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How To’sday: Organization Tips 101

How To’sday: Organization Tips 101

I have been SO excited about today’s blog posting ever since the idea was born.  I’ve been much like a kid in a candy store, reading about all of your wonderful ideas for organizing your supplies.  I’m sure that you will feel that your cravings for organization will be satisfied after the the series of  organization How To’sdays are complete.

I have to admit, that I love the organizing of supplies *almost* as much as using them. I’m always looking for ways to make things more effective and easier to use.  It seems to be a constant work in progress and after reading through all of your ideas, I’m pretty sure I’ll be making a few changes to my ways.

Let’s start off by a little tour through my scrapbook area.  I’m fortunate enough that I have a room to call my own.  However, I’m sure given the chance, my kids would take it over in a heartbeat.  They *get* to learn loving by sharing rooms.  One for girls.  One for boys.  ;)

One of my very favorite parts of my scrapbook room is my magnet strips from IKEA.  While they don’t really do anything to “organize”, I love hanging up my current favorite layouts for decoration and inspiration.

I have a magnet board on my wall as well which I use to keep notes on as well as any magnetic embellishments.  I also tend to have a love note or two from my kids stuck on the board.

I LOVE my Clip It Up!  I cannot say enough good about this organization tool.  I really didn’t think I’d need or even want one, but decided to try it out.  I’m so glad that I did.  It’s so nice having all of my embellishments at my fingertips rather than stashed away to be forgotten.   I think that is a key factor of useful scrapbook organization, is to have things visible.

On my desk (which is one day going to be replaced!), I have an assortment of embellishments as well as a wire tiered basket where I keep my adhesives.  You can also see my Ott Lite.  This is probably the most important investment I have ever made.  It provides me with natural light, even at 3am!

I have a bookshelf from IKEA where I keep idea books, papers that I don’t often use and various other odds and ends.

There is a shelf on my hand me down desk where I keep some of my “go-to” embellishments.  I have a container holding my Pebbles Chips as well as my ribbon and flowers.  I have them all organized in bags Roy-G-Biv style.  They are within arms reach which I find very helpful.

On the ground, right next to my feet I have a container holding all of my paper kits.  I have them organized alphabetically by manufacturer.  It’s taken me years to realize that I either need to “use it” or “get rid of it” and make room for product that inspires.

I organize my buttons in an embroidery floss container by color.  I used to keep them in a baggie, but this is so much more effective to immediately find a button in the color I’m looking for.

On the wall next to my Clip It Up! I have a towel rack from IKEA.  I have a kitchen spice rack hanging on it where I keep my Doodlebug Glitters as well as some jars of flowers and eyelets.

Last but not least, the storage for my Thickers has also got to be a favorite of mine.  I have another kitchen towel rack from IKEA with hooks.  From the hooks I have my Thickers organized by colors on jump rings.  I love the ease of being able to grab a particular ring of colors and flip through them to find what I want to use.  This method also really makes it easy to “grab and go” when I’m going to a crop.

Even though my room is always a work in progress it continually becomes more functional, and it will become even more functional after implementing some of the ideas that were sent to me.

I was thrilled by all of the responses that I received.  In fact I was sent so many that we will be splitting all of the tips into three weeks.  To make things easy I decided to present them to you in alphabetical order.

Brettany Quinton

Here are a few photos from my craft room. I don’t scrapbook, but I make cards & home decor items, and I sew a lot. Basically I will try to make just about anything!

I love having my bins & containers labeled and having a place for everything. (This is the only room in my house that is this organized!! Haha) I got all the little clear plastic shoebox size containers from Costco and they are all over my house. In closets, cupboards, organizing kids toys, everywhere! I love that they are clear and I can see whats in them without digging.

I also love the magnet board that I made. It is great to hold little knick-knacks in the magnetic spice containers at the top, and to hold instructions as I sew etc. (That way I’m not burying the instructions in a pile and always looking for them!)

I find that the things that are on the desk and close by are the things I use the most. The big shelf is across the room so I don’t use stuff on it as much.
Please try to ignore the ugly wood paneling on the walls! I would love to paint it someday, but we have bigger priorities for now! :)

Brittany Perry

I prefer to organize by item & color, and my paper kits by theme (Christmas together, Halloween together, etc) or by manufacturer.  My guest room is also my craft room, so I use an armoire and dresser to hold many of my supplies.

