How to Tame & Organize Your 6×6 Papers

Happy Wednesday!  Today I have a tutorial for you at Catch the Bug.  How many paper hoarding readers do I have?  C’mon — you know you’re one of them!  Now, I’m still using up 12×12 papers from years ago, but I’m incredibly addicted to 6×6 paper pads.  You practically have to wipe the drool off my computer screen around CHA releases.  I have a wish list a mile long right now and am really trying to be very good about it and not buy any knew pads.

One of my crafting quirks is that I almost always color my images prior to picking out papers.  I don’t go in with a plan of what supplies I will use. I  color and then have to search for the right papers to go with the image.  It can be difficult.  Especially if you find out that you don’t have the perfect paper to go with the image.

I remember reading a tip on how to store your paper pads and the scraps last year and it was brilliant.  If you ordered from PaperTrey Ink in the past, you know you received your stamp set in a 6×6 clear box.  I had saved my boxes, sure they would come in handy for something.  Well, they are perfect for storing paper pads and their scraps.

Over the past year, I had started storing them, but in no particular order.  Within the past few weeks, I decided my paper pads really needed to be organized and organized well.  So I sat down with all of my clear boxes and any my crafting friends supplied me with, all of paper pads, my paper trimmer (for those paper pads that give you that extra 1/2″ or so at the top without design) and my label maker.

I grouped my papers together according to manufacturer first and then by similarity.  For example, Echo Park’s Splash and Summer Days are in the same box.  Holidays are grouped together, first by holiday and second by manufacturer.  Each pad of paper is removed from the binding, keeping the cover. Between each pack is a cut divider from my Cropper Hopper paper holders.

As you can see below, there is an image I colored and the cardstock colors I was looking to use.  That tall stack is all of the paper pad covers — it’s about 4 inches high to give you an idea of how much paper I have. I sorted through my covers, which will be further organized to be alphabetical or by holiday.

After sorting through my covers, I determined that I wanted papers from the Echo Park Splash pad.   

After pulling the papers, I could just put together my card.

I’ve used my new system a few times and it really is handy to look through the covers and see what pads would work with my color scheme.  I’m in the process of putting the covers on rings. I  have one that will be holiday specific packs only.  I also intend to label each box with a number or something so that it will be even easier to find the paper I want — especially since my label maker tape was clear and the boxes are clear.  LOL!  I already have a little red circle on the Christmas papers and orange for Halloween/Fall.

So this just goes to show you — never throw anything away because you could always find a way to repurpose it LOL!

Challenge Submissions
Anything Goes Challenge — #73 Summer Days (card)

Ava Mermaid
Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps Ava Mermaid
Paper: Gina K, Echo Park Splash
Other Stuff: Nesties, rhinestones, Stickles, Glossy Accents

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A Tour of my Pink Room

Happy Friday all!  My surgery went very well and I’m recovering at home.  Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll be seeing a lot of my pink room for quite some time.  Having a bilateral mastectomy causes a lot of trauma to your arms that you might not expect.  If you bend your arm at your elbow and go from there to your armpit, that area is pretty much sore.  I’m sleeping in a glider as I can’t lie down.  Typing on the laptop even has to be kept to a minimum.  But, each day is a teeny tiny bit better, so hopefully I’ll be back in the swing of things soon!  And my own bed!

Anyway, two weeks ago, I started to feel more like myself, post-chemo.  I took advantage of it and cleaned & organized my craft room.  It was desperately in need for a good cleaning.  While it was clean and before it became messy again, I thought I would give you a tour.  I attempted a video, but about 10 tries later, I gave up.  LOL!  Instead you get a photo tour.  I had started this post prior to my surgery, but hadn’t finished it.  So settle in with your beverage of choice and sit back for a tour!

My room is one of our bedrooms, but as it leads out to our three season room, it makes the perfect crafting room instead.

This is the front of my room.  My walls are Benjamin Moore Razzle Dazzle.  I love this color!  On this wall I have my chandelier (vinyl wall cling from Target) complete with bling, a Pottery Barn speaker shelf , my TV and crafting supplies for my kids.  The IRIS cart there was my first storage when I started scrapbooking.  Amazingly, all of my supplies fit in that cart!

This is my primary work space.  It is a knock off of The Pottery Barn desk that was all the rave a few years ago.  The legs are two Closetmaid 9 cube organizers.  The top is shelving we purchased at Lowes.  It is 36″ wide — my husband nailed it down to the Closetmaid pieces and then trimmed it out to make it look a bit more complete.  The awesome thing with this shelving is there was no need to paint or prime as it was already white.

As I share my space with my kids from time to time, I wanted to add more space to the desk space.  Again, my husband bought a piece of shelving from Lowes.  He cut “legs” by adding hinges to them and a brace in the middle for extra support.  This allows me to display some personal items on the top and have necessary items right within my reach underneath.

