Not much has been happening on site recently, so how have we been keeping ourselves amused? Organising of course!
I have recently bought several coordinating die and stamp sets and had reached the point of needing somewhere to store them separately as I had dies in the stamp storage, stamps in the die storage and random stamps and dies in places they really should not be!!
So I have spent the last week or so trying to bring some organisation to my stash and I have finally achieved my goal (until the next time at least)!
These were the first to be re-organised as I had reached the point of x2 tubs already and a third being necessary… Both tubs were emptied and all of the folders are now in an open basket, which you can see to the bottom left of my craft corner.
The basket means I can easily flip through the folders to fins the one I fancy using today and has plenty of space for future additions. Due to the size of the basket, I had to take out several of the tubs which were already living in that section of the desk – they are all now to the right hand side of the desk in the blue stack.
I have so many… These were also becoming a bit uncontrolled, so I have had a re-shuffle and now have a drawer in my tower (not shown) which has my wooden stamps and sentiment stamps;
My Die and Stamp combos are in a tattered lace storage box in easy reach on the desk;
X1 of these docraft folders has all of the Sheena Douglass rubber stamps (they are also mounted on to acetate) and the other has all of my HunkyDory stamps and several other acrylic stamps too. There is a secondary blue tub which has the overflow of acrylic stamps including the larger stamp sets that need close to A4 size storage. Although its not completely necessary I have also separated my smaller Christmas stamps into a mini-drawer.
Half size pockets perfectly match the stamp sheet size
Full A5 size pockets; the stamps are mounted on acetate to slide in and out
I have 3 die folders, X1 Tonic folder, X1 Papermania Folder and X1 Tattered Lace folder. The smallest is the Tonic folder, the magnetic shims for the wallets inside are very strong and can be used double-sided. I use the Tonic folder for large sentiments including the verso dies which have both a sentiment and pretty frames combined.
The Papermania folder is larger however the shims are substantially weaker and cannot sensibly be used double-sided. I use this one for my ‘essentials’; so basic frames, layering tags and construction dies. As you can see from this picture, to save myself from buying extra pockets I have adapted the packaging that the dies came in, so far the original tape has remained sticky and I have used the same cheat for my accordion dies which are also in this folder
The tattered lace folder is foolscap size and I use subject dividers to separate the different sections. Technically one does not need magnetic shims in this folder however I have used them for the layering flowers (as shown) and the alphabets. The shims are from separate magnetic sheets which I have then cut to the appropriate sizes for the pockets. This folder also has an elasticated section at the back which has another A4 sheet in it holding my oversized dies which won’t fit anywhere else!
So now everything is organised, surely its time to get crafty? or is it now bedtime..? Took ages… although Weirdchild will be happy to know that I have located all of my missing items that I was getting a bit stressy about 😉