Category Archives: Craft Room Organization

Crafting on the Go Bundle

Where are you crafting – at an event, on vacation, or just in your TV room? Regardless of where these 3 organizers are a perfect trio for simplifying the process of moving your supplies and keeping your workspace tidy.

At Totally-Tiffany we often refer to items like these as “basics” things every crafter should have in order to enjoy the time they spend crafting.  These 3 basics; the Lois Tote, Ditto Bag, and the Pop Up Trash Can all work together in every crafting situation.

Basic #1 Lois All Event Tote: Lois is a favorite for so many reasons but for the sake of this article we’ll just talk about 1 – how well Lois and the Ditto Tool Bag work together.

The Ditto Tool Bag fits flawlessly into the roomy 10×13 interior of the Lois tote.  Why is this important? After all, the Ditto has its own handle, so it can be carried on its own.  The Ditto handle is easy to use, but it does require a “hand” to carry it.  Which means, your hand is not available for handling other things like car keys, a beverage container, or some other crafty necessity.  The Lois tote gives your Ditto Bag shoulder straps and once she’s over your shoulder, your hands are free for other things.

I don’t want to say that crafters are hoarders, but we do have a lot of “stuff” and we like to be prepared by having everything we might possibly need. This can occasionally result in a Ditto Bag that is overloaded with tools and supplies.  Transporting your Ditto Bag in a Lois Tote helps to keep everything contained.  You won’t have to worry about anything “spilling” out and getting lost.  Anything that spills out of your Ditto will be contained within the Lois tote.

If the event that your Ditto Tool Bag is not overloaded, you’ll have extra room in the Lois tote for a 12×12 Fab File or Paper Handler too. 

Basic #2 The Ditto Tool Bag:  If you’re unfamiliar with the Ditto Tool Bag – I’m delighted to be introducing it to you now.  (Want to learn a little about the history of this product? Read my previous post – The History of the Ditto bag.) This handy tool bag was designed specifically for paper crafters and how we craft.  The pockets and compartments are the right sizes and shapes for the tools and supplies you use as a crafter.  You’ll love the “secret” paper trimmer pocket in the center of the bag – designed for your small personal paper trimmer.

My FAVORITE feature is the “split” – this bag splits open so you can see and access everything from both sides of the bag without turning it.  Another benefit to the split – if you’re at a crafting event, with limited table space, there are occasionally crafters at your table who “creep” into your space – the open Ditto helps to establish a border and keeps creeping crafters in their own space.

While the Ditto is ideal for papercrafting it’s super handy for other things as well – you might actually need more than 1 – Read a few more ideas in my previous post – 5 Ways to use the Ditto Tool Bag.

Basic #3 Pop Up Trash Can: Last but certainly not least – the Pop Up Trash Can.  This lightweight and portable waste paper can will help you keep your workspace tidy whether it’s next to the couch as you binge and craft or at the edge of your seat during a paper crafting event.  I’ve designed this can big enough to be able to easily hold large scraps, so you don’t have to worry about “stuffing” your trash into it.  It’s lightweight and has a small handle, so lifting it to the edge of the table and “sweeping” small scraps into it is easy too.  It folds flat and secures quickly with the attached elastic strap.  Once it’s flattened out, it will slide into your Lois Tote right next to your Ditto Tool Bag.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! 

Happy Crafting,

5 Buddy Bags that can be used with your Ditto Tool Bag

There are a number of reasons to add Buddy Bags to your Ditto Tool Bag; taking specific supplies to an event that are already in a Buddy Bag will save you time packing and unpacking, keeping smaller items contained in a Buddy Bag will help to keep things organized, and standing longer Buddy Bags up… Continue Reading

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? … Continue Reading

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 your… 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