Video: Staying Organized (Stamps, Dies, Etc.) + Giveaway

Hi! People often ask how I am able to keep my craft room organized. The key for me is to be prepared. If I have my storage supplies ready when I get new products, I am more likely to stay on top of it. Here’s how…

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

So this is my “Stay Organized Container.” In it I have what I need to organize my stamps, dies, etc. Yes, it took me some time to prepare this container. But – oh my – it saves me a ton of time in the long run. Whenever I get a new product in the mail, I immediately reach for this container. SO much faster… leaving more time for me to create!

I organize all of my storage pockets in a strong clear container. The dividers I use are cut from plastic folders and are sized 7 1/4″ x 9″. I keep my label maker and adapter cord in the front of the container. (To see how to set your label maker to conserve tape, watch THIS video.) I have a lot of pockets in this container, so it will last me awhile.

Please keep in mind that this is my job so I gotta stay organized and this freaky-prepared-container helps me. :) You could also just prepare a handful of whatever storage pieces you use in a container and it would be a huge help!

All of the pockets come empty, so I create white cardstock inserts using inexpensive cardstock. I also show in the video the “insert cheat sheets” I have so I don’t have to remember the dimensions. A big time-saver!

Here is all the info on the pockets I use: (Note: The engineer in me used pretty detailed measurements. You could always round down… I provided those measurements, too.)

Regular Stamp Pockets:

Tall Stamp Pockets:

  • Holds tall 8″ x 4″ stamp sets (such as some My Favorite Things).
  • Pocket size: 5 11/16″ x 8 5/8″ – I cut a bit off the top to make it 8 1/4″ tall.
  • Inserts size: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/4″
  • Click HERE for a video on how I store my stamps – I just put these in with my other stamps.

Large Stamp Pockets:

  • Holds large 6″ x 8″ stamp sets (such as some WPlus9, Altenew, etc.)
  • Pocket size: 6″ x 10″ – you will have to cut a bit off the top to make it 8″ tall.
  • Inserts size: 5 15/16″ x 8″ (or round down to 5 3/4″ x 8″)
  • Note: This is a snug fit. I wanted something that wasn’t too wide so it would fit in most containers. You may have to trim a bit of extra plastic of the side of some stamp sets. (I have only had to do a few times.)
  • I store these separately from my other stamps… in THIS container.

Background Stamp Pockets:

  • Holds 6″ x 6″ background cling stamp sets and smaller (including square and regular, such as My Favorite Things, Hero Arts, etc.)
  • Pocket size: 6 11/16″ x 8 5/8″ - I cut a bit off the top to make it 6 5/8″ tall.
  • Inserts size: 6 5/8″ x 6 5/8″ (or round down to 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″)
  • Click HERE for a video on how I store my background stamps.

Die Pockets:

  • Holds most dies, excluding large dies.
  • Pocket size: 5 1/8″ x 5″
  • Inserts size: 4 13/16″ x 4 13/16″ (or round down to 4 3/4″ x 4 3/4″)
  • For any dies that are too big for these pockets, I use regular stamp pockets.
  • Click HERE for a video on how I store my dies.

Stencil Pockets:

  • Holds most stencils.
  • Pocket size: 6 7/16″ x 6 1/4″ – I cut the flap off the top to make it 6 1/4″ tall.
  • Inserts size: 6 1/4″ x 6 1/4″
  • This size pocket is close to that of the background pockets. You could use those for stencils instead.
  • Some stencils are taller than these pockets. I just allow them to stick out.
  • Click HERE for a video on how I store my stencils.

Note: I really spent a lot of time and tried my best in pulling this info together. Please let me know if you see any info that needs updating!

If you are looking for more organization videos, just head HERE.

GIVEAWAY

Interested in winning the label maker I love so much? For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 8/22/15 telling me your favorite crafty organization tip. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

SUPPLIES

Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS) and Amazon (AZ).

