black, and a few other Ranger inks. Again, I don't reach for them often, but it is nice to have them close by. The refills for these inks and the Tim Holtz Inks are all stored in my color cart.

We have a HUGE prize up for grabs today! Be sure to check out the MFT Blog for all of the details on how YOU could be the lucky winner.

Thank you all so much for spending this week with us. I hope to see some pictures of your craft organization soon! I'll be sure to share some updated photos of my storage as I work on updating things. :)


Thursday, January 22, 2015

5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash

We're back for another day of crafty organization! I hope you are feeling inspired to organize your own crafting area. I'm happy to report that my Storage Pockets, 6" x 6" Page Protectors, and my fridge containers all arrived today. I'll be putting aside some time over the next few weeks to get everything transferred over.
Today we are sharing tips for card stock storage. My card stock is actually one of the items that is always well organized. For many years I had my card stock in file folders in rolling carts. That storage worked well for me for many years, but I recently decided it was time for a change. :)

I purchased three of these Storex 24 Compartment Literature Organizers. I had looked at a number of different options, and decided on these for a few reasons. All of my furniture is a dark espresso color so the black matches it well. Since I live in Canada, shipping is always a consideration when purchasing things online.  Shipping for these was free with my Prime membership on Amazon.

 Each color of My Favorite Things card stock has it's own slot. If you look closely, you may catch a glimpse of some of the soon to be released colors of card stock. :)

On top of the stacks of card stock, I keep a clear page protector full of scraps. Each color has it's own page protector. 

Each page protector is labelled with the name of the card stock. Keeping my scraps on top of the full sheets of card stock has really helped me to reach for them before reaching for a full sheet.

The bottom three compartments holds some of my specialty card stock. Here you will find watercolor paper, foil sheets, acetate, and tags.

Thanks so much for joining me again today. Be sure to check out the MFT Blog to see all the fabulous ideas the design team is sharing. Don't forget to check out today's prize package, YOU could be one of the lucky winners.


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash

Welcome back for another day of organization tips and tricks. I hope you have ben enjoying all the wonderful ideas the team has shared with you. Today we are tackling die storage!

I store my dies in these clear zippered bags from Clear Bags. I will soon be switching them out to the new Storage Pockets from MFT. I've resisted buying the Storage Pockets for a few months now, but after seeing how fabulous they are in action, I have caved and purchased a ton of them.

I do something a little different with my dies. I like to cut out one of every die in either Sweet Tooth or Bubblegum card stock. I then adhere each piece to a piece of Black Licorice card stock. This process is not quick, but I LOVE that I can see what all the pieces are in the set. I am a very messy stamper and I tend to have multiple sets out on my desk at once. Being able to identify which sets each die belongs to is incredibly important to me. :)

Just in case you are wondering,yes, I am completely insane! I do die-cut and adhere even the tiniest of pieces. For something like this set of dies, I will add the adhesive to the card stock before I die-cut. Adhering them to the card stock is a breeze!

I store the STAX dies and the Blueprints dies together in one box. These are the dies that I reach for on every single card. This box has a permanent spot on my stamping desk.

I currently have all my dies sitting inside these thin Ikea boxes. They will soon be moved to the clear fridge organizer boxes that everyone raves about. Those beauties arrived yesterday, and I can't wait to get everything moved over.

Be sure to check out the MFT Blog to see how the rest of the team organizes their dies. You'll also want to check out the prize package for today. Who knows, YOU could be the lucky winner!



Tuesday, January 20, 2015

5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash

Welcome back for another day of organization tips. Today we are tackling stencils. If you are like me your stash of stencils has been growing and growing over the past few years. I LOVE all the different things you can do with them.

I currently store my stencils in the clear bags that they come in. I say currently as I will soon be switching my stencil storage. After seeing Cindy's post a few months ago about storing stencils in 6" x 6" page protectors I was determined to switch things up! I can't wait for my page protectors to arrive. I wasn't kidding yesterday when I said that I am always looking for ways to do things better!

I mentioned yesterday that I recently took down my large Clip It Up. In addition to stamps and dies, I was also storing my stencils on the Clip It Up. One of the things that I liked about this storage method was the stencils were super easy to flip through. One of the issues with storing the stencils this way is that they took up a ton of room! Each stencil had it's own clip which made them far bulkier than they needed to be.

I currently have my stencils stored in one of the Ikea boxes. Once the 6" x 6" page protectors arrive, I will be moving the stencils to them. I haven't quite decided yet if I will use binder rings to hold them together in a book style, or if I will leave them in a box so I can easily flip through them. Decisions, decisions. :)

I recently shared my little stencil secret, for those of you that didn't read about it,  I will share it again.  It's a good one! In each package, I store two of each stencil. That's right, two of each. I use one stencil exclusively for embossing and one for paints, inks, and other mediums.

Here's a side by side picture of the two stencils. As you can see, the one on the left still had some ink residue on it. I LOVE that I never have to worry about extra ink left behind on my dirty stencil.  I'm not the best at cleaning my stamps and stencils right away after using them, so having an extra stencil for embossing is a lifesaver for me.

Be sure to check out the MFT Blog to see how the rest of the Design Team stores their stencils. I know they have some fabulous ideas to share with you. You'll also want to check out the details on the prize package below!


Monday, January 19, 2015

5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash

Welcome to our 5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash! If you are like me, you spend almost as much time organizing, or thinking about organizing, as you do stamping. 

