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Storage Solutions: Blendabilities

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So, how many of you have a storage issue when it comes to your alcohol markers, such as Stampin’ Up! Blendabilities?? Well, here are a few tips on how to store your Blendabilities easily, efficiently and inexpensively.

 

 

 

First of all, like any dual tipped marker, you’ll want to store your markers on their side.

 

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As for me I started storing my Blendabilities in a clear storage box I had at home. The box measure about 6″ x 12″ and the Blendabilities fit perfectly in the box and held three rows.  Originally I thought it would be large enough, but since Stampin’ Up! came out with more Blendabilities colors I found that the nice and roomy clear plastic box wasn’t big enough.  So, I needed a new box or a new solution to storing them.

 

 

 

Blendabilities Storage 2I like my stamping supplies AWAY! I like things as neat and tidy as I can possibly get them. I also like my stamping supplies  stored by color whenever possible. All my card stock stored by color, so when I need a blue I can look at all my choices at once. So, it was time to try and come up with a storage solution by color for my Blendabilities. This is when I discovered that Stampin’ Up! has an easy and very affordable solution; their wood mount clear stamp cases. One case fits 16 Blendabilities and are sold in packages of four cases. So, four cases will store a total of 64 Blendabilities. Of course, I need more cases since I’m storing the Blendabilities by color, but four cases will do it for all of the available 54 Blendabilities  plus Color Lofter Stampin’ Up! offers. You’ll even have room to spare for 11 more Blendabilities.

 

Don’t hesitate to order some of these great cases today. These are great for storing other supplies and cards in the making as well.

 

Just trying to keep you organized!

 

Hugs,
Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click on images to order cases and the newest Blendabilities.

 

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Tool Tip: Storing Framelits and Embossing Folders

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I don’t know about you, but my cup runnith over when it comes to framelits, dies and embossing folders! I’ve tried storing all my accessories for the BIG Shot numerous ways such as, in boxes, and drwaers only to find I always run out of space. When this happens I tend to store the over-flow where ever it fits only to find out later I can’t find what I’m looking for or I forget I have them at all! Does this sound like you? If so, today I want to share what works for me thoroughly.

 

Now the idea of storing your BIG Shot accessories in a binder isn’t my original idea. In fact there are companies out there who sell binders and magnetic sheets for just this purpose. However, the systems these companies have are quite costly. This storage idea is less costly and don’t you love how the magnetic sheet holds the metal framelits? So neat and tidy!

 

Storage Framelits

 

Here’s what I did:

Magnetic Vent Covers

 

1.   I went to Home Depot and purchased Magnetic Vent Covers. There are three to a pack for about $4.50. I cut down the 15″ x 7″ sheets in thirds, so the cut down sheets measure 5″ x 7″. Each cut sheet costs about $.50 and fit perfectly in a 5″ x 8″ binder and page protectors.

 

2.  I cut scrap cardboard to 5′ x 7″ to use in between each magnetic sheet. Two magnetic sheets and the middle cardboard sheet fits into one page protector.

 

 

 

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Dymo Label Maker

 

3.   With my DYMO Label Maker I labeled the name and Stampin’ Up! product number on each sheet as shown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I did a similar set-up for my Embossing Folders minus the magnetic sheets.

Embossing Folder STorage

I think this method works for me, because so far I have all my framelits, nestabilities and embossing folders in two binders. It’s neat and compact and when I need more room, and you know I will sooner or later, I’ll just buy another binder. I hope this helps you get all your thinlits, framelits, nestabilities and embossing folders organized.

 

Nothing like snow days for getting organized!

 

Warm Winter Hugs,

Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

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Tool Tip Tuesday: Taming Unruly Ribbon

Here’s a simple tip for taming all that unruly ribbon.  This tip won’t cost you a cent and works very well.

 

All you need to do is make a slit on the cardboard disc the ribbon is wound in.

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I make a slit  with my Paper Snips and slip the ribbon end through the slit. (Say that three times fast)   This works every time! It doesn’t matter where the end of your ribbon is, because the cardboard disc rotates around. Just move the slit where needed. Nothing could be easier!

 

Just helping you get organized!

Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

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Get Organized: Label Your Ink Pads & Sponge Daubers

Did you know that you can label the ends of your ink pads as well as your Sponge Daubers? Well you can.

 

Labeling Stampin' Up! Ink Pads

To label your Stampin’ Ink Pads, simply print out, cut the labels and add a little adhesive to the back. Burnish the label on with your Bone Folder.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Labeling Stampin' Up! Sponge Daubers

Follow the same directions for your Sponge Daubers, except for the Sponge Daubers, wrap the label around the plastic bottom.

 

Here are two links for labels. One is for all the Stampin’ Up! Colors and the other is for the In-Colors.

 

CLICK HERE for Stampin’ Up! Color Labels

 

CLICK HERE for Stampin’ Up! In-Color Labels:

 

I hope this helps you, “Get Organized!”

Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

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Tool Tip Tuesday: Storing Baker’s Twine…

I don’t know about you, but I love the Stampin’ Up!’s Baker’s Twine, but sometimes I have trouble when I want to use a lot of it to wrap around a project or card. I find the cardboard, which the twine is wrapped around, tends to flap around on my work surface. Sometimes I feel like I need an extra hand, one to hold the project I’m working on, one to wrap the Baker’s Twine and one to unwrap the twine from it’s original cardboard. This is what I came up with to solve this problem. I think you’re going to love it.

Stampin' Up! Baker's Twine

 

I started by unrolling the Baker’s Twine form the card board it came on. I rolled it on a card board spool I had. They also sell wooden spools at your local craft or fabric store.

