Category Archives: Craft Room Organization

Week 4 – Organizing your workspace, steps to take

There are a few simple steps you and take to ensure that your workspace is well and useable.

Step 1 – Create a sketch

Draw out your workspace as an open area – just the square footage. Then consider the worktable/desk, shelves, and other furnishing you currently own. How are they placed in the space?  Is there a better way to position them? Can you reposition them so you’ll be sitting in the center of a “U” – surrounded on 3 sides by easy to reach craft supplies?

Sometimes the easiest way to create “U” shape is to add a couple of rolling carts to an existing straight desk or “L” shaped desk.

Step 2

Map out your actual workspace.  How much area to do you have for creating your project?  I would recommend at least 30″ wide by 24″ deep for scrapbooking projects and at least 24″ wide by 20″ deep for card making or other papercrafting projects.  Keep in  mind that you’ll need room for the project, the supplies AND yourself too.

Clean, Empty Workspace, Studio, Totally-Tiffany

It’s best if you can start with an empty space, or somewhat empty space.  If it’s possible to move everything out of sight while you reset your workspace it will be worthy the effort.

Tiffany's 7'x7' craft room, organization

Step 3

Make a list of the tools and supplies you use all the time.  This should include everything from small tools like scissors and rulers, to large items like die cutting machines and paper trimmers – but only if you use them EVERY time.

These are the things that need to be within arms reach when you’re crafting.

Totally-Tiffany scrapbooking, card maiking and stamping tool organizers.

Step 4

Choose storage items that work in your space.

Now that you know how much space you have on your desktop, what do you need to make it efficient?

ScrapRack Craft Supply Organizer on desktop save time and money.

DeskMaid organizers are designed to put your supplies at your fingertips. These open and easily accessible organizers can help you organize everything from scissors and rulers to ink bottles and washi tape.

What about the shelves behind your desk?  Do you need to add a few more shelves or just a few more holes for shelf brackets so you can better adjust your shelves to hold your supplies – keep in mind the left to right, back to front, top to bottom (L2R,T2B,B2F) idea, your goal is to eliminate the “air” space without compromising ease of access.

In the image below, I adjusted the shelf height to perfectly accommodate Fab Files in a variety of sizes – cards, card blanks, photos, embossing folders… in the smaller Fab Files, Paper, large stencils, project packs…in the larger Fab Files.

One shelf has been positioned for Buddy Bags (Edna or Myrel) – loaded with everything from ribbon to glitter glue.

Shelf left to right, top to buttom, back to front

IKEA type cube storage can also be filled in the same way.  Maximize the number of products and access to those products with the right storage tools.

The 5 Drawer Stash and Store box or any number of Punch & Supply Packs can really help take your supplies vertically – you’re saving space AND increasing accessibility.

Choosing the right workspace organizers will be unique to your craft area. The 2 most important things to keep in mind:

Can I see and access the tools/supplies I use every time I craft?

Do I have space to create a project?

Happy Crafting,

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Week 3 – Stamps, Dies, Embossing Folders…

Tons of challenges Paper crafting tools, like dies, stamps, embossing folders, punches, stencils…offer a unique set of challenges.  They are a weird variety of sizes, shapes, and weights.  Some of them like dies, require other tools in order to be able to use them. Some things work together only and specifically – like outline dies… Continue Reading

Week 2 – Embellishments

Welcome to week 2 of Plan To Be Organized month. (If you missed week one scroll to the bottom of this post and click on the Week 1 box – you’ll want to review my 4 Section System method before you jump in with embellishment organization.) This week our focus is embellishments.  You can lump… Continue Reading

Customize ScrapRack pocket pages

While we try to cover all the bases in terms of necessary pocket sizes for your storage pages, there always seem to be a few odd sizes that pop up.  Last week I received dozens of stencils from Scrapbook.com.  All of them are 6×8 – this is a pocket-size we don’t currently offer.  That reminded… Continue Reading

3 ways to organize and store stencils

ScrapRack or Binder System Both the ScrapRack and our 12×12 Craft Binders can be used to organize your stencils and templates.  Pocket pages are available in a variety of sizes that coordinate easily with standard stencil/template sizes.  One of the best things about binder style storage, you can customize your binder pages/pockets to perfectly fit… Continue Reading

How to organize stamps & dies together with 5×7 pockets & magnets.

Organizing your dies and stamps together is an easy way to ensure you’ll be able to find them when you need them. Create a file of organized dies and stamps using our 5×7 pockets, 5×7 magnets and either the 5×7 Card Maker’s Fab File or the Karen Buddy Bag. I recently received a couple of… Continue Reading

Punch Power Tower

The 4 Level Stadium Arranger could be the perfect Punch Organizer for your desk top or craft room shelf. I know Creative Memories Advisor Ellen Evanoff from travelling around the country to attend Scrapbook Shows.  At the Tacoma show Ellen asked if we had the original Stadium Arrangers in our booth – she said “I… Continue Reading

