The eternal questions for all crafters is how did I actually get this much stuff and what’s the best way to organise it so I can actually find it? The answer for everyone is different. For me, every holiday I try to think about a better way to store my supplies. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t. Here are some of my favourite organisation tips:
- Don’t hoard craft magazines. Either photocopy or tear out the projects you actually will do and put them into plastic sleeves in an archive folder (trust me a display folder will not be big enough). Organise your archive folder with tabbed sections. Mine has birthdays, occasions, christmas, techniques, templates and others. Use A4 tabbed folders glued together and hole punched as they are just wide enough to extrude past the plastic sleeves. Then send off your slightly used magazine to a craft friends with instructions to do the same and not to return.
- Store die-cuts in CD sleeves in an archive folder. There are more costly options which have the benefits of ensuring that a die-cut does not fall out in transit but for me, this is a cost effective solution. I can fit over 90 die cuts in a small archive folder.
- Group stamped images, stickers and embellishments etc in labelled boxes in themes. Mine are mere male, children, garden, occasions, christmas, glitter, templates, blank card, envelopes, tags, ribbons etc.
- For small length’s of ribbon folder around your hand then put a paperclip to hold fast – this will stop it unravelling in your box and make it easier to see at a glance what you have
- Purchase yourself a few sets of 12×12 plastic scrapping drawers. Mines are 6 drawers per unit and three fit very neatly in a standard wardrobe (without the doors) and have the added advantage of wheels. Pull out your bigger craft items sort, file and label.
- Whilst it is tempting to keep every offcut and scrap of that particularly beautiful paper, ribbon, card don’t. Try to use it in the same sitting and if not, really think about whether it is big enough to be usable. You can always recycle these with your newspapers.
- Invest in a couple of 6×6 expandable file boxes – these are great to store your 6×6 and 8×8 scrapping paper/card in colour order and for your stickers (if you don’t want to store in boxes)
- If you come across something you haven’t used because you simply bought too much of it (it was after all on special) give it to your crafting friends as a challenge item.
- Bundle up your “beginning” craft items into packages – these make perfect gifts for children and newbie crafters.
- Write down or draw your ideas, designs and things you have seen that you liked in a note-book.
I hope this gives you a few new idea’s for organising your crafting supplies. I would love to hear about yours.