 

 

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Video: Liquid Adhesive Solutions Update + GIVEAWAY

Hello. Today’s video is an update for fine-tip, no-clog, adhesive solutions.

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

My two favorite adhesives are Ranger’s Glossy Accents and Multi Medium Matte. Glossy Accents is a clear, strong adhesive that I like to put on top of embellishments for some shine. Multi Medium Matte is a very strong adhesive that dries matte. However, I find that changing out the tips of these bottles gives a better application and prevents them from clogging. I had done a video on this awhile back but wanted to update it as I get a lot of emails asking if these solutions still work.

For small bottles (such as the Mini Glossy Accents and Multi Medium Matte), I like to take the nozzle off with pliers and replace it with the Quilled Creations fine-tip nozzle. When placing the cap back on, press lightly. Pushing too hard may result in getting it stuck or damaging the needle. Also, I’ve found that the connector piece can come off, which I don’t mind at all, but it’s a personal preference.

For large bottles (such as the large Glossy Accents), I remove the nozzle with pliers and replace it with the Scraperfect No-Clog Writing Cap. I suggest wiping the tip off of glossy accents before placing the cap back on. I really like that the needle in the cap prevents clogging.

Another solution that is cost effective is placing a plastic hang tie (off of clothing) inside the applicator. No need for the cap and it prevents clogging as well.

There are many options out there (trust me – I think I tried them all!), but these have worked the best for me. Hopefully, one of these will work for you too!

GIVEAWAY

How would you like to win TWO Quilled Creations bottles, a Glossy Accents and a Multi Medium Matte? For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 7/31/15 telling me your favorite liquid adhesive. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

SUPPLIES

Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All featured products were personally purchased.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Amazon (AZ), etc.

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Video: Ink Organization + Storage + DISCOUNT CODES + GIVEAWAY

Hi there. Today’s video is an update on my ink organization and storage.

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

I’ve shared many ink videos in the past, but I’ve added a few things to my system and wanted to share.

COLOR CODING

First, let’s talk about color identification. There are a few things I found helpful:

  • Ink Swatch Book – I find this essential when creating. It saves me so much time in matching inks and creating color combos. I have a free download of the swatches HERE, along with a video on how to create your own.
  • Brother Label Maker – I print out a label for each side of my ink pads. I like that the labels are durable and hold up nicely over time. (Many of the ones you print on your computer get messy quickly and fall off.)
  • Ink Dots – This is something I’ve recently started doing and I really find it helpful to see the true color of the ink pad at first glance. I stamp the color on top of two dots sandwiched together and adhere it next to the label. I encourage you to get your kids involved in helping. (A big shout out to Colin and my friend/right-hand-stamper Heather for helping me create all these dots!)

Note: I don’t think it is necessary to do all three of the systems above. It just depends on how many inks you have, how you work, etc. Maybe one would do the trick for you. I find all three helpful since I have a lot of inks for my job. (By the way, it is completely unnecessary to own as many inks as I do. This is my job and that is the only reason I have so many. Inks are like shoes – we all need and want something different, so you just need to pick what suites you. I show lots of inks in my videos to help you pick.)

INK STORAGE

I have a few ways I store my inks:

  • Organize More – I am a huge fan of Organize More… both the people and the products. I have several of their ink units in my craft room and cannot recommend them enough. They are amazing. You can get a closer look at these storage units in THIS video.

The kind people at Organize More are offering a 10% off code for my readers. Just use the code “MCGUIRE715″ now thru 7/25/15. (And see below for a big giveaway!)

  • Stampin’ Up Ink Caddy – This option is great if you have a small desktop space for ink storage. I’ve placed a couple of these in a deep cabinet and have been happy with them. I like that each unit holds 48 ink pads and swivels for easy access. There is also a storage area on top to hold re-inkers.

