Organize Your Stuff Challenge: WEEK 1 and OVERVIEW

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Posted 5/25/2009 by wookiemouse in General Scrappin'
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PeaNut 268,110
July 2006
Posts: 3,699
Layouts: 37
Loc: New Braunfels, TX

Posted: 5/25/2009 8:24:04 AM
Good morning, organizing scrappers! I've got the Challenge Overview up as well as the Week One Challenge posted on my blog - have fun and get rolling!



PeaNut 356,244
January 2008
Posts: 806
Layouts: 52
Loc: Land of Oz

Posted: 5/25/2009 9:23:32 AM
Looks WONDERFUL Stacy! Can't wait!


PeaNut 203,009
April 2005
Posts: 714
Layouts: 30
Loc: It sure is hot here!

Posted: 5/25/2009 9:27:16 AM
Thanks for getting off to a great start... I've added you to my bloglines and I'm looking forward to the first assignment.



PeaNut 228,691
October 2005
Posts: 1,848
Layouts: 4

Posted: 5/25/2009 9:39:10 AM
This is great, I'm pretty well organized but I'm always looking for better budget-friendly solutions.

Are we going to post our questions and comments on this board or on your blog?

PeaNea D

PeaNut 297,414
February 2007
Posts: 218
Layouts: 3
Loc: Sask, Canada

Posted: 5/25/2009 9:39:35 AM
Hmmmmm - I love to organize!! This looks like it could be very fun. I will have to check out your blog when I have a moment and maybe I can participate.

Ancient Ancestor of Pea

PeaNut 211,290
June 2005
Posts: 7,137
Layouts: 0
Loc: somewhere dreaming

Posted: 5/25/2009 9:52:59 AM
I'm in!

I have no place to scrap but I have boxes full in my garage that I would love to know what is in them! (we just moved).


PeaNut 266,318
June 2006
Posts: 208
Layouts: 1
Loc: North Texas

Posted: 5/25/2009 10:42:36 AM
Yeah!! So excited about this. I will start out and talk about what has worked and what has not and auditing the space.

I will post a space of what it looks like right now. I will hang my head down in shame as you look through it. (I will do it as soon as I can, the baby is right next to me.) It is a cluttered, disorganized mess! For example, while filing away cuttlebug folders 2 weeks ago, I realized there were duplicates of FIVE cuttlebug folders. That is what disorganization does to you--you just don't know what you have!

What has worked for me are things that rotate--from my tool caddy, to my ink-pad organizer, my clip-it-up, and my rotating acrylic organizer that I found on clearance at HObby Lobby. My latest rotating find is rotating stickle storage so that you can store your stickles UPSIDE DOWN! I have found this on ebay from seller rodpatient. He is from England and has made some great organizers. I also like to have things that are closeby such as my pens and markers so I stole this idea from several women and bought a 6 bottle wine rack from Target and some plastic glasses and "voila!" , I now have my marker storage within reach of my scrap space. The ikea expedit shelves have been wonderful however, they are pretty big. I would love put the smaller one on its side and then put my 6ft table over it. Thus, utilize the space underneath the table.

What has worked: 1). Having my own space has been great and what I mean by that is--just a tabletop. I probably completed so many more layouts when I just had one small table. I was able to complete albums for friends and start some albums that are perpetual. (I document every wedding anniversary with a picture of the gift or flowers that my husband gives me at each anniversary.) 2) After reading wookiemouse's blog I think that she is right on when it comes to doing things in small increments of time. I work close to where I live and when I get I chance I will come home at noon and go in an orgnize my mess for just 30 minutes and it makes a big difference. I cannot ever see myself having an entire afternoon to do something much less a whole day or weekend. 3) I like to keep lists and little booklets of what I have because not everything can be out in the open for you to see. I have begun to do this for my ink colors, memento ink pads, cats eye ink pads and stampin' up ink pads. Thus, ultimately I hope to have spiral art notes books with the following: ink color samples, stamps sample with all rubber and acrylic stamps and punch samples.

What hasn't worked: Sometimes I think that having an entire room gave me too much liberty to have too many things. I don't want to give it up. I want to really complete this challenge so that I can go in and enjoy doing this hobby again.


PeaNut 423,696
May 2009
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Layouts: 0

Posted: 5/25/2009 10:49:24 AM
Great job!

Peadidoc, I am the exact same way! I have moved my stuff from my own room to a corner in our family room. I now have one small table to scrap on, instead of 3 or 4 spaces.

I'm getting ready to go down there, and I will post pics!\

ETA: wookiemouse, thank you so much for taking the time and trouble to help. I am the type of person that I can get so much more done with friends to help and hold me accountable. Else, I just start out great and don't continue!

Now, off to my lo and my list!

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PeaNut 18,232
July 2001
Posts: 3,496
Layouts: 44
Loc: Ohio

Posted: 5/25/2009 12:45:43 PM
Wow Stacy - you've done an AMAZING job of setting this all up in a very short period of time. Thank you so much for all your hard work. This is going to be fun!

-- Cindy


PeaNut 365,303
March 2008
Posts: 2,198
Layouts: 102
Loc: The Sunshine State

Posted: 5/25/2009 1:22:17 PM
I'm in.....Here is my mess. We moved into a bigger home about 4 mo. ago, and I can't get this room to look the way I want. I thought having a loft would be great, but I miss my old room.

So Stacy, thank you for the motivation to do something about this mess!

