Saturday, May 19, 2018

Organizing Your Crafty Stash Day 4–Card Stock, Patterned Paper, and Felt

Hello and welcome back for Day 4 of MFT’s organization series. Today we’re focusing on card stock, patterned paper, and felt. These items can get a little overwhelming sometimes, so it’s really helpful to have them organized and contained so you don’t waste time searching for what you need.

First up, card stock. I store all my card stocks in vertical files. Most things I like out in the open so I can see what I’ve got but not card stock. I want it protected from light and dust so I use a filing cabinet. I used to use a regular filing cabinet but I finally got tired of skinned knuckles and not being able to get to the very back so I invested in these vertical filing cabinets.

This drawer holds about half of my MFT card stock with watercolor paper, clear acetate, and Copic paper at the far end. There’s room at the side for extra packs. See how far it opens? No problem at all getting to anything I want.

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This one holds more extras (no, I don’t EVER want to run out of card stock, LOL!) and some miscellaneous card stock that I use when I need to make templates, etc.

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This one holds the rest of my MFT card stock plus all the metallics: sparkle & shine, along with the wood adhesive backed sheets. And more extras ;-)

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I love this little file box that I keep handy near my desk. In it are A2 size panels of all MFT card stocks. When I cut a new sheet up for a project, the rest of it goes in here so if I need less than a sheet for anything I pull one of these out and don't have to go to the filing cabinet.

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My patterned paper is kept in another Fridge Binz container in labeled sleeves. Scraps are inside the pad and the pads are in alphabetical order. Duplicate pads are in a box to the left. This container holds 30 pads comfortably.

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I put them in the sleeves upside down because almost all of my pads come apart at the binding after I pull out several sheets. This keeps the binding at the bottom so it’s easier to get to remaining sheets in the pad—sometimes I don’t ever have to take them out of the sleeve ;-)

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I print off the color chart from the MFT blog and tape it to the back of each pad for a handy reference of the colors included in each pad. This is really helpful to me—I resisted for a long while and spent way too much time online looking up what colors were used with which papers. This is such a time saver that it’s well worth the ink!

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I store my felt in a Sterlite drawer container according to color. I leave them in the original packaging. The name is on the package so I don’t feel a need to re-lable—why reinvent the wheel if it works, right?

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And that’s it for my organizational tips on card stock, patterned paper, and felt. I hope you’ve found at least a little something helpful today.

Thanks so much for stopping by—see you back tomorrow for the final day of MFT’s Organizing Your Crafty Stash feature.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Organizing Crafty Stash Day 3—Die-namics

Hello, welcome back to Day Three of MFT’s Organizing Crafty Stash series. Today we’re talking about Die-namics storage.

All of my Die-namics that coordinate with a stamp set are stored with the stamp set in the back of the pouch—this only makes sense to me. If there is more than one piece it’s stored on magnets to decrease the chance of loosing a piece.

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Other Die-namics are stored in the same kind of bins that I used for stamps and are organized by type, i.e., Nature, STAX, Sentiments, etc. I store my Die-namics in the same kind of pouches in which I store my stamps. I started using CD sleeves before MFT started carrying that size so I have some of both, then for the larger die sets I use the next size up.

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This shelf also slides out so I can see everything in the bins.

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Again, any set with multiple pieces, especially if they are small pieces, is stored on magnets in the sleeve/pouch.

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Any extra die cuts I might have are stored in the back of the pouch—storing in the front with the die blade up can damage the die cut so they go in the back. When I pull out a die I always look to see if there are any extras and use them if they will work on the project I’m working on.

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Finally, if you saw my very first die storage system you saw these doors. I got to the point they were overflowing so that’s when I went to the pouch system. I still love that everything is visible at a glance so I now just use them for Blueprints and Cover-Ups. And my A2 Rectangles that I want handy at all times.

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And there you have my Die-namics storage system. As with my stamps, it’s nice to have everything in the bins and in alphabetical order—it’s a lot of work to set up at the beginning but it absolutely saves time when creating. I have a rule that the first thing I do when I get new product is to sit down and package it so everything is always up to date.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you’ve gotten an idea or two that you can use in your crafting space. See you back tomorrow for more organizing ideas!

