VIDEO: Planner Organization + Stay Focused Blog Hop + Giveaways

Hi! Today’s post is a little different than most. Lately I have been getting a lot of questions about the planner I use. (I have shown it a few times on Instagram.) So I decided to share a video on it, along with some products I use with it. Also, this post is part of the Stay Focused Blog Hop… with lots of people sharing tips on planner organization.

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

Almost a year ago, my good friend Kristina Werner starting encouraging me to try the Erin Condren Life Planner. I was very resistant and skeptical… thinking it wouldn’t work for me. (I really wanted to be fully digital!) But in January I finally decided to give it a try. And I am so thankful I did. This planner has been life changer for me. I keep everything here – my work, my family appointments and my to-do list. And it has worked. Big time.

There are a few products that I use with my planner. Please keep in mind that I keep my planner simple, practical, clean, and not-needing-of-a-lot-of-time. There are some adorable planner nerds out there! Me? I just go with what is practical:

There are a few other products I mention in the video. All are linked in the thumbnails below.

By the way, if you use THIS link to purchase an Erin Condren Life Planner, Kristina will get a $10 credit. She has been saving up these credits and giving away big gift certificates on her blog. Fun, huh? I decided to use her link since she is the one who introduced me to the system. Also, I apologize that the video isn’t the best. I had one of those days…

BLOG HOP

This post is part of the Waffle Flower Stay Focused Blog Hop. The main purpose of the hop is to share tips on using a planner to help us get things done so we can spend more time with our loved ones or just playing. Waffle Flower has just released stamp sets that are great for planners! (You can see them all HERE.)

The next stop on the hop is the awesome blog of Joni Andaya – click HERE. To start at the beginning of the hop, visit the Waffle Flower blog.

GIVEAWAY

Lots of prizes today! I will be giving the Waffle Flower Stay Focused stamp set to one lucky winner who leaves a comment here. Also, there will be one grand prize winner who will receive all 5 of the new Waffle Flower planner sets… with the winner picked from comments left on all the blogs on the hop. For your chance(s), leave a comment here by 11:59pmET on 10/10/14.

I also wanted to announce some giveaway winners. ALL winners have been emailed:

SUPPLIES

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Video: Embossing Powder Organization

Hi! Today’s video shows my three methods of embossing powder storage. You may have noticed these in my past videos, but I get a lot of questions so I decided to do a video giving a good look at each system…

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

In this video, I show three ways to store embossing powders.

1. Storage of My Favorite Embossing Powders

For the powders I like most and seem to reach for often, I like to use small containers with mini spoons clipped onto the lid. Although you would use any small container, I really like the size, quality and easy-of-opening of the Sistema containers. I get mine HERE on Amazon (they are sold with three in a pack), but I know you can sometimes catch a random deal on them at Home Goods or TJ Maxx. (I actually use these same containers for my kid’s lunches. I LOVE them.)

I use mini spoons (from HERE or HERE) for most of my embossing powders. To clip them onto the lid, I have found three different cord clips that work:

You can see the three options here. Any of them will work…

2. Storage of Clear & White Embossing Powders

I use clear and white embossing powder more than any other. Therefore, I have them stored in larger containers… each containing several jars. The containers are the same Sistema brand as I show above, but a much larger size. I use a regular cable clip to hold a regular size plastic spoon on the lid. (However, I may switch to a mini spoon.) This large container makes is easy to pour powders over a large card background, as I often do with clear and white powders. (This container is quite large. Another option that is smaller than this but bigger than the one above is the Sistema sandwich container. It would work great.)

3. Organization of “Random” Embossing Powders

I have found a few helpful tips for storing and using powders I don’t use as often. I keep these jars upside down (so I can see the powder) in my Ikea Alex drawers. With a mini glue dot, I stick on each jar a 3/4″ punched circle covered with the heated powder. This allows me to find the color I am looking for in one quick glance. This works very well for me!

When working with the powders that are not in containers, I like to use coffee filters. The coffee filters act as a “bowl” that helps to contain the powder as I am working. This is soooo much more effective than a piece of flat scrap paper. Also, static isn’t an issue.

I hope one of these systems works for you, too!