---------------------> Here


PeaNut 340,988
October 2007
Posts: 1,223
Layouts: 50
Loc: Milwaukee, WI

Posted: 5/25/2009 1:44:33 PM
Uhh, can I start this tomorrow!?!?! Obviously you can see why I need to do this! Its because I keep putting it off and thus, create mess!


PeaNut 40,368
June 2002
Posts: 3,682
Layouts: 132
Loc: In the Land of the Gingersnappers

Posted: 5/25/2009 2:02:46 PM
Stacy - I just took a look at your blog and I have to admit, I had doubts as to whether a "blog challenge" could help. But after skimming through your blog, I'm thinking that taking it one step at a time and asking practical, motivating questions is a great start. Thanks for your help!


PeaNut 146,730
May 2004
Posts: 2,383
Layouts: 24
Loc: Laupahoehoe or Sebastopol

Posted: 5/25/2009 2:03:27 PM
Great set of ideas and topics. Love the first challenge!
Aloha, Kate


PeaNut 268,110
July 2006
Posts: 3,699
Layouts: 37
Loc: New Braunfels, TX

Posted: 5/25/2009 4:24:26 PM
Glad you all are on board! I think we can discuss here or on the blog - it's your choice. If you have pictures to post, 2Peas may be the better option.

cobalthorse - I was also a little hesitant on the blog, but the reason I chose to go that route (and I am NOT a blogger...well, I guess I am now!) is so that I won't accidentally violate the TOU here at 2Peas when we get to more specific challenges and I suggest storage items. I would love to link some great finds I've come across, and I'm not sure if 2Peas carries them or not. If they do - I will certainly link here, but in case they don't, I'd hate to see this challenge get pulled over something silly I did.

Thanks to all of you who have posted your lists - great start!!!!


Debbi T

PeaNut 17,704
July 2001
Posts: 39,361
Layouts: 1,320
Loc: Frederick, MD

Posted: 5/25/2009 4:50:40 PM
What a great challenge blog you've set up, Stacy! I hope to participate over the summer when I'm out of school. I added your challenge to the master list and master schedule. Let me know if you want me to make any changes to what I've written.


Little Scraps of Magic

Ancient Ancestor of Pea

PeaNut 288,236
December 2006
Posts: 6,962
Layouts: 225

Posted: 5/25/2009 5:27:23 PM
I took a look at the blog today at work and I'm really excited to do this. I don't think anyone would say that my space is necessarily poorly organized but I can just feel that it doesn't work as efficiently as it could. I plan on making specific notes tonight about what works and what doesn't.

Ancient Ancestor of Pea

PeaNut 288,236
December 2006
Posts: 6,962
Layouts: 225

Posted: 5/25/2009 6:20:07 PM
All right, so what's working is

-ribbon, flower, button, small embellie storage
-journaling block storage
-glue storage
-markers/pen storage
-tool storage

What's not working

-unfinished projects - they are split up by project but are stored in an awkward place to get to and I often forget about them
-stickers/rubons storage - I think this is more about the quantity I have than the way they are stored. If I use up/purge 50% of these, my MM organizer will be just right
-letter storage - I just can't seem to find a good solution for my stickers or my chipboard.

What is ok but could be better

-pattern paper
-chipboard shapes


PeaNut 228,691
October 2005
Posts: 1,848
Layouts: 4

Posted: 5/25/2009 9:26:28 PM
Thank you so much for hosting this challenge. My area is pretty well organized, but I'm always looking for new ideas for good-looking, budget-friendly storage.

What works--
I have a three drawer cube next to my table. I keep my Totally Cool tote on top of it with all of my most frequently used tools and adhesives in it.
In the drawers I keep all of the supplies for the project I'm currently working on.

Storage that's not working--
Coordinating products such as paper and embellishments
raw chipboard
Sharing the closet in my scrapbook room with the overflow clothes from my teenaged daughter's room.
I've had to move a lot of my supplies to the basement since I don't have enough storage space in my scraproom.


PeaNut 229,914
November 2005
Posts: 8,403
Layouts: 0
Loc: Turn right, watch for ducks.

Posted: 5/25/2009 11:24:37 PM
Wow Stacy, thank you so much. What a great first post for the challenge! My room is neat, but I have a few areas I'm really looking forward to organize in a way that works better for me!

Can we add room layout to our challenge? While thinking about what I liked and what I didn't, where my things were placed made a huge difference. I also found I needed more work space to either side of me.


  • Embellishments ~ Sorted by color in 8 x 10 Sterlite drawers
  • Embellishments ~ Since many come in a multi-color pack I break packages up when I bring them home and put them in small ziplock bags. I also put ribbon less than 3 yards into baggies in there. So easy!
    Since they're in indivudual bags, I can put exactly what I want to use for an individual layout in it's container, but all like items are still available in the embellishment drawers. This is importnt because I keep a lot of projects going at once to work on as they interest me.
  • Tools ~ Commonly used in MM caddy on desk
  • Cardstock ~ Sorted by color in hanging files in CS cart under desk.
  • Scraps ~ Sorted by color in 12 x 12 Sterlite drawers
  • Patterned Paper ~ Sorted by theme and color


  • Photo Selection ~ My biggest challenge. Right now they are all in photo boxes, organized into these categories: Special Occasions, Vacations, Pets, Misc by date. The categories work for me, but I'm not loving them in boxes because to decide what to scrap I typically want to look at my pictures and see what inspires me at the moment.
    I'm considering putting the photos into albums so that I can look at them before I scrap them, can browse through them to see what I want to scrap.
  • Negatives & Digital Storage ~ Currently stored with photos. Want to go digital with all of my current photos & also all of my favorite film negatives. Need a good back-up system.
  • Patterned Paper ~ Themed papers are in accordian files. They're a pain to put papers in when I buy them because they have to be opened and often a little difficult to put in without wrinkling if it's a full file. But good for finding what I'm looking for quickly. Considering other options.
    Papers that aren't themed, which I find I have more and more of, are in CH vertical storage by color. I can't figure out exactly why, but I'm not loving it. Maybe because the paper isn't as easy to access as my cardstock in hanging files.
  • Sterlite Drawers ~ VERY functional but not pretty
  • Ribbon on Rolls ~ In a large drawer in an Iris cart stored in closet. The location is fine, but it's a pain getting them in and out of the overstuffed drawer, and trying to keep them organized by color.


