Category Archives: Craft Supply 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

Organizing your crafting paper with the Paper Junkie Paper Storage Boxes, Paper Pockets and Shut Your Flap labeling tabs!

Organizing your crafting paper with the Paper Junkie Paper Storage Boxes, Paper Pockets and Shut Your Flap labeling tabs!

Paper can easily be the most overwhelming supply in your paper crafting stash. It all stacks together neatly, but then you can’t see it to know what you’ve got. Vertical storage is the best way to organize paper – remember my mantra, “If it’s horizontal, it’s a pile. If it’s vertical, it’s a file.”  It’s always… 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

Organizing embellishments and stickers with 5×7 pockets

You know I’m a big advocate of keeping your supplies together according to the 4 Section System.  You also know my favorite way to do this is using a ScrapRack.  But I know, the ScrapRack isn’t ideal for every crafter’s lifestyle.  If you’re a crafter, particularly if you’re a card maker, and generally work in… Continue Reading

Fabulous 5×7 Pockets – How to use them

Our 5×7 pockets are a favorite among crafters who collect acrylic stamps, but they have many other crafty uses as well.  Add one of our 5×7 magnetic sheets to a pocket and you’ve got the perfect stamp & die storage system.  Use them to sort and store embellishments, stickers, and photos too. These handy pockets… Continue Reading

4 Testimonials you don’t want to miss, if you’re considering a ScrapRack system.

Rita B. – back to scrapbooking! Dear Scraprack, I recently purchased your product. In fact, I bought the complete system and the wingless set too. THANK YOU! You have taken the biggest downfall of scrapbooking and turned it into my biggest asset. This product, along with the 4 section system has re-inspired me. I have… Continue Reading

A Bazillion ways to use the 12×12 binder

I guess I should start by telling you the difference between the 12×12 Craft Supply Binder, and the Spinder Binder.  The difference is, drum roll please… One has a Spinder (3 ring section) included (the 12×12 Craft Supply Binder) and one does not (the Spinder Binder).  That’s it.  They each have the hook and loop fabric… Continue Reading

Die Storage – tips for using the Die File – 2

Challenge – organizing stamps and dies together in the Desk Maid Die File. When I created the Die File, I wasn’t thinking that crafters would use it for both dies and stamps.  After we released it, one of the first questions I was asked, “Can I store my stamps with my dies in this?” I recently… Continue Reading

Die Storage – tips for using the Die File

You’ve invested big money in your die collection. Keeping your dies organized will help you use them more.  The Desk Maid Die File is the perfect solution for crafting at home. Challenge – The Diamond Press sentiment/word die set, is very difficult to read. Because word dies are backwards, reading them can be difficult.  With… 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

Tri-Blend Pen Storage

If you’re a craft junkie, you’ve probably already played with the Tri-Blend Pens from Spectrum Noir.  These triple-tipped pens are perfect for so many crafty things – coloring, stamping, scrapbooking, card making…but how are you going to store them? Last week, Rebecca Cameron stopped by my office with her new set of Tri-Blend markers.  These… 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

My new planning favorite – Washi Flakes

I LOVE THESE!!! I stumbled across this new line of stickers when I was in JoAnn last week.  I fell in love with them almost instantly and decided I had to share them with all of you – my crafty cohorts. Why do I love them?  The are beautiful, cute, and trendy! AND, they are… 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

Thickers Sticker Organizer

If you love working with Thickers Stickers, but struggle to keep them organized we’ve got two simple solutions. Organize Thickers Stickers with our 12×6 supply box or in your ScrapRack – it’s sooo easy. You’ll want to organize them within your 4 Section System regardless of the type of storage tool you’re using.  Generic alphabet… 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

Theme Organizer ScrapMaster

Babies, Beach, Birthday, Travel…these are all common scrapbooking and card making themes.  If you’re using a ScrapRack you’ve got all of these things organized together by theme.  If you’re not using a ScrapRack, you may need a little help getting your themes together.  For smaller themes, The ScrapMaster is a good solution. With 6 pockets,… 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

3 Ways to get organized with The ScrapMaster

As many of you know, I resisted designing the ScrapMaster for YEARS!  I was always a huge advocate of storing scraps right in the Scraprack within the 4 section system.  Last year at one of the conventions, someone asked me about scrap storage and I suggested she keep her scraps with her paper in her… 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