The big reveal – 85% done!

Some quick shots.  OK, a lot of shots…. I “zoned” the areas in hopes of being able to still find things.  So, My Gelli Plate stuff – in the 15% still to do, some better organization needed:



Sorry it’s still a bit dark in my office but I have GOT to spend the morning on WOYWW comments so I figured I’d better snap it now so I could post and get to that! I thought I would have to move the ribbons, as the bookshelf in on top of another piece of an old desk (see the curve of it?) to extend the width of the desk and make it stable, and that means the door, when open, is right against the side of the bookshelf.  BUT if I shifted all the hanging strips (free from the grocery store!) that hold all the ribbon baggies hung from binder clips to the right, the door opens fully just fine. RESULT!




There is still a little work to be done here – nothing major, just re-filing stamps I pulled out to use.  All the books and mags are OUTSIDE of my office, except Craft Stamper, there on the bottom shelf.

Next, scrapbooking papers and embellishments



Papers and cardstock at the top, in that sideways bookshelf, letter stickers, embellie boxes (still needs re-organization) and some other bits and bobs.

Then, die-cutting stuff

42013cleanupTotally happy with that!

And all my boxes of tiny bits and things like glitter, Stickles, AIs, etc.  It works and is housed in otherwise unusable space (behind the other door) so no reason to change it.



The bottom is things like coin envelopes, cards made and card blanks.  Needs a tidy up and I think best with an additional shelf, if I can find one!

My computer/printer station – shifted to the left to clear more actual working desk space….



and then on my desk: The little pile of stuff for the last few Advent Tags for DD, a pile of Gelli prints and bubble wrap that needs a home, as well as my two plates that need cleaning and storing.


There is also my ancient Macbook – it’s the only way I can watch Kate Crane’s DVDs in my office.  They won’t work on my desktop, but this old, old laptop plays any DVD I throw at it so I keep it hanging around.



Two last bits – a pile of stuff I will sell, a couple of stamp sets and a trio of Cricut carts.


Might have to give them away as I suspect the market for them is not strong!

And finally a very sad story.  I posted about wanting to make a scarf to match a hat I bought for DD for Christmas.  Well, in my frenzy of tidying I’ve “lost” it.  Oh, I am sure it is here SOMEWHERE but I have ransacked the place looking for it and cannot find it anywhere.  It’s possibly someplace like in with the laundry, or where my yarn is, when I was trying to match the colours.  Also, DD saw the scarf pattern I picked and isn’t keen, so with those two things in mind I went looking for a slouchy hat pattern on the net.  If I don’t find the darn thing in time, at least I’ll have a back up.  I looked at 20 patterns, none of them fit the yarn I had or looked exactly as I wanted. A lot of them seem to use super thick or Aran weight yarn and what I have is DK.  So the very last thing is a pattern I wrote up, combining elements of three or four other ones.  I want to do a colour change stitch pattern, like you do in knitting (is it Intarsia?  I think so!) but crochet, so it’ll be interesting to see if it works, and if she likes it!



The instructions are pretty much just a guide – I know what I am doing so I don’t need every detail spelled out, which is why it is so short LOL! I’ll maybe write it up proper and post it and a photo if I manage to finish it.

Now, WOYWW….




Paper and Carstock organized – and card kit binder

Well it’s taken days but my paper and cardstock is sorted. Lovely, humm?

cardandpaperJust to the right of the cardstock you can see my tower o’flowers.  They are grouped by colour but need some attentions.  The paper  groups are bagged, with the tabs labelling them as well.  The groupings are generic (dots/stripes/bold floral/floral wallpaper, grid, etc) based on how I look for things.  Samples of the groups:


Double sided paper has issues, but for the most part I am happy with the decision to group things .  For example I know I will NEVER use the flip side of this dotty paper, so it goes in the dots.


You can see TEXT paper, MESH or GRID paper, and LINED JOURNALING paper (just a few of the other groups.)


The rest of the patterned paper (OMG SO MUCH paper) is kitted in groups, in the bins that used to house my scraps.

Next, I am attacking the pile of patterned paper scraps.  My idea for taming this mess,

scrapheap is to do as I have talked about before but with some additions.  I will sort the papers into groups that I am happy to use for a card, with the addition of finding a big enough chunk of cardstock to either fold a card (of a standard size) or at the very least cover the card front. I hunt thru my bowl of circles and toss in anything that goes. Here are a couple of sample sets:

cardkit cardkit2

I may not use everything in the “kit” but I can always decide exactly what I want to use when I sit down to make.

As these are cards, and using scraps, the bits fit in an 8.5 x 11 sleeve (I found a whole binder of them while cleaning, 100s, all empty) so that will become my Card Kit storage.  Now, if I have a crop and don’t feel like I have enough scrapbooking prepared, I can always just grab the binder, toss in a few sentiment stamps, and I am good to go.



One last silly thing – I tend to keep my heat gun under my desk, cause that is where the power strip is.  I like to have it ready, but I am always kicking it or stepping on it.  So I tool a little loop of ribbon and a bit of velcro and made a holster for it, that is stuck to the kick plate of my desk.


Now it’s handy, but not in the way.

