My New Craft Room Part 2

Last week I posted the first post of my new craft room.  If you missed the first post you can find it here.  This post describes a bit more about my organization and shows the remaining shelves I use for storage.  Let’s start with my stamp sets.  My Close to My Heart stamp sets and some of my other smaller stamps acrylic stamps sets are stored in these towers.  I have them divided into categories to help me find them when I need them.

Craft Room Make-over stamp setsThese 5 drawer rolling carts (4D Concepts 5 drawer chests) fit the CTMH stamp sets perfectly.  I have them categorized into things like sentiments, birthday, celebrations, fall, winter, animals and boy (you get the idea).   I purchased the the 6 x 6 Paper Organizer Z335 to put my non CTMH stamp sets in and then use the Tab Dividers Z1839 to organize my stamp sets. Here is a closer look:

Craft Room Make-over_Stamp sets drawer


I also use Evernote to categorize my stamps so I have a visual of the images before I go searching for them.  Evernote is a free program that allows you to organize things.  There is a paid version too which allows you to do a lot more but for what I am using it for the free version is perfect.  It does take time to get all the stamp sets logged when you initially start but once they are in there adding a few new ones is not a big deal.  With the free version there is a limit to the number of entries you can do a month so if you are just starting out it may take you a couple of months to add all your stamps (also I could not do all mine in a month as it was a tedious process).  Here is what an entry looks like.

evernote screen shot ~ catscrapbooking

You can add categories or tabs which represent what is on the stamp set so if you look at the top bar all those blue highlighted words these are your categories.  So if I am needing an “apple” for my project I can run a search for “apple” and it will pull up all the stamp sets with an apple.  As you can see there is room for a photo so I can then look at the design and pick the one that works for me.  I include the drawer each stamp set is in (hence the d1 = drawer 1) and find it rather quickly.   This system did take time to get organized but it now saves me time since my stamp set inventory is over 200 stamps sets.

Also in these drawers I have my ribbon.  I use photo boxes to store my ribbon.

Ribbon Organization_5109Instead of leaving them on the spools or bags or however they come I staple one end to the photo divider that comes in the photo box and then wrap the ribbon around.  There are not nearly enough photo dividers to hold all the ribbon I have so I purchased poster board and cut those to be the same shape. You can really use type of paper but you want it to be ridged. Here is a closer look at the individual sleeves.

Ribbon Organization_5111

As I mentioned in the last post that I even used the studs as shelves to hold ink and a light.  Here is what I was referring to.

Craft Room Make-over_stamp pads

I also have two tall shelves which house the remaining craft materials.

Craft Room Make-over tall shelves-1


On the tip top are my extra albums and some other items I don’t access often.  On the top shelf I have my flower collection, some tools and my cards that I have created.  I keep my designed cards in the large CTMH organizers Z1834 as they fit very well.  I use the  Tab Dividers Z1839 to separate out the different types.  One of the boxes is entirely birthday but the other includes holidays, baby, wedding, thank you’s, sympathy, anytime cards, etc.  The next shelf down I use to hold my Copic markers and button collection.  The middle shelf is my CTMH embellishments and ribbons which are kept in the two mediums organizers Z4139.  I use the now retired accessory bags to keep my “M” sized stamp sets and they too are cataloged in Evernote.   In the My Acrylix organizer Z1038 I have my new Shin Han markers.  I purchased an Artbin organizer which I have set inside to keep the makers in place.  It is not a firm attachment so if the box gets jostled too much it dose slip.  I use the small organizers Z1438 to organize my pigment ink pads and daubers in one and my wash tape in the other.  The second shelf form the bottom is my memorabilia that needs to be scrapbooked in bins labeled with the year they pertain to.   The bottom shelf is some other paper packs and a few of the other stamp sets I own which do not fit into the drawers.  Also I use our work in progress albums to keep my layouts which I have completed but have not put into the final album.  One of these if for layout that I have completed but need photographs.

Craft Room Make-over_Tall shelf 2


Lastly this is my last shelving unit that I am going to explain about.  This one is really more of a hodgepodge of all my remaining craft items both for paper crafting and just crafts in general.  I do keep my page protectors and flip flaps in the flat 12 x 12 boxes on the second to bottom shelf.  I have my punches in two bins on the middle shelf – I have a hard time organizing these as they are bulky.  I have My Creations items on the lower shelfs.  I try to keep the items i will used the most on the back or sides of my desk so they are readily accessible.

I hope this helps you to see how I organize things.  If you have questions or would like more of an explanation of how I did something, please feel free to contact me directly.

Happy Crafting!



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