I often switch up the way I organize things as I am always looking for new ways to do things.  The photos I am sharing today are soon going to become my "before" photos as I already have a new system in mind. I'll soon be switching my stamp storage to the new MFT Storage Pockets and 6 x 6 Page Protectors. I'm just waiting for these new goodies to arrive in the mail.

I am currently storing my stamps in these clear hanging bags from Clearbags. These are the same bags that your MFT stamps come in when you purchase them. 

I purchase the bags in a few different sizes, the ones below are for the small 3" x 4" sets, and the 4" x 6", and 4" x 8" larger stamp sets. I also have them in the larger 6" x 6" size. These bags are very inexpensive and are the perfect size for the stamp sets. I print off an image for each stamp set on cheap card stock and I place it in the bag along with the stamps. These stamps all have the labels on the bottom of the bags which worked well while they were stored on the Clip It Up, it does not work well now that they are stored in the boxes. :)

I will be replacing this storage with the new MFT Storage Pockets. They are already on their way to my house. There are two reasons that I am switching to the storage pockets. The pockets are sturdier than these clear bags which do have the tendency to rip quite easily. The other reason is that I really dislike the little sticky strip at the bottom of these bags. I swear it always sticks to things that I don't want it to stick to!

I have recently switched back to keeping my stamps in these Ikea boxes. For the past two years all of my stamps have been hanging on a floor model Clip It Up. While I liked the Clip It Up, I simply got tired of looking at it. I wanted to get back to something that looked a little tidier. I have ordered some of the clear plastic fridge containers and I will replace the Ikea boxes with those.

I have a couple of different sizes of the Ikea boxes. The photo below shows the Pure Innocence stamps. The great thing about this box is that once I acquire a few more Pure Innocence stamps, I switch the stamps to two rows going horizontally. I can usually fit well over one hundred Pure Innocence stamps in one of these boxes. As a side note, these particular boxes are at least four years old, so they do last a long time.

My rubber background stamps are also stored in these clear bags. I must admit that I have had some problems with these bags tearing along the edges with the background stamps. The rubber tends to stick a bit when placing it back in the bags, and this can lead to tearing. I will soon be storing my background stamps in the new 6" x 6" Page Protectors. I'm really excited to get these stamps in something that is a bit more durable.

My background stamps are all labeled and the stamps are stored in alphabetical order. I love having my stamps labelled and organized to I can find what I want quickly. You can find labels for all your MFT stamps, stencils and dies on the MFT Blog in the Resources Section.

Be sure to check out the MFT Blog for details on you YOU could win one of these fabulous prize packs!
Don't forget to join us for the next four days as we share ideas on how to organize your crafty stash.


Monday, January 12, 2015

Creative Construction with Blueprints

We love Blueprints because they take the guesswork out of crafting beautiful cards in quick fashion when we're short on time or inspiration. We also love them for their versatility and ability to be mixed and matched when we have the time and inspiration to create something truly unique. Our Creative Construction Challenge focuses on these attributes each month, challenging the team to both assemble a card based on one of the provided Blueprints sketches as well as design an original card combining elements from the featured Blueprints.

We thought it appropriate to kick off this series by going back to the beginning and focusing on the first two Blueprints we created for you. Take a walk down memory lane with us!

I have two cards to share with you today. The first one features one of the sketches from the Blueprints 1 Die-namics, and the second card features elements from both Blueprints 1 and Blueprints 2.

When Blueprints 1 Die-namics first came out, I had no idea just how often I would grab for this set of dies! I tend to use the large rectangle from Blueprints 1 on most of my cards. It layers perfectly with the large rectangle in Blueprints 2

I stamped a sentiment from Chalkboard Greetings on a piece of Smooth White card stock that was die-cut with one of the small panels.  The larger Lemon Drop scalloped panel was stamped with the Linen Background, and the large Persimmon rectangle was stamped with the Happy Birthday Background

On the inside of the card, I followed the same basic sketch. The sentiment is from the Birthday Chalkboard Greetings stamp set. 

My second card features elements from both Blueprints 1 and Blueprints 2. Besides the large rectangle in Blueprints 2, one of my favourite elements of this set is the thin stitched piece. It pairs up wonderfully with the slightly wider one from Blueprints 1. I also love that lovely oval.

On the inside of the card, I stamped a sentiment from the Birthday Chalkboard Greetings. I finished it off with a few thin stitched strips from Blueprints 2 and a stitched circle from Blueprints 1.

As you probably noticed, my cards tonight were inspired by the new Color Challenge #13. Be sure to check out the new challenge HERE.

Don't forget to head on over to the MFT Blog to see all the fabulous creations the design team has to share with you today.



Stamps: Chalkboard Greetings, Birthday Chalkboard Greetings, Linen Background, Happy Birthday Background
Dies: Blueprints 1 Die-namics, Blueprints 2 Die-namics
Inks: Lemon Drop Premium Dye Ink, Limelight Premium Dye Ink, Persimmon Premium Dye Ink
Paper: Lemon Drop, Limelight, Persimmon, Smooth White, Tropical Teal
Accessories: White Ribbon, Scor Tape

Stamps: Birthday Chalkboard Greetings, Linen Background, Happy Birthday Background
Dies: Blueprints 1 Die-namics, Blueprints 2 Die-namics
Inks: Lemon Drop Premium Dye Ink, Limelight Premium Dye Ink, Persimmon Premium Dye Ink, Tropical Teal Premium Dye Ink
Paper: Lemon Drop, Limelight, Persimmon, Smooth White, Tropical Teal
Accessories: Scor Tape