Well, I Decided…

Remember back when I drew for “Coinage” the February version?  Well, I didn’t know what I’d make.

I made cards.  I loved the stripe, so I went with the purple accent.  I wish I’d have done brown.  I’m not in love with these cards, but hey, they’re free, right?

Sorry Lori, what you see is what you get… if you hate them, stick ’em in a basket with some fruit and foist them on an unsuspecting church member on Mother’s day.  *cough*

For the record, the purples really do match better than it shows.  Not sure why that happened.  I didn’t like the way the paper didn’t lie as nice and flat as cardstock, but hey, I liked the stripes.  We said that already, right?

Here they are all tied up and ready to mail.  Off to find your address!

Note to self:  Figure out March’s totals prize BEFORE the end of March.

Craft Challenge Week Two Results

Week Two– Brainstorming

Ok, so the first thing she does in week two is gets you thinking about your “dream space”.  What would you have if you could have anything in the world?

This was an eye-opener for me.  Once upon a time, my dream space would have been a 12×14 or 13×17 room that was ALL mine, possibly detached from the house, that no one but me ever went in.  Then I got that dream space sort of and I discovered that I do not like being separate from where my children are.  As much as I CRAVE being alone much of the time, I don’t crave the negative things that crop up in my children’s behavior and habits when my eyes aren’t on them.  So, not now, no.  Someday.  Maybe.

What I actually want now is highly organized space that is pretty.  Something that doesn’t look utilitarian when I am not there.  I want to pack as much as possible into in as small a space as possible without creating a situation that looks perfect when all put away but if you move one thing, it creates chaos.  I like white painted wood with fabric.  I also like a little splash of color which might mean that my thread drawer gets painted red instead of white.  I have to think about that.  I keep trying to decide what I want most.  I like parts of this

But honestly, what seems to grab me are the cubbie/basket combinations.  Whatever I do, my sewing/crafting corner is in one corner of my bedroom.  I have another wall I can get some from, but not much.  One thing that I really appreciated was her mentioning if I craft standing up or sitting down.  I would have tried, automatically, to design a sit-down space.  It’s what naturally comes to mind, but you know what?  I like to do my paper crafting half-standing.  That was a stunning revelation to me.  Once I saw island height work spaces in several craft rooms, I realized that when I made tags for the gifts at Christmas, I did it sitting at a bar stool, half standing, and I liked it.  You see, I have a gateleg craft table in my bedroom that usually stands against one wall at only a little over a foot wide.  However, lift a large leaf and pull out the “gates” for legs, and voila.  One medium sized table.  With just a flick of a wrist and a jerk of the table and I can have a very long space to work on if I choose.  It looks like this

However, mine is not red, but boring white laminate.  You can learn more about this table at Rowecraft. I can’t tell by the picture of that one, but mine is waist high like a counter top.

The next thing you do after you envision yourself, is get your list from last week’s scrap/card making and see how things would be in this room.

This is my list from last week with expanded notations based upon if I was doing things from my dream space rather than my actual space.

What works–

I have stuff to do it.

I could find my

  • pens———–Yes, I could find these last week, but honestly, I’d rather have had them stand out more.  It worked and worked well, but it would be nicer if I could just grab a container and go rather than unpack a whole box.  I had each of my boxes lined up on the end of my bed last week and it was easy to grab what I needed but it did all have to be repacked when I was done.  So, for colored pencils, markers, pens, etc, I would prefer to have them in a bucket– even if I have to look at it.
  • stickers———Ok, I don’t use stickers often, but if I could have a perfect system for them, I’d want them in a binder in sleeves so I could just flip through the binder, grab the sheet out of the sleeve, and move along to the next.  A binder could be covered in fabric, oilcloth, or decoupaged for fun and prettiness.
  • glue/tape——— I think this is fine as it is.  I just have a box, but I don’t use a ton of different glue tape things and they all fit in the box easily so I can just dump and go when I’m done.  Of course, a pretty basket would be more fun, but hey.   I could take or leave how I have it now.  I’m good either way.
  • punches———– The only change I’d make is put a sample of each one on the shoe bag that holds them.  Otherwise, we’re good.
  • stamps———– Now this… let’s just say I consider it frustrating as all get out and love it at the same time.  It works.  It works well.  Again, a box, this one 12×12″ and 3 or 4″ tall, packed with the goods.  Hard to put away but I’m anal enough about this stuff that I do it.  Definitely.  I’d love two things.  First, another binder or two for acrylic stamps.  It could sit with the sticker binder.  As for rubber stamps, I don’t know.  Honestly, I just don’t know.  Man, dream speaking, I’d buy printers trays and lay them out in those or something.  Cool stuff.
  • ink———- Well, if they didn’t have to be stored flat, I’d love a basket where they stood on end and I flipped through them like CDs.  Alas, it doesn’t work that way.  Right now, they’re in a box, it works, but man, my DREAM idea would be to have a mini cabinet with a door, where you open, pull out the color du jour, and voila.  Done.  As it is, they work great in the box I have, but I do have to lay them out on the table to find the one I want.  Not a big nuisance, but if I’m dreaming, I’d change it.

