FALL GOC WEEK 2: Paper

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The other side of the upper closet with various supplies.

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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.

GET ORGANIZED CHALLENGE Week 4: Tool Tantrum

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Week 4 of the Get Organized Challenge will air live on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 3:00pm Pacific Time.  This week’s class will be Tool Tantrum:  Organizing your Embossing Folders, Wood Mounted Stamps, Dies, Cutting Cartridges and more.  This week’s homework is:

  1.  Catalog 20 items a day for the next 7 days (or a total of 140 items)
  2.   Sort 4″ more of paper
  3.   Sort another container of embellishments
  4.   PROGRESS REPORT:  Post on the Facebook page or email it in.
  5.  Celebrate with Reward #4

Tiffany does a class called GO10 which has several helpful videos for this week’s topics.  You can find them linked below:

Unmounted Stamps

Punches

Dies

Embossing Folders

Wood Mounted Stamps

Tiffany also has a video available on Templates & Stencils

I also have a Pinterest Board for Week 4

You can always find all the information about the challenge and videos from classes already presented on the Totally Tiffany website

Below is my Cricut mat, tool and cartridge storage along with my Brother Scan N Cut supplies on slatwall in my Craft Studio.101_0514

Below is how I store my Unmounted Stamps. They are in 6×9 ziploc bags with a piece of cardstock.  I number and label them.  Underneath the bin with the stamps is my Crafter’s Companion card making kit and a paper trimmer.  Along side is a stamping mat, cutting mat and some Dollar Tree cutting mats I use when doing messy stuff.101_0515

The  picture below shows my  folder storages.  In the bin above the A2 folders is my Fiskars stamp press, MISTI and Stampamajig.  The bin above the 5×7 folders and 12″ long folders is my small embossing folders, Cuttlebug long platforms and an all in one folder for my Cuttlebug.101_0516

The drawer unit below has my Cricut information and cords, shape cutters and cutting templates (mainly by Fiskars)101_0517

In the picture below is more slatwall with my all in one embossing plates and Stampin’ Up stamp sets.101_0518

The picture below is my rainbow cart which contains my mounted stamps101_0519

A look inside one of the drawers:  stamps are numbered and in a single layer101_0520

Below is slatwall above my main work area.  I hang my templates and patterned scissors here.101_0521

Below are my We R Memory Keepers Punch Boards which are stored in a Kvissle Letter Tray from Ikea inside an Ikea Kallax unit.101_0522101_0523101_0524

Currently my punches are inside this Recollections 3 drawer cube.  I plan to move them to Iris cases and store them in the Recollections Mobile Storage Tower.101_0525

I store my Xyron refills in this 2 drawer cube by Recollections.  I take the large ones out of the box to fit.101_0526

Below is my cataloging station with extra scraprack pages, sheet protectors, ziploc baggies, spinders, etc.  On top are things that need to be cataloged and some other supplies to help catalog.101_0527

My cinch supplies are kept in a bin in the closet.101_0528

My Brother Scan N Cut (a gift from my girls), the Cricut Expression and my laminator are stored on shelves intended for the kitchen or closet that I purchased at Menard’s (a regional hardware store)101_0529

My cinch machine, my embossing heat tool stand (my father in law made it) and 3 drawer unit (which I already showed above) with chunky glitter/sequins on top

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My Totally-Tiffany Companion cart with adhesive storage.  I like that this unit stores under my desk.101_0531

I did a YouTube Video on this week’s challenge and also on my tool storage

GET ORGANIZED CHALLENGE WEEK 2: PAPER

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Week 2 of the GOC (Get Organized Challenge) will air live on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 3:00pm Pacific Time on Livestream.  Week 2 is all about organizing your paper into the 4 Section System.  If you can’t watch live you can always watch it later on Livestream or on the Totally-Tiffany Website

The homework for week 2 is:

  1.  Create an Organized Only area in your Craft room/space.  This area can start out very small, it can even just be a shelf.  I suggest since we are starting with paper you start with the area you plan to store your paper in.  Each week as you sort your craft supplies you will grow this area.  The picture below is an example of an Organized Only space:
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  2.   Sort a storage tool for your paper.  My paper is stored in a 2×4 Kallax unit from Ikea.  The purple wooden inserts were made by my father in law.  Other paper is inside Totally-Tiffany Paper Handlers or Paper Junkie Boxes which I lay on their side so I can pull paper out easily.  I also have some Cropper Hopper Paper Storage that are about 1″ thick for some of my smaller themes.100_0440.JPG
  3. Create Templates or Dividers to aid you in sorting your supplies
  4.   Sort at least 8″ of paper.  Note this does not say to sort all of your paper.  Paper will be assigned throughout the challenge.  If you are a true paper junkie, you might not finish in one challenge.
  5.   Sort your scraps.  Throw away scraps that don’t meet our minimum requirement.  Tiffany recommends 6×12.  I keep smaller than this as I use them.  I think it may depend on what paper crafts you enjoy.  I use a 12×12 envelope or sheet protector placed at the beginning of each color/theme and put my scraps inside.  If I notice the envelope getting to full, I go through and purge.  I do try and cut scraps down into card bases and mats for later use before putting into scrap storage.img_1241
  6. Put your newly organized paper into your Organized Only space.
  7. PROGRESS REPORT:  Post in the Facebook Group or email to Totally-Tiffany.
  8. Celebrate with reward #8

I made a YouTube video on Week 2 of the GOC.  I also made YouTube video on my paper storage using the 4 section system.  If you are interested in this system, please check out the Totally-Tiffany website and/or join the Facebook Event that I co-host.  As I said before I do not get any compensation for this blog.  I just love the system and hope it helps others as much as it has helped me.

I have a  Pinterest board for each week of the challenge.

GET ORGANIZED CHALLENGE WEEK #1

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The Get Organized Challenge 2017 got underway on Tuesday, January 31.  The first week is about getting ready to get organized.  If you didn’t catch it live, you can still watch.

You can find all the information about the classes including registration links, handbook link, and the videos that have aired to date (as of this writing just the first one) on the Totally-Tiffany webpage

I am not affiliated with Totally-Tiffany or compensated for this blog.  I just love the system and want to share how it works for me!

The challenge is completely free and while Tiffany created the scraprack and uses her product during the challenge, she always stresses that you don’t need the scraprack to use the 4 Section System.  She tries to keep product talk to a minimum and if she does discuss she tries to save it til after the class so if you don’t want to hear about the products you can leave as soon as the class portion ends.

Each week of the class focuses on a different area of organization.  Homework is assigned each week and there is a Facebook group that you can join if you want to share progress, ask questions, etc.  Again not necessary but it a great site and one of the most pleasant groups I belong to.

The homework for week 1 is:

  1.  Create a Big Benefit Board using your craft supplies.  (You can just handwrite or put on your computer if you wish!)  Include a reward list – one reward for each of the 8 weeks that you complete the assigned homework.  Note that this does not mean that you have to finish organizing your craft space just make the assigned progress and you get your reward.   Below is one of my boards from a previous challenge:100_0148

2.  Learn about the 4 Section System

3.  Create your own Themes & Sentiment list.  You can find a sample here

4.  Take a few before pictures

5.  Gather your supplies together into one room or space

6.  Set a purge goal.  You can find more information in this video

7.  Evaluate your space for accessibility and visibility

8.  Join the Get Organized Challenge Facebook Group  This is not required but super helpful as it is a great group of members

9.  PROGRESS REPORT:  Post in the Facebook Group (or email Totally-Tiffany)

10.  Celebrate with Reward #1

I made a YouTube video talking about week #1.   I also host an event on Facebook for the GOC.  Note that the event is listed as 2 weeks but runs 8 this is because Facebook only allows a 2 week window.  I do post the homework and links for the entire 8 weeks.  I include the links I shared here plus links to other helpful things like more pictures of Big Benefit Boards, a file that contains low/no cost rewards, etc.

I also have a Pinterest Board for each week of the challenge, you can find week one’s board here.

The classes air live on Tiffany’s Livestream page each Tuesday for 8 weeks.

The February 7, 2017 class will be on paper.

Tiffany also offers a GO-10 class that is very helpful.  Each week I will try to include links to the class topics that might be helpful GO10 Class on paper

Get Organized Challenge Week 5: Color

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Week 5: Color Your World will air live on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 10:00am Pacific Time on Livestream:

This week’s homework:

1. Choose a storage tool for your products.
2. Gather all your coloring agents together by type and/or brand
3. Create color catalog sheets by manufacturer: Links to different color charts can be found in a file I created.  You can find Peek-A-Hue Color Charts
4. PROGRESS REPORT in the main group page
5. Celebrate with reward #5

My pinterest board for week 5