  • I like the Sterlite drawers. They're easy to take out and put back with one hand. I keep them right behind my desk so they're easy to reach but not in the way. Easy to label, go with anything, I just wish they were prettier!
  • Commonly used tools & embellishments, and cardstock are all within easy reach from my swivel chair.
  • I like having my desk clear of anything except my tools. It's a large surface, but I'd like a work surface to the side.

I'm tired of thinking, I'll add to this later.


PeaNut 181,928
December 2004
Posts: 565
Layouts: 150
Loc: NH

Posted: 5/26/2009 5:26:53 AM
I did my LO and took some notes last night. Here is what I came up with so far:

Things that Work:
-My Cricut and carts are easily accessible
-I work better when I make my own pagekits and have them near my space, lined up and ready to go
-I like my paper storage rack
-Ribbon storage is in one of those big grey silverware sorters they use at restaraunts - works great for the amount of ribbon I have
-lots of containers that fit into a cabinet for LO's waiting to go into albums. They are organized and out of sight.

Things that need work:
-I have no picture organization, I literally have pics all over the place
-I have TONS of swap items that I try and try to organize. Haven't found anything that works for me yet. I have 2 big photo boxes full, and 2 binders. Can never find what I need.
-NO trash can in my space.
-I have too much non-scrap related crap on my table (like folded laundry needs to be put away lol!)
-I don't always clean up after I scrap, so the area often looks like a disaster hit
-I have 2 sterilite drawer thingys that work great, but are unorganized. Some unfinished projects in there, some memorabilia, stamps, etc. Needs some work for sure.
-I have 2 really great plastic embellishment containers, but could use a couple more. Also need a good place to store them.
-I have tried lots of things for flower storage. I hate the plastic baggie storage I have them in now. I rarely even use it. It is out of the way, though.

This is all for now, but I really need help in all areas lol. Thanks so much for this challenge. I'll be following closely.



PeaNut 423,696
May 2009
Posts: 637
Layouts: 0

Posted: 5/26/2009 7:33:34 AM
Ok, here's my list:

What works:

My big shelf-I can close the doors and not see my stuff

My Cricut- Everything all in one place

Flowers- All in glass containers, easily see what I need

Adhesives- all together

What doesn't work:

Ribbon- looks likes a rats nest

Punches- unorganized, just thrown in a sterlite drawer

Stamps-totally unorganized, just in rubbermaid containers

I have lots more, this is just what I've run into working on my lo. I do need to consider that since I've moved into the family room, I want to be able to "hide" my junk. I still want the room to look like a family room. I don't want it to look "cluttered" and right now, it does!

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~Each person in the United States uses 3.8 tons of coal each year.~
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PeaNut 146,730
May 2004
Posts: 2,383
Layouts: 24
Loc: Laupahoehoe or Sebastopol

Posted: 5/26/2009 1:11:11 PM
I did my two layouts yesterday and here's my list:

Things I like:
My cardstock paper is very well arranged in Cropper Hopper vertical paper storage containers.
My Cricut is easy to access and set up along with my cartridges.
My work table is good although I tend to leave stuff out so need to spend more time putting stuff away between projects.
Computer and printer are readily accessible although setting up the Cricut to use SCAL needs some work.
Good binder that I use to store Cuttlebug dies and embossing folders in.
Storage CH class pack for commonly used tools and AMM portable storage holder with more.

Things I need help with:
My storage for embellishments is horrible. I have too many containers and they are all over my scrap room. It is hard to remember what I have. Organize by color/theme?
I have separate containers for stamps, ribbon, chipboard, punches, embossing powders and inks. I have a ton of smaller containers for buttons and flowers including a fishing tackle box with yet more containers.
My patterned paper is somewhat organized by theme but not terribly useful.

Aloha, Kate


PeaNut 389,367
August 2008
Posts: 874
Layouts: 6
Loc: Westerville, OH

Posted: 5/26/2009 2:12:12 PM
What works:

Having a lot of my trusty tools within easy reach.

Having access to my laptop.

My large working surface.

Right now, knowing where most of my things are even if I do forget exactly what's in them (can't remember exactly what embellishments, letter stickers, papers, etc. I have).

Being able to watch t.v. while I scrap.

What doesn't work:

I wish my punches were closer to my work area. Although I keep the ones I use most often close at hand, I don't have any good place to store them all which would make them easily accessible. Right now I have them stored in an over the door shoe organizer.

I wish it were easier to find the papers I need when I need them. I have not found an effective way of storing all of my paper. For now, I have them stored by kits/manufacturer. This isn't working as well as I'd like because I always forget what papers are in what kit. I'm very much a visual scrapper.

I need better storage for my ribbons and for my flowers and whatever I use cannot occupy a lot of space.

