Storage Sunday – How to store scrapbooking projects

Hello and welcome to another Storage Sunday! The summer arrived in Sweden along with July, can you believe it’s less than half of the year left? Crazy, and so is this heat. I went to IKEA with a friend today, not very nice getting into a car that has been parked in the sun for a few hours. Phew!

Anyway! I thought I’d continue with the same theme as Jennie chose last week; how to store scrapbooking projects or my way of doing so! I don’t really work with huge projects such as albums and such, I usually make cards which I finish of the same day I start them or maybe the day after. I rarely make more than one card at the time so my need for project storage is very small. However, I hope to make more albums and bigger projects in the future! When I was working on the album for my niece I did store the project related items separated from the rest of my stash so I will share this with you today. I think I might store future projects in a similar way.

For the album I kept all paper and other related things in this 12×12 box, there are still lots of pink paper in it, I haven’t really put it back in my stash yet. I also kept all embellies in a separate box I now use for stickers, bling and enamel dots. I found it easier to find things if paper and embellies were separated.
For the Becky Higgins weekend I ordered prints of a bunch of photos and now I keep them in a 6×6 box for future projects and layouts I want to make.

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Other things related to projects or albums are memorabilia which I’ve been collecting for a few years in this archive folder. I have tickets to concerts, maps from citites I’ve vistited and other travel documents.

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I think I have been saving travel tickets since I was a kid. I know my mom framed the ticket from my first flight alone, I don’t remember how old I was but I was a kid and I guess I’ve just kept going ever since. I’ve also kept cinema tickets and old bus tickets somewhere, I’m such a hoarder (or memory keeper). I’ve never been one for writing diaries but whenever I travel, I write something every day! Somewhere I still have old notebooks with travel diaries, I wonder where…

Anyway, this was a quite short post but I feel I don’t have much to share related to this kind of storage. I might have to adjust this as soon as I get my albums going but until then, one project box is just enough!

Stay safe and solid in this summer heat, drink a lot and enjoy the shadow!

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Storage Sunday – How to store embellishments

Good evening! It’s finally time for another storage Sunday! It feels like it’s been forever since I wrote a storage post for you so I’m super excited and a bit scared due to the huge theme; embellishments. I opened my closet and tried to figure out how I store my embellies and I realized they are everywhere and what I have most of. This will be a long post! Get your snacks ready and make yourself comfortable. Here we go!

So, embellishments, what is this? What should I cover? I guess it’s buttons, ribbons, enamel dots, rhinestones, brads, decorative flowers, wood vener, stickers and more. Decorations more or less! Ghee, that sure is a huge theme! Anyway, back to topic; Most of my embellies are stored in this drawer unit from a hardware department at a store similar to Target. I have labels on them and they are also slightly transparent. I usually have baskets standing in front of the drawers, the lower ones contain things I rarely use. These drawers contain flat paper flowers, metallic items, cutouts, 3D stickers, floss, some wood veneer, tiny doilies and other random things.

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On top of the unit I keep some random stuff and boxes with brads. Some brads are also stored in the unit itself. These boxes were also found at the hardware department and at craft stores. I keep them sorted by color and size, the brads in the drawer unit are in various shapes or patterned.

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I recently purchased a bit more enamel dots than I think I’ll ever use, but they were on sale and oh so pretty! So I had to rethink my storage for slightly taller sheets of decorations such as these enamel dots, bling swirls and my beloved glitter stickers (and similar). So I found out that this basket was the right size and they are pretty easy to browse through. I usually have this one standing in front of the drawer unit.

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My other sheets with pearl stickers, rhinestones and smaller sheets of enamel dots are stored in this 6×6 box I purchased a few weeks ago. It’s a bit messy but I try to keep the sheets in their plastics (I haven’t always done this so some are kept without it) to avoid the stickers sticking on to other sheets. I’m quite careful when I browse and I know most of the sheets I have so when I need something I usually know where to look or how big the sheet is. Some manufacturers use smaller sheets and I keep all of these in a drawer in the unit mentioned earlier.

