Organizing a craft room can be daunting! Where to begin? How to store my most used items? Where did I put that? These are questions I hear all the time! Hopefully my quick videos give you lots of organization ideas and inspiration!
Album Storage. Keep in a dry place. Protect your photographs from sunlight. Store by chronological order or by trip. Ikea Kallax shelving units fit 12×12 albums. Keep the albums close at hand so that family members look at them often, especially after you put the time into decorating them!
Button and Brad Storage. Tackle box storage containers work great for buttons and brads. Organize by color or categories. Combine sets into one place. Have a little sample bag or box of them for traveling to crops. These colorful embellishments can be inspiring if you have them handy!
Cardstock Storage. Don’t over buy! Use what you have, then get more when you need it. Store upright, cropper hopper storage containers work great for 12×12 sheets. Magazine holders will 8 1/2 x 11 sized paper, it’s great for card making. Have one holder designated for traveling to crops. Store patterned paper by themes such as travel, birthday, holidays, etc.
Die Storage. Greeting Card Storage box holds Art Bin magnet sheets. Dividers help organize the category of dies. Art Bin Die Cut Storage nice for crop travel. Magnetic sheets used to hold dies in place. Large clear refrigerator bins can hold the cutting plates and larger dies.
Ephemera Storage. Scrapbookers have fun decorative items called ephemera. Organize like ephemera together so it’s easy to locate. If you bought with a certain line of paper, you may keep those items stored together. You might store by general ephemera by colors to find certain items for your layout. Have it visible in some manner so that you remember to use it.
Fabric Storage. Keep fabric out of sunlight. Store so you can see what you have. Fold fabric so it fits the contains (fat quarters are usually 18″ x 22″). Organize like colors together. Don’t collect fabric, buy when you have a specific project.
Glue Storage. Have often used glue close to your workspace. Ikea Alex drawers work great to organize your adhesives. I recommend Tombow tape runners (refillable) and liquid glue. Store refills and extra product up away on a shelf.
Heat Gun and Embossing Powder Storage. Heat gun is used to melt embossing powder. Store your heat gun near your embossing powders. Really only need white and clear embossing powders. Use a small container to store commonly used embossing powders. Have easy access to a power strip for quick plug-in.
Ink Storage. Keep ink pads that you use most often near your workspace. Use small ink pads for traveling to crops. Use can store ink pads in your Ikea Alex drawers. Pop a drop of color on the top of your refill bottles.
Journaling Cards. Used to tell the story of your photos. Project Life is a quick way to decorate your photos. Page pockets come in a variety of layouts. Store project life cards in small totes by theme.
Kits Storage. Pick a company with a style that you like their samples (see my sample page). Find out if they supply the directions to something specific or just have ideas for the products they are sending to you. How many page layouts or cards come in the kit. Do you the opportunity to select choices before they mail it out. Is there an easy way to pause or discontinue the subscription. Store your kits in locations that remind you to use the products which might be near your workspace or among your other similar products.
Letter storage. It’s very common on a scrapbook layout to include a title. There are several ways to store your sticker letters. One idea is to sort the letters by color. Another way is to sort by style — chipboard, thickers, small, words, etc. Have easy access to the letters so you pull them out and use them.
Memorabilia Management. Store trip memorabilia together with the date. Shrink school certificates & take photos of kids with their projects. Tickets from movies and Broadway shows can be tucked into scrapbook layouts. Keep enough to tell the story, but declutter by tossing any extra stuff.
Nuvo drops. Use these to add dimensional details to craft projects. You gently squeeze the liquid out of the bottle, they will self-level and dry to look just like you added an enamel dot. Store upside down to avoid drying out. Use a pin to unclog nozzle. Apply directly to your project or onto a non-stick craft sheet or glass for future use. Allow 3-4 hours to dry.
Odds & ends are very difficult to organize because it’s the bits and pieces that don’t go with other items in the room, it’s the one offs, miscellaneous items. Start by pulling all those odds & ends out of your craftroom area. Only bring back in the items that you use. Clear out the clutter. The clutter ruins your creativity. Donate and recycle items that you do not use.
Photo Organization. Organized photos is key to scrapbooking. Backing up your photos is very important. Deciding on which photos to print will save you money. Don’t print too far ahead. Keep printed photos organized by project. Scan old photos to keep a digital copy.
Quill Pen comes with an adapter to fit the Silhouette, Brother Scan N Cut, Cricut and Sizzix Eclipse machines pen holder. Use a power bank or plug-in to your machines USB port (available on Cricut Maker). Be sure to tape down the foil to the cardstock. Avoid the foil sheet touching your sticky mat. Foil needs to lay flat across the cardstock since the pen will move the foil as it writes. You must use heat activated foil.
Ruler Organization. Rulers are very handy tools for card making, scrapbooking and quilting. Consider hanging quilting rulers on your wall for easy out-of-the-way access. Have a small 6″ ruler with your scrapbook tool bag for quick measuring. Use scorPal or t-square when you need to line up those tricky projects.
Stencil Storage. Stencils are great for adding a background image to cards and scrapbook layouts. You can add ink for color or paste for texture, or both. Store them close to your workspace in a container that allows you to flip through to find an inspiring pattern.
Template Storage. Kiwi Lane and Creative Memories have excellent scrapbooking templates. Store them using plastic containers that are good for on the go crops. A large refrigerator bin will hold the tall templates while a large art box can store 12″ long templates.
Useful Tools. Setup a wonderful work area using Ikea Tables that come in many popular sizes. Add Ikea Alex drawers to keep useful items nearby but out of the way. Finally, have a tool caddy to hold your most useful tools in your workspace and to take to crops.
Vinyl Storage. There are several types of vinyl — permanent, dry erase, and iron-on to name a few. Store so you can see what colors you have on hand. Use Ikea boxes that fit inside the Kallax unit or the Ikea trash bag holder with holes.
Washi Tape Storage. Ribbon and washi tape can be used to decorate scrapbook layouts, cards, and planners. So fun, but it can take up space to store it all. Sort by color or theme. Organize so you can take with you to crop. Have it handy in your space near where you use it.
Xyron Sticker Maker is used to quickly add glue to small shapes. The Xyron ezLaminator can be used to add a protective plastic film to items such as insurance cards, recipes, kids art, dividers, etc. And a heat laminator can add foil to toner inked images, stamp clear cards with captured ink, and glitter & shaker elements to shaker cards.
Your Favorite Things. If you step back and think about the products that you need for card making and scrapbooking, you might realize how few items you need! I know we like to surround ourselves with “comfort clutter”, but I challenge you to whittle your work area down to just the items you use.
Zig Memory System. Zig 2-Way glue pens have two bond types — during blue for a permanent bond or let dry to clear, it’s a removable tacky bond. Can be used to re-stick Cricut cutting mats. Zig Wink of Stella brushes contain glitter a shimmery look to your project. Zip makes calligraphy pens that contain a brush made for Calligraphy writing. Artists love the Zig vivid markers that comes in several styles including fine brush (for outlines) and clean color (for coloring and painting).