My Embellishment Storage

The topic of the Get Organized Challenge this week is Embellishments.  I thought I would share my embellishment storage with you.  There are some things that I want to change but I will share what I am doing now and what I am thinking about doing when I show those items.

The majority of my embellishments are in my scraprack filed using the 4 section system.  I love this system and the scraprack.  But let me tell you that this system doesn’t require a scraprack!!!  I have stickers, die cuts, brads, buttons and more in here.  I also have catalog pages of my tools (which I will show talk about next week).


My washi tape is in Ikea Kvissle letter trays.  (Note these will fit in the Ikea Kallax cubes.  I just didn’t have the cube space and like that this is right by my work desk.  I made little trays out of cardstock using my paper trimmer and a score board.  (I tried to use cardstock that corresponded to the theme/color of the washi when possible).  I have duct tape in a photo storage box and decorative tape on dispensers in a Totally-Tiffany Monica bag.


My ribbons is in Totally-Tiffany Stash N Store boxes.  Larger rolls are in an IKEA Alex drawer.  This is one of the items I want to tweak.  I want to keep ribbon in the TT Stash and Store boxes but take it off the rolls and wrap it around chipboard or foam board.  I am hoping in this way more will fit in the boxes.  I also want to do the same with the ribbon in the drawer.



I make wreaths and my 6″ mesh rolls are in an IKEA Alex drawer and the 10″ rolls are in a fabric cube in my Kallax cube.  Pipe cleaners cut to 6″ are in the IKEA Alex drawer as well.  I have them in cardstock boxes that I made and sorted by color.


My sequins are in spice jars and on top of an IKEA Kallax unit.  I tried the baggie approach and just don’t like it for these clingy items.  If I traveled with my supplies I would probably have made that work.  I want to get a 4 level Desk Maid Stadium from Totally-Tiffany for these bottles at some point and keep them in order using the 4 section system.  (They are somewhat in that order now)


My Letterboard and Lightbox supplies are in Stash & Store Boxes and plastic divided containers.  I am struggling with how to store the larger letterboard words and will continue trying to find a solution for that.


I have an area for backstock in my closet.  This is in Iris bins by color/theme.  The rainbow is placed in Recollections Media Storage Towers.  (There are other items stored here as well.  This is NOT all back stock.


If you are struggling with Craft Organization check out the Totally-Tiffany 4 section system and the

This system has made my Craft Studio my happy place.



My Photo Storage

Today’s topic in the Get Organized Challenge was Photo Organization.  I am sharing my Photo Storage here.

I keep my 4×6 (and smaller) photos in cases I bought at Michael’s.  They are sorted chronologically.  The photos in these cases have already been scrapped and these are duplicates.   One is full, another partially full and the other is empty:


My photos larger than 4×6 are kept in a Totally-Tiffany letter size Fab File.  I have a special album that I place larger prints in:


The below picture shows the album that I keep 10×13 and 11×14 prints in:.



My photos waiting to scrap are in holding albums.  I use Totally-Tiffany Momento albums as my holding albums.  I have four of these.  They are labelled:  Current Album, Medical, Wedding (my son got married in 2017), and Craft Studio.  The one in the picture below is my Current Album.  I am currently working on December 2018.


My Digital photos are on a portable hard drive (and also on Shutterfly where I do most of my printing).  I sort them by decade:

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then by year:

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then by month:

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Some months may have event folders for weddings, birthdays, graduation, holidays, etc within the month folders.

My completed albums are stored in Kallax cubes/Lappland TV stand (cubes are the same dimensions as the Kallax just a large opening for the tv and a few shelves for video game consoles, bluray players, etc)


As part of my homework this week, I did the following:

  1.  Cleaned up photos on my phone and made sure I had folders for the other items.  I will delete those folders once my pictures are either uploaded or printed.  Many I only keep long enough to post on Social Media and then they are deleted as they are not something I would scrap.
  2. Uploaded 2018/2019 photos to Shutterfly and ordered prints.
  3.  Wrote this blog post!!

