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.

Easter crafting with kids, or just one

This weekend I invited my almost 6 year old cousin to come crafting with me and he was so excited! When it was time to go home his mother asked him if he has had enough of crafting for a while now but he said no, he wanted to keep crafting!
I was very impressed by his creativity and focus. I think he made about ten figures and one card!

I have a special basket for all the crafting material I let him use or purchase especially for him, things that are suited for kids, mostly complete kits. I must say that Panduro is very good at this! I found a few Easter kits on sale at both Panduro and Slöjd-detaljer so I got away pretty cheap this year!

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This was all that fit in the basket before we started crafting. I don’t usually keep the pens, pencils or brushes in the basket.
I also use a wax table cloth to protect my oiled oak table from any spilled paint or glue.

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Leon in the middle of gluing punched stars on his card. In the front you can see most of the figures he made all by himself, I just helped holding them while drying.

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For the next time I think I will buy more wadding eggs and other shapes, some googly eyes and wood buttons. These are the supplies he use the most and seem to have most fun with (except for my punches). I already have enough pipe cleaners, feathers and sequins to last a lifetime in case he want to decorate a bit extra.

Next time I feel like clearing out unused stuff from my stash (that would actually be the first time ever) I will simply add it to the magic kids crafting basket. I realized that he does not, whatsoever, see my things the same way I do. He said “you have sooooo much crafting stuff!” and yet he’s just seen a teeny tiny part of it all, *snickers*.

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 spray color, mists and distress stains

Hello again and welcome to another Storage Sunday! Today I spent some time crafting with my cousin who will turn 6 in less than a month. He was so happy to get here and to craft all day, you should have seen his smile when I met him by the door. He almost jumped up the stairs to my apartment! He made several Easter figures and a card for his mother. I took out my leaf punches and he just went crazy punching out leaves for his tree card. I think I will have to buy some thinner paper for him to use next time, it was a bit hard to cut through the paper pad I found.

Anyway, it’s getting quite late since I fell asleep on the couch crocheting and watching Family Guy on Netflix earlier. I thought I’d show you a way for storing mists, sprays and Distress Stains. My collection is quite small so I hope this will be a quickie!

I keep all colors stored in spray bottles on a hanging shelf/basket. This is a mix of Dylusions, shimmer mists and chalks. As you can see most of them have similar bottles which makes it a bit tricky to find the right color. I have an idea that might help this and that would be to color a strip or smaller circle and adhere it to the lid, similar to what I did with my distress stains. I’ve thought about doing this for quite some time now but it seems to be hard to get me started, maybe searching for the right bottle isn’t such a big problem after all, although I think it will be a bigger problem the bigger my stash gets and at that point I will have to move them from the basket too.

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I only have a few distress stains but I saw the problem with finding the right color easy early which resulted in colored circles on each lid. I have moved them around a bit and kept them in different baskets before they ended up here on the shelf by the ink pads and glue. I think I had more use of the colored lids in the previous storage solutions.

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A while ago, when my collection of spray colors, mists and distress stains were smaller I used them all on a piece of paper in order to get some sort of overview of the colors and nuances I had. This is actually a great idea since the lables aren’t always showing the same nuance or intensity as the real result. I thought about this a few weeks ago and started spraying on some paper. It looks like a mess and I think I will have to figure out a way to control it better, mostly the sprays. Maybe use some masks and just spray a small figure. That’s not a bad idea, I will try this as soon as I get some time and give you an update! Another idea I think would be to spray tags or similar, maybe that’s even better!

Anyway, it’s way past bedtime and I’m still tired so let me know if you have any great ideas to share on how to store spray color, mists and distress stains! I’m very curious about what awesome storage solutions Jennie will share with you next week.

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.