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Organizing Crafty Stash Day 2—Stamps

Hello and welcome back to Day 2 of MFT’s Organized Crafty Stash! Today we’re discussing stamp storage. My organization is pretty much like many crafters use: storage pockets in some kind of container—nothing extraordinary but it works and that’s all that matters.

I have a cabinet in my craft room in which I store my stamps. I could paint it but it has some sentimental value just like it is so it stays. One whole shelf is dedicated to stamps that are organized by line in two-sided Fridge Binz. I made my dividers from heavy duty file folders.

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My wonderful and handy DH installed a pull out shelf on rails for me so I can see everything and be able to pull what I want easily when I’m ready to use a set.

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Each set is stored in a storage packet from the MFT store and labeled with the set name and stored in alphabetical order. This really makes it easy to find a set. I’ve been using this system for about two years—before, I really had no system and it wasn’t pretty--I spent a lot of time searching.

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I store my background stamps in a similar way. They are also in a bin in 6” x 6” page protectors, also available in the MFT store.

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Here’s what the page protector looks like—laying on black paper so you can see better. I just trim off the side tab with the binder holes because I have no plans to put them in a binder, but you certainly could do that. Some backgrounds are a tight fit but so far I’ve not found any that would not fit inside these page protectors.

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I use this label maker. It’s not the latest and greatest, I’ve had it a long time and it works, so I see no reason to replace it.

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And that’s it about my stamp storage. I think the most important part of it is the labeled storage packets arranged in alphabetical order. If you have that, in place, any container that will let you see the labels is good.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! See you back tomorrow for more organizational ideas!

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Happy Birthday, Cupcake–MFT May Birthday Project Challenge

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Hi, everyone, I’m back with this month’s Birthday Project Challenge! Are you ready? This month we’re challenged to make Delicious Birthday Delights. All of the details about the challenge are available on the MFT Challenge & Inspiration blog as well as in the weekly newsletter. The MFT Design Team will be on hand to provide plenty of inspiration to get you started.

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“Birthdays are kind of a perfect occasion for sweet-toothed birthday boys and girls. Cakes and cupcakes lead the charge, of course bedecked by a festive candle! Join our designers this month in crating birthday looks featuring cakes, cupcakes, and candles.” This is the challenge so I went with a cupcake :) I’m using PI Birthday Cupcake Stamp Set and Die-namics. I paper pieced her dress with Tiny Checks Brights Patterned Paper and colored her with Copic markers then popped her up on a background heat embossed with Roses All Over Background.

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That was adhered to a card base covered with Roses All Over Brights Patterned Paper, framed her with Stitched Scallop Oval Frames Die-namics and heat embossed the sentiment on Stitched Fishtail Sentiment Strips cut from Black Licorice card stock. Foam tape was used for dimension and I finished off with some baker’s twine.

And that’s it for this month’s Birthday Project Challenge. Thanks so much for stopping by! See you soon!


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All products from My Favorite Things unless otherwise noted.

Stamps: PI Cupcake Day, Roses All Over
Die-namics: PI Cupcake Day, Stitched Fishtail Sentiment Strips, Stitched Oval Scallop Frames
Hybrid Ink: Extreme Black
Specialty Inks: Versamark
Patterned Paper: Roses All Over Brights, Tiny Checks Brights
MFT Card Stock: Sweet Tooth, Black Licorice, No Line Coloring
Supplies: foam mounting tape, E-Z Runner, white detail embossing powder, Multi Medium Matte Glue
Tools: Smart Grid Paper Pad, Mini MISTI, Mini MISTI Grid Paper Pad, MISTI Bar Magnets, Square Bone Folder, Scor-Buddy, QuickStik Pick-up Tool, Precision Tip Glue Applicator Bottle, Embossing Magic, Copics, craft tweezers, plastic eraser
Other: Die-cutting machine, paper cutter, heat tool, baker’s twine


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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Organizing Crafty Stash Day 1—Inks and Coloring Mediums

Are you ready to get organized? We are bringing back our very popular 5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash. As we know, stampers are always in search of better ways to store products and organize supplies. We’re taking this week to give you tips and tricks and great ideas for making everything easily accessible, usable, and pretty. Each day this week we’ll be focusing on one portion of your crafty stash — from ink and stamps to Die-namics, card stock, and stencils.