How to organize embossing folders

Do you have just a few embossing folders? Sort and store by theme, sentiment, holiday, or style. Do you have a lot of embossing folders? Create a catalog. If you’ve read any of my other articles or watched my videos, you know I’m a HUGE advocate for cataloging your tools. A tool catalog could include… Continue Reading

Organizers for Planner Supplies

What kind of planner are you? If you’re a planner junkie, which I am, taking control of your planner supplies can be as difficult as taking control of your paper crafting supplies.  Each time I venture into a craft store, I feel drawn into the planner aisle, and although I’ve got more stickers than I… Continue Reading

Tuesday Live – Die Organization

We’re so sorry for the technical difficulties with Facebook Live and YouTube Live today.  Here’s the video from Vimeo/Livestream.  It’s much clearer. We started a little early, so the first few minutes, I’m just talking about using the Rotating Design Board and Magnetic Design Tool Set with Kiwi Lane and Stencils – so if you… Continue Reading

3 Reasons it’s better to catalog by number

There are many ways to create a catalog for your dies – you can create a catalog based on brand, designer, theme, sentiment, size, holiday…but without a numbering system for locating your dies, finding them may not be any easier.  To learn how to create a catalog for your dies using Tiffany’s system, read her… Continue Reading

Introducing – Sew Totally-Organized

They’re here!! Our newest line of organization products designed just for your sewing/craft room. Here’s a peek at our latest and greatest. All of them are available on our website now, most of them will also be available on HSN on Tuesday, September 10th. Bits & Bobs Drawer Set 6 lightweight, clear drawers are perfect… Continue Reading

Button, button – where’s that button.

If you’re like most crafters who sew, you know you’ve got the perfect button…somewhere.  If finding that button in an aisle at JoAnn is faster than finding it in your sewing supplies, then it’s time to organize your buttons. One nice thing about this project is that the sorting process is fairly objective, so recruiting… Continue Reading

A Bazillion uses for Punch & Supply Packs

There are sooooo many ways to use our Punch and Supply Packs.  This post is just a simple scroll through of photos of each of the Punch Packs in use with various craft supplies.   If you click on each picture you can view them larger.  Click on the title of each section to shop for… Continue Reading

12×12 ScrapMaster Storage Options

Where can you store the ScrapMaster? During the Tuesday Live event, there were several people asking, where to store your filled ScrapMasters.  The ScrapMaster was designed to work with all of our 12×12 standard paper storage solutions. I’ve provided some rough estimates below.  What  you can fit into anyone of the these 12×12 solutions will… Continue Reading

17 Buddy Bags, Meet them by name

Our Buddy Bags are a customer favorite for so many reasons – they’re lightweight, clear, durable, and inexpensive.  These bags were designed around the tools and supplies crafters are using now.  You’re sure to find the perfect bag for your inks, stamps, paints, glitter and more! This short blog post will give you a brief… Continue Reading

Paper Pockets & Collection Keepers – an organized team

Are you looking for an easy way to keep your paper organized as well as store collections with your paper stash?  This organization team could be just what you’re looking for! The Paper Pocket is a 12×12 pocket with a small labeling tab.  Designed to hold a few sheets of paper, protect die cut paper,… Continue Reading

5 ways to use our 5×7 Stamp Pockets

You know they’re ideal for stamp storage, you probably also know they fit perfectly into either our 5×7 Fab File or Karen Buddy Bag. If you follow us on FB, Instagram or Pinterest you’ve probably heard that our 5×7 magnetic sheets fit into these pockets too, but did you know they can be used for… Continue Reading

5×7 Fab File – Accessorize for stamps and dies.

5×7 craft supply organization can be easy with the 5×7 Fab File and a few accessories. If you’ve used our 5×7 Fab File, you already know that this Fab File comes with 6 reusable file folders – ideal for organizing photos.  Since we’ve introduced this Fab File size, it’s evolved to hold a variety of… Continue Reading

How to organize Chalk Couture products

Have you been bitten by the Chalk Couture bug?  If so, you’ve probably accumulated dozens of silk screens/stencils, pots of paint and bunches of the tools you need to create beautiful silk screened projects. Keeping your Chalk Couture products organized and accessible will ensure you use them regularly. Let’s start with Stencils. The first thing… Continue Reading

12 Ways to use the Die, Stamp & Supply Organizer

Round up your supplies and get ready to organize! The Die, Stamp & Supply Organizer is a multifunction organizer that is a “must have” in your craft room. You’ll love the versatility and function of this crafty organizer. Great on you desk, in the cupboard or on an open shelf, it fits in our Companion… Continue Reading

Step by Step Sticker Organization

Follow me through the step by step process of organizing your stickers. In this video I used our Paper Storage Box Dividers and a Desk Maid Die, Stamp & Supply Organizer to sort and organize my stickers.  After sorting and organizing I talk briefly about the different types of tools you can use to store… Continue Reading

How to create a catalog for your paper crafting tools

Paper crafting tools like stamps, dies and embossing folders can have a beautiful effect on your pages, cards and other projects, but keeping track of them can be difficult and overwhelming. The best way to maximize tool use and minimize frustration is to create a catalog. I strongly recommend cataloging (7 reasons to catalog) all… Continue Reading