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I love wood veneer, maybe most for keeping in my stash rather than use so my collection is relatively big. I found this box on a sale (I have a few more to store beads in, love them!) and it’s perfect for my veneer. Actually I think it is the very same box Jennie use for her veneer! Great minds think alike so this must therefor be the ultimate storage solution for wood veneer, right? RIGHT?

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I have a small stash of buttons kept in a small plastic box. These are my pretty buttons (the not so pretty ones are somewhere else, can’t remember where).

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I also keep some random sheets of stickers, chipboard and more stickers on a hook on one of my doors. I do this in hope of using them more frequently, it is not working very well to be honest but I try to think more like Jennie does: “Out of sight, out of mind”.

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I keep decorative paper flowers (the less flat kind) and ribbons in transparent plastic boxes (from smart store, the same boxes Jennie mentioned last week). They are not sorted what-so-ever in these boxes so there is always an adventure trying to find the right color or type. Typically something I should improve.

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To sum things up, I mostly keep my embellies sorted somehow in different transparent boxes or drawers. All of them are easy to reach from my work space which is pretty important as I tend to take much time figuring out which ones to use. I know most of the things I own and that makes it a bit easier when looking for something, I don’t find myself searching for one specific embellishment very often. I also do believe I have a lot of room for improvement regarding some of the things but this works well for me and my limited space for now.

If you happen to have a great solution for how to store embellishments or some of them, please let me know! I would love to get some inspiration for how I can improve my messy crafting closet!

p.s. This post has also been published on stuckintheglue.com. Skip on over and have a look if you would like to have a look.

Storage Sunday – How to store washi tape

Hello and welcome to another Storage Sunday! This week I’m going to show you how to store washi tape the way I do it. I don’t feel like I have a great way to do so but I do believe my way of organizing them is pretty amazing! I recently outgrew my storage solution so I feel this is highly temporary, I don’t have another storage solution in mind yet so you know…

I think it is pretty hard to figure out the best way to store washi tape, as they need to be accessible, easy to overview and preferably in a dispenser of some sort.  A dispenser, however, often take up much useful space I rather not waste. I have tried a few different ways to store my tapes and so far, nothing feels perfect in a convenient and space efficient way. I guess the search must go on (I keep hearing the Queen song, the show must go on, when I type this).

So here’s my current storage solution for washi tape, I keep them all in a plastic basket in three layers and not sorted at all. They are usually in a mess too but I sorted them quickly before the pictures were taken. At the moment they are stored on a shelf in about the same height as my head, among a lot of other things as you can see.

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I should arrange them in some sort of order, maybe per color or how often I tend to use them. Not sure I really care enough to sort them as the storage solution is going to change, soon I hope.
As you can see, its hard to know what I have and where it is. To make this issue less of an issue I have my tapes very well organized using a ring binder and tags.

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I keep all tapes on this ring binder, sort of sorted by color. This makes it super easy for me to browse and get an idea of whether the tape will match my project or not. Its easy to take out the tape(s) I think will match and compare or just use the entire ring and browse. I love this! It is the same solution as I have for all my stickles.

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Alright I’m exhausted from tiling my kitchen, today I filled the gaps with grout and it was way more exhausting than I thought it would be! So I hope you got some ideas for how to store your washi tapes. If you have any awesome and space efficient ways to store them, please let me know! I am in dire need of a new storage solution (and sleep). Play it safe and don’t forget to check in next Sunday for a, most likely, better way to store washi tape!

p.s. This post has also been published on stuckintheglue.com. Skip on over and have a look if you would like to have a look.

Storage Sunday – How to store pens and pencils

Hello and welcome to another Storage Sunday! This week I’m going to share how to store pens and pencils, my way that is! The solution I have at the moment works well, I just feel a bit out grown with my stash of pro- and flexmarkers but I have an idea for how I want to change it, I just need to gather the materials. And that is sort of a challenge on it’s own it seems, but one day I will get it all together and it will be amazing!