Also…

People also ask what my favorite embossing powder brands are. Here is what I like:

A few other things:

  • I label my embossing containers with the Brother Label Maker. This label maker never leaves my side in my house. In THIS video, I show how to change the setting so you do not waste label tape. I also recommend getting the optional power cord for it so you don’t fly through batteries. Both of these tips will save you a lot of money.
  • If you like my first storage option but want something slightly bigger (but not as big as my second option), I would try the sandwich size Sistema containers. These would be perfect! Kinda wishing I started with those first – lol.
  • Although I use the mini spoons found HERE and HERE, you can also get some from your local ice cream shop after trying samples. :)

SUPPLIES

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Video: Small & Large Clear Stamp Storage

Hello! Several months ago I shared how I store my clear and cling stamps. (And I still *LOVE* this system!) Since then, the question I get asked the most is about how I store small and large stamp sets. Today’s video answers this question…

[All supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Click HERE to watch the video in HD on YouTube.]

Click HERE to see my original stamp storage video. It has some helpful info, too.

Several companies are coming out with stamp sets that are bigger or smaller than the average size stamp set. In this video I address these sizes. For me, my organization is best when all the stamp sets are stored the same. This means putting all the stamps in Avery Elle Stamp Pockets. For large stamp sets, I have to “convert” them a bit. Yes, this takes time, but not much. For small sets, I put two in one pocket. This works best for me since I like a uniform look. And I still store all my stamps in a Fridge Binz. Man I love those things! (Click HERE for more information on this storage system.)

If you really want stamp pockets that are bigger or smaller, here are some options:

  • For tall and narrow stamp sets, try the Office Depot 5″x8″ pockets. I used to use these (you can see them in THIS video) but have since switched to the method I showed today.
  • I know many people also like the large stamp pockets offered by Tim Holtz HERE. I haven’t used these because I have to have so many stamps (since this is my job) and they have a higher price point. But the quality is amazing. (I didn’t mention in the video, but I keep my larger Tim Holtz stamp sets in a drawer by themselves due to their bigger size.)
  • If you want a smaller pocket for smaller stamps, try THESE. These pockets are the same ones I use for wafer thin dies, which you can see in a video HERE… and they fit smaller stamp sets perfectly.
  • If you are looking for a much more cost effective option, you can try THESE 5″x8″ bags which work with many stamp sizes. I would also put a white insert in these for support.

So in the end, I recommend going with whatever works best for you. For me? It is all about the uniform look. But I hope you can find something that works well for you from the options I shared.

Good luck and happy organizing!

SUPPLIES

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Video: Paper Storage + Creative Spaces Vol. 3 Blog Hop + GIVEAWAY

Hello! Today I am part of a unique blog hop – the Creative Spaces Vol. 3 Blog Hop. Along the hop you will see peeks into the craft rooms of some amazing women! (And apologies in advance for a very long blog post. But as a “thank you” for reading, I have a big giveaway below!)

I know many of you have been asking for a closer look at my studio. Now is your chance… by checking out the new Creative Spaces Vol. 3 issue for some incredible photos. (The photographer they used is so talented! More on that below.) Today also kicks off the first of many videos I will be doing over the next few months sharing parts of my room… starting with a video on how I store my paper. This includes 8.5″x11″, 12″x12″, 6″x6″ paper pads, notecards… and my secret weapon… pre-cut cardstock.

[All supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Click HERE to watch the video on YouTube.]

I will be honest – organization of paper has always been tricky for me. Stamps? No problem. Inks? I’ve got that. But paper? Always a struggle. After lots of trail and error and loads of time, I finally figured out paper systems that work for me. And I am hoping one of them will work for you, too!

Instead of showing a bunch of pictures here, I decided to do the video above. That will explain it much better than I ever could here! However, here are links to the products I use (and many more links are in the thumbnails at the end of this post):

I hope this video is helpful to those of you also trying to tackle a paper mess! I find I am SO MUCH faster and creative with crafting when I am organized. What a difference it makes.

MY OTHER CRAFT ORGANIZATION VIDEOS

Interested in more craft organization videos? You can click HERE to see my YouTube playlist featuring my craft organization videos. Or you can check out these posts: My Favorite Crafty Organization, Stamp Storage 1, Stamp Storage 2, Ink Storage 1, Ink Storage 2, Die Storage, Stencil Storage and Project Life Organization.