If you’d like to get one of these caddies, just click HERE to shop with my friend Lydia Fiedler. If you use hostess code FEBAUNEW (enter this after clicking to view your shopping bag) you will go into a drawing for a $50 gift certificate to her store. Lydia is awesome. If there was a unicorn made out of glitter it couldn’t be more awesome than she is. ;)

Here is one of my Organize More units. It is just a thing of beauty…

And here is a look at how the inks fit into the Stampin’ Up Caddy. I do like how this baby spins around easily…

OTHER ORGANIZATION VIDEOS

If you are interested in my other organization videos, you can find them all HERE.

DISCOUNT CODE

Just a reminder – the kind people at Organize More are offering a 10% off code for my readers. Just use the code “MCGUIRE715″ now thru 7/25/15.

GIVEAWAY

How would you like to win a $100 gift certificate to Organized More? (I told you these were super nice!) For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 7/31/15 telling me how you store your inks. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

SUPPLIES

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Video: 6×6 Background Stamp Storage

Hi there. Today I am (finally!!!) sharing my 6×6 background stamp storage.

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

I have been using this system for all my cling background stamps (6×6 and smaller) for awhile now and am very, very happy with it. Therefore, I felt it was finally time to share! (I like to live with a system a bit before I share it, just to be sure I would recommend it 100%.)

SLEEVES

I keep my background stamps in THESE sleeves that are approximately 6 3/4″ x 6 3/4″. The thin sleeves actually come with an adhesive flap which I cut off. They are a little larger than the stamps, but I like the slightly loose fit for easy access. I labeled the sleeves in the same way I label all my stamps and dies – - using my favorite label maker. (Click HERE to see a video of the label maker in action.) I cut white cardstock inserts for support inside the pockets.

CATEGORIES

I keep the sleeves in categories with plastic dividers. The dividers are cut from inexpensive plastic folders. (You could recycle cardboard or laminate cardstock if you wanted.) I just added category titles using clear label in my label maker and rounded the corners with my Corner Chomper.

STORAGE

If you’ve seen my previous storage videos, you know I’m a big fan of the InterDesign Linus Storage Containers. I find that there are various 8″-wide containers is that work great for holding these background stamps. Here are some options:

Please look closely at the sizes before ordering. There are many options! Any container that is 7.5″ to 8″ wide would work well.

I hope you give this organizational system a try. It is really working well for me – - I find I’m using more of my background stamps now!

RELATED VIDEOS

Here are some additional helpful videos:

SUPPLIES

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Video: Birthday Index Card Box + Blog Hop + GIVEAWAY

Hi there.

I send out a lot of cards. However, I’m not good about sending out birthday cards. I want to change that so I tried out a system that my mom has used for many years. It’s been working for me and I thought it might be helpful for you too! So… today’s video shares how to create a birthday card index box.

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

This little box is helping me to stay organized… send more birthday cards… and makes me happy!

To create the monthly card dividers, I used the coming-soon Paper Smooches File Folders die and colorful cardstocks. I also decided to laminate the dividers by placing them in some laminating pouches and running them through my laminator. The pouches are inexpensive (I got a ton but you can get a small package) and I was able to fit four dividers in one pouch. I cut all the dividers apart, leaving a small border of lamination around the edges so that I wouldn’t break the seal it created. I labeled each month with my label maker. Man – I love my label maker! (By the way – you could save a lot of time by using store-bought dividers. But what fun is that?!)

I wanted a title card for my index box, so I stamped a sentiment and a balloon image from Paper Smooches Birthday Bash stamp set using black ink. I colored in the balloons with my Copic Markers to match my cardstock dividers. Since the balloons overlap, you get some fun blending in between each color. I also laminated this piece to keep it nice and durable.

I created my own birthday index cards that have all the information you need to stay organized with birthdays. (You can download it HERE.) This will be so helpful when it’s time to send out Christmas cards too. Oh, and I got the clear index box at Amazon… but it is out of stock so my friends at Simon Says Stamp have some on order and will coming soon HERE.) Isn’t if fun!?

