Let’s Get Organized – part 2

January 16, 2011

in Organization, Sale

Before we start talking about getting organized, I wanted to share with you a fabulous site called Big Picture Classes.  They offer online classes for scrapbookers that are simply wonderful.  Some of the classes are even free.  I took a 30-day class in December from a top notch photographer.  I had decided to make a December Daily and I thought it would inspire me with the daily photography part.  What happened was I received a “prompt” each day to my email about a photo suggestion.  Tracy, the gal teaching the class, would even explain the camera settings to get the achieve a photo similar to hers.  I learned so much and it gave me food for thought, like taking pictures of frames, or seeing images in reflections, changing the lighting, using “drag” to suggest movement.  Well, the experience was wonderful and I highly recommend checking out the classes.  In January, I started the One Little Word class with Allie Edwards.  For this class, you receive a new lesson once a month with suggestions of how to use and learn from your word for the year.  I am also taking a class from AE called Yesterday and Today, which is all about incorporating more journaling and storytelling in your layouts.  So far, I am so impressed with the quality of these classes and the amount of time she puts into them, not to mention great layout ideas and graphics for download.  Check it out!  We can all benefit from classes and learning more about our hobby.

Now for my second installment of organizational tips.  I’m going to share with you how I organize my papers.  All those beautiful papers that we love to buy.  Do you struggle with how to store them and find them again when you want them?  First, I will tell you that I organize by color and by brand name.  To store by color, I use the plastic 6 drawer cabinets that are available at Fred Meyer for full 12×12 sheets.  If you can afford it, we sell a much higher quality product with wood cabinets and drawers with handles at the store.

Castors can be installed (purchase separately).  The drawers come in different sizes with varying adjustable and customizable compartment arrangements.  So you can store virtually anything in them.  The handle makes it really convenient to grab and go.

paper drawers

I love my paper holders with dividers for storing paper by brand name.  They are made of a nice sturdy plastic so they stand up straight on the shelf. It is easy to grab and find just the papers you want.  These holders and the dividers are very inexpensive (and even more so with the sale going on this month!).

paper holder

Here’s how mine look with the dividers:

dividers

Some other options available at the store are these paper organizers.  They have a nice handle at the top for carrying to a crop:

paper org

Another of my personal favorites is the page planners.  These come with a small pocket in the front for holding photos and project ideas.  They have one center pocket for holding full sheets of 12×12 paper and a half size pocket in the back for stickers, die cuts, etc.  I’ve been getting ready for the Coastal Crop Retreat by gathering my photos and papers together in these organizers. These also fit in the above paper holders so you can store 6-8 of them in one holder.

How do I store my paper scraps you ask?  Well at home I use a file cabinet.  Really.  I have that many scraps.  (Don’t ever tell me not to throw a piece of paper away.) I use 3 hanging file folders per color.  One folder is solid colors, one folder for pattern colors, and one folder for specialty papers (like mulberry, handmade papers, vellum, etc.).  It takes two file drawers to hold all of my scraps!  At the store, I was using the afore mentioned Fred Meyer 6 drawer plastic cabinets.  When they began to overflow, I decided to started trimming my scraps into card ready sizes: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2.  The smaller pieces I cut into “layer” sizes: 5 1/2 x 4 1/4.  I have been able to store A LOT of these pre-cut papers in a shoebox size plastic tub by color.  If you’d like to see what I’ve done, just ask the next time you are in the store. When we have our first Stamp Your Heart Out card making day on February 5, I’ll be all ready to share these card bases and layers for making our cards for charity.  By the way, if you have paper you don’t need, you may donate it to this worthy cause.  Feel free to drop off the scraps you no longer need at the store.

I hope you have found some of these tips helpful.  Just a reminder that we have gotten in a lot of these organizational products mentioned in this blog and they are all on sale for 30% off until the end of January.  Stop in and take advantage of some inexpensive ways to get your paper organized.

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