Happy New Year everyone and welcome to Organization Week here on the CK Editors’ Blog!
Whether you are just starting out and need ideas to organize the tools and supplies for your new hobby, or you are a seasoned scrapbooker looking for ways to improve your storage solutions, you are sure to find some useful ideas here this week! And be sure to check out my article, “Cure Your Scrap Space Growing Pains” in the January 2011 issue for even more organization ideas.
We all have them – pens, punches, idea books – the tools needed to create our scrapbook pages. Have you found that your tool collection grows just about as fast as your supply stash? Mine certainly seems to! So what do we do with all of these tools?
It’s a good idea to store your tools based on both how often you use them and where you use them. Tools that you use often should be within reach of where you assemble your pages. Pens, scissors, paint brushes – whatever tools you use the most – might be best stored right on your main work surface. Tools used less often might be best tucked out of the way.
Try out these ideas to store some of your own tools.
Pens and markers can be stored in a small bucket or pretty vase right on your work surface for easy accessibility.
Other storage solutions for pens: divided drawer organizers that allow your pens to lay flat, portable fold up pen holder, zip pouch pen holder, and a pencil box.
Julia Nomichith keeps her punches within view and reach by storing them on basic towel racks.
Nicole Harper stores her border punches in a divided drawer, keeping them out of the way, but still easy to access.
Other storage solutions for punches: basket, plastic container and over-the-door organizer.
Lidded glass jars are perfect for storing rubber stamps, keeping them both dust-free and visible. Organize your stamps into categories (frames, quotes, birthday, etc.) and use a different glass jar for each category.
Laura Vegas stores her wood mounted rubber stamps on an open wall shelf unit, making them both visible and very easy to access. This type of storage also makes a beautiful display in your workspace.
Other storage solutions for rubber stamps: plastic container, basket and a drawer unit.
Nicole Harper discovered that a napkin holder is also great for holding her acrylic stamps.
Other storage solutions for acrylic stamps: plastic CD cases and a 3-ring binder.
Magazine holders are a great solution for storing your idea books and magazines whether you keep them on a shelf or at your workstation. Containing them in magazine holders makes them easy to take anywhere you want to read them.
Other storage solutions for idea books/magazines: bookshelf, basket, ring binders, file box and magazine display rack.
A lazy susan is the perfect way to corral small containers holding basic tools on your work surface, giving you the ability to find exactly what you are looking for with a simple spin.
You can also find divided carousels designed for desktop supplies like this one that Laura Vegas uses from Making Memories. Check out Laura’s blog for a tour of her carousel. A tray is also a great solution for basic tools as it is portable and can be easily taken anywhere you’d like to create.
An over the chair tool holder is another great place to keep your basic tools while you create. Find out how to make your own here.
For those larger tools such as sewing machines, electronic die cutters, scanners, and printers – consider using a small desk or cart with wheels that can easily be pulled out for use and stored away when not in use.
Consider creating tool kits, as Wendy Smedley and Aby Garvey suggest in their book, The Organized & Inspired Scrapbooker. Simply gather all the tools needed for a certain activity and keep them contained together in a pretty basket or other container.
Try some of these tool kit ideas:
Journaling kit – pens, pencils, journaling tags and labels, ruler, journaling prompts, quote book
Electronic Die Cutting Kit – cartridges, cutting mat, spray adhesive, extra blades, spatula, paper scraps
Basic tool Kit – adhesive, pen, pencil, scissors, craft knife, paper cutter, ruler, paper
Painting Kit – paint, brushes, palette, brush cleaner, paper towel
Sewing Kit – needles, thread, embroidery floss, stitching templates, fabric, felt, thimble
Spray Ink Kit – spray ink, non-stick craft mat, masks, paper towel
Are you ready to organize or reorganize your tools? I hope you found some ideas here to use in your own creative space. Tell us some of the ideas you plan to try for your chance to win either a Lazy Scrapper Organizer from Across the Street or a Creating Keepsakes Embrace Your Space Hanging Embellishment Tote!
If you have your own tool organization ideas we’d love to hear them too! Leave them in the comments for your chance to win a copy of The Organized & Inspired Scrapbooker.
-Cindy Tobey, contributing writer