Chloe Salerno

My tips:

Utilize wall space! Cheap towel rails from Ikea for about $2 are perfect for holding punches, or the little cups made to clip on are great for pens/markers and things. Shoe organizers are also great storage! And of course peg boards are great for tools.

A simple shelf will not only hold stuff on top of it, but use the space underneath to Velcro jars, or in my case, stickles! If you’re not a fan of Velcro, you could try magnets on a cookie sheet tied underneath or attached to the wall.

Manila folders are a cheap way to store paper collections! (the Cropper Hoppers are nice to have, but not necessity)

Blank CD holders are the perfect way to store rubber stamps. I found this little CD storage cupboard for about $10, which fits almost all of my stamp collection.

“Parts Organizers” from the hardware store are a great way to store buttons, brads, eyelets, and other small items. These were about $3 each.

I know I already mentioned wall space, but anywhere I had extra space, like the sides of my bookshelf, I stuck up some command hooks. They’re the little removable hooks by 3M that come in all different sizes.

Cristine Redmond

After using my dining room table as a scrap room for a couple years, my Mother’s Day present last year was my very own scrap space!  We converted a closet in the kids’ toy room into my scrap area.  I’m bursting at the seams in this little closet, but it will have to do until we move into a bigger house.  I have three drawers on my work space.  The top drawer holds embellishments, small brad cases, thread, needles, etc.  The middle drawer holds stamps and inks, some 8×8 cardstock and pictures to be scrapped.  The bottom drawer is for adhesives.  I have a filing bin under my work space that has file dividers in it.  They hold my small and large alpha stickers, Thickers and various stickers for almost every occasion.  This bin also holds some of my ribbon.  The rest of it is hanging in the closet, but can’t be seen in the photo.  On top of the bin are my paper pads.  Standing up next to my sewing machine box are my paper paker-like cases which hold all of the paper I’m hoarding.  :)  I have baskets hanging above my head that hold buttons, ink pads and chalks.  I love my hubby for putting up particle board for all of my scissors, Sew Easy supplies and other random things to hang out.

Heather Conklin

I finally got some photos of my scrap “space”… It’s actually the back room/laundry area/foldout couch space.

I store my supplies on a bookshelf ;)  I go “shopping” through my things and then take them to the kitchen table or coffee table when no one is around.  Sometimes I just work in the back room.

This is my storage for Thickers, stickers, embellishments that I don’t use often, extra glue and ribbon, cardstock. All in drawers so that if I want to take the whole drawer with me, I can.

This is the bookshelf in my crafting area. The top shelf includes completed cards, works in progress, embellishments, 2nd shelf: left-scrapbooks, paper pads, box of scraps; right-drawers, interest books, 3rd shelf: left-schools supplies with paper cutters on top, right: scrapbooks, decorative scissors, drawers with photos, printer paper and ephemera from our life to scrapbook, bottom shelf: left-more school stuff, right-paper storage, sewing kit, unfinished Christmas cards.

My favorite embellishments!! I take the basket no matter what.

Scrap paper storage (it was a gift box that has an attached lid. No pieces smaller than $1 bill)

Cricut, Gypsy and cutting mats

Paper storage (and this was after I purged some and took it to my classroom…) It’s divided by company (BG, AC, CC, MME) if there are whole kits or a ton of paper that “matches”. Otherwise, it’s divided by season from January-December.

How I go “shopping”. I just fill a 13×13 box (from a former scrapbook purchase) and grab all of the items that I think I want… Take it to wherever I am going to craft and VOILA! I also keep all of my 12×12″ bags from SS for the same purpose when I go somewhere else.

I don’t want to overwhelm you with ideas so we will take the next two weeks to feature the rest of the organization ideas beginning with Heather Gray.  If you haven’t had a chance to send your ideas and would like to see them included in the next two weeks of How To’sday blog posts, feel free to send me your photos and tips to

I want to thank each and every one of you that have offered your fantastic tips and thoughts on organization.

Make sure you check in tomorrow for our Mid Week Mojo.  We have a guest designer lined up.  One you will not want to miss.

Have a great day!

Scrap happy. :)

Pack a Little Punch in your Project! (MCM #19)

Pack a Little Punch in your Project! (MCM #19)

Today’s Steal is a little tool that delivers a huge punch!  The 7 Gypsies Border Punch has got to be one of the most innovative border punches that I have ever had the pleasure of using. Why is this punch so great? Because you get 5 interchangeable punches in what takes up the space of one punch.

I’ve had my border punch for close to a year now and it’s one of my favorite tools.  I especially love the hole and square punches so that I can make my own personalized “notebook” paper for cards or journaling.

