Friday, August 21, 2009

WARNING! Stamping Disaster Zone!

As promised here are a couple pics of my choatic stamping life. The first one is of my soon to be craft space, still in a state of flux. Reluctantly I agreed to move all of my stuff to the basement. Our basement is a real basement; damp, musty and dark. And I am not a bottom dweller. But, I figured it was better than having everything stored in 3 different places, and I could leave it a mess if I wanted to and not have to worry. I am working on organinzing it all, and getting it suitable for stamping. I've realized I have about 10 years worth of stamping supplies that is in great need of a Clean Sweep!!

And here's where I've been lately showing what I still need to move downstairs. This is supposed to be a dining room. I don't think we've seen the bottom of this table, let alone sat and ate at it for about 4-5 weeks now!

So, these are the "before" pictures. I am praying there will be an "after" with lots of oohs and aahs and big smiles from me :0) If you've got any tips on storage, please let me know. I'm going to try to head down to IKEA tomorrow to pick some things up. My biggest organization nightmare is patterned paper and scrap paper storage. How do you do it? By vendor, by line, by color, by theme? Any suggestions would be helpful . . .

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!!


  1. :>) I wish I could help LOL!! I need to send my sister to your place...she needs everything just so in her stamping area, so she has helped me organize a couple times (yes, more than once I have needed her help)!
    I relocated to our partially finished basement when our family expanded, but I was lugging everything to other spots in the house so it became a big pain. I recently rearranged my bedroom and discovered that a new layout gave me space to put a desk. I have not yet completely taken over the bedroom and my husband is not complaining yet :>) I tend to use the bed to lay everything out though, so I just need to make sure I do not leave anything behind LOL!

  2. Hey... looks like my house! :) I organize my paper in rubbermaid containers. They are made for the 12x12 paper and they have 3 drawers per organizer. I have mine sorted all different ways. I have most of my 12x12 organized by brand ... with several different brands in a drawer. I also have several misc. drawers for the older paper that I have but can't part with. I have a long two drawer filing cabinet that I have my smaller paper in. They are organized by color/brand. Like all my SU in colors are together with a folder per color. I also store my scraps with the rest of the same paper. I have done this several different ways but keeping it together (scraps and full sheets) works best for me. Hope some of that helps! Good luck! Can't wait to see the after pics!

  3. Looks like my kitchen table until I moved down in the basement!!

  4. Scary! I want to come play though. I just spent yesterday cleaning up my area; I was hoping that I would find my mojo in the mess! No luck!
    I found a rolling 12x12 paper organizer at Target for about $30. Each of the six compartments/drawers comes out and has a lid that snaps shut. I put all my Xmas stuff in one, SU! papers in another, stuff I've purchased to make a scrapbook someday {wink}, chipboard and letters in another, etc. You might give that a try. We don't have an Ikea here, and I've never been to one, so I have no suggestions for you there! Good luck!

  5. Oh I have a problem with Pattern paper too. I do my solid cardstock the same as Kelley above. But when it comes to those pesky 12x12 sheets and their scraps... AHHHH. Let me know if you figure out a great way!

  6. Can't wait to see your after pics! =) I store DP by brand, and use those 12x12 3 drawer plastic units from Walmart (by Sterilite, I think?) I've used them for YEARS and love them. I love that you can pull the drawers all the way out for better DIGGING. =) I keep my packs of 12x12 on a shelf stacked vertically, like books. I can quickly grab a packet this way. I keep them in the plastic sleeve them come in, and that keeps them together nicely. If I get the packet down to just a few sheets, I move the sheets into the proper drawer. I keep my cardstock divided by color in magazine keepers (from target or staples, etc) I have the keepers tipped on the long side, so the cardstock is laying on a long side, rather than a short side. Have fun organizing! It's such a pain, but so NICE when it's all ready for you to be creative!

  7. Here is my little post on organisation. Not sure how much help it will be though. Love your blog and your work is just fantastic.