Hello friends! It’s Nina-Marie here with you this week sharing five tips that you may find helpful in organizing your craft room and supplies!
Organization is something I love. I am constantly coming up with new ways to reorganize my studio! Organization is important to me because it is one of the things my workflow relies heavily on; if my studio is messy and no easy to navigate, I am less productive. I also am a person that likes things to be fresh and new, so I update my organization methods within my studio often, just to give myself a fresh environment.
In today’s video I am going to focus on 5 tips I find helpful in organizing my own studio and supplies. In the video, I also mention the previous Craft Room Organization Tips video that I posted here a few months back; you can find that post and video HERE.
TIP #1: BUTTONS
Buttons are a great embellishment for cards, scrapbooks, mixed media, DIY projects and more. I find it very handy for me to store them in divided containers, such as the InterDesign Clarity Tray. I sort the buttons by color hue and I can fit four of these trays in a 12×12 draw (two side by side and another two trays stacked on top).
By having the buttons organized in color (like pretty much everything else in my studio!), I can easily reach for what matches my card best and keep on creating!
Plastic storage bins such as the Alvin Stow and Go, are perfect for tucking away supplies you don’t reach for as often. I can fill these with quite a bit of product and then tuck them on a shelf to keep my supplies clean and ready to use.
Some examples of how I use these bins include:
- Foam sheets: I can fit a huge stack of 8.5×11 inch foam sheets inside these bins. In the space leftover in the bin. I can also tuck my scraps of foam that I end up with from projects.
- Die cutting supplies: In another bin I store my extra cutting plates for my Big Shot, as well as platforms, impression plates and embossing folders. All of these can get tucked away until I need them.
- Donations (not shown in video): I have another bin I keep with supplies I no longer need and plan on donating to charity. This keeps them protected, clean and in one place for me to go to when I am ready to donate them to someone that could use the supplies. I like being able to give back to others and help spread the “crafty bug”!
TIP #3: MAGNET SHEETS
Dies are something I think pretty much all of us have some of in our crafty stash! I love using magnet sheets to use as an organizational option for my dies. We carry a variety of different magnetic die storage option here at Simon Says Stamp, such as:
- DoCrafts magnetic sheets
- Tonic Ringbinder with Magnetic Sheets
- We R Memory Keepers Magnet Zipper Pouches
- Art Bin Magnetic Storage Case
- or even magnetic storage trays like this one from Tim Holtz!
I personally like using simple magnetic sheets and storing the dies in stamp storage sleeves.
TIP #4: BAKER’S TWINE
Baker’s twine for me was ALWAYS an issue. I love the cute spools that they come on, but I always ended up having my draw of twine a mess. If you know me, I cannot stand having a mess! I tried a few different ways of storing the spools in hopes that finally I might be able to keep the twine corralled. One of my ideas that I fell in love with once I tried it was organizing it like my embroidery floss. For those of you that are needlepoint and sewing enthusiasts, this storage solution might seem familiar to you!
I used embroidery floss cards and wrapped the twine around the cards; most spools of twine fit on a single card. For larger spools I needed two or three cards. After winding all the twine onto my floss cards, I was able to then fit them into the Darice Floss and Needle organizer. This bin is inexpensive and comes with floss cards! For me, it is a must have.
TIP #5: MINI TINS
My final tip for today is for organizing mini ink cubes. I personally use mostly large ink pads in my studio because I like the larger size. However, I do have a few minis and I know they are all the rage right now in the crafting world. Because of that, I wanted to share this tip with you in today’s post.
For my small collection of mini ink cubes, I have a Tim Holtz Mini Distress Ink tin. This is perfect for storing my minis and tucking the container on a shelf with other inking supplies. If I were someone that used the minis over the full size ink pads, I definitely would make sure that I had these to store all of them. One of my favorite feature of the tin is that it is “lockable”, which is very handy for klutzy crafters like me! ;)
So I hope you will check out the video below to see all these tips in action! Thanks for stopping by and visiting me today. I will be seeing you again very soon! Bye!
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