7 Gypsies totally thought through the whole punching process and each punch includes interchangeable templates so that you are guaranteed the perfect alignment every time.

For this weeks card sketch I wanted to use the square border punch to create an embellishment that looks as if it were ripped out of a notebook.

On the first card that I made I left the holes intact.

On the second card I made I took a pencil and ripped out the holes to make it look as if I’d ripped the paper right out of a notebook.  It’s also one of my favorite techniques to use for a handwritten journaling block.

Next I made a card featuring the same “notebook” idea but used patterned paper instead.  I really love how this gives a little texture and dimension to the card.

Last I made a card with a circle border down the edge of the card.  It worked great for stringing through some ribbon to tie a bow.

We have genuinely loved seeing all of your creations posted to our Facebook Fan Page.  Keep it up!  Also don’t forget the challenge to send out the cards that you create to bring someone a little joy to their day.

Since it’s the first Monday in February we have our January winner for Monday Card Madness.  Our lucky Random.Org winner is……..

Staci Jones!

I truly love seeing Staci’s cards each week.  Staci, send us an email to and we will get a scrappylicious prize set aside for you for the next time you come into the warehouse.  :)

Just a few random reminders for you before I bid farewell for the day.

1 – Make sure you check in to How To’sday tomorrow for the first of a 2 or possibly 3 week series on craft space organization.

2 – If you’d like to participate in our first ScrapbookSteals card swap there is still time.  Please email me at for all of the details.

3 – Don’t forget our first on-line crop of the year on Friday the 18th from 6 to 10 PM.  If you are local, we’d love to have you join us for food and fun.  Please send us an email at if you need any info.   We have an amazing manufacturer lined up and will be live on video with our guest around 8PM MST.  (Melodee is such a Rock Star!)  There will be challenges posted on the blog on the 17th so that everyone has more time to complete them.  We also have a major announcement to make that night.  One you will certainly not want to miss.  :)

I hope you have a wonderful Monday.

Scrap happy!

Love is in the air. <3

Love is in the air.  <3

Valentines Day.  The day of chocolate and flowers, hearts and kisses.  The day of love.  Do you know what I love?  I love how well My Minds Eye always captures the essence of Valentines Day and pretty much knocks it out of the park with astonishingly cute stuff!  For today’s Steal, you have the choice of one of THREE My Minds Eye Valentine collections.

When I found out that Melodee had performed her Rock Star duties yet again, and managed to get The State of the Heart collection I begged her to put it on a Friday so that I could create a fun Valentines project with it.

I was asking Lisa what she thought would be a fun idea to create and she said she’d seen somewhere, where someone had made a “bouquet” of hearts. I was thinking along the same lines with a heart wreath, but decided I liked the idea of a table topper much better.

….and so the heart boquet was born.

For this project you will need the following items.

* The State of the Heart paper collection, or other Valentines papers

* Wooden Dowels

* Spray Paint

* Poly Fil, or Quilt Batting

* Flower Arrangement Foam

* Ribbon

* Misc. Embellishments

* Vase

First off I cut out 12 hearts using my Silhouette.  I also cut out 12 slightly larger versions of the hearts out of cardstock to back the patterned paper hearts on to.  I then inked the edges of the patterned paper hearts.  Note: If you don’t have access to a die cutting system, tracing a heart cookie cutter would work great!

Next up was having  a little fun with the spray paint.  For just one teeny tiny moment today, I was grateful for snow.  It sure made an easy stand for holding my dowels to spray paint and when Mother Nature decides to warm up my mess will melt away!  For the time being, my boys think it’s ultra groovy that we have gold snow.  :)

I used glue dots to secure into place the patterned paper heart on top of the cardstock heart.  I did the same process for all 12 hearts.  I wanted to give my hearts a little dimension so I decided that I would try filling them with stuffing.  Cotton balls would likely work for this as well as a thin layer of quilt batting.  For my hearts, this is about how much filling I used in each of them.

Next I brushed off about an inch of dust from my sewing machine and set to work sewing the two hearts together with the fluff in the middle.  (I’m also going to admit something here.  I don’t know how to sew.  I bought my machine for…you guessed it…scrapbooking).  :)

Note!  Be sure to leave a small opening in the bottom of the heart to insert the wooden dowel.

To hold the heart into place, I added two mini glue dots to the top of the dowel.  I then gave the dowel a twist so that the glue dots could adhere to the paper allowing the heart to be secured to the dowel.