Today we’re focusing on inks and coloring mediums. I have a bunch of both, but tend to have favorites that I reach for regularly. The rest are kept handy “in case” I decide to use them once I’m in the middle of designing—because I often don’t know what direction I’m going to go in when I start a project.

Let’s begin with inks. Like many people, I have the ubiquitous ink storage cabinets. They work well for me—take up little space and keep my inks handy. I can’t ask for much more than that :)

First, my
MFT Premium Dye ink full size pads:

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I store my ink pads upside down and have them labeled accordingly. I also keep the ink refills in the same slot with a small dot of matching card stock on the top—so easy to find the color I want that way. If I have a ink blending sponge for that ink I keep it there as well.

Next, my MFT
Hybrid ink full size pads:

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Except for Extreme Black, I don’t use these inks a ton so only have a few refills but I label them exactly like the dye inks. I also have my Delicata metallic inks in this section.

I use my MFT ink cubes quite a bit so they are handy, too, and also stored in the Distress Ink boxes by set.

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Hybrid:

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Next, my Distress Oxide inks. I confess I am not a HUGE fan of them but I bought into the hype at the beginning so I don’t have them all and use them rarely. But they’re labeled :)

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There are a few specialty ink pads in this section as well, like Versafine, Brilliance, etc.

My regular Distress Inks are in the form of cubes that I store in the Distress Ink boxes. I also use them rarely so the cubes and refills are all I need. I have them labeled by “set” as listed in the MFT store

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Next let’s talk about coloring mediums. My most used would be my Copic markers. I keep them in X-boxes right in front of me on my work desk so they are easily reached when I need them. Various Ink Refills are kept in a box in a cabinet, handy if needed.

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The coloring medium I use the next often is my Peerless Watercolors. If you have any of these you know they can be a bit messy when colored dust falls off. I created a swatch book that I LOVE. I made the cover pretty with watercolors.

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Just inside the cover I created a “Table of Contents” to make it easy to flip to what I want at any time.

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I arranged the pages in a rainbow pattern and attached 2” square swatches for each color. I also added a actual color swatch under each color. The pages are laminated so stray watercolor can be wiped right off and swatches are easily removed and replaced.  I love this book. When I used up a color I toss that swatch, cut another and adhere it with tape runner.

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You can see it gets a lot of use--almost every time I craft. I can’t imagine not having it—creating this was time well spent and I keep this book on top of my Copic markers. Did I mention that I love this book?? If you want to see exactly how I made it you can find a step by step tutorial HERE.

I have Prismacolor pencils, Kuretake Gansai Watercolors, and Faber Castell Watercolor pencils. They all get used rarely so they are in their original containers on a shelf—handy but not in the way,

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I’ve started collecting alcohol inks and supplies but haven’t had a chance to play with them yet so they are all in a basket on a shelf. Hoping to get around to trying them out soon. I also have some gelatos on this shelf. I use them rarely as well, so handy but out of the way.

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I also have a lot of Distress Paints and stains, and craft paints, all labeled with a color swatch on the top and in baskets on a shelf. Again, not used often but I want them handy in case I decide to use them.

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So, lots of inks and coloring mediums but I tend to use Copic markers and Peerless Watercolors the most so they are right on my desk at all times. All of my supplies are on open shelves where I can see them at a glance. While cabinets with doors would be neater, for me, out of sight is out of mind.

I hope I’ve given you some ideas for your ink and coloring medium storage—whatever you do, the most important thing is that it works for YOU.

Thanks for stopping by! See you back tomorrow for more organizing ideas.

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