Yes, I do know it's Thursday, but it's been a whirlwind week with the end of school (and accompanying activities), a quick getaway to the mountains for the long weekend (with no internet service) and generally a very full schedule here at Casa Dickinson. And in true summer form, I'm having trouble keeping the weekdays straight, let alone keeping this little blog up-to-date!
But we are settling into the slower summer routine, and next week will kick off swim team practice and summer camps for both kiddos, and hopefully I'll be able to make a more regular appearance here. In the meantime, I wanted to share some scrap space tips & tricks that were recently posted on the Elle's Studio blog. Here's some of the ideas I have for storing and organizing my ES goodies - all easily applied to any other scrap supplies as well!
This little tin box (found in the bathroom storage section of a home goods store) is the perfect size for holding the monthly Elle's Studio kits. I keep the kits in the original clear bags which makes it easy to flip through and find what I need. Once a kit has been mostly used up, I mix any remaining pieces in with whatever Elle’s Studio collection it coordinates best with. I have two more of these small bins that hold smaller tags, envelopes, and journal cards atop my work table.
I love these large plastic hanging file bins from Target for cheap and colorful paper storage! The 12x12 papers fit perfectly and are easily thumbed through to find the pattern or color I need. I use these to hold the bulk of my patterned paper, which is grouped by manufacturer and collection.
To divide each paper collection in the bin, I insert a hanging folder between each different line. The folder holds the any matching embellishments - tags, cards, stickers, etc. - that go with the collection.
For my smaller embellishments, I like to be able to sort through them to find the right shape and size for a layout. Rather than keep them in the original packaging, I empty them into small metal buckets. You can often find these small buckets at dollar stores, or in bulk in the wedding section of crafts stores. They make it easy to dump out your options and find the perfect piece! Tucked inside a drawer at my work table, I can see all the embellishment options I have at once.
Though I've always considered myself a novice stamper, I don't seem to have any trouble collecting cute sets! And organizing for easy use has been a trial and error process. I've finally settled on a Martha Stewart Home Office binder (I got mine at Staples) to keep all my stamps together in one place.
Inside, the three-ring binder holds pocket pages (available in a variety of sizes and configurations) and each pocket holds a stamp set. I can flip through the pages to find the images I need and the sets are easily slipped out of the top-loading pockets.
I'm hoping I can apply some of these organizing and storage tips to my closet, which is in desperate need of a spring clean. Ok, it's not technically spring anymore, but do you really expect a girl who can't keep her days straight to know what season it is??