Craftin' Caro: Clean Sweep! Part 2

Sunday, January 07, 2007


Clean Sweep! Part 2

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So yesterday I covered a little bit about how I'm organizing on a minor scale. Today we're going a bit macro so I'll first share my actual desk space, despite the fact I haven't finished tidying it. See the Leaning Tower of Pisa on the top there? Used grid sheets...I just can't bear to recycle them and keep them all to use over and over and over and over again.

In my studio, I have 5 different table tops that are used primarily for my Stampin' Up! classes (or spreading out when I'm alone) but the majority of my actual crafting occurs on my desk. It's actually a 6' wooden table that I've built up with shelves, plastic drawers and bins from Canadian Tire. As an aside, I'm a fiend for buying "bins" and it's a serious ongoing joke with my hubby, guaranteed to have his rolling his eyes in no time flat. He's convinced he'll come home one day and I'll have a Brent-sized bin to store him in. Men.

As you can see, most everything is labelled for easy finding, although I can say that's for the benefit of my customers (right? ha! you don't believe me either).

I keep my various families of ink pads separate, as well as drawers for keeping any multitude of items within handy dandy grabbing distance. The bottom shelving is open, with baskets for things that are used the most (SNAIL, bone folder, cutters, etc) and for larger scale items like corrugators, brayers, and the like.

One of my favorite tricks has been using a small 4x6 index card box for keeping my 1/4 sheets organized. I have one that is dedicate to my 48 colours, and a second for neutrals, specialty cardstocks and the latest "In Color" ones. When I'm creating a card, it's so handy to just flip through and take pieces out to compare colours with, to see what works. Couldn't live without it!

Tomorrow, more on organizing & storage solutions!

I love what you did in organizing. I was trying to do the same and knew that I had seen something online somewhere...HERE!! LOL.. Today I organized my SU! papers, but into 12x12 plastic sleeves and then into CH folders by RR, EE, SS and BB and then neutrals. I wasn't sure if I wanted them that big but sometimes I buy 12 x12 and sometimes I have bigger leftovers so I thought they would fit. But anyway you inspired me!!
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