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Posted 1/24/2013 by ljbridges in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 409,154
January 2009
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Loc: Missouri

Posted: 1/24/2013 12:00:08 PM
Help me out, ladies. (or guys, if there are any guy scrappers here.)

I have begun the great scrap purge of 2013, which is coinciding with moving into a new scrap space. Currently, I have several empty baskets on an expedit unit in one room and product in the other room. I don't want to move it in unless I absolutely LOVE it or it has a specific purpose. Really hope to move into this room with less, while making space for all the lovely new releases of course

So far, one basket is devoted to 6x6, 8x8 paper pads and the others...I just don't know the best way to categorize them. Maybe brads/buttons in one? The others?? Right now I'm kinda liking the look of them empty (!), but I gotta get moved in and get this show on the road.

So you organized types, which I have NEVER been, how to you categorize product?


PeaNut 201,789
April 2005
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Loc: Bothell, WA

Posted: 1/24/2013 12:34:47 PM
I am way too left brained to be a good crafter, but I am really good at organization. But I have to be hands on. I have to see the problem, then I can solve it. Mostly because of nomenclature, like potato-potahto. Maybe pictures? Just remember form and function often don't mix. I see a lot of pretty pictures of scraprooms with nothing going on.
Personally, my studio is extremely organized, but looks like a slob lives there. It's the supreme definition of an organized mess ... and I like it like that.

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PeaNut 266,613
June 2006
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Posted: 1/24/2013 12:49:37 PM
Ooooo - I'll bite. I organizing.

First of all, think in zones. Gather all items for one type of activity to one area. I have an area of card making (envelopes, small paper pads, finished cards) all go here. I have a stamping area. It has binders of stamps, misters, markers, ink pads, etc. I have an embellishment area. I have the Container store brand version of these Iris Project Cases (because the store brand is half the cost of the Iris brand) that hold all my embellies. I have these categories: BROWN, RED, BLUE, YELLOW, GREEN, WHITE, BLACK, PINK, ORANGE to gather color items. I have these themes to capture theme items: FAMILY/HOME, SPRING/FLORAL, SUMMER, TRAVEL, VALENTINES, BOYS, SCHOOL, BIRTHDAY, JOURNALING CARDS, WORD STICKERS, RUB-ONS. (These last three just capture like items that are some of my GO TO items.)

So, all of my little embellies are sorted into either color or theme categories and fit into those Project Cases. (That Project Case idea is attributed to Nicole Magouirk.)

I have a button drawer. I have a flower drawer. I have 3 apothecary jars of ribbon. I have sugar jars of twine.

I tend to organize as to how I am looking for it. Usually, I am wanting a COLOR of something, or a TYPE of something and that is what drives my categorization. The size and type of container is decided based on how much of it I have and where in my room I want to store it.

Only "pretty" things get to stay out on the coutners. Everything else is containered away and put into a drawer or cabinet. My room is in my gallery. It has changed somewhat in storage cases since I posted those photos (e.g. migrating to the Project Cases), but the bones of the structure remain true to the pictures.

Have fun!!


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PeaNut 70,644
February 2003
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Posted: 1/24/2013 12:53:05 PM
If I were in your shoes, I would look at my last 10 layouts. What did I use? Were any of those things unusual for me to use? If not, that's what I would keep.

But, if it was me that had to fill those baskets, I am guessing that I would be putting certain of my acrylic stamps in one basket, a variety of inks and embossing powders in another, Baker's twine and maybe some of my ribbons in another, rub-ons in another, letter stickers in another. How many baskets do you have?

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PeaNut 395,153
October 2008
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Posted: 1/24/2013 12:55:54 PM
I'm guessing you have a lot more stuff than I do, so this may not work for you, but my system is:

-Embossing Supplies (heat gun, powders, VersaMark, etc)
-Journaling Cards and writing tools (pens, markers)
-Distress Inks
-Wood mounted stamps and any ink pads that are not VersaMark or Distress Inks
-Cards (that I've already made), blank cards, envelopes
-Embellishments (I don't have many, so brads, buttons, flowers, etc are all in here)
-Slice, design cards, and related stuff
-Cling/Clear stamps (in binders)
-Paper/CS (all stored together. Alpha stickers and collection packs are here too)

Then I have a couple Iris cases for ongoing projects or items I've pulled into a "kit" to use on projects.

If you have enough embellishments to split them up, I'd have a container for brads, one for buttons, one for die-cuts, one for stickers, and so on.

Good luck!


PeaNut 472,567
June 2010
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Posted: 1/24/2013 2:02:52 PM
I should preface this by noting that I am quite minimalist in my supply collection. I basically have paper, stickers, maybe 2 different types of brads, TH tiny attacher. I don't buy collections of paper and embellishments. I have very little in the way of extra supplies.

I have gone through a couple of ways to organize my supplies. I bought the Clip it up, but it really didn't work for me.

I think by color and/or by theme. I primarily have cream or kraft cardstock. Those are organized in by color in a CH paper holder.

For all other paper, I go by the ROY G BIV method. For patterned paper without a theme, I go by what is the primary color to me and then that color goes behind the solid paper in that color. My kraft paper takes up 3/4's of a CH paper holder and cream/white/black paper takes up the rest, but my other colors all fit into 1 CH. I have 2 CH paper holders now.

My stickers are sorted by seasonal theme, sports, school, etc. Previously I had them all clipped to the Clip It Up.

I had a couple of those paper pads that are seasonal. I tore out the paper and sorted by theme. If no theme, then it went into the patterned paper ROY G BIV method.

I made ruthless choices about my paper stash and donated what I didn't love. This process pared me down from 6 CH paper holders which also contained 4 paper stacks to 2 CH paper holders.

A couple of Black Fridays ago, I bought 15 of those clear Iris 12 x 12 containers. Initially, I was going to use them to sort and store my son's information, school papers, pictures etc. to store for each year.

However, I used the Iris containers to hold the seasonal theme stickers and papers. I used a label maker to attach the information to the side of the Iris container. If I have theme related PL-esque cards, they go in the container as well.

I have cut down a lot of my paper into 3x4 and 4x6 sizes to use for journaling or embellishment for divided page protectors. I store my PL-esque cards on my desk in these drawer organizer inserts that are the perfect width for those cards.

I have a Pampered Chef tool caddy that my ruler, scissors, etc. go in. I have some of those little clear plastic containers with the screw on lid for my brads (tan, gray and black only)--only about 2 dozen brads total.

I use a little black plastic container with drawers that my pens/colored pencils go in. I think I bought it at Walmart years ago.

I have a craft mat for my table.

I don't like a lot of stuff on my desk/table.


PeaNut 409,154
January 2009
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Loc: Missouri

Posted: 1/24/2013 2:43:51 PM
You all are a wealth of information!

I have 12 baskets to organize. So far I have one with buttons/brads, one for washi tape, one for smaller paper pads, one for baker's twine. I have one basket overflowing with punches so I might divide that into two. Thank you so much for your ideas! This will help organize the whole room.

Now I am going to reread this thread for more ideas


PeaNut 570,169
October 2012
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Posted: 1/24/2013 5:02:58 PM

If I were in your shoes, I would look at my last 10 layouts. What did I use? Were any of those things unusual for me to use? If not, that's what I would keep.

Wonderful advice. It's good to hear suggestions of others, but your own layouts will tell you a lot too.


PeaNut 577,931
January 2013
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Loc: Connecticut, USA

Posted: 1/24/2013 5:17:59 PM
I really have enjoyed reading this thread! Here's my 2 cents...

I don't have a craft room, really. All my supplies are in 2 big totes, because I go to several different crops each month so everything has to be portable. And, I'm fairly new at this, so I don't have tons of tools yet!

I have sorted my supplies and keep them in ziplock bags, which then go into pockets in the tote. I categorize by theme - flowers, pets, travel - or use, such as stencils, alphebet stickers, borders, etc. I have all my full size paper in one pocket, smaller papers in another and scraps of paers in a third pocket. The totes have places for pens, scissors and stuff and my cutters go into the big main pocket. I also have a pocket for my current project. It works for me!

I don't know how helpful my tips are, but I do love to talk about organization!

Cathy McD

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