Now I tend to go overboard… but there are ways to simplify this project. You can always use regular dividers that come in most index boxes and use regular index cards instead of the ones I created. You can also just stamp the months of the year instead of using a label maker or just use cardstock dividers without the lamination. Regardless of how you create it, I really hope the idea of a birthday index card box is helpful to you.

FREE DOWNLOAD

Click HERE to download my Birthday Index Card PDF. Just print on cardstock and cut them out!

PAPER SMOOCHES DESIGN TEAM BLOG HOP

It’s Pep Rally week over at Paper Smooches and today we are blog hopping to share with you a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches MAY release! These products will be available to purchase on 4/30/15 at 8:00pmPST. Once the release goes live, you will find the new products HERE. I am a guest designer this month and will be sharing more cards soon.

The next person on the hop is outstanding JJ Bolton. (You can always start at the beginning of the hop at the Paper Smooches blog.)

GIVEAWAY

Up for grabs today is a $25 gift certificate to the Paper Smooches online store. FOUR winners will be chosen at random from comments on any of the blogs on this hop. Be sure to comment by midnight PST on 4/26/15. Winners will be announced on the Paper Smooches blog on 4/27/15. For more details on the giveaway, head to the PS blog.

SUPPLIES

Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. Thank you to Paper Smooches for the stamps and dies for this hop!) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Amazon (AZ), Paper Smooches (PS), etc.

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My Favorite Crafty Things 2014: ORGANIZATION + Discount Codes + Giveaways

Welcome back to My Favorite Crafty Things 2014. This is the last day of “normal crafty products” for this series… with only a bit next week focused on kits, stationary, etc. Because of this, please note that some of the discount codes end very soon. However! I did add a few new discount codes – be sure to check them out.

For the past several posts, I have been sharing my favorite crafty products of 2014. Each day has a different topic with lots of videos, big giveaways (see below) and even store discounts. 

  • Simon Says Stamps is offering my readers 15% off the products I feature (shown HERE) using the code “JFAVES″ until 11:59pmEST on 12/5/14.
  • Ellen Hutson is offering my readers 10% off site-wide using the code “jensfav14” until 11:59pmEST on 12/7/14. (Includes in-stock items.)
  • My Favorite Things is offering my readers 10% off site-wide using the code “FAVORITE” until 11:59pmEST on 12/7/14. (Excludes products in the “brand new” category.)
  • Twig & Linen is offering 20% off using the code “jmfav” until 11:59pmEST on 12/10/14. (My favorite place for personalized stamps – see HERE!)
  • NEW!!!!! Organize More is offering 10% off storewide with the code “JMDEC14″ until 11:59pmEST on 12/15/14.
  • NEW!!!!! Birch Press Design is offering my readers 30% off your entire purchase with the code “mcguireink30″ by 11:50pmEST on 12/14/14. (I love their card stands!)

This video on organization is a bit different than the others in this series. There was just too much to include here, so I have links to several other videos where you can find more info. I hope this works ok – I felt this was the best way to present it.

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Here are links to videos giving a closer look at the mentioned organization and storage systems:

If you are interested in any products, click on one of the abbreviations under the product images… SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, AZ for Amazon, etc. Affiliate and product disclosure can be found HERE.

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I will be back next week with a few last things for My Favorite Crafty Things 2014. You can keep up to date on all the topics HERE. For my lists from 2013, click HERE.

GIVEAWAYS

Giveaway time! Today’s prizes are fabulous, thanks to several of my favorite companies. I have giveaways for FOUR more lucky winners. You could win one of these prizes:

  • $60 gift certificate to Organize More!
  • $50 gift certificate to Amazon.
  • Three Tim Holtz Distress Ink Tins and one Mini Distress Ink Set from Ranger.
  • 12 Distress Markers from Ranger.

For your chance, just leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 12/10/14 telling me your favorite crafting organization tip. Good luck! (Winners will be posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes.)