MORE ON MY ROOM

So while the kind folks from Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking were at my house taking photos for the Creative Spaces Vol. 3, I took a few myself! I was amazed at the photographer’s talent. Wow. Here are a few behind the scenes shots, taken with my iPhone…

And finally, when the day was over, I took this one. Wish the sun would have been shining through that window…

I also have a few more random bits of information for you:

  • The Creative Spaces Vol. 3 issue has many great photos of my craft room along with peeks at favorite storage points. I will never be able to capture photos as incredible as what is in there! And the other rooms they feature? Amazing. I would highly recommend checking it out.
  • Many people asked who built my craft room. I designed it with help from Michele Neiter and Neals Redesign… and Neals Redesign did the building. They were amazing. But keep in mind – this is my job and office. Just like a mechanic would have a shop full of big tools, I have a craft room full of crafting tools. When this was my hobby, I was on a simple folding table in the corner of my basement. :)
  • Over the next few months, I will share more videos of my craft room… focusing on different parts with each video. I hope to eventually do an overall video with more photos.

BLOG HOP

As I mentioned, this post is part of the Creative Spaces Vol. 3 Blog Hop

The next stop on the hop is the blog of sweet Jill Yegerlehner of Jillibean Soup. (If you want to start at the beginning of the hop, you can head HERE. You should have arrived here from the Tatertots & Jello blog.)

To see more of the Creative Spaces Vol. 3 issue, head HERE.

GIVEAWAY

How about a giveaway? One lucky winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to Amazon to get some paper storage units… and a multi-color cardstock pack from Simon Says Stamp! For your chance to win,  please fill out the Rafflecopter area below. (This is new for me but makes it so much easier to do giveaways often. There are many ways to win and you don’t have to do them all. Thanks for trying it!)

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SUPPLIES

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Video: Ink Storage Update + Discount Code + BIG Giveaway

Hello! A few months ago, I shared a look at my ink storage systems. I have since replaced only one of the pieces (since an even better option is now available!) and wanted to show you. I also have a discount code and giveaway from OrganizeMore – my favorite shop for ink storage units.

[All products in the video are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this video. To watch this video on YouTube, click HERE.]

One thing that is important to me in my crafting world is being organized. Yes, it does take time to get everything just right, but I firmly believe it pays off big time in the end… since I craft so much faster when everything is organized. Since filming my last video on my ink storage organization (which you can see HERE), I have updated one of my pieces.

Most of my favorite inks are now in a large storage piece from OrganizeMore. This piece holds 60 ink pads and can be hung on the wall or stand on a shelf. The cubbies are 3.25″ wide and 1″ tall… perfect for the inks I use, such as Hero Arts Shadow Inks, Versamark, etc. (Click HERE to watch a video on my favorite inks, and HERE for a video comparing the types of inks out there.) I show the 60 ink pad unit in my video, but they also have a 48 ink pad unit available with this cubby size. (The video I shared in the past showed a piece from OrganizeMore had a wider cubby size and therefore a lot of wasted space for the inks I use. However, this unit is still available and holds wider pads such as those from Stampin’ Up.) For exact dimensions, please check their website.

DISCOUNT CODE

OrganizeMore is offering 10% off for my readers with the discount code “mcguire14″ from now until 6/20/14. (Please know that I am not affiliated with this company. I just purchased pieces from them… liked what I got… contacted them with praise… and they offered the code and giveaway! Good people.)

OTHER INK STORAGE LINKS

Interested in some of the other storage pieces I mentioned in my video? Check out THIS post. This shows my original video along with links to the other storage pieces I use for ink and mention in the video. (I particularly love THIS container.)

MORE ORGANIZATION

Interested in other storage solutions? Here are a few more:

GIVEAWAY

Now for the awesome giveaway! OrganizeMore is giving a $75 gift certificate to their store to one lucky winner! For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmET on 6/16/14. Good luck!

SUPPLIES

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Even More FREE Ink Swatch Downloads

Hello! I am back again… with even more Ink Swatch Book free download shares. Today I am adding WPlus9, Amuse, Fresh, Colorbox Chalk and Memento. I also fixed the Hero Arts Shadow Inks Download 2 (it had a repeat) and the Papertrey Ink 1 (it had a misspelling). See below for my full list.

All you have to do is download the files (click DOWNLOAD for each) and print on your favorite white cardstock. (I printed mine on Neenah since that is what I use most.) Some inks have more than one page since there are so many colors. (The last link is an editable file so you can do other inks. You will need PS or PS Elements to edit it.) For info on how to use these, click here.

I will soon be adding Versafine, other Hero Arts, Close To My Heart and Ranger Archival Inks. If you have any other requests, please leave a comment. Also, let me know if you see any boo boos. Thanks!

See you soon with another video!