I think I need better furniture, rework my furniture layout or both!
Although I LOVE having a big table to scrap on, I believe the size may be too big for my room. Plus it is quite long and to get to anything on the other side of the room, I need to walk around the length of it to get to it.

No real photo organization. Most of my pics are still on my mac which is in the basement and my scraproom in the 2nd floor of our house! I need to get everything printed. I then need to back up all of my pics and still have them sorted by dates/events, etc.

I'm sure there's more but I wasn't very good at making notes while I was scrapping last night.

Ancient Ancestor of Pea

PeaNut 51,456
October 2002
Posts: 14,144
Layouts: 84
Loc: VA

Posted: 5/26/2009 3:08:29 PM
I would love to be more organized!! thanks for starting this-- I just hope I will remember to play along!

What works:

Photo organization
Cardstock storage
Scrap storage
I like how I store alot of my stuff-- I just need a few more "containers" that are pleasing to the eye.

Whats not working:
packaged embellishments
Chipboard letters (the left over ones)
The larger bottom two drawers of my sterilite container --they have become catch-alls
My workspace creeps over onto my computer space totally making the whole room unbelievably messy.
Stamp storage- I have three different places to store stamps--two work-- one is in a tackle box-- who is going to ever open that to find stamps??? not me!!! Need to find a place for those stamps that is more accessable.

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PeaNut 254,316
March 2006
Posts: 413
Layouts: 0
Loc: surrey, england

Posted: 5/26/2009 4:49:06 PM
Wow Stacy you've been busy. Thanks again for doing this and I can't wait to begin


PeaNut 376,370
May 2008
Posts: 2,278
Layouts: 2
Loc: Las Vegas, NV

Posted: 5/26/2009 5:09:18 PM
What’s Working

• I love how my Sterilite drawers keep everything organized and within reach
• I love that my cardstock is sorted by colors
• I like that my older patterned paper is sorted by color
• I like that my newer pattered paper is sorted by manufacturer and line
• I like that my scraps are sorted by color
• I like how my kits are organized
• I like how my Cricut stuff is organized
• I like how my photo paper is stored
• I like how my alphas are organized
• I like how my Clip it Up organizes my rub-ons and my stickers
• I like the tote that I have on my desk that keep my frequently used tool close by
• I like how my chipboard is stored
• I like how my pages in progress are stored
• I like how my albums are stored

Things That Are Not Working

• I don’t have room for a guest
• I can’t find embellishments without digging
• I can’t figure out how to store glue sticks without them drying up on me
• I have a drawers labeled miscellaneous that I have no idea what to do with
• I hate the Lazy Susan filled with stickles, paint, ink and other misc. stuff
• The shelves above one of my desks is overcrowded
• The desk organizer on one of my desks always looks disorganized
• My digital photos need organizing
• My printed photos need organizing
• I need to back up all my photos
• My office stuff keeps creeping into my scrapbook space
• My acrylic stamps are stored neatly but I never use them
• My punches are overcrowded
• I still have all my original Sizzix stuff even though I never use it
• I have stuff stored under my desk, making it look overcrowded and messy
• I still have too much stuff

I did a purge and reorganization in February and my room turned out pretty good. It still needs some fine tuning as you can tell by my list. I think this challenge will help me fine tune what I have already begun. I am hoping to get some great tips from the rest of you during this process.


PeaNut 324,135
June 2007
Posts: 300
Layouts: 2
Loc: Where the Army sends us!

Posted: 5/26/2009 6:30:34 PM
I don't have to do a layout to know that nothing is working! We moved into this house in Jan and I've had a scrap table in the last three houses. Not this one. We finally have an eat-in kitchen and a dining room so I lost my table (I was using our small kitchen one). Now my junk is spread all over our dining table and the floor, right by the front door, all mixed in with my kids' craft supplies and I don't even have projects separated. UGH! DH is deployed and I was hoping to get some things done while he was gone but I can't even see the table! So I am starting from scratch.

A few things I like if I had a good spot for them:
*I like my paper in the Cropper Hopper vertical storage. Just got some small ones for my smaller papers.
*I like my little tool tote - easy to move around and find what I need.
*I just took my stickers out of those accordian paper files and put them in page protectors in a notebook. So much easier. No room for a Clip it Up.
*My scraps are sorted by colors in big ziploc bags. Also easier to find what I need.
*I bought a clear photo storage box that has separate boxes inside it. I like that now I can find the pics I need for a certain project more easily.

Everything I do has to be move-able and not very heavy. We're close to the weight limit the Army gives us when we move - LOL!!

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PeaNut 423,547
May 2009
Posts: 11
Layouts: 0
Loc: My Old KY Home

Posted: 5/27/2009 8:27:35 AM
Can I join even if I don't have a room right now (it's a work in progress) I just moved back home and my husband said I could have the basement for a craft area so I'm still setting it up as far as getting the tables set up and getting it laid out the way I want. I do have a crap ton of scrapbooking materials though! I have added your blog to my favorites and I'll be checking every day!

Maybe this will help me be organized from the start!
Thank you for starting this! I love organizing


PeaNut 246,706
February 2006
Posts: 1,612
Layouts: 95
Loc: Nort Dakotah

Posted: 5/27/2009 9:08:15 AM
wow, what a great challenge. I just finished a layout the other day and applied your questions to that process:


Photos - I usually can find my photo, though i am getting behind in organizing them

Tools - everythign appears to work except my journaling pens, what on earth did i di with my sepia micron???