I love the 4 Section System and the Get Organized Challenge.  Thanks to it I am up to date on my regular scrapbooking.  I have a few speciality albums I want to complete but I have to figure out the plan for those.  At least now, I know they are a possibility and not just a “dream”

My Paper Organization


The Get Organized Challenge topic this week is PAPER.  I thought I would share my paper storage.  My cardstock/paper is stored mainly in Ikea Kallax 8 cube unit on casters.  It is sorted using the Totally-Tiffany 4 Sections System: Alphabet, Themes, Calendar and Rainbow.  You can click the link above to find out all about the Get Organized Challenge.   I highly recommend this class and Tiffany’s system.  She provides it free and it has changed my Craft Studio.  The above picture shows my themed and rainbow paper.  I use Totally-Tiffany Paper Handlers to hold my paper in the unit.  Most colors have three paper handlers.  They are organized as follows:

  1.  CARDSTOCK:  Solid colors filed by color name.  I mainly use Bazzill cardstock but try to stick to brands that name their colors as it makes it so much easier to store and find the color you need to replace.  I have each color in a plastic sleeve that I found on Amazon
  2.   PATTERNS:  I break my patterns down as follows:  Full page Art, Double sided, Dots, Floral, Plaid, Stripes, Wood, everything else.  Your categories could be different.  I like my double sided separated because I only use it when I need a pattern to be on both sides.
  3.   Speciality:  I have this broken down as follows:  foil, glitter, mulberry, pearl, vellum and white core.

Below is a photo of the paper handlers:


Each color of cardstock is in the paper sleeves I mentioned above.  If I have scraps that color they are placed right in the sleeve.  This way I use them!!


I have another 4 cube unit that I purchased at Kohl’s that holds by Seasonal paper and speciality products.


The top two cubes hold my Calendar (seasonal) paper and some watercolor paper

The bottom two cubes are Totally-Tiffany Fab Files and hold the following

  1.  Crepe Paper
  2.   Felt
  3.   Washi, Window Cling, Faux Leather, and Paty Foil
  4. Kraft Board
  5. 631 or removable vinyl
  6. 651 or permanent vinyl
  7.   HTV
  8. Transfer Tape, Teflon Sheets and ready made Iron On Transfers


I also have some 12×24 Cricut paper that I use for larger projects.  Currently it is just in a decorative shipping box.  I am looking for a better solution:


I cut scraps down for things I use a lot when possible:  Card bases/mats and photo mats.  I also cut them down to sizes for my WRMK punch boards that need special sizes:  Alphabet Punch Board, Mini Alphabet Punch Board and the Emoji Punch Board.

The sizes for my WRMK boards are stored in Totally-Tiffany buddy bags:

I use the Barbara Bag (named after me) for the Alphabet Punch Board:


I use the Gail Buddy bag for the Mini Alphabet Punch Board size:


I use the Shelly bag for the Emoji Punch Board size:


I have a wooden cube unit that I store these buddy bags on.  I also store my envelopes for cards, card bases and mats for 5×7 cards in this one.



I use a 4 drawer wooden cube that I bought at Hobby Lobby for my A2 card bases and mats.



This system works so well and I love that I can find things so easily.  I am hoping to share more of my storage throughout the challenge.  I hope you enjoyed this peek into my craft studio.


paper letterboard

I thought I would just share photos of my paper storage.  Below is my newly arranged paper storage.  I have been through the challenge several times.  I use each challenge as a chance to tidy, review, purge.  I am hoping to get my father-in-law to make me 2 or 3 more wooden inserts and get some more Paper Handlers from Totally-Tiffany to finally finish off my paper storage and get rid of the rest of that droop you see below.


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The picture below is my A2 (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″) card bases and mat storage.  I am hoping to replace this with a 4 drawer cube and make this unit storage for my Xyron refills.card storage 2


The picture below shows my 5×7 card base and mat storage.  My complete cards are also filed here my theme.  I use the shelves above the drawer for organization storage:card storage 1


Currently my vinyl is stored in this Sterlite container sorted by type (removable, permanent, HTV)  Someday I would like to replace this with an IKEA Alex unit on wheels.  I like that I can slide this under my desk when not needed.  I do roll it out and set my cutting machine on top when I am using it.vinyl storage


If you are interested in organizing your craft room (or supplies), check out Totally-Tiffany and her Get Organized Challenge, you won’t be sorry.

Fall Get Organized Challenge – Week 1

You can register for the challenge here

You can see info about this week’s homework in my Facebook Event


I recently rearranged my room.  Photos are below: 101_0564

The above picture is a view from the door to my craft studio.  I try to call it a studio.  It makes me feel better about spending so much time there.  The IKEA Kallax (2×4) on casters holds my paper inside the cubes and my scraprack on top.  It is covered with a wall tapestry that I liked the colors in so decided to use it as a cover to protect the pages opened from direct sunlight.  I currently have file crates holding my stamps and my catalog.  I want to get another Kallax (2×2) to put these in.  It also has my catalog inside which I am hoping to redo since I have changed my storage and am planning to change more of it.


