Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Organization page 1
A year ago I preferred stamping with clear stamps. I still purchase and use clear stamps, but wooden stamps are now my first choice. My wooden stamps are stored on the wall so that I can see them as I work. Some are in a teak flatware organizer, some are in an open shadow box, and some are in a wooden shelf as they were a year ago. Others are now in those fabric covered drawer organizers that in Massachusetts can be found in Marshalls, TJ Maxx, and HomeGoods stores. The organizers are very sturdy and when I stand them up on one of their sides they work as "shelves" for my stamps. I try to keep the stamps organized by theme and as the seasons change I rotate them so that the current season is right above my computer screen.
My clear stamps are stored in clear cd cases as are my Nestability dies. I've never taken the time to label the cases and I am guessing I never will. I store them roughly in alphabetical order and I can locate what I want easily.
My ink pads are in the same flatware organizer that they were stored in a year ago. It works for me. I still mainly use ColorBox ink pads, but I use Memento ink pads more and more often and have added additional ones to my collection. The organizer is now filled, but there are a few ink pads that I can move out if I purchase more of my preferred ones.
I store some of my ribbon on a paper towel holder that just happens to have a wooden shelf on it. I now store my mini ribbon rolls in a plastic organizer and additional rolls of ribbon in a larger plastic organizer. They are sorted by color and I can easily see what I have.
I still have some of my brads displayed in a corkboard on the wall. I rarely use those brads. They add color to my work area. I use the brads that are stored in silicone muffin wrappers on a small cupcake stand. I simply pick up the muffin wrapper that has the brads I want to use and place it next to me as I work. I used to store brads in votive candle holders, but now find this works the best for me. The cupcake stand holds 12 muffin wrappers and doesn't take up much room on my worktable.