I then inked the edges of the cardstock and trimmed the areas where the paper didn’t quite match up.  Then came the fun part!  Decorating.

Now for you floral arrangers out there, don’t laugh too much at the foam that I purchased.  I didn’t realize what I bought was for keeping flowers hydrated.  I just liked the way it squished!  I cut off a chunk and shoved it down into the bottom of my vase.

I then arranged the dowels in the foam.

I decorated both sides of the hearts so that from any angle something fun is sure to be seen.  Here are a few closeups of the odds and ends of embellishments that I used.

Lastly I turned to my button stash to create a border around the rim of the vase.  I thought this was a fun way to add a little uniqueness to my project.

I’m so in LOVE with how this Friday’s project turned out.  It wouldn’t have been the same without The State of the Heart, that’s for sure.  :)

Have a LOVE-LY weekend everyone!  Be safe.  Have fun.

Scrap happy!

CHA Recap and the Winner of our 13K Fans Giveaway.

CHA Recap and the Winner of our 13K Fans Giveaway.

So it feels like the last week has been a blur, but a fantastic blur. The Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show (CHA) was a huge success and such a blast. I was able to connect with some of our favorite vendors, find new ones and really just pick out fantastic products. You all will be so impressed with what is coming up over the next bit here at ScrapbookSteals. No I won’t give you hints, it is a secret! I really wanted to share pics of some of my favorite finds, pics of some of my favorite people, and share the winner of our 13,000 Facebook Fans contest.

There was a ton of great product from great manufacturers, choosing my favorites was quite hard this time. Please know that I could go on forever listing awesome product after awesome product, but we all have stuff to do, right? So here we go… First I found a new release adhesive tool from Xyron. We all have seen those heavy duty adhesive tools out there, well The Mega Runner from Xyron is the best one I have tried. The fact that it easily loads with 100 feet of adhesive is only the icing on the cake, the smooth transfer and ergonomic design will give us hours of adhesive bliss.

Silhouette also has a fantastic new product to add to their mix. The question we received over and over again when we featured this awesome machine was, “Does this cut fabric?” Well now it can. With the addition of this Heat Transfer Fabric Interfacing, your Silhouette Machine can now cut fabric into tons of amazing shapes.

Cosmo Cricket has created something wonderful. Making all of those fabric and paper flowers can be such a chore to try to keep it all stuck together. Now with the invention of Glubers, make those flowers with ease! Coming in all sizes, these giant glue dots will stick to your flowers and you will be sticking those flowers to everything.

Finally I can’t complete a favorite find list without the awesome Fancy Pants Designs. They have some truly fantastic additions to their Artist Edition product line. With Chipboard Banners, Filter Flowers, Buttons and Ribbons this is turning into one of my favorite on going collections out there. My very favorite new product from this line is the Brag Book. Part Journal, part Photo Album, part Scrapbook this product is a fantastic way to document a trip, event, person or really whatever strikes your fancy.

I also wanted to share some of the fun I got to have with some of our favorite companies. You may have seen a few of these pics already on our Facebook Fan Page, but here they are all in one place. Getting to have dinner with Echo Park, Making and Taking with Fancy Pants Dan, Chatting with Lindasy from Cosmo Cricket, Laughing with Andy from Silhouette, Eating Suckers with the Boys from My Mind’s Eye and Hanging out with Teresa Collins, are just some of the good times that were had. I will tell you all the stories when we get to meet in person some day!

(Echo Park)

(My Minds Eye)

(Andy from Silhouette)

(Teresa Collins)

(Fancy Pants Dan)

Oh yeah, one last thing…the winner and prize…I am sure you are wondering why we chose to even have a give away at 13,000 Facebook Fans. We know it seems like a strange number. We really wanted to celebrate because we hit our first milestone of Facebook Fans just one year ago while I was at CHA 2010. 5,000 Facebook Fans at the start of 2010 and 13,000 at the start of 2011 is just amazing. We can’t thank you enough for all of your support along the way. While gathering stuff for this give away, I gathered some of the fun things that are usually reserved for the buyers walking the show.

And the winner is…..

Commenter #34

Krista Dojcinovski says:

I love how this site gives me soooo much inspiration and ideas to go and scrap!! Everyone is so kind, thoughtful and encouraging how could you not want to check in on the site daily, or more!!! Thanks you all so much for giving us this awesome site with great deals daily!!!!

Congratulations Krista!  Please send us your address to and we will be happy to get your fabulous CHA themed prize sent out to you!