Ideas - I story my magazines on a shelf so i can pull them out when i need them (though i do not have any of the pages i removed from mags organized)

Embellishments - thickers well organized, chipboard not bad

Ink/Die cuts - easy to find


stamps - thrown in totes, i don't even really know what i have

Paper - while well organized, i have maxed out my storage, so newer papers are impossible to find

Stickers/glitter/other bling - not well organized, had to hunt for my blue stickles

Punches - all over the place

Now to come up with solutions


Baby Pea Step

PeaNut 424,402
May 2009
Posts: 1
Layouts: 0

Posted: 5/27/2009 9:23:11 AM
Hi all!i am a newbie & I need help in organzing my stickers that are now not i packaging & if i dont get ahold of it im going to give up! wanting some kind of hanging file thing, but nothing to big. I willbe organzing them by the season & what they are which will work best for me..any ideas? thanks! im going to office max on friday be4 work to c what they have..


PeaNut 396,129
October 2008
Posts: 3,862
Layouts: 699
Loc: Southern CA

Posted: 5/27/2009 1:05:39 PM
I'm so excited for this challenge! I didn't do a LO yet but I know what's working and what's not (I'll edit if needed after a LO)

What's working:

*Ribbon storage - they are all off the spools and hanging on binder clips on the wall my desk faces.

*CS Storage - I use a vertical accordion sorter and have them sorted by color.

*PP storage - I use the same thing as my CS. It just re-organized this to be separated by manufacturer. It works much better for me than doing it by color.

*Alpha storage - they're all laying down on a shelf, which does make it a bit hard to see what I have..but they're all together on the same shelf.

*Digi photo storage - I use Adobe Bridge to organize my photos. I separate by event, older pics are separated by year and pics of my daughter are separated by year and month. I print as I scrap so this really helps.

*Scraps storage - I use 2 12x9 drawers. One for CS and one for PP.

What's not working:

*Tool storage - I had them all in a drawer (scissors, journaling pens, rulers, paper piercer, corner rounder) but it got too annoying to keep opening and closing the drawer so they sit on the desk next to my mat. It looks messy. But, my desk isn't big enough for a huge storage holder.

*Cuttlebug dies/folders storage - they are in a baby wipes container in a drawer. I have to dig. Then again, I don't use my Cuttlebug much.

*Slice cards/tools - the cards, books that came with the cards, extra blades and spatula are in the zip lock back that the instruction manual came in. I haven't figured out what to do with the embossing tips and mat..I don't want to ruin them!

*My rolling cart - I bought a beautiful rolling cart that has drawers on one side and a drawer and a cabinet on the other. But the drawers are short (height-wise). I want to maximize the use of the cart but I don't know how!

*Stamps/ink storage - they are just tossed in a drawer of said cart. I have a few of the MS ink stacks and I often find them open from being stored poorly.

*Flowers - I have no idea where to put those containers!

I do have a shelf I am going to stain and put up..hopefully that will help with some storage.


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PeaNut 276,485
September 2006
Posts: 3,632
Layouts: 19
Loc: central ca

Posted: 5/27/2009 3:20:29 PM
this was a good exercise..

lets see
Good: Paper and Embellie and Scraps issues finding what I need

Bad: piles on the floor makes it hard to get to my stuff; and no elbow room on my work surface, so even making cuts on my trimmer was difficult. And I don't like that my flowers are in 3 different areas of the room

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PeaNut 65,852
January 2003
Posts: 29,505
Layouts: 385
Loc: Nashville, TN!

Posted: 5/27/2009 4:07:18 PM
I have one thought: my ribbon is a chaotic mess, making it completely irrational and unusable.

Must organize ribbon.

And I must stop printing ideas. The idea file over-floweth.


PeaNut 90,914
June 2003
Posts: 2,500
Layouts: 28

Posted: 5/27/2009 4:32:11 PM
The good:
* my ribbon is organized on rings.
* my paper is nicely sorted by color and easily accessable
* my adhesives are all in one spot, no searching.
* embellies are sorted by color and easily accessable.
* alphas are all together

the bad:
* bits and pieces of stamped stuff, partially finished layouts need to be organized
* pics not organized in either boxes or on computer.
* not enough printed pics to scrap
* i have to share space with the household office stuff and it doesnt match my color scheme.
* unmounted stamps in too many places, dont know what i have

the really ugly:
* nothing is labeled.
* not enough personal cute stuff on display


PeaNut 414,771
March 2009
Posts: 591
Layouts: 32
Loc: Maryland

Posted: 5/28/2009 12:16:54 PM
Glad I stumbled upon this one. I won't need a layout, I already started a list a few weeks back. Let me start with I don't like my *ugly* space but its somewhat functional and more than some have, so I'm grateful.

Scrap Process:
Usually starts with a photo, embellishment or sketch.
Next is Paper
Then Its texture (stamps, dies/plates, ribbon, etc)
Last is journaling

What doesn't work:
*sticker/rub-ons in a zipper binder that won't close and hard to find stuff
*Chipboard?? no storage at all
*Most of my embellishment storage doesn't work. Brads, eyelets are separated by type,size and colors but in too many places.
*Photos- Not enough printed and no system for storing photos in kits to scrap

Room Layout:
*Not enough elbow room to work so things end up piled on my desk. Need to utilize floor space without blocking the "utility" function in the utility room.
*Things stored too high and or too far out of reach.

Notes to Self:
*Love Having all of my supplies grouped by category.
*Love shallow drawers.
*Love seeing through containers or quick glance storage.


PeaNut 423,696
May 2009
Posts: 637
Layouts: 0

Posted: 5/28/2009 8:43:10 PM
Just reading others posts helps some. I like seeing what works for everyone else and I am going to try a few things, such as putting ribbon on rings.

