If you find the old style album inserts with the clear top page over a tacky (usually off-white) surface, those are perfect for holding stickers - apply directly to the top sheet. Have used them for my sticker albums since I was a child. As a bonus, you can also tuck non-sticky things into the same pages by putting them underneath.
They don't lose their stickiness when you peel them off?
Not if you stick them to the top clear sheet - it's non-absorbant plastic. Do NOT apply stickers directly underneath, as you may not be able to get it back! I've had a few, very few, stickers that did not want to lift back off again because the adhesive was more interested in sticking to the clear sheet than the sticker itself, but they were not particularly good quality ones from a vending machine in the 80's, so take that with a grain of salt.
You can also tuck the entire sheet under the plastic top cover if you prefer to leave it that way until there are a bunch of stickers missing. If you get any ultra-sticky stickers, I'd not apply them to the top sheet. It works very well with ones that are somewhat older and maybe losing a bit of their cling, that don't want to stay on wax paper.
Yet another option is getting one of those sticker activity pads for kids. Cut down the pages to whatever size you want, hole punch and stick them in your binder.
The best method I have found is to sort my supplies into collections or kits and putting them into a 2 gallon ziplock bag. It is so easy to find stuff that matches and to take things to crops/retreats. The downside of this is that the bags get bulky by the time the embellishments are added and they take up quite a bit of room to store.
I do this, except I only include embellishments that go with the collection or were part of the kit club kit or that I "absolutely" know I'll be using with the kit. Generally for embellishments I just go get what I need when I'm making a page. It has sped up my scrap speed by so much since I don't have to go hunt for the paper.
I currently have over 60+ collections/kits put together. I'm storing them in iris totes. My cardstock is by color. My other PP that is not in a kit bag is sorted either by theme or color.
Embellishments: Depends on what it is. Some sorted by color (enamel dots), some sorted by theme, some by type. It is based on how I think when I'm looking for items for a scrapbook page.
I make cards, not layouts, but I do one thing that might be useful to other people. Definitely not the first to have this idea but I store my die cuts in pocket pages in a binder. I use Doodlebug die cuts that usually go together in specific ways - a few characters/objects that relate to a few specific puns, so I realized I need to store them together so I didn't have to continually sort them. And Doodlebug gives you a LOT of die cuts, about 100 in each pack and I get the characters and the "chit chat" so that's 200-odd die cuts to sort for each collection. Now I have them in unused pocket pages where each pocket basically represents a card I can make.
I add post-it notes if there's something from another collection that could be used with something else (I have a business so I have to keep careful track of what I use for the taxman, so I don't like to mix up collections). I've started keeping the cardboard packaging between each collection so I can double check and account for each item. It's also a good quick reference.
It's changed the way I work because I used to push myself to make as many cards as possible and then put the leftovers away, which would stop any momentum and I'd have to resort everything when I started again. But now I can page through the binder and decide I want to make a So Much Pun "whisking you a happy birthday" card and see all the baking implements and possible sentiment die cuts with a note that there are more whisks in Cream & Sugar.
Setting it up was also pretty quick and I can pull stuff out and play with it and if nothing is working it's easy enough to slip it back into the pocket.
Most of my other organization relies on having very little stash. I actually get frustrated sometimes because all the organizing advice assumes you have tons of each thing. I only have 2 or 3 of most things (like Nuvo drops or inks) so I can't have a drawer for each category of thing, even if I had drawers. And I can't organize my paper into themes because I usually only have a small amount (sometimes only a 1/2" stack, although right now I'm overstocked and have a half-full Iris case). It's a different kind of challenge.
I have found organization is really easy to do, the problem is maintaining the organization. "A place for everything and everything in it's place" only works if you put everything away. I just haven't disciplined myself to the concept ... maybe next year.
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I just bought one of the smaller Alex drawer units so I'm happy to see the tips in this thread. My desk doesn't have drawers, so I've had to have all of my most-used tools, etc. on my desktop, which I hate, so I'm happy to finally be putting all of that stuff into the drawers, which I'll put under my desk on my right.
I agree with Don, organizing is easy, it's maintaining that's hard. That's my main problem - I work on a project and make a huge mess, stuff ends up all over the floor and every surface, and then I don't bother putting everything away before my next project. However, like Embri said, I have to make my room work for me, so that it's easier to put stuff away than to leave it all over the place. That's my goal this weekend. I'm super psyched now.
With papers I went through all of them then sorted it this way: 1.background ( any paper I feel I would like to use that way) 2.layering 3. Paper I’m madly in love with 4. Special paper
I found this to be my favorite way to work with.. so far that’s the only part that’s organized in my room, I’m planing to start with stickers next but haven’t figured the best way for me yet ( I’m sure a madly in-love pile will be included)
I also really liked what Janet from RTS said, she said that "this paper is story paper and this paper is not." So I think of my loose (like one of's kind of paper) in terms of that. Much easier to organize, will this paper help me tell the story, or is it just pretty?
The only thing I have sorted by color is my cardstock. Everything else is by category. I don't keep anything together. Wait, yes I do. Everything Christmas is in it's own container.
Stickers and labels are sorted by "hearts", "stars", etc in the zippered pouches that Ali Edwards sends her monthly kit out in. (I'm trying to figure out what to do with all those pouches. They add up after awhile.) Then those are sorted in 2 white Ikea boxes.
Brads, chipboard letters, tags, envelopes, bling, etc are all sorted in the wooden boxes from Ikea. It was a bummer to find out they don't fit in the Kallax.
I store my stamps like Jennifer Mcguire. Dies I keep together in a basket. I also have stamps hanging off of a clip-it.
Just scored a wooden stamp holder at a garage sale. 5 for 2! I'm excited as I've been eyeing similar ones but I'm not willing to pay that much for it.
This is going to free up a ton of space in my drawers. For what, I don't know yet.
I sort my paper in a 2 drawer unit I've had for forever, one drawer holds cardstock sorted ROYGBIV, the other holds my patterned paper which has no order to it, just everything mixed up together.
I have two vintage tool drawer sets on my desktop which hold smaller things like rubons, tags/envelopes/pockets, and washi/border stickers/border strips, which all have their own drawers. There is no further sorting in those drawers. Brads and enamel dots are sorted by colour within their respective drawers. I keep all my stickers/die cuts/rubber pieces/vellum/other random stuff like this sorted by colour in small containers within these drawers. I actually cut apart my sticker sheets once I've used them a few times to store them this way and I've found it really helps me to use up the random bits that I might have overlooked because I wouldn't have thought of a specific collection for the page I'm working on.
I have separate drawers for Christmas and travel, the only two themes to get their own drawer. My smaller and most commonly used tools are in one drawer (things like palette knives, journaling pens, my CM circle cutters and blades, eyelet setter, exacto knife, paintbrushes). Bigger tools, including punches, my cutting mat, texture paste, and stamping platform live in my desk drawers.
I keep my 3x4 and 4x6 cards separated in two drawers, one for journaling cards (which is where I also keep all my label stickers/die cuts), and one for the cards which are either just patterned or have phrases on them. There's no further organisation in either of those, they're simply stacks in the drawer.
My ink pads live in the drawers on my desk but my stamps outgrew their drawer so are currently stored in a photo box. I have another drawer unit beside my desk which holds my mists, alphas, and scraps. Cardstock and patterns are separated into two separate drawers, but again there's no further organisation. Alphas are sorted ROYGBIV but I'll admit they've also outgrown their space so currently the black and white ones are living in an iris container on the couch in my scrap room since they're the ones I reach for most frequently.
I keep new purchases that aren't paper on my desk until I've used them at least once, sometimes more, before they get sorted into my stash.
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I do primarily organize by color, but also by theme, and I like having all my supplies nearby--BUT, I agree with the OP that kitting is the way to go. We just moved and my scrappy space now has a TON of natural light--so much so that I'm worried about it damaging my albums and papers. So I'm storing some supplies elsewhere and will be kitting, too, until I have used up enough that they will fit in some lightsafe boxes I have.
There are only two secrets to organization that works; store the way you work, and make it easier to put things away than leave them out.
Store the Way you Work Crafting is a creative process, and there is no one right way to do it. That said, when you go to create what do you start with? What do you know, versus what do you struggle with? If it's "I know what I want to put where, but I can't figure out how to make things look good together", you want to organize your stuff into matching kits. If it's "I know what colour scheme I want to work with" then you sort by colour. If it's "I need X type of item next", then you sort by supply/design. And if you're one of the mavericks that goes "I'll know it when I see it!" then maybe just putting everything into a box at random will work for you!
Lazy Clean Up Whatever method you pick to organize, make it as simple as possible to clean up. That means a minimum of steps between getting each item off your workspace and back where it belongs. Bins are good. 'Open this drawer, move over two boxes, take out a third box, open lid, open this bag, pull out a tray, put item in, reverse all previous steps' is not. The harder you make cleanup, the less likely you are to use things and put them away. Most used items go closest at hand. Ideally everything you use for your projects should be at arm's length, and take no more than a few seconds to get to. That's not possible for everyone depending on how much space they have and how big their stash, but it's something to aim for. If your space isn't serving you, you're serving your space!
I love this. Esp. the lazy clean up. I need to store more by bin, I think. It's hard though when you are limited by space. I really need to start using up my stash so I can free up some real estate!