Who needs diamonds when you can have the iRock? (MWM #28)

Who needs diamonds when you can have the iRock? (MWM #28)

That’s right jewelry stores and Valentines Day,  move on over.  We’ve got something equally as spectacular and at only a fraction of the cost of those mother nature made rocks, not to mention  just as blingy!  :)  Today’s Steal is the iRock by Imaginisce, and I’m just going to come right out and say it….you *need* this.  I’m sure that most of our significant others agree that *need* is a relative term when it comes to our scrapbooking supplies, but much like one of  their expensive power tools which apparently are often “necessary”, this is a tool that is equally as must have to a crafter!

I was leafing through my sketch book looking for something to inspire me  on how to show off the bliss of the bling potential that the iRock gives to a project, and came across this sketch that I designed several weeks ago.

I switched things up a little bit to work with three, 4×6 horizontal photos and created this layout about my all time favorite band…Cake.

I had SO.  MUCH.  FUN.  adding the Hot Rocks to my page.  I have to hand it to the brain behind this super cute tool.  Works like a dream!

Let me walk you through the process of how you can add some bling to your project.

First we have the super cute tool, the iRock…

I love that it’s pink!  Granted pink is my favorite color.  :)

You simply insert 3 AA batteries, push the power switch to ON and hold the button down for about 15 seconds to warm up the heating element.

Next you decide where you want to add some Hot Rocks, (they are the blingy ones).  The circle border on this layout was the perfect size to add some of the larger Hot Rocks to the centers of the holes.  With the button held down you hold the tip of the tool on top of the Hot Rock for 15 to 20 seconds or until the adhesive on the backside of the Hot Rock melts and bonds it to your project.  It takes a little longer for the larger sized Hot Rocks than the itty bitty ones.  (Oh and you may also wish to acknowledge in the instruction guide that “the tip may become hot”.  Trust me.  It does.)

I love that Imaginisce also offers templates for placement of the Rocks.  I totally wanted to use the flourishes, but it just didn’t seem to go with the flow of my layout, and since my sketch that I had created weeks ago had mini circles around the big circles, I think that it was just meant to be this way.  :)

One tip is that you may wish to tape down the template to stop it from sliding around.  Just don’t forget that it’s taped down and move your layout, like I did.  Oops!

After heating up the Hot Rocks, you are left with a stunning and unique embellishment.

As much as I positively love sparkle, I dare say that I love even more the Glam Rocks.  With these you get the look of mini brads without having to punch through your paper and separate a gajillion little prongs for something like I made on this cupcake card.

The Glam Rocks heat up and bond in no time at all.  In fact my 13 year old had fun heating up the Glam Rocks for this card while I was finishing up the layout, (while we were listening to Cake…of course).

Also in case you are wondering, I’m not that clever.  I didn’t come up with this cupcake design on my own.  I used my Silhouette to cut out a cupcake template using one of the rhinestone designs which I downloaded from their store.

So yeah.  You need it.  Tell your hunny that he can get you Rocks to celebrate the day of love and it wont even break the bank!  (Or just go ahead and do get it yourself.  We wont tell. ;) )

Wow.  I totally have to hand it to you.  You girls did AWESOME sharing last week.  I’m SO excited that we were able to reach 105 total shares!  I love that each week we pick up a few new Mojo posters.  For all of you lurkers, don’t be shy.  We would LOVE to see what you create.  There is plenty of room for all of you at our big scrap happy table, plus we’d love the opportunity to tell you what we love about your creations.

I’ll tell you what I love about our TWO Random.Org winners for this week.

First off we have Erin Schultz.  I love this layout and what a genuine moment of real life was captured.  I love that she changed the circles to stars to carry out the theme of sleep/night.

I love on Jessica Fanchers layout how perfectly the Zinnia embellishments work with the sketch and I love the little splash of stitching that she added to her layout.

Congrats girls!  If you will send me your addresses to, we will get something scrappylicious sent out to you.

I can’t wait to see what you create this week.  I have to tell you however, I’m nervous about it.  Last week seemed to be everyone’s favorite, so hopefully this week will still be able to provide some sort of inspiration.

Be sure to post your pages to our Facebook Fan Page or personal blog by next Monday at midnight, with a link posted here on this blog posting for your chance to win our weekly drawing.

Also, I’ll be taking next week off, and we all know what that means….Guest Sketcher!

Hope your day is absolutely filled with happiness, and remember to share, share, share.

Scrap happy. :)