Just a few more areas to attack (like those flowers, and my ribbon bag o’ shame!) And I can get back to my Gelli plate printing.  And there was a call on UKS for people to join in the ATC trail so I may have to do that as something creative, but small and fast, that I can squeeze in and use up some of the samples.  I am in danger of missing my OTHER crop this weekend, as DS is coming down to London from Uni in Scotland, and as he is so close he may be able to come home for a day.  I’ll be gutted to miss ANOTHER one and have to wait a whole month (albeit a short one) till I can get to crop, but no way I am missing out on seeing m’boy!

I’ll bet you are well sick of all this non crafty stuff, but once I get it all organized I will be back at it with a vengeance.


Organizing my supplies

Doing the organization of my stamps seems to have set me off on an organizational journey.  Boring, I know, but the end result just makes everything easier.  Plus, as with the stamps, simply handling all my stash reminds me of what I have, and sometimes teaches me something.  For example, am I the biggest numpty in the world and the only person on the planet who DIDN’T realize that Cats Eye pads can be stacked?? I mean, I had seen them in stacks before, but just never thought I can do that with mine! – I thought they had to come that way.  DOH!

Nice of them to have the CHALK inks with white bases and the PIGMENT ink ones with black bases!


Now all I have to do is list the colours on my Mac, print the names on sticker paper, and ink over them, as I did with the Distress Inks, so I don’t have to open each one to see what colour it is.  And they can be grouped in colour families to make it easier.  That lets me take full advantage of my RUB surrounds. Cool.


The Chalk ink large pads (see them at the far left?) are the only ones that are too tall to get more than two in the opening.  How annoying is that?  The rest fit four to a compartment easily. Thinking the Chalk ones have to go back in the drawer, where they fit better.  Then I can house the chalk ink petal pads (the ones with 8 teardrop pads in a flower shape) with them.

Cost: £10 for the two RB trays

Next, ribbon storage.  This was just a problem for me.  I am so cheap, I hate to spend money on organizing when I COULD spend it on goodies.  And I totally DO NOT CARE about my craft room looking like a model home.  I buy stuff if I have to, but it is rarely “pretty.”  I had all my ribbons in old laundry-pod containers and coffee jars and it took up the most enormous amount of shelf space.  I had seen many people who organized their ribbons in Zip-lock Baggies on a big book ring but really I had too many to do that.  One day, while at the grocery store, I was looking that those things they have hanging from the shelves.  You know, like in the soft drink aisle they will have a hanger with straws on it, for example. Well, one of the store worker-bees was swapping out nearly empty ones for full ones.  I looked at them and thought Huh.  I asked what she did with the old ones and she said they put them in the recycling.  So I nabbed a handful of them.  They proved the perfect way to use unusable space.  I had some of those stick-up hooks to add to the little hook thingie on the back of my door and hey presto!


This is what the hangers look like – people in the UK will know exactly what I am talking about, because every store seems to have them (ok, maybe not Waitrose, but pretty sure I have even seen them in M&S) but not sure if they have a similar thing in the USA? This shot sort of shows how they work:


Cost: more or less free.  I had a tub of binder clips anyway, and baggies, and the sticky hooks, but even so I expect we are talking less than £10

Next, stickers.  A while back I got fed up with having to paw thru every sticker set I had.  I had some of those really old binder things, with the divided page protectors, that they used to sell for sticker storage, but they took up too much room, never seemed to be the right size to effectively store my stickers and with the stickers inside them it was totally a case of out-of-sight, out-of-mind! I tried storage boxes as well, but same problem. Ditto the magazine holders.  They took up a lot of space and I was forever pulling them out, rifling thru, putting them back.

While at Staples one day, I found these desktop organizers in the sale section. I grabbed two.


I divided my stickers my colour.  The  BLACK and WHITE sets are in the left-most sections black top rack (actually the black stickers take up two sections!) white bottom rack.  Then the rest of the colours, logical to me (like yellow/orange is next to brown because some of them work either way.) One section is multicoloured sets, but when I am looking at the sets in some cases they make sense in a particular section. Like this set.  The Pinks and reds are next to the yellows and oranges so it goes between.


The thing is, I can stand in front of the rack and flick thru the ends to see enough of the set to know if I want to pull it out or not.  No opening boxes or pulling out full holders.  The rack stays in place and I only take out the ones I am auditioning for my project.


See?  I even used old blocks the kids don’t play with (well they are adults now after all) to divide the shelf area in two.  That lets me add all the oversized sheets (like the Basic Grey sticker sets, although I did consider cutting each sheet in half to divide the two colours and mix them in with the smaller ones, I’ve not tackled that …. YET) to the right, and even a little tub full of the tiny letter sets – again, when I need tiny letters, I need TINY LETTERS.  There is no need to mix them in with the other ones.

Cost: Can’t recall how expensive they were but I think they were pretty cheap. I’m thinking no more than £10 each and maybe a lot less.

So those are three things I have used for storage that work brilliantly (FOR ME) and cost me very little.  They work efficiently in MY space and may work for you too.

And now I have decent photos of them when it comes up over on UKS I can share easily.  Result!