Above is my cutting area and where I use my laptop in my room.  There are 2 L shaped stations in the room.  This is one of them.  The rolling cart under neath this desk area contains all my vinyl supplies and I can roll it out and place the cutting machine I am currently using on top of it.  The grey draws are IKEA Alex drawers and this one contains all my office type supplies.101_0566

A view of the other side of the L where I keep my laptop.  This L is made of 2 Ikea Kallax (2×4) units, a 39″ Linnmon Tabletop and a 49″ Linnmon Table Top and a 5 drawer Alex unit.  I have slatwall hung above each table.


This is the area behind my scraprack.  It has a printer stand with printer on top and supplies under neath.  Another 39″ Linnmon table top and a 2 drawer file cabinet.  There is a TV on top (which I am debating whether to keep as I don’t use it much.


This is the 2nd L shape which has 1 Kallax (2×4) 2 Alex (5 drawer units) and 2 – 49″ Linnmon Table tops.  The white cart is a Totally-Tiffany Companion cart and holds all my different adhesives.  This is where I do my scrapbooking/cardmaking/wreath making, etc.


This is the backside of the Kallax unit in my main workstation.


This is my storage closet where I keep my backstock and some other supplies.  I have 3 carts in here 2 are IKEA Raskog carts and the other one is a Recollections Lexington Cart that I purchased at Michaels.  The Aqua cart is my planner cart I can wheel this into hubby’s mancave where we watch TV and I can work on my planner in there.  The Rose Gold one is my bill paying/mailing cart that I can wheel out when I need it and the black one is currently loaded with wedding scrapbook supplies as my son got married in June.


This is a view of the closet without the carts.  These 3 units came from Michaels.  I have my Rainbow backstock here.  Currently my punches are stored in these as well.  Hoping to see if my father in law will make me punch storage that can fit behind my paper in my Kallax unit.


A view of the upper part of the closet with seasonal backstorage and supplies for my flower punch board, pinwheel punch board, fuse tool supplies and some slat wall accessories.


The other side of the upper closet with various supplies.


The lower part of the closet on the far left side.  Sewing supplies and Tshirts to personalize, etc.


There are a few piles on the desk that need to be taken care of and some current projects sitting around.  Remember I have been the challenge multiple times so my room is in pretty good shape.  I participate each time to watch for opportunities to purge.  I also learn something new each time and enjoy the fellowship of the other participants.  I think Organization is something that needs to change over time as well because our needs change over time so our space needs to reflect that.  I love my space and credit Totally-Tiffany’s 4 section system with the difference.



The final week of the Get Organized Challenge is Going To a Crop and will air live on Livestream on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 3:00pm Pacific Time.

The Homework for this week is:

  1.  Find a tote you want to use for going to crops.  Try to make it exclusive for crops.
  2.  Create a packing list of crop “must haves.” These are the things you will take every time. Spend some time thinking about how to pack these items and how they will be used. Keep the list in your tote so you can use it every time you crop. If you find that there are things you always take, but never use, cross them off the list.   Sample Crop List or an Extended Crop List Sample are available at the links.
  3. Decide how much you can do in an hour a crop. Add 20% to that amount just in case you are able to skip eating and sleeping. This should include the number of “pages” or quantity of projects you can accomplish – cards, mini-albums, etc. Use this list as your guide for packing to go to an actual crop.
  4. PROGRESS REPORT:  post in the Facebook Group or email in
  5.  Celebrate with reward #8

You can find more information about the challenge on the Totally-Tiffany website

You can see my videos on the challenge and packing for a crop

My Week 8 Pinterest Board

My Office Depot cart and the Totally-Tiffany Crop Crate Apron which is no longer available.

Get Organized Challenge Week 7: Momentos


Week 7 of the Get Organized Challenge: Momento Management will air live on Livestream on Tuesday, March 21, 2013 at 3:00pm Pacific

This week’s homework:

1. Sort your memorobilia into a filing or storage system.
2. Label your memorobilia with the location of your photos and journaling notes.
3. Create an on-line Journal on your “desktop” so you can easily add to it. If you use a smart phone, include the journal in your “sync” function so you can add notes using your phone.
4. Start a holding album for your current or next scrap project.
5. Sort another container of embellishments.
6. Sort 4″ of paper
7. PROGRESS REPORT: post on the main facebook page
8. Celebrate with reward #7

You can find more information and the videos from this challenge that have already aired on the  Totally-Tiffany website

The crates are how  I use to store my photos/momentos.  I now have them all in Totally-Tiffany Momento Keepers that I use as holding albums: