Loc: Pea-ing from Orlando, Fl.
likes shiny things
Loc: Ontario, Canada
|Posted: 2/12/2013 1:02:07 PM|
How is your stuff sorted now?
How do you scrap? Do you think, "I need a heart here", or "I need something shiny here", or "I need a bit of pink here"?
Finding an organization system that works for you is mostly about figuring out how you USE your supplies. Once you know how you use your stuff, it's easier to figure out how to store it.
Rolling carts can be great for storage! I think the key is keeping them compartmentalized inside. You can even make your own dividers by saving up boxes from cereal, etc, and cutting down. Cover in duct tape or dollar store contact paper if the plain packaging is too ugly for you!
|Posted: 2/12/2013 1:09:05 PM|I know the feeling I live in a very tiny apartment that's attached to my parents house.. It's me, my fiancÃ© & 2 year old daughter! Thankfully she has her own room but things are very tight in here and we have ALOT of stuff! (Thankfully this isn't permanent) anyways.. I decided as nuts as this sounds to get ride of my kitchen table and use that wall that goes from my kitchen to my living room as my "crafting area" I have a desk, pegboard, multi jet max cubes & ikea 9 drawer Alex! Maybe there can be away to move some thing where you live and adjust it to fit a crafting area whether it be very small or not it might work for you... If not then maybe you can try to buy a small unit that would be easy to store away and pull out when needed.. They sell these really tall plastic drawers on wheels at Walmart, target and it think its like 10 drawers a few small and a few big maybe something like that for now to store your things in and it can be pushed away in a closet or corner when not in use!
If you don't care about it being mobile then I would highly recommend the ikea 9 drawer alex! I have a ton of stuff stored in mine and I absolutely love it!!! It fits a decent amount of items!
Oh & btw.. Before people think I'm crazy the only reason I got ride of my kitchen table is because no one would ever sit there and eat .. My fiancÃ© works long hours and is never home. It just collected junk! & my daughter now has her own table or the high chair! Just wanted to clarify that
|Posted: 2/12/2013 1:10:18 PM|Whew! For I minute I thought you had gotten in MY house! LOL
Here is a link to my pinboard on scrapbook rooms, even though you don't have a room, there are still some pretty good organizing ideas on there. HTH
|Posted: 2/12/2013 1:15:30 PM|
I'm a big fan of those plastic shoe boxes for storage, 12x12 Iris containers, and those little Sterlite plastic drawer units (for storing my markers and pencils).
I agree with deciding your storage based upon thinking about your creative approach.
If you think "I need to add flowers", then store your items by category (flowers, stickers, paper, etc.)
If you think seasonally or by theme, then store your items by season or theme (all fall and Halloween related items together, all school related items together, etc.).
If you think of "I need something pink", then store your items by color (ROY G BIV is great for that).
I tend to think seasonally or theme so for example, for football, all those items (paper, stickers, insert cards, etc.) in one of the 12 x 12 Iris clear plastic containers. I put a label on the outside of the container.
Anything that isn't "theme or seasonal", I store my paper by color.
I have very little extra embellishments outside of stickers and maybe 4 rolls of washi tape.
I store my PL-esque insert cards (those I buy and those I make myself), in a plastic container. I keep collections together, unless it is about a specific theme and then I pop those in the themed Iris container.
|Posted: 2/12/2013 1:18:27 PM|
I don't have a space either. I used a card table that is beside my bed. I have bags and boxes just like you do but I generally know where everything is. Before I scrap I put it around me on the bed so everything is close. Sometimes it is easier to make up page kits on a day that I can make a big mess, and then work on them on days that I don't have a lot of time to get everything out.
Loc: Pea-ing from Orlando, Fl.
Loc: new jersey
|Posted: 2/12/2013 3:14:09 PM|a while back on someones blog i saw a folding table that had a lid that inside held the scrapbook project in and tools. i will try to find a link for ya found name it is in the sewing dept of joanns called the stow and go craft table
Loc: South Carolina
|Posted: 2/12/2013 5:44:06 PM|
I've moved four times in three years and so am thankful to finally have a space I can dedicate solely to crafts. I use a hybrid color/ theme system. If you have a rectangular space roughly 34*20*20 you can use a metal shoe organizer and those cheap clips from Ms to make your own clip-it-up. There are plenty of videos on You-Tube. I keep the majority of my supplies on it organized in zippered gallon plastic bags where they are easy to see and grab. Keep the rolling cart for your inks and tools. I organized my markers and scissors in canning jars placed on a lazy-Susan. Plastic ties and a $20 wire cube organizer will give you enough space for paper storage and maybe a little extra. I arranged mine to allow hanging folders at the top for smaller paper pieces. Do you have a closet or extra room where you could hand an organizer on the back of the door? Because glass jars are so cheap I bought a bunch and organized my buttons and flowers by color and then used the rack as a display, It was a pretty, functional way to store craft supplies.
Loc: New York City
|Posted: 2/12/2013 7:22:10 PM|^^^^^^^^^
I was going to say the say thing you need to go up. I have something like this Keeps a ton of stuff in it and you can use the top service. There are many to choose from and the prices range from $65.00 on up
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
|Posted: 2/12/2013 7:56:33 PM|
I also don't have a dedicated scrap space. I thought about a rolling cart/tote, but I ended up storing most of my stuff on top of our refrigerator! I sorted everything into the plastic shoe box containers by task, so to speak. I have one box of embossing supplies, one for embellishments, one for adhesives, one for journaling cards and pens, one for rubber stamps and related supplies, one for punches, one for all my Slice gear, and one for cardmaking. My cling stamps and paper are stored on a book case about 20 feet away. I love it, it totally works for me. Good luck figuring out what works for you!
Loc: Greenville, SC
|Posted: 2/12/2013 8:08:18 PM|
No space for me either. I scrap on my living room floor and as badly as I want to be organized It just doesn't seem to work. I have a 13x13 tote (think a plastic box with handle) for my PP and Cutting mat. A small wicker basket for inks and sprays, another small basket for things I know I will use soon, with my most used tools piled on top, and an 12x12 Iris Case for everything else. My husband calls the corner where the couch meets the wall my Stuff Corner. When I sit down to scrap I make an unbelievably huge mess. So most nights right before bed I pile everything up in the corner and then before I scrap again I have to re-organize everything.
Good Luck finding a system that works.
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Loc: Pea-ing from Orlando, Fl.
|Posted: 2/13/2013 6:38:43 AM|
I use art bins to sort my supplies- box of card making materials, box of mini album supplies, etc. the boxes are stored in some target wire cubes stacked. I also have a storage magazine holder with page kits and a couple of crop bags. One bag is tools the other stuff that I am currently playing with... On top of the cubes I keep a box of stamps and my slice stuff. I feel that as long as everything will fit inside the walk in closet then my stash is manageable.
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Loc: Columbus, Ohio (Southwest of)
|Posted: 2/13/2013 8:41:44 AM|
I also say 'go up'. If you can find a space about 3ft long against a wall you can get a nice enclosed cabinet linked above or an Idea Expedit 8 cube if you already have a cart and bags and stuff taking up floor space go up with your storage.
Walk around and access your space, and how you scrap, you may need a long 4ft narrow 22" table that you can put up and take down or a lap table
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