What I couldn’t find/use were

  • photos———- Right now, my photos are in one of two places.  They’re either inserted willy nilly into regular albums or are sitting in zip lock baggies.  I’d LIKE to have some kind of order so I could pull out a photo box, flip through it, and voila.  Even better, I’d LOVE to, while watching movies or something, sort them into page ideas so I can store them with dividers.  That way I pull out a group of pics and know that if I scrap those, they go together.  voila.  Done.  Next?  If I had my dream room, in one of those cubbies I showed in the link up there, I’d have a few photo boxes, labeled by year or subject (I’m thinking subject with year on the back of the photo), and ready to pull out and have at it.
  • paper————- It’s funny, I tried thinking of a dozen things, and they all had charms.  every sheet in a page protector in a binder would be nice but come on, I’d never keep it up.  But, that’d be my FIRST choice.   If the room came with an organizer that kept things how I like them, sure!  Perfect.  However, it doesn’t work that way so it ain’t happenin’.  I have drawers, but I hate going through them (and they’re shallow drawers! Hmmmm note to self:  Might be good for stamps though! What I finally kept coming back to was an accordion type folder that would let me flip through each page etc. I would also love to have lots of cards precut so I can grab a basic card and then grab scraps or coordinating paper to go with it.  I think maybe scraps is the idea for my paper thing.  I could easily sort scraps into that.   So, that’s what I’m thinking is best for me.  Not my idea, but realistic.  I’m never going to keep up the ideal.  Snort.
  • pages to work ON———– I don’t have a preferred album.  I’ve always used Creative Memories, and they just don’t impress me anymore.  After years of almost zero use (we don’t look at them often because the first few times they felt flimsy), the page protectors fall apart, the binding feels loose, and I hate that cardboard spine cover thing.  It annoys me to no end.  So, I didn’t HAVE an album or pages to draw from but it was a problem so I wrote it down.  I think I’d want pages in one of those drawers– maybe where the paper used to go.  That’d be an easy peasy way to grab pages and go.  I’d also want a cubby with finished and in progress albums so I could pull it out and know if I’m on a two page layout situation or a one page beginning/end kind of thing.    I’d LOVE suggestions for albums– any but Creative Memories.  I am simply not interested in theirs.
  • embellishments——– Ok, so I have embellishments everywhere.   Little glass jars, little lunch boxes, little paint cans covered in pretty paper, little metal tins, yeah… you get the picture.  The problem is, I like that set up from an aesthetic point of  view.  So, I need a balance of pretty and easy to find.  I’d like to know exactly where they are and it be easy to grab and put away.  I think maybe if I simply had a photo of the embellishment containers with what is in it written on the photo so I could glance at the book and reach for the right container, before long,  I wouldn’t even need the picture.
  • Tools——- last week, I didn’t put this down because I didn’t try/need to use them.  However, I need a place for my heat gun, all embossing stuff, die cuts, machine, etc.  I really see me using a basket for die cuts and flip through like a CD holder.  Grab what I want and go.  Ideally, each type of tool would have its own basket that sat on a shelf.  I grab said basket (I’d love to find a really cute labeling system for these baskets so that when my daughters use them, it’s easy for them to put things away again), get to work and then put back on the shelf.

A few other ideas that I have are new things.  Right now, if I get something new, it’s a pain and a half because I’m liable to lose it before I find a home for it.  So, one of the number one things I want is to have room for new things.  I see it as a two part solution.