Baker's Twine on a Spool

Once the spool was all rolled up I placed in in the shaker jar I purchased. This jar holds all three of Stampin’ Up!’s Baker’s Twine.

Shaker Jar for Baker's Twine

Because of the holes on the lid, you can store as many spools that will fit in the jars. Each spool gets an allocated hole for easy access.

Lid of Baker's Twine Jar

Here’s the jar with two filled spools.

Baker's Twine Spools in Jar

I certainly hope you’ve enjoyed this Tool Tip and rush out, buy a jar and start spoolling around your Baker’s Twine.

Click on BAKER’S TWINE to order.

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Get Organized!!!

Hello, Stampers!

 

One of the questions that I get asked all the time is, how to organize card stock.

 

Here is a storage idea available from Stampin’ Up!

Paper Holders & Dividers

Paper Holders & Dividers

These vertical paper holders make it easy to store and protect paper while keeping it visible aiding in your project color choice.

 

Paper holders stores up to 200 sheets of card stock or about 8 packages.

 

Use the paper holder dividers (sold separately) to separate card stock or designer series paper by color.

 

Available in 8-1/2″ x 11″ and 12″ x 12″.

 

These are also great for storing all of your craft ideas magazines.

 

Click on product  to order and get organized:

8-1/2″ x 11″ Paper Holder

8-1/2″ x 11″ Paper Holder Dividers

12″ x 12″ Paper Holder

12″ x 12″ Paper Holder Dividers

 

See you soon!

Siggy 2

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Tidy Friday: Paper Organization

Hi, Lakeside Stampers!

As promised here is another Tidy Friday Organization Tip for Storing your Card Stock and Designer Series Paper. As I have mentioned in the past I’m a visual person, so, for me this system works. I know some demonstrators store their paper filed away in matching hanging file folders. You need to decide which method works for you. I like standing in front of the card stock while I’m deciding what colors to use.  Another reason I like this system is I can see at a glance what colors I am low on and need to order.

 

Here’s how I have my Card Stock stored.

 

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Now, my stamping room is not big by any stretch. These cabinets are 18″ deep x 26″ wide and 26″ high. On top I have paper sorters for my 8-1/2″ x 11″ Card Stock. I have the Card Stock organized in rainbow colors. Again, that works for me. If organizing your card stock by collection is better for you than you can also do it that way.
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 I have my neutrals grouped together as shown:

Paper Sorter # 1

 

For my 12″ x 12″ Card Stock & Designer Series Paper I also have them in 14″ x 14″ paper sorters.

 

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I have the Designer Series Paper in Alphabetical Order. I label each pack with it’s name, the year of the catalog and colors in that pack. Nothing fancy. it takes time initially, but, it’s easier than looking colors up in the Idea Book & Catalog when I’m in the middle of looking for a certain color.

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I hope this is inspires you to, “Get Organized!”  It really doesn’t matter what system you use, but, that you have some kind of system in place, so, you have more time for your masterpieces.

 

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend.
Stampin’ Hugs,
 

 

 

 

 

 

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My Lakeside Stamping Room

Tidy Friday: Organizing Stamp Sets

Hey, There Lakeside Stampers!

 

For those of you who come to my house on the lake, you know it is small and while it might be small on space my home is BIG on personality and warmth. It seems as though everyone loves to come here with the relaxed atmosphere, good food, back deck and of course the lake. During the summer after a barbecued dinner we tend to sit and linger listening to the crickets and kady-dids. Now, I know this lifestyle isn’t for everyone but, we adore it and feel very lucky. John and I always say to each other that,  “We feel like we’re on vacation here all the time.”

 

Having said that, a small house also has it’s challenges. Everything must have a spot to be put away or that calm, warm feeling turns onto chaos.  Having a “put-away” spot for everything is a task easier said then done. I find consistency is vital. Sort of clean as you go, a little everyday. Thank goodness, I am an organized person by nature, so, when it comes to my stamp room that organization comes naturally, except when working on a project, but, that’s another post.

 

For my first, what I am calling, “Tidy Friday,” I’m going to take you through my stamp room, one Friday at a time. Today, I will share with you how I organize my stamp sets. Even though my space is small I still buy the wood mount stamp sets.  I guess I am a purist at heart.

 

Here is a picture of the cabinet I use. I love it because it has glass doors and it forces me keep my sets neat and tidy. After all no one wants to look at a mess!

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 I  have the sets organized by categories similar to the way Stampin’ Up! organizes them in the Idea Book and Catalog.   On each stamp box I punch a 1/2″ circle with my Stampin’ Up! punch in the color that matches the category it belongs in. Here are the categories and their assigned colors.

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I have a shelf designated for each category. Behind each stamp set label I place a white label on the inside. It makes it easier for me to see the name of each set. I’m a visual person so this system works for me.

Nature and Elements Categories.

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Occasions Category

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On the retired stamp set boxes I add a star I can see the retired sets easily at a glance.

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Before I mount my stamp sets, I copy the label sheet on my printer, place it in a clear protective sleeve, add it a binder which has colored separation dividers for the appropriate category. I like using a binder for several reasons. One reason is I can add or remove stamp sets as i acquire or sell them. Another reason is I can keep all my stamp sets within each category alphabetically. Again, this system works for me. These reference books also come in handy when I am designing or looking for a certain sized image or greeting to use.

Green divider for the Nature category.      Nature stamp sets.

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I hope this gives you incentive to get your stamp sets organized. Of course if you have the clear mounts all you need to do is line them up alphabetically but, you can still set up a reference binder to aid you when you are designing your projects.

 

Thanks for stopping by and have a terrific weekend!

 

Stampin’ Hugs!

 

 

 

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