This is my side of the desk.  I keep my Martha Stewart scoring board and Scor-Pal mat, a dessert tray I picked up on clearance from Target (which holds ink pads and random items) and a trio of bowls, also from Target, that hold my adhesives, oft used tools and dies waiting to be put away within my reach.  My director’s chair is from Home Decorator’s.  I wanted something more comfortable than a bar stool.

On top of my shelf are two lunch box tins.  They hold my dies — I saw this idea on 2 Peas and it works really well.  One is for Spellbinders dies and the other holds PTI and MFT dies.

To store the dies, I used the dividers that come with the Cropper Hopper paper organizers.  I use the holders for my papers, but not the dividers.  I cut them down and glued two together to create a sturdier base.  Then I added magnetic sheets — cut from magnetic vent covers I purchased from Home Depot.  Each divider is labeled with the die set name.

Behind my chair are my Michaels cubes, Making Memories shelving unit and some IKEA storage options.

Here are two of my drawers — one holds my Copic refills, Stickles and Liquid Pearls. The other holds glitters, embossing powders, Smooch paints and Viva Decor embellishments.  Other drawers hold PTI stamps, DCWV paper stacks, envelopes and other random embellishments.

Below the drawers is my cardstock and 12×12 paper storage.  I really like my paper storage.  I separate my cardstock by color family.  Each color is stored in a Uline plastic bag — I got this idea when I purchased my first Gina K cardstock.  The bags are slightly smaller and stiffer than the bag her paper comes in, but it works nicely.  The color families are stored in the Cropper Hopper paper holder.  I use the paper pouches that come with the holders to store my 12×12 papers, each pouch is labeled with the name of the paper collection.

I store all of my 6×6 paper in these cubes.  I repurpose my PTI stamp boxes and put my 6×6 paper packs in them once I start using them.  This way I can keep my scraps with the rest of the papers.  Underneath are magnetic strips from IKEA with mud pans that hold my scissors and other miscellaneous items.  Above these cubes is a tri-level spice rack and on the front step are canning jars that hold ribbon.

The IKEA spice jars are perfect for button storage.  I have two spice racks to hold the jars.  Where would we be without IKEA for crafting storage? LOL!

My other main storage is two Expedit units from IKEA — one is 16 cubes and the other is 8.  I love that they can be stacked on top of each other. The top unit holds many of the items I don’t need on a daily basis and household office items.  In the bottom unit, I have two of the drawer inserts, which hold my punches.

 I was able to get almost all of my Martha Stewart punches in one drawer.  The other two drawers hold my SU punches.

In the other cubes, I have my spooled ribbon storage in trays from Target.  Many of my clear stamp sets are stored in binder boxes.  There are also many boxes (striped black boxes) of cards that need to be sent or sold!  The plain black boxes have seasonal ribbons and the larger striped boxes hold more alterables, etc.

Finally, I have my FABULOUS Copic storage.  I first started with a smaller version of this basket, purchased at Target.  I outgrew the smaller version and moved up to the medium size.  However, I didn’t have enough markers to fill the basket.  I asked my wonderful husband for help and how he worked it out is just brilliant!  Given that my storage space was larger than the number of markers, I wanted to put dividers in to hold up the markers.

My husband purchased dowels and cut them down to create dividers.  He created 15 “bins” for the markers.  In order to prevent the dowels from falling in, he nailed a stopper onto each side — you can see these on the first picture.  The basket is great — it’s mobile, has room to grow and completely suits my needs.

So that is my room!  I hope you enjoyed the tour!  I’ll leave you with one last picture — a little woodcarving my aunt sent to me.

A little motivation and reminder any time I’m in my room.  I send this out to anyone who is also kickin’ cancer’s ass!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Have a fabulous weekend!

A Crafty Coupon Organizer

Good Morning!  We are back from a week with my family in Wisconsin.  It was so nice to be home.  We had a great time — the kids were so excited to spend time with Grandma & everyone else.

Have any of you been “bitten” by the couponing bug?  I’ve started printing off a lot of coupons and trying to use them more often.  Definitely not to the extreme of those featured on TV shows, but I’m glad to save anything off a bill.  However, I needed to get the coupons organized.

What better reason to save money than to buy stamps?  (Well, I’m sure since we all live in the REAL world, there are many other reasons, but this one is far nicer, prettier & funner to think about.)  I used Dottie crafting and colored her up, pretty in pink.  This front page is actually laminated (you can see the bit of glare).  I typed out the tags (bottom reads “must save money for stamps…”) and cut them out with Nestie Ribbon Banners.  Each is sponged over with Memento Angel Wings.

I have 14 pages on the clip — each with a pocket for coupons.  On each pocket is a label, sporting a shopping or high heel image from Bugaboo.

I just happened to pick two of the same papers for the pictures.  All of the papers are from Making Memories Sabrina. 

Challenge Submissions
Craft Us Crazy — Anything Goes
Crafts 4 Eternity – #30 Anything but a Card

Must Save Money for Stamps
Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps Dottie CraftingHeels Strap Bow, JJ Shopping – so much plastic
Paper: Basic Black, Pink Passion, Pixie Pink, Select White, Making Memories Sabrina
Copics: E00, E000, R27, RV10, C9, RV55, YR68, E23, E21
Other Stuff: Nesties Labels 18 and Ribbon Banners

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Bugaboo Tutorial – Die Cut Binder

Good Morning!  It’s Wednesday, which means tutorial day at Catch the Bug.  Today I have an organizational project for you.  I came across this organizational binder/index on SCS last year and have been wanting to make one of my own since then.  This will be particularly handy when dealing with digital images since you can resize them.

To start, I cut a few sheets of Pale Plum (a color I have a lot of and am not particularly fond of) in half the long way.  Then I lined up my circle nestabilities, incrementally going up in size between the two sets and ran it through my Cuttlebug.  I wrote next to each negative die cut, the product number used by Spellbinders and then the number of the die (1-6 or 7, depending on the set).  I also wrote with a Sharpie the number on the corresponding die.
As you can see, I also have a sheet of Ainsley’s Brat images.  They are sized between 40-55% of the original image.  Blog Candy for a Cause is in the last week — I hope you’ll consider donating — it’s a great cause and there are loads of goodies up for grabs!
After doing both pieces of paper, I put them in a page protector.  This allows me to easily determine which Nestie would fit my image.  Here, I can see that the 40% sized image will fit in the S4-116-5 circle, but I can also see that I might want to tweak the location of my 45% image located in the upper right. 

I’ve managed to get through my circles and ovals.  I’m going to do each major shape in a different color.  Still have squares, rectangles, labels, and seasonal shapes to get through.  It’s a good TV activity.  LOL!  Hopefully, this will allow for a bit quicker cardmaking and definitely a bit more organized.  Organization is definitely a good thing!  I hope you find this useful. 

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Yeah for PVC Pipe!

Why on earth would I say that? Why would be I be cheering for this ugly stuff on a crafting blog?

Well, because it can be turned into this:

Which becomes this:

Isn’t that fun? Isn’t that cool? Are you all as excited as I am by this? I saw this awesome set-up last year on SCS. Since it involved a standard home improvement material, I had to show it to my husband. We both agreed it was an awesome idea and since my Copic collection was growing, a good solution for my markers. On his next trip to Home Depot, he nicely purchased some white PVC piping for me. Then it sat, in our basement, neglected.

Fast forward to this weekend. I was trying to work in my room, which isn’t nearly as organized as I would like and definitely not as neat. My Copic collection has grown (and will be growing some more in the next few weeks) and I was running out of room in my Making Memories carousel. We were discussing how to set them up — my husband was perplexed with what to use as a bottom or backing. As we were talking, I looked at the lazy susan I had on my desk. This was the bottom of a ribbon storage unit I purchased from Oriental Trading and was no longer using for ribbon, but for other things that I like to keep handy on my desk. A light bulb went on — why not put the piping on the lazy susan? The markers would be right where I need them and wouldn’t be in reach of my kiddos.

Now, if you have ever dealt with PVC, you’ll know they print the UPC bar code right on the outside. Plus a bunch of other writing and it is quite mucked up. Who would care since it is likely going under a sink or in a non-visible location? I was trying to think of what I would do to make them pretty while DH was cutting them. He came in the house, frustrated because cutting them with a hack saw was not giving him straight, clean cuts. (He was also balancing the pipe on our garbage can to saw, while keeping an eye out for our kids, which probably didn’t help.) He filed them down, but was not happy with the results. He was ready to throw in the towel on the project.

When I looked at them,I liked the sloped cut and imperfect heights. I was planning to put paper around them, but this could get tricky with uneven cuts, so I figured I would cover the top edges with ribbon. While I was trying that out, my husband suggested using ribbon to decorate them instead of paper. What an awesome idea! We went to Michaels and I bought ribbon in 5 colors, with a complimentary pattern of the same color.

While watching the Olympics last night, I wrapped the pipe with the ribbon. I put a strip of Scor-tape on the top and bottom of the inside and then put 3 pieces all the way around the outside. This allowed for a nice smooth line and no bubbling/gapping. After I wrapped them, I added a piece of the solid color on the inside, over the edges of the cut pieces at the top and bottom. This made it just a touch neater. They are Super glue’d to the lazy susan.

For a few specifics, the pipe is 3.5″ in diameter. My husband cut them about 4 inches tall. I wanted the cap of a Sketch marker visible. I can get 21 Sketch markers or 25-26 Ciaos in each pipe. Obviously, I’ll need to add more (I have another lazy susan), but I love this!

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