5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash 2016 – Craft Room Organization

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It’s been a fun week of organizational tips, storage ideas, free downloads for labeling, inspiration, and of course sales! We hope you are feeling excited about getting things tidied up and organized, and we hope there’s a happy little MFT box making its way to your home with some new things you’ve purchased from our promotions this week!

For your reference, here are direct links to the ideas we’ve featured all week long.

To round out the week, we’re excited to share four craft spaces and a few tips for taking everything you learned this week and putting it all together in a cohesive and pretty space!

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Whether it’s big, small, or portable, the key to a well-oiled craft area is making sure that everything has a place and the things you use most are easily accessible. And as we’ve been hammering home all week, labeling is a definite must! If you do the work ahead of time to get everything in order, cleaning up shouldn’t take too long.

Let’s sneak into Julie Dinn’s craft room in southern British Columbia first…

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Julie opted for dark wood in her space for a sophisticated look. To the left of her desk chair you can see that she uses this shelving unit from IKEA. The dimensions are perfect for stashing your refrigerator bins and lots of odds and ends. It fits 12×12 paper just right! You’ll also notice that Julie utilizes the space above with a rack for all kinds of glitter and embossing powder. In Monday’s post, we discovered that Julie spray paints her ink storage system to match — a great way to customize your space!

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Natural light is a must for color matching and intricate coloring, and Julie’s space has plenty of that! Here you can see behind her desk chair, she has a table space for trimming and die cutting with ease. Make sure to give yourself enough space to maneuver. And in the foreground you can see Julie’s glorious card stock tower from yesterday’s post.

Alright, let’s head south to Phoenix for a look at Karolyn Loncon’s space. I’m sure she’ll greet us with a glass of wine while we take a look around…

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Karolyn has a white craft table from Pottery Barn (that you can find HERE) as the heart of her craft area. She uses it as an island in her room, but you could easily back it up to the wall in a corner of your guest room. The shelves on the left hand side are great for storage and by using colorful bins, you can add pops of color to your room. She got hers at Lowe’s, but you can find them in many places like Target or Walmart. Paint a chair to match and add some black and white damask for some flair.

OK, now it’s time to put on your winter coat after our time in sunny Phoenix and head to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to visit Debbie Olson’s creative studio

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Debbie is a Copic Marker queen as you can tell from her awe-inspiring collection of markers. When there’s one product that you use frequently, it’s always smart to keep it out in the open and within arm’s reach. You can see that Debbie has a lot of cabinets and drawers to stash away other things she doesn’t need as often. Debbie’s space is a walk out basement, so she, too benefits from natural light.

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This is the business end of Debbie’s space. You can see her computer and printer to the left and a light tent for photographing finished projects to the right. Her MFT card stock is stored in the filing cabinets beneath the computer area, and on the counter you can see her clear stamps, sewing machine (which she uses mostly for paper projects), and a glorious rack of ribbon. What fun it would be to grab a cup of cocoa and learn some tips from Debbie in her room!

Alright, it’s the last leg of our trip, and we are off to the Salt Lake City area to take a look at Susan Opel’s girl cave

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Susan lives with her sister (who crafts, too!), and their walk out basement is filled with natural light and lots of fun. The center island of the space is two pub height tables from IKEA pushed together to accommodate Beth (who stands while crafting) and Susan (who sits). At each end of the table there is a bowl for random die cuts, a personal light, and an office supply holder for often used tweezers, scissors, and adhesives. On the far wall you can see doors that used to cover the laundry space that were repurposed and turned upside down. The slats from the door are perfect for displaying finished cards, and the top area has space for Die-namics on magnetic sheets.

Do you love it or WHAT? It’s so fun to peek into craft spaces and get brand new ideas! Be on the look out for Periscope broadcasts today from MFTland that just might give you a live peek into a craft space or two. You can follow MFT on Periscope HERE or by searching for @mftstamps.

PrintLeave a comment below, and we’ll choose two randomly selected people to win a $50 gift certificate to the My Favorite Things boutique to fill add to your craft space. All winners will be announced on Monday, February 15th, so make sure to check back to see if your name is on the list!

Before you go, be sure to stop by the blogs of these members of our Creative Team for a further look into how they organize their craft rooms.

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Go forth and organize, my friends! And if you post on social media what you’ve done, we’d love to take a peek! Tag #mftstamps so we can see.

5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash 2016 – Card Stock & Stencil Organization

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Are you ready for another day of great organizational tips? We are having so much fun sharing a wealth of ideas. Sometimes it’s the simplest thing that will spark an a-ha moment. Hopefully our lessons in organization are fueling your desire to get things together in your craft space!