Since I have a quite small crafting space I need to keep as much away from my “desk” as possible. I keep a lot of things hanging on rails from IKEA (it’s called bygel), using both S-hooks and baskets.

Here’s a part of my pro/flexmarker collection but also my felt tipped pens. I don’t use them that frequently so it’s OK to dig in a bit in order to get what I’m after (usually a thin black pen which almost always is easy to reach).
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A more proper picture of my pro- and flexmarker storage, as you can see the dividers are a bit whimsy and the shoe box is pretty full but other than that this storage has served it’s purpose very well! I have a few pieces of cardbox under the box to tilt it a bit to avoid the pens falling out. I have to adjust that every now and then since the box is so full. The pens are also sorted a bit by color, this helps a lot when looking for something specific!
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To help finding the right color or nuance I also have a color chart on one of the closet doors. This is pieces of paper that I have colored with each pen one, two and three times to see how the intensity differs between layers. The color name is written below and there is a P for promarkers and F for flexmarkers. Since these pens are different it helps my search a lot! The paper pieces have a hole for using on a ring and a magnet on the back to stay on the chart and to allow reorganization for new pens. I have a bit more pens now so the chard is actually full and I keep a few colors hanging on pins.

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And what about all the other pens and pencils? Well I have another plastic hanger a bit closer to me, here I keep all the other pens and some tools, brushes etc. It’s a bit messy but I always find what I’m looking for and since it’s so easy to access I tend to put the tools and pens back after I’ve used them. I love hanging my tweezers on the edge, it’s super convenient!

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I also have some pencils for coloring, both watercolor and other ones, they are kept on one of the rails and the watercolor pencils are stored in their cover stucked in one of the hanging organizers on my right closet wall. I use them so very rarely nowadays.

So here’s that. I’d love to see how you store your pens and pencils! Or please share if you have any nifty solutions for storing pro- and flexmarkers. I might find a better idea before I manage to finish my planned one!

Play it safe with the glue and come back next Sunday for more awesome storage solutions!

p.s. This post has also been published on stuckintheglue.com. Skip on over and have a look if you would like to have a look.

Christmas 2014 madness

I just browsed though my drafts and found last year’s Christmas cards I completely forgot to post due to my escape trip to Gran Canaria. It was awesome and warm! Anyway, here are the cards I made for Christmas, sorry for the bad light!

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And I also made a wreath!

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Storage Sunday – Packing for a scrapbooking crop

Sunday again and its time for another Storage Sunday and this week I will continue with the same theme as last week. I’m a bit tired today after the scrapbooking crop yesterday and today’s biking and walking with my dad, brother, niece and her mother. It was a lovely day with lots of sunshine! The scrapbooking crop was amazing and so much more fun than I expected (I’m usually unable to create and get anything done at our smaller crops) and I managed to make three (THREE!) layouts, almost four! I was just as amazed as my friends when we were ready to pack up and go home again. We spent almost 11 hours at the fair! I think half time was spent shopping and eating but hey, how could we resist shopping when the area was filled with stores and pretty things?

Anyway, back to topic! I was not really as organized and well prepared as Jennie, but thanks to her packing list I did not forget anything essential. My plan was to work on an album and maybe make some simple birthday cards using only the things I brought (a few paper pads, a selection of stamps and some white card bases). When I’m going to a crop I always bring more than I use because I don’t know what I’m going to make or feel like doing. Sometimes I just want to sit and color for a few hours, sometimes I crochet and sometimes I make cards. I recently discovered that I manage to create most when I have everything planned ahead, like the card base and layout set for my Christmas cards or as for this album where I have all pages sketched out and the base paper decided. I just needed my project box with the coordinating paper I already selected and the box of matching decorations and washi tape. I also believe it is easier to make choices when the selection of options are more limited.