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PeaNut 55,544
November 2002
Posts: 146
Layouts: 0
Loc: Massachusetts

Posted: 5/28/2009 10:06:42 PM
Love this challenge, love reading everyone's "good and bad" lists... here's mine:

What works:
Love my revolving tool caddy with highly used tools close at hand.

Love my paper organization -- use the vertical storage and keep all solid cardstock organized by color, patterned paper is organized by vendor, and kits are grouped together.

Partially completed layouts all in one place -- if they're in the drawer I know they just need journaling (usually) or that perfect embellie, etc. -- it's my "nearly there" drawer.

I have a great shelving system beside and behind my desk that helps me keep my supplies close at hand.

Rolling plastic drawers... I love these, althouth they aren't the most beautiful, they are perfect for organizing my embellies: beads, eyelets, brads, floss, adesives, etc... and the drawers are labelled so I know exactly what is where.

Expedit shelf -- LOVE this! Great for my scrapbooks, larger supplies, etc.

Paper scraps are stored by color in individual plastic envies then placed in a rectangular basket that is under a shelf but easily accessible.

Trash can is ugly but handy; tv and music easily accessed while I scrap.

What doesn't work:
Furniture layout sucks big time and I feel like I'm constantly walking around my desk to access the rest of the room. Have to do some layout planning. Would ideally love a standing height desk / working space for scrapping.

Although kind of organized, I feel like I have stuff spread out everywhere. I need to locate "like" supplies together and need to find a good system for templates, stickers, rub-on's, etc.

Photo organization... there isn't any. I have photos on the computer, some in boxes and some in binders. I've lost track of what I have scrapped and need to find a great system for organizing my photos.

Ribbon storage... need to find a working system.

Wow, I know that's a lot of stuff, but this was a very helpful exercise. On to some scrapping. Thanks Wookiemouse!!!


Pea with a Pen

PeaNut 70,644
February 2003
Posts: 19,346
Layouts: 785
Loc: Southern California

Posted: 5/29/2009 12:10:35 AM
This looks like an awesome challenge. The two LOs I'm working on right now are almost done, but I'll play along on Week 1 with the next one. Looks like fun, and after that looks very helpful.


PeaNut 29,497
February 2002
Posts: 5
Layouts: 1
Loc: Texas

Posted: 5/29/2009 9:17:25 AM
Hi all-

I'm trying my best to get back into scrapbooking after a long hiatus. I love to do it...just need to make the time!

I did my layout - here are my notes:

-Space - craft room/home office - it's great. 90% of the stuff in it is hobby stuff and I spend 90% of my time working in it rather than crafting. It's done in Elfa thing I love is the countertop that runs the length of one wall - can spread all my stuff out.

One thing that doesn't work is my laptop/printer configuration. The printer is across the room, but it hogs up too much counter space otherwise.

*Pictures - digital stored in Adobe Elements. 3,000+ pics. Totally overwhelmed by the tag system and afraid I will forget about some pics, never print them out, never see them again.

*Paper - I have the vertical CH thing. I love it for the solid cardstock, but I'm not loving it for the patterned paper. I usually just use whatever paper I've just bought. Then I buy some more.

*Layout ideas - need an accessible way to store page layout ideas. I have years of magazines in magazine caddies waaaay up on the top shelf.

*Cutting tools and adhesives - in a pull out elfa drawers. This is good.

*Ribbon - rolls are in a wall-mounted shallow wire basket lined with pretty patterned paper so the ribbon doesn't fall between the grids. I love this. Ribbon bits are stored in a lucite tower with little drawers roygbiv.

*Punches - in a clear shoebox. This works for me. Too many clear shoeboxes on my shelves, though.

*Ephemera and schoolwork - aaaarggghh! The worst part. The ephemera goes in a large open basket that I am scared to touch, because it's so jam-packed. The kids' work goes into hanging file folders that are way overstuffed so that it's hard to pull the drawer open (so I don't).

PeaNea D

PeaNut 297,414
February 2007
Posts: 218
Layouts: 3
Loc: Sask, Canada

Posted: 5/29/2009 12:16:57 PM
Alright - I finished


Keepsake/photo selection - clear plastic containers. Probably not everyone's solution, but it works for me because I don't print a lot of photos at once.

Embellishments - clear containers hung on walls; clipped to wall wire.

Ribbon - organized on a ribbon holder.

Paper bits - organized by color, labeled in colored boxes.

Chipboard embellishments/stickers - organized in labeled binders in baseball card protectors.


12 x 12 paper - I used to keep the paper closed up in my closet, I didn't even want to go in there. Recently I organized the paper, but it still needs serious work. I need easy access, not crammed in a non-accessible spot.

Alpha organization - Again, somewhat organized, but still so difficult to access in small bags.

Odds and ends - I don't know what to call this category or how to organize such things.

Drawers - not only are there old labels on the drawers, but I have more odd and ends in them. VERY disorganized. This is the biggest thing I need help on.

Check out my blog for pictures - I am a visual person


PeaNut 29,005
February 2002
Posts: 294
Layouts: 49
Loc: Texas

Posted: 5/29/2009 12:36:26 PM
Thanks for this Challenge!