We’ve covered inks, stamps, and Die-namics, and now it’s time to attack your card stock and stencil collection. We’ll be covering how to label and store these two things as well as some super ideas for card stock scraps and 6×6 paper pads. Get ready for a whole lot of inspiration that will have your mind reeling with all of the possibilities!

If you don’t have time to attack organization at the moment, be sure to pin our ideas for future reference. Here we go!

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The card base is the foundation for our handmade greetings, and while we often cover it with delicious stamping, adorable die cuts, and creative techniques, it wouldn’t  and couldn’t come together without card stock.

It seems like we never have enough card stock, doesn’t it? We keep collecting all of the yummy colors searching for the perfect shade. Good thing My Favorite Things has a vast catalog of delicious card stock colors, right?

PrintIn order to help you find the perfect color, we provide FREE (yes, free!) downloadable PDFs on our blog listing all of the colors of our Heavyweight Card Stock Sampler and our Prestige Card Stock Samplers. You can find them HERE. Download and print these color charts for easy use.

If you scroll down the page linked above, you’ll also find comparisons of the colors by color family. We do our best to take the guess work out of crafting so that you can get straight to the creativity!

Karin creates a ring of small tags in each color which she has labeled with the names of each shade. This is a great idea for moving around the colors to see how they look together. And you’ll have fun creating it!

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Let’s look at some of the ways that you can store your card stocks. Kimberly uses these magazine holders from IKEA. They are sturdy and made of untreated wood, so you could easily customize them with a little spray paint to match the color scheme of your area.

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Our snowbird Karolyn says that card stock is one of the items that she duplicates in both of her craft rooms. She quips, “One of my biggest crafty fears is that I’ll run out of card stock. That is not likely to happen any time soon!” She stores her card stock in magazine holders from The Container Store, but you’ll notice that her holders are stored horizontally rather than vertically like Kimberly’s.

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Susan stores her card stock vertically too, and adds labels to each container. You’ll notice that everyone seems to store by color. It just makes sense!

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Francine stores her card stock in a plastic box in the original packaging. She puts the name of the card stock on top so she can flip through the packs and find what she needs. This allows her to keep the scraps in the packaging.

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If you’ve got the space, you can go big like Julie does! Julie stores her card stock in a literature organizer from Storex. With this much space, she has the luxury of one color per slot. Let’s all head over to Julie’s house this afternoon!

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Julie also has a few slots for specialty card stock. She keeps all of the silver card stock (for example) in one slot. Each type of specialty card stock is stored in its original package, and each pack is labeled for easy identification.

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Now let’s talk scraps! It’s hard to part with even the tiniest bit of paper that is the PERFECT color, but how can they be tamed? Karin sets aside an 8 1/2″ x 11″ page protector for each color family to separate everything neatly.

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And then she puts all of the scraps in a magazine holder on her desk for easy access. It’s a great time saver for sure.

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In Julie’s card stock tower seen above, she has a labeled sheet protector where she stores her scraps. Having the scraps on top of the full sheets helps her to remember to use her scraps before pulling out a full sheet. Super smart!

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***Keeping it real alert***

Ah, yes. This is what you might feel your craft room looks like. Karolyn admits, “If there’s an area where I need some serious organizational mojo, it’s in my scrap bin. I store all of my scraps inside a large plastic drawer unit. Right now it’s so full, I can barely shut the drawer. And there is no organization to it, whatsoever.” Yep, don’t feel bad. One thing at a time. Hopefully Karolyn can benefit from some of the ideas in this post.

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***Back to our regularly scheduled organizational tips***

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Now that we carry SUPER cute 6×6 patterned paper packs, we have another handy resource for you! Each of our patterned paper packs comes with another FREE (yes, free!) downloadable PDF with Color Reference Guide for matching our card stock. You can find them HERE.

They come in handy 5 3/4″ squares that can be adhered to the back of the pad or you can do what Julie does below. Julie downloads and prints the color reference guide, backs it with gray card stock and places it in a 6×6 page protector like the ones we sell HERE. She stores her paper packs upright in a bin, and the page protector precedes each pack.

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But wait — there’s more! On the back side of the color reference guide, Julie has the perfect spot to store scraps from the paper pack. SO clever!

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Kimberly keeps all of her paper packs in a basket that she found during back to school sales. It makes it easy to flip through and see which type, color, or style she is looking for!

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OK, so let’s talk stencils. Julie stores her stencils in 6×6 page protectors, too. She usually buys two of each of the stencils so she can use one for messy mixed media projects using inks, pastes, and paints, and the other one can be kept clean for embossing. And of COURSE they are labeled. And do we have preprinted label templates available for our stencils? Oh, indeed we do! You can find them HERE.