Except from the paper and decorations I also need some tools and adhesives;

  • Quick glue
  • Scissors
  • Pens and pencils
  • Foam tape and squares, double sided tape, glue dots and a tape roller plus refill
  • Cutting tools
  • Metal ruler (almost forgot it!)
  • Alphabet stickers
  • Border stickers (I will never get rid of these)

I brought some things only for the card making (just in case)

  • Mists and sprays
  • Punches
  • Ink pad
  • Acrylic blocks
  • Bone folder
  • Stickles
  • Paper pads
  • Card bases
  • Stamps

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imageI also brought a case to bring the finished pages home in, I would never have thought about this if it wasn’t for Jennie’s packing list! So clever!

This is, for me, a light packing for a one day crop. I was so happy it all fit in my dramaten (bag on wheels sort of thing), it was very full but I was able to close it! Unfortunately I did not leave any room for shopping so I had a harder time to get home than to get there but I managed, happy and exhausted! For next time I will not bring things to make “just in case” rather just decide exactly what I am going to create and follow that. It was a very good thing to plan ahead and have the layouts and paper sorted out. I will also make more room for shopping and, in worst case, just buy anything that I might have forgotten. Since the shopping spree got a bit out of hands I will try to limit my pre-fair shopping and go bananas during the fair instead, it was so much fun!

That’s it for me, I’m exhausted and in need of some beauty sleep. I will share my haul in the next haul post (in early May) and later on some pictures of the album I’m working on, I just need to finish it.

p.s. This post has also been published on stuckintheglue.com. Skip on over and have a look if you would like to have a look.

Storage Sunday: How to store alphabet stickers

Welcome Sunday! I think most people strongly dislikes Sundays due to the following Monday, can’t say I’m a fan to be honest, except for these fantastic storage series! It’s been a windy day here in Stockholm and I’ve spent most of the day in my crafting closet working on a special gift which still is sort of a secret! Anyway, I’ve been busy busy but I thought I’d share how I store my alphabet stickers. I have been using them very frequent lately, this is not something I usually do so I’m happy to see my stash shrink (and grow, I realized I needed more white thickers and yeah, I think you can figure out the rest!).
So, back to the topic! I keep my alphabets in two pockets on my hanging door thing from IKEA. One of them is full of foam stickers from Panduro which come in like 6 sheets, sort of like a pad. This is actually great, lots of characters for not so much money, they are not very big of course, each letter is about 1 cm (a little less than 1/2 inch) tall. I have one of each color they’ve sold (pink/purple, brown, white, black, glittery red/gold/white) and the only bad thing is that they take up quite some space and sometimes I want bigger letters.

In the pocket below I keep the rest of my alphabet stickers, unfortunately these pockets can’t store 12 inch paper and the few I own are kept elsewhere (I don’t know exactly where to be honest, I’ve completely forgotten about them). It looks quite messy but it is easy to browse between the sheets (at least for now). I keep most of my thickers in a plastic folder among all the other sheets and this is because the harder ones, like chipboard and such, often fall of the sheet when moved around (why, oh why, did I throw away all the plastic folders they came in?).

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Sometimes I pull some sheets up a bit to make them more visible, usually the colors I’m currently working with or some sheets I’ve forgotten about or want to get rid of. I have a few I’m not sure why I even got in the first place. Typically something from a crafting club kit (but the cheaper kind and not as fancy as the manufacturers kits). I’m so glad I quit, my stash will never run out of cheap crap from that club.

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I sort of try to keep the sheets in a size order, the smaller sheets in the front and taller ones in the back. This way no small sheets will disappear in the mess! I used to keep all the sheets in a plastic cover with folders/pockets inside and stored by color but I got frustrated while browsing so I’m very happy for this “new” way.
So that’s one solution for how to store alphabet stickers, don’t forget to check in again next week for another awesome episode of our storage Sundays! There will be a specific theme for the next two weeks!

p.s. This post has also been published on stuckintheglue.com. Skip on over and have a look if you would like to have a look.