What works:
Photo organization
Cardstock storage
Scrap storage (need to sort but working)
Flower embellishment Storage
Button, eyelet, brad fiber storage
Cricut & Accessories are accessible
Glue bucket storage
I like how my alphas stickers are organized
Chipboard Storage

Whats not working:
Non-theme Embellishments (multi-color)
Stamp storage (acrylic and rubber)
Ribbon Storage (Just have too much ribbon)
Pattern Paper needs to be resort. Can’t find what I am looking for.
Peg board in front of my desk needs to be rethought on what should be on it.
Scrap kits storage
Back up all my digital photos
Need better storage for ephemera from trips, kids, etc. that can be easily found
Sizzix/Sizzilet/Quickutz/Cuttlebug die storage
Layout Ideas need to be updated and purged
I have too much stuff – Need to sort and purge

Things I would love to do:
I would love to have cabinets to close the doors so I don’t have to look at all the STUFF at all times.



PeaNut 414,771
March 2009
Posts: 591
Layouts: 32
Loc: Maryland

Posted: 5/30/2009 9:36:06 PM
This thread IS really great. I had completely forgot about my pegboard. I have one that is barely utilized because I can't reach it from my sitting position. I don't like having to break my "stride" to go grab something. The up-and-down bothers me.


PeaNut 418,377
April 2009
Posts: 1,365
Layouts: 28
Loc: SE Wisconsin

Posted: 5/31/2009 8:33:52 AM
Here are my lists...

What works:

-Totally Cool Tote: holds all my scissors, pens, adhesive, photo corners, rulers, adhesive eraser, exacto knife, my Xyron X, chapstick and Excedrin (had a really bad headache at a crop once, now I'm always prepared!). I love my Tote.

-CS paper storage: CH vertical paper holders for CS

-PP paper storage: specific theme (Christmas, camping, etc.) in accordion file, coordinated lines in CH vertical paper holders

-Stickers: by theme in CH Sticker

-Planned projects/pages: in CH Page Planners

-Clear stamps: in homemade binder

-LO ideas, tips, new techniques, etc.: all together in a binder

What needs help:

-Photos: major mess! Boxes and boxes of (pre-digital camera) semi-sorted photos. I know what I need to do and my goal for this summer is to do it! As far as digital photos, they're backed-up and are fairly organized on my computer. The problem is I don't have a system for printing photos. I can't remember what I have and haven't printed. I often end up ordering prints and finding ones I've already printed later.

-Alphabets: right now are in CH Sticker Envelope.

-Stickles, paint, embossing powder, ribbon & flowers: what to do with them???

-I have a room for my SB things, just not a place in my room to scrap. There is a desk, but it's not real big and is set up as an office desk, which I need for household and school work. I haul my stuff into the living room to work at a card table and it's really hard to bring all my stuff with me.


PeaNut 385,916
August 2008
Posts: 418
Layouts: 0

Posted: 5/31/2009 10:23:37 AM
Thanks for making this easy on us. I do not have a room, I also have a corner in my bedroom. I do have a table and storage cabinet. I am going to put a cube shelving unit in there.

*My cricut and cartridges are easily to get to and us.
*My cutting tools are in a craft box and labeled.
*I have my adhesives seperated into wet and dry categories, in craft boxes and labeled.
*All of my brads and little glue on embellishement are in no spill compartment cases. I like this.
*I mostly buy stacks of paper and I have labeled them on the glue side and they are stacked in milk crates. This is just ok.

*My PP is in vertical storage containers and not organized.
*My cardstock is in vertical storage containers and not seperated.
*My ribbon is all over the place.
*My rub-ons and stickers are in plastic containers and not organized.
*My larger embellishments are in a box.
*My unfinished projects are scattered throughout my stash.

I know there is more, but it is so unorganized right now, I just need to get started.

Thanks again!



PeaNut 414,771
March 2009
Posts: 591
Layouts: 32
Loc: Maryland

Posted: 5/31/2009 10:39:14 AM
Thanks stumpedagainof3, I wondered what to do about my stacks. I always have to take out everyone to find the one I want. Label the end..How come I didn't think of that??


PeaNut 365,263
March 2008
Posts: 88
Layouts: 5
Loc: ar

Posted: 5/31/2009 7:15:02 PM
oh this is going to hubbys is supposed to building me a scrapping table....i should get it sometime next weekend....

my room is this should be a great place to start!!!

so my likes...
My is a blank canvas

My dislikes....
all my scrappy stuff is in a rolling scrappy suitcase!!


PeaNut 341,259
October 2007
Posts: 4,269
Layouts: 95
Loc: British Columbia Canada

Count: 73
Posted: 6/1/2009 1:18:19 AM
Thanks for running this challenge! Love your room.!!!

What works for me:
1. I love my counters. SIL made them for me. They run down one wall about 10 feet by 30 inches deep and hold my cricket, printer and computer. They extend around the corner and run another 12 feet or so but this wall is 36 inches deep. The corner holds the TV and the rest is my scrap space. They are supported by triangular brackets SIL built that match my cabinets. The corner has DH's childhood nite tableunder it and shimmed in place to support the TV.
2. I like things out of sight when I am not using them. I have 5
floor to ceiling pantry cabinets with doors (yea) that I picked up
on Craigslist for a hundred bucks. They hold all my finished albums, CH vertical paper storage, page protectors and new unused albums. Magazines and idea books are on top shelf, next shelf down is sterilite triple drawer units that hold mini books, mini page protectors, 8x8 pages, 8x8 protectors, metal embellies, family memorbelia, kids art, kids certificates etc.

4 matching upper cabinets (almost to ceiling) holds all 8x 8 supplies, punches, paint, eyelet setters, dynamo labeller, cricut carts, and much more.