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Kimberly places her stencils in 6×6 page protectors, too, and puts backing paper from the acetate paper pack in between. A great way to repurpose and save a few dollars! She then binds them all together using binder rings like these HERE that you can find in an office supply store.

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Wow! Lots of fun ideas to get card stock, scraps, patterned paper, and stencils under control. Looks like there’s going to be a fun weekend of organization on tap!

If color is your thing, please join our MFT Color Challenges on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month! And as always, we have a great color resource for you with all of our past color challenges linked HERE.

To make it even easier and more fun for you to pump up your card stock and stencil collection, we have this AWESOME deal to entice you! But don’t delay – it’s a one day only sale. Please note: This sale is good on in stock items only. No rain checks. Excludes brand new. Shop from our vast rainbow of card stock and cool collection of stencils.

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Here’s a look of some of the great variety of card stock and stencils that you can add to your stash! Click the pictures to be taken directly to the MFT store.

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Leave a comment below, and we’ll choose two randomly selected people to win a $50 gift certificate to the My Favorite Things boutique to stock up your card stock and stencil collection (or whatever you want!). All winners will be announced on Monday, February 15th, so make sure to check back to see if your name is on the list!

Before you go, be sure to stop by the blogs of these members of our Creative Team for more ideas of how to organize your card stock, scraps, and stencils.

DebbieFrancineJulieKarinKarolynKimberly

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5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash 2016 – Die-namics Organization

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We hope you’ve been inspired by our posts so far this week! It’s exciting for us to share our ideas with all of you. While there isn’t one right way to organize and store your supplies, it’s almost as fun as crafting, right?

It seems like every time I work on organizing, I uncover some product I’d forgotten about, so sometimes getting organized can spur your creativity. And if you’re feeling overwhelmed, just tackle one thing at a time. Maybe it’s storing your Die-namics that is the most pressing need. If that’s the case, we’re here to help!

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PrintWhenever it’s time to organize, labeling everything is key. In an effort to make things easier for you, we have a SUPER handy resource available to you for FREE (yes, free!). Our Die-namics are organized in a downloadable PDF that is compatible with return address labels. You can find it HERE. Now you can take a lot of the grunt work out of getting organized. So COOL!

Let’s take a look at some of the great ideas the MFT Creative Team has for labeling, organizing and storing their Die-namics.

One of the simplest things that you can do when storing your Die-namics is to place them in the same pocket with the stamp set for which they coordinate. It’s smart, practical, and saves a lot of time and space!

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Many of the Die-namics from My Favorite Things arrive at your home on a piece of magnet. The magnets hold everything in place, and they often fit quite nicely in our small and large Clear Pocket Storage. We also sell magnets that perfectly fit both sizes. You can find our Magnet Packs in the store HERE.

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Debbie uses thick magnetic sheets with pre-punched holes to store her Die-namics. While she doesn’t use the holes (which you’ll see later), you definitely could place them in a small but sturdy binder. You can see that each STAX set is labeled using a label maker.

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Francine sorts her Die-namics by shape, and stores them on these super awesome magnetic sheets that were created just for her! They are 11.7” x 8.3” and are made of a sturdy cardboard and heavier magnet sheets. 

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Then she stores all of her dies in 2 grey RÅSKOG trolleys from Ikea. Her MFT dies are on top of each RÅSKOG so she can easily flip through her MFT Die-namics collection.

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Anna sorts all of her Die-namics by type, for example: alphabets, Blueprints, critters, florals, and numbers, etc.

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Francine takes her organization to a whole other level by creating an inventory of all of her craft supplies on her computer. She uploads images of everything she gets from MFT,  and saves them in an MFT file with the name of the set. Sometimes she adds keywords (Halloween, birthday, clouds, scene, die), and she says that it makes searching for something in particular easier. Below is a screenshot of a search for “STAX,” and she could easily see all her STAX Die-namics. This can also be done for stamps, inks, and card stock.

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Once Anna has sorted her Die-namics, she creates dividers for each category and stands them up in a VARIERA box from IKEA.

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Karolyn places her larger die sets such as Blueprints and STAX sets in large Clear Pocket Storage. You can see that everything is clearly labeled with the help of her handy label maker.

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Julie is one smart cookie. Once her Die-namics arrive, she cuts every die and places the cuts inside the large Clear Pocket Storage envelope. This allows her to see how each Die-namics will cut making it easier to decide what to use. Genius, right?

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Kimberly places her Die-namics in two sizes of Clear Pocket Storage and stands them up in the clear and sturdy refrigerator bins mentioned in yesterday’s post about storing stamps.

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Karolyn uses CD dividers (also mentioned in yesterday’s post) and stores her Die-namics in refrigerator bins. You can see that she’s labeled everything and sorted them by type.

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Julie’s Die-namics filled pockets are stored side by side in the double version of the refrigerator bin. I bet it’s heavy, but the bin is made of a very sturdy plastic.

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Debbie uses the same bin and stores not only her Die-namics, but also her steel snips for separating the Die-namics as well as a few 6×6 paper packs and her label maker.

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If being able to see everything all at one glance is more your style, you can do like Barbara does. She displays her  impressive collection of Die-namics on the doors of the closet in her craft room. One way to cover a lot of ground is to use magnetic vent covers like the ones HERE that you can find at the hardware store.

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So great, am I right? And I have a confession. My Die-namics are in a shambles, so this gives me a TON of amazing ideas.

To make it even easier and more fun for you to add to your Die-namics collection, we have this AWESOME deal to entice you! But don’t delay – it’s a one day only sale. Please note: This sale is good on in stock items only. No rain checks. Excludes brand new. Shop from our wide variety of Die-namics — including  some of our most popular dies: Blueprints and STAX.

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Here’s a look of some of the amazing Die-namics that you can add to your stash! Click the pictures to be taken directly to the MFT store.

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Leave a comment below, and we’ll choose two randomly selected people to win a $50 gift certificate to the My Favorite Things boutique to stock up your Die-namics collection (or whatever you want!). All winners will be announced on Monday, February 15th, so make sure to check back to see if your name is on the list!

Before you go, be sure to stop by the blogs of these members of our Creative Team for more ideas of how to organize your Die-namics.

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5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash 2016 – Stamp Organization

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Based on your reaction to Monday’s post, I’d wager a guess that we all have some organizing to do. And isn’t it fun to get a peek into the minds of some of the most creative people out there? It’s like our own little reality show right here in blogland!

Today’s post is one that I’m sure you’ll love — neatly organizing your stamps. Let’s see how some of the members of the MFT Creative Team organize, label, and sort their stamp collection.

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PrintWhenever it’s time to organize, labeling everything is key. In an effort to make things easier for you, we have a SUPER handy resource available to you for FREE (yes, free!). Our stamp sets are organized in a downloadable PDF that is compatible with return address labels. You can find it HERE. Now you can take a lot of the grunt work out of getting organized. So COOL!

Let’s see what other great ideas the MFT Creative Team has to share!

Debbie stores her clear stamps in clear envelopes like the ones that you can find HERE. Many people wonder what to do with the larger sets that don’t fit in the envelope, but she simply leaves it open at the top to accommodate the taller sets.

She then creates a title sheet for each set using the logo and a screen shot. That way she can see at a glance all of the stamps in the set. You’ll notice that she also indicates whether the set has coordinating Die-namics on her title card. Coordinating Die-namics sets are stored in the envelope with the stamp set, so that she doesn’t have to search for them.

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Julie also prints out a graphic of the set to easily see everything. Her double labeling of this set indicates that the coordinating Die-namics is included in this envelope.

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Julie uses the same storage pockets that Debbie does, but her approach to the larger sets is different. For the larger stamp sets, she cuts her own acetate sheets to fit within the pockets. The stamps easily fit on the wider sheet. Julie also clips apart the coordinating Die-namics and puts them in one of our smaller clear pockets before slipping them behind the stamp set. You can buy them HERE.

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Once the stamp sets are all carefully stored in their plastic sleeves, you’ll want them to be easy to access and take up as little space as possible. Julie (as well as many of the other members of the Creative Team) stores her stamp sets in clear plastic bins made for food storage — they are the PERFECT solution for stamp storage. Thanks for the tip, Jennifer McGuire! As you can see, they are clear which makes for a streamlined look. You can buy them HERE.

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Karolyn uses the same concept for storing her stamp sets, and she uses music store dividers like these HERE to separate stamps by subject matter/category. What a cool idea! Within each category, the stamp sets are sorted alphabetically. She labels her stamps and the subject dividers using a label maker.

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Debbie uses pretty decorative dividers to give her stamp storage a style all its own. What a fun way to dress up something that could otherwise be simply utilitarian.

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Do you sometimes have a stack of favorite products that you want to have out on your table so that you can dive in with all of your creative ideas? Kimberly places hers in a shower basket that she found at Target. Great idea to always be on the lookout for things not related to crafting that would meet your organizational needs.

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If you want to store your background stamps separate from your clear stamps, we have a couple of good options for you to consider. Kimberly stores hers upright in a refrigerator bin and another basket that she found at Target.

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Julie labels her background stamps and places them in 6″ x 6″ page protectors like THESE.

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And then she places them alphabetically in a single wide refrigerator bin like this one.

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Good stuff, right? Now you’re ready with a whole lot of ideas to tame your stamp collection!

To make it even easier and more fun for you to pump up your stamp collection, we have this AWESOME deal to entice you! But don’t delay – it’s a one day only sale. Please note: This sale is good on in stock items only. No rain checks. Excludes brand new. Shop for Clear Stamps or Cling Red Rubber Stamps as well as Clear Pocket Storage.

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Here’s a look of some of the great stamps sets and backgrounds stamps that you can add to your stash! Click the pictures to be taken directly to the MFT store.

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Leave a comment below, and we’ll choose two randomly selected people to win a $50 gift certificate to the My Favorite Things boutique to stock up your stamp collection (or whatever you want!). All winners will be announced on Monday, February 15th, so make sure to check back to see if your name is on the list!

Before you go, be sure to stop by the blogs of these members of our Creative Team for more ideas of how to organize your stamps.

DebbieJulieKarolynKimberly

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Now, who wants to get organized?

5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash 2016 – Ink Organization

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Craft room organization — it’s something that’s always changing and always evolving. Whether your space is mini, massive, or mobile, taming the stash is something we all work on. Suffice it to say, sometimes we spend more time organizing than actually creating!

Since we know that you’re always in search of ways to better store products and organize your area, we’re taking this week to give you tips and tricks and great ideas for making everything easily accessible, usable, AND pretty. Get ready for so many great ideas you’ll be excited to organize your space!

Each day this week we’ll be focusing on one portion of your crafty stash — from ink and stamps, to Die-namics, card stock, and stencils. And we’ll round out the week with a little peek into the craft spaces of a few MFT Designers. So buckle up and get ready to be inspired!

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In your never ending quest to find the PERFECT color, it’s likely that you’ve amassed a rather large collection of inks, and for the colors you love the most, you may have purchased refills as well to make sure that you never run out. But how do you organize everything to make the most of your collection AND find just the right color when you need it? Let’s take a look at a few great ideas from the MFT Creative Team.

One of the cardinal rules of organizing and storing ANYTHING is to properly label everything. You can see that Julie has labeled each color of ink that she stores in ink storage from Stamp-n-Storage. She also has a dot on top of her refills in the coordinating card stock color for easy identification. Very smart!

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The storage systems from Stamp-n-Storage come as bare wood, so Julie simply spray paints hers to match the furniture in the rest of her room.

Debbie has carefully labeled all of her inks by color, and she stores her pads upside down to keep them juicy. Looks like she started labeling right side up and then got the brilliant idea to have her labels upside down so that when the pad is upside down, the label will be right side up!

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Karolyn takes the guess work out of color by creating a chart with the ink colors so that she can easily choose the perfect shade for what she is going for. If you follow this link HERE you can download a handy dandy chart similar to Karolyn’s to do the same with your inks.

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Kimberly also stores her inks in a system from Stamp-n-Storage. You’ll notice that she uses the top of the unit for paintbrushes, markers, and colored pencils. When working in a small space, going UP is one of the best secret weapons to make the most of a space.

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Kimberly organizes her inks by type and by color (which is so pretty!). You could also organize by name as well. This particular unit includes a spot for refills. Very handy!

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If you don’t have a spot for your refills like Julie and Kimberly do, you can easily do what Karolyn does. In a well-labeled clear plastic box, you can store your refills and then simply stash them somewhere you can grab when you need them.

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You’ll notice the AZ/WA notation on the container. Karolyn splits her years between Arizona (in the winter) and Washington State, so it’s necessary for her supplies to be portable and packable. For many of us who aren’t able to dedicate an entire room to our creative pursuits, this type of storage is a fantastic solution.

When stamping with ink and stamps from My Favorite Things, it’s likely you’ll be tempted to color those images with markers, so we want to make sure to share some ideas for that. Julie’s robust marker collection is stored by color and type in Marker Nooks from Stamp-n-Storage. Again, the bare wood is easy to customize with spray paint to match your space. Imagine them in aqua or sunny yellow!

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Debbie keeps everything in reach along the wall in her craft space. Her inks are stored in some repurposed old QuicKutz cabinets. They don’t make these any more, so she’s not sure what she’s going to do when she runs out of space. Sometimes you can find the perfect storage solution by browsing second hand stores or even your attic or garage. You just never know what you might find that would work!

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To make it even easier and more fun for you to pump up your ink stash, we have this AWESOME deal to entice you! But don’t delay – it’s a one day only sale. Please note: This sale is good on in stock items only. No rain checks. Excludes brand new. Shop Premium Dye Inks, Hybrid Inks, and Pigment Inks.

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Here’s a look of some of the great inks and refills that you can add to your stash! Click the pictures to be taken directly to the MFT store.

PrintLeave a comment below, and we’ll choose two randomly selected people to win a $50 gift certificate to the My Favorite Things boutique to stock up your ink stash (or whatever you want!). All winners will be announced on Monday, February 15th, so make sure to check back to see if your name is on the list!

Before you go, be sure to stop by the blogs of these members of our Creative Team for more ideas of how to organize your inks.

DebbieJulieKarolynKimberly

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Organization for Your Creative Space: Taming Your Tools

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Your collection of tools may not be the most glamorous accessories in your craft space but we all know how invaluable they are to our productivity and enjoyment. Our team is back for this month’s Organization Challenge to share their solutions for making their tool collection accessible without cluttering their workspace.

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This type of storage probably looks familiar to a lot of us BUT you have to click over to Kimberly’s blog to read the sweet story behind it. Check out our Design Team blogs to learn more about their tool storage solutions. We’d love to learn more about how you’re organizing your own tools – be sure to tag #mftstamps on Instagram and Twitter if you share a photo!

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Organization for Your Creative Space: Coloring Mediums

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A full complement of coloring mediums includes a wide assortment of container shapes, sizes, and storage requirements. Our team is sharing the ways they manage the mayhem of their coloring mediums with this installment of the Organization Challenge.

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Julie’s cart, shown above, is packed with delightful products begging to be used in her next crafty project. You really need to click through to her blog to get the full effect though – so much awesomeness! Check out each of our Design Team blogs to learn more about their storage solutions. We’d love to learn more about how you’re organizing your own coloring mediums – be sure to tag #mftstamps on Instagram and Twitter if you share a photo!

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5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash – Ink Storage

Print Here we are at the end of the week! I trust you’ve got a weekend of organizing on your to-do list. If not, we’ve given you enough ideas to get you motivated to find some time to work on your creative spot!

Today we’ll focus on all of those glorious inks and refills that you hoard have and how you can get them organized.

If you love to “get inky” as the saying goes, you’ll love the ideas you’ll find here today, and I can GUARANTEE that you are going to super duper puffy heart the Grand Prize we are offering today. But I digress! We’ve got some inspiring and versatile ideas to tame your ink obsession.

Ink and Refill Storage and Organization Solutions

Let’s start simply with a concept we’ve been hitting home ALL week long. It’s important to label everything and your ink pads are no exception. Take a look at how Stephanie labels her ink pads for quick identification and a perfect match.

Stephanie

Amy has a great way to label her reinkers. She punches a small card stock circle and adheres it to the top. I love how she keeps the circle punch right there in the ink drawer for easy access.

Amy

Keeping it together is a smart way to increase productivity and lessen frustration. Jodi keeps her used daubers with the coordinating ink colors. And they are labeled, too. OF COURSE!

Jodi

Kimberly keeps baskets handy filled with her mini blending tools and foam blending tools so that they are easy to grab in the midst of creative inspiration!

Kimberly

Barbara stores her inks upside down to keep the ink pad juicy. Her labels even read correctly in the upside down position!

Barbara

Cindy’s inks create a beautiful rainbow as she orders her colors and ink types according to hue. This makes searching for just the right pink (or red, blue, or green!) an easy task.

Cindy

Lucky Michele! Her husband created this custom ink shelf with space for pads and reinkers side-by-side. It’s 15″ long x 10″ tall, 3 ¾” deep with about 3″ between each shelf. As she claims, “He needs to make a bigger one!”

Michele

Julie’s collection is seriously *gasp* worthy! Her inks are stored in this Standard Ink Pad Holder from Stamp-n-Storage. Since the storage units comes in natural birch, she was able to customize them with a little paint to fit the dark espresso color of the rest of the furniture in her craft palace.

Julie

Sharon’s Distress Combo Holder comes from Stamp-n-Storage as well. And can I say Holy Crapunzel! There are slots for ink pads, reinkers, AND markers. Seriously. I die.

Sharon

Melody purchased her handy storage solution from our friends at OrganizeMore, a family owned business in the hills of Tennessee. This 60 Ink Pad Organizer has room for her ink pads, reinkers, and sponges.

Melody

MFT Founder Kim is a huge fan of her Pro Ink/ReInk Organizer from OrganizeMore. There are 64 slots for ink with 64 corresponding cubbies for the reinkers. Isn’t it dreamy? Wouldn’t you like to have one, too? Keep. Reading.

Kim

Ready to hear about that AWESOME, AMAZING, and downright ASTOUNDING grand prize?

One commenter on today’s post will receive the following GRAND PRIZE in celebration of our 5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash series: 50+ Hybrid Ink Pads from My Favorite Things and the Pro Ink/ReInk Organizer fromOrganizeMore!! Are you still breathing?

And just so YOU aren’t left out of all of the awesomeness, OrganizeMore is offering every single one of you this discount code : MFT15. This offer will be valid until Saturday, January 31st, and will give you a 10% discount on your entire order (before shipping).

Here’s how to enter for your chance to win our Grand Prize: Leave a comment on this blog post letting us know which tip from this blog or the blogs of the Design Team members was your biggest AH-HA! moment this week. All winners from the blog series this week will be announced next week! Who knows? It could be YOU!

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Now scurry off to the blogs of the Design Team to see what else they have up their sleeves when it comes to their ink storage.

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5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash – Card Stock Storage

PrintDay four is here! Are you EXCITED?

We are having such a blast sharing our ideas with you this week. Let the craft room purge and organization commence!

Today we shift our focus to the bread and butter of our hobby –  card stock.

The card base is the foundation for our handmade greetings, and while we often cover it with delicious stamping, adorable die cuts, and creative techniques, it wouldn’t  and couldn’t come together without card stock. From storage and labeling to scraps and inspiration, we have a myriad of options to get you thinking!

Card Stock Storage and Organization Solutions

Whether your card stock supply is small or mighty, it’s important to have a dedicated spot for keeping everything organized.

One simple way to store card stock in an easy-to-access way is to utilize a file drawer and hanging file folders like Melody does. Standard hanging file folders comes with plastic tabs for easy labeling. Melody stores hers by color, but you could alphabetize as well. It’s all in what works for you!

Melody

Michele uses shelf space to display her card stock. It looks awfully pretty, and it’s easy to see and get to in a flash.

Michele

If you have a larger craft room, you could use office mail slots for card stock storage like Cindy does. Scour thrift shops and second hand stores for pieces like this. And you’ll notice that Cindy still needs to work on labeling everything. A true testament to the fact that craft room organization is NEVER done! And we get a bonus peek at how Cindy stores her ribbon rolls as well.

Cindy

Sharon stores her card stock in magazine holders. She also protects each color family and keeps them together with Job Ticket Holders like the ones that you can find HERE from Office Depot. And of course, each one is properly labeled!

Sharon

Speaking of labels, here are a few ideas for keeping everything in tip top order.

I use these paper holders from Storage Studios for all of my cardstock. Though it’s somewhat obvious which colors go where, I’m a bit of a label fanatic, and I like to make things pretty. I used my computer to create these labels in a Word document. I then printed and circle punched them and added a scallop punch behind. With the help of my Crop-A-Dile, I punched a hole in the plastic and the label and tied on a ribbon.

Susan

Kim uses her label maker and Post-it Durable Tabs to be able to quickly identify which pink is which (or any color for that matter!).

Kim

Jodi has a cute way to label her card stock that also serves as decorative and allows her to play with die cuts. All colors are identified with a heart in the appropriate color and a white die cut flag with the name. You can see that she uses stacking clear desktop trays in her room.

Jodi

Amy keeps track of her card stock colors in a portable way that can sit on her desk and makes it easy to find the exact color she is looking for. Cut a small rectangle of each color, write the name on it, punch a hole, and add it to a ring. Smart solution!

Amy

Kimberly loves to find color inspiration from our MFT Color Challenges. She prints out the image of the color combination and then punches circles to match. What a great way to choose colors when you feel like you’re stuck in a rut or need some inspiration.

Kimberly

Now what about those scraps? Yep, we have some ideas for that, too!

Julie has found yet another resourceful way to use the Large Clear Pockets from MFT — pop your scraps inside

Julie

And finally, Barbara has come up with an ingenius way of making her scraps useful. Once she’s cut into a piece of card stock, she trims A2 sized panels and keeps them in a small file box with dividers. If you use less than half of the piece, you should also be able to create ready-made card bases, too.

Barbara

All of this glorious color has really been DEEEEElightful, hasn’t it?

OK – let’s admit it. You want to know what prize is up for grabs today. Let’s see what we have for two lucky winners today: a card stock sampler (that’s 43 sheets of sensational hues!), 25 sheets of smooth white card stock, and 4 paper holders from Storage Studios! How awesome is that?

Here’s how to enter for your chance to win: Leave a comment on this blog post letting us know which color you find (besides neutrals) you always find yourself reaching for. All winners from this week will be announced next week!

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And as you know – these tips are only the TIP of the proverbial iceberg. Head on over to the blogs of our Design Team members to explore even more amazing ideas to tame your card stock stash.

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5 Days to an Organized Crafty Stash – Die-namics Storage

Print Alright, we’ve gotten your stamp and stencil stash under control. What’s next?

Yes, it’s definitely time to tame your growing collection of Die-namics! From oh-so-cute to girly and graphic, there’s a dizzying array of dies to be had, and if you’re anything like me, YOU WANT THEM ALL!

From simple do-it-today to completely revolutionary, we’ve got a veritable smorgasbord of ideas for you to peruse. Warning – this post may cause you to forego all laundry folding, dish doing, dinner making, and errand running.

OK – I know you’re just DIE-ing to get started, right? Let’s cut to the chase and get started! {I enjoy puns so much, don’t you? *wink*}

Dienamics Storage and Organization Solutions

Let’s set the scene — your new dies arrive in the cutest little box from My Favorite Things. At this point, everything else in life ceases to exist. Give yourself permission to go DIRECTLY to your die-cutting machine for the sake of organization. I’m not even kidding!

Here’s what Julie does. When the new Die-namics arrive, she cuts every single die in the set and and puts the results with the dies. I know that there are times that I don’t know what it will look like until I cut, so I love this idea! And she gets to play with and squeal over her new Die-namics immediately. See? Permission granted.

Julie

The large and small clear pockets from My Favorite Things are an excellent solution for getting everything organized. You can see how Michele has used both sizes for her Die-namics.

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Don’t forget to label everything! We’ve created printable label templates for you to download for our MFT stamps, stencils, and Die-namics. These .doc files are fully editable and are compatible with 1 3/4″ x 2/3″ 8195 Avery Return Labels, 1 3/4″ x 1/2″ 8167 Avery Return Labels, and all comparable sizes. You can find them HERE.

On Monday, Barbara shared a smart tip about storing Die-namics that are compatible with stamp sets all in one pocket. What a clever idea!

In Keisha’s pretty craft room, stylish storage is the name of the game. Find a great basket and store your Die-namics there. You can see that she makes use of the clear pockets as well.

Keisha

If there’s a die you use ALL OF THE TIME, why put it away? Jody hangs her often used dies on hooks for easy access. Having what you use the most within arm’s reach is a must to spur on your creativity!

Jodi

A simple shoe organizer like this one pictured or the over-the-door versions can make organizing simple and affordable. You would be surprised at HOW much those pockets can hold and how durable they are. They are also great space savers. Thanks to Teri for this fantastic idea.

Shoe storage Teri

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Cindy gathers all of her Die-namics in the My Favorite Things  pockets and files them away in this handy bin from InterDesign (she got this idea from Jennifer McGuire). The bins work great for stamps, too. You can find them HERE. I wonder if InterDesign knew that their refrigerator bins were perfect for die and stamp organizing? I kind of doubt that!

Cindy

Sharon uses the same bins as Cindy. And here’s what’s pretty nifty — at 12″ x 4″ x 14.5″ these bins fit many cube storage options like these from IKEA. Make sure you measure before you buy, though. Not all cubes will work.

Sharon

I love Kim’s clever idea! She took the Cricut Organizer from Organize More and placed it on its side in a drawer in her custom craft cabinet featured on Monday’s post. As many others, she finds the clear pockets in both sizes helps keep everything together.

Kim

If having EVERYTHING out in the open is more your style, we have several cool ideas to create a statement in your craft area.

When my sister and I moved into our town home last March, we were delighted by the possibilities in the walk-out basement. We decided to remove the doors from the laundry closet to open things up and then got the brilliant idea to use it for craft storage. We turned it upside down and placed it against the wall. The dies attach to Avery printable magnet sheets that you can find HERE. The slats are awesome for placing completed cards, too! PS – I need to add MORE soon. Thanks to Erin Lee Schreiner, MFT Challenge & Inspiration Creative Team member for the magnet sheet tip!

Susan Doors

Speaking of Erin Lee, she simply places her magnet sheets on the wall – what a statement that makes! Her little red-headed guy is pretty enamored with it!

Erin wall

Barbara has an impressive solution in her room as well! She places her dies on the doors of the closet in her craft room. Raise your hand if you want to visit Barbara and take advantage of that collection of Die-namics!

Barbara

I don’t know about you, but this post has been kind of amazing, right? Before you get started on the idea of your choice, take a look at awesome prize we’ve gathered for two lucky winners. We’ll ADD to your Die-namics stash with the following dies Stitched OvalsEmmitt Alphabet and Number & Symbols, and Pierced Circle STAX, but also give you the fantastic resource of 100 Small Storage Pockets.

Here’s how to enter for your chance to win: Leave a comment on this blog post letting us know what manual die-cutting machine you use and what you love about it. All winners from this week will be announced next week!

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And would you believe that there’s SO MUCH MORE to learn! Make sure you visit the blogs of our Design Team for even more tips, tricks, and ideas for Die-namics storage and organization.

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