  1. I need to make sure I don’t max out my space.  I need my ink box, for example, to have room for more ink.  I need more room in stamp storage, ribbon storage, or whatever for those things when I get new stuff.
  2. I also need a place to put new things when I get them until I have time to put them away.  I’m learning that this might be a good idea for a lot of my home.  For example, if I buy Lorna new unders, I don’t give them to her until she brings me all of her old ones.  So, while she gathers them up from laundry and drawers, I need a place for those unders that isn’t lying on the table.  My decor style isn’t early unmentionables.  Just sayin’.  The same is true of a new stamp set or die for die cuts.

I’m supposed to take a picture of my space, but my husband is asleep so I’ll have to do it tomorrow.  This is what my space looks like when I am on top of the clutter.

For more pictures, see the rest here. There, week two is done.  Now that wasn’t so bad, was it?

Craft Challenge~

So, I was trying to avoid work tonight and happened across this blog

She has twenty-nine (that’s 29!!!!) weeks of scrapbook supply organization.  I don’t know if I’ll need every single week, but that’s ok, that week can either be a week off OR… I get to move along faster.  I assume some weeks will take more time and others less, but hey, that’s good.  In the process, I’m thinking that it’ll be fun to actually use things that I have once I have an easier time knowing how to find everything.  So, I’m going to try it.  I may find out that it’s not for me after all, but it’s pretty impressive.

First, I’m going to list every post about it here so that I have my own ready reference.  My intention is to blog about my success or failure for each week’s task as well.  Just because I can.  Who knows if I’ll actually do it.  I find that every time I think I’ll start a blog series, I fail.  So, I’ve been trying to create the series FIRST and then start posting.  Yeah, you’ve seen how successful that is too.  But hey, I’m going to try.

Craft Organization Challenge


Week 1–  Space Audit

Week 2–  Brainstorming

Week 3–  Start Small or Go for Broke

Week 3–  Bonus for Overhaulers

Week 4- Paper

Week 5- Scrap Paper

Week 6– Photo Organization

Week 7– Ideas

Week 8– Projects and UFOs

Week 9- Embellishments

Week 10–  Alphas

Week 11– Stickers & Rub-ons

Week 12– Ribbons & Fibers

Week 13–  Stamps

Week 14– Cropping Supplies (This is what she’s calling “your take it with you when you work with friends” kit)

Week 15– Ink Pads & Embossing Supplies

Week 16–  Paints, Glitters, & Stickles (whatever that is)

Week 17– Punches

Week 18–  Tools

Week 19– Chipboard

Week 20– Die Cuts

Week 21– Pens & Pencils

Week 22– Dies (no, this isn’t what happens to you if you do all this!)

Week 23–  Templates

Week 24– Memorabilia

Week 25– Negatives

Week 26– Two Part Week.  (1) How are you going to keep it clean and (2) Organizing Albums

Week 27– Fonts

Week 28–  Card Storage

Week 29–  Make it Pretty

One thing she puts in every single post is her list of “rules of organization.”  I thought they were excellent so I’m sharing them now.  Please note, these rules belong to the brilliant blogger at “My Love Affair with the Label Maker” and not mine.

1. Label your containers.
2. Be consistent in your methods.
3. Don’t be too specific – your search for your items within your space should be short and simple.
4. Your organizational method should be easy to take out AND put away.
5. When organizing, break any large piles into smaller groupings. Have a 2 foot tall stack of paper to sort? Do it in 1″ high chunks, it will be easier to handle mentally.
6. If it’s something that you use on almost every project, then keep it within reach of your main scrap area.
7. Don’t stress your containers. Get a new system or purge your stash.
8. For most items, product packaging adds bulk. Toss it. One exception – rub ons.
9. Repurpose when you can – almost anything can be painted or covered in paper/fabric.
10. THE GOLDEN RULE – FIRST choose an organizational method, THEN choose a container that fits your space and style. Always shop for containers with a list in hand – a beautiful container is simply clutter if it doesn’t have a dedicated purpose in your space!
I figured out (after going through the entire thing) that this blog is ONLY about this challenge so I can’t tell you that there are any great other things there, but maybe she’ll come along and add other fun stuff for us organizational junkies.

The whole thing has me spinning wondering if I could do something similar with my sewing gear.  If I do it, I’ll let you know.