3. Under the cabinets is DH's childhood dresser (stained to match cabinets as close as I could get it). All finished cards, half done cards, card making stuff go in big drawers. Top thin drawer are tools I use daily, cutters, pop dots, zig, line runners, glue, etc.

4. Stamps are in 6 drawer 13 inch sterilite units labelled into themes.

5. Michaels cubes hold chipbard alphas, embellies sorted by theme, words, alphas, and much more.

6. Flowers are sorted by color in glass square canisters from $ store. Foam stamps are in huge round jars. All sit on floating Ikea shelves above scrap counter.

What doesn't work:

1. Ribbon is currently in embroidery floss containers. I HATE ironing it. Want to either hang it on the plastic ribbon hangers or roll onto round clothespins and place in glass jars.

2. Photos in those big blue boxes are very roughly labelled. I don't know the year of many of the photos. They extend back over my live, DH's live and our daughters lives. Most span back over 50 odd years.
We also inherited 3500 slides. They are stored in boxes in my spare room. I am gradually having them scanned (600 each Xmas) and print them x 5 and give them as Xmas gifts.

3. I love page kits for crops or invites to a friends. Usually put cardstock, PP, photos, ribbon, embellies, brads etc in a Zellers truly brand baggie.13x15 inches. I don't like that the embellies can mar the photos or paper if you have a let of kits pressing inot each other.

4. I have not decorated my room. Almost everything is labeled but i would like to line the sterilte drawers with PP and then create a canvas art series for the walls. I have frames to hang but need to get off my butt and chose photos to go in them.

5. I need to organize something for my sewing machine. I have never stiched on layouts or cards and would like to try.

6. I need to set up an area for altered gifts. I have tins, buckets,lunch boxes, baby formula containers, etc for altering items for gifts. I contemplate taking these out of the scrap room altogether!

7. Although I have drawers, doors, etc dynamo labelled, I need to organize a master list of what I have as I buy duplicate items and end up having to give them away as gifts. Cann't decide whether to have 1 altered book that notates everything or have seperate books for each type of item.

8. I need to learn to do basic things like post photos, use photoshop, order prints on line, set up paypal for shopping on line. I am hopeless at the computer!!!



PeaNut 273,834
August 2006
Posts: 40
Layouts: 0
Loc: southwest Wisconsin

Posted: 6/10/2009 9:11:47 PM
I just found this challenage I am so-o-o glad your doing this I need to organize more of my supplies And I just this spring claimed a bedroom as my scrapbook room otherwise I have a 6' long table & supplies in a corner of our bedroom Every time I want to work I have to clear lots off the table & on to our bed to be able to work then later when I'm tired it has to be all cleared off to go to bed Oh fun! So I want to really get this new room into shape It's a small narrow room with 1 window at 1 end A wall around the window has to be replaced & the window sealed good as it leaks My first big challenage for me is what to paint the walls I love bright red but would it be to much for the room sz? Then I thought of yellow Velspar paint color called Dandellion Wish from Lowe's So I was thinking yellow red aque & lime with white Any advise, suggestions


PeaNut 259,618
April 2006
Posts: 325
Layouts: 0

Posted: 6/18/2009 4:17:40 PM
I'd love to play along:

MY own space to keep things - my loft with a closet.
Area to sit and relax - there is a daybed in my loft.
IKEA Expedits I have 2 of the 2x4 shelves.
My stash is grouped by categories
Color coded small embellies, ribbon, flowers, CS, scraps.
Sketches/Layout ideas - Old Magnetic Albums are working great....need to finish it - Tabbed for 1/2/3/multi and card
Stamps are actually pretty well organized into categories...I split up the sets and unmounted.
CS and scrap storage is down pat.
Mags/Books/Albums and extra pics and negatives in a separate bookshelf in MasterBR ...working for me.
Punches in a over the door pocket organizer...

NO DESK SPACE because...I have no working DESK!! I work on the floor. So I have to get up to get to anything I have forgotten.
NEED to FLIP the DOOR of the closet so it opens towards to wall and not into the room.
NEED to do this: - Pictures: downloaded monthly and cd's created with backups
NEED to keep tools handy near ( or on nonexistent) desk. Sounds like a revolving tool caddy or tote would be handy when I actually get a desk.
NEED to separate out stamping/cardmaking from scrapbooking ( allowed to borrow stuff...just don't keep it together) - I am easily distracted by my various toys.
Like to see stuff to remember what I have.
Where to display completed projects?
Chip Alpha organization - need big enough container - Purge Alphas stickers? - I just dont use them.
Chipboard organization - need big enough container or 2 or 3.
Sticker/rub on organization - PSB is working - just need to theme it out.
Cricut - need to place it with 12" of space behind it to allow ease of use - right now I pull it to the floor to use it.
Stamps: Need to have images by category in binder. Need additional storage for clear UM stamps and room to grow.
Stamped image storage: Ideally I should create a card and be done with it.
More shelves in closet or under shelf storage option?
Memorabilia stashed in random places...including the pantry and linen closet.
HOW does stuff get piled on the floor? oh...that's desk!!
Can I trash my box of "misc/random stuff"?
Maybe I can ditch the daybed and put in a desk in that space!!!?

Ancient Ancestor of Pea

PeaNut 51,456
October 2002
Posts: 14,144
Layouts: 84
Loc: VA

Posted: 6/18/2009 5:36:53 PM
When I first started scrapping I was using my son's room while he was in college.. I sat on the bed and set up a card table in front of me. If you have room that might work for you until you decide on what type of desk???

AKA- Mom, Mommy, Mommajack, hey you!
CKU- N alumni X2

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