Sunday, May 04, 2008

It's hard for me to believe that it's been almost a week and a half since I was last able to post here. Sorry about my absence, but boy life has been busy. The quilt show was fantastic. Of course at this point that was a week ago! The week after it was spent in a recovery mode from all the flurry of activity getting ready for it.

I did spend a good part of that recovery time not only catching up at work, but cleaning and reorganizing my stamping/craft room. Now that was great fun. The sad closing of our local stamp store p rovided me with the opportunity to purchase a set of paper racks to store my card stock on. Of course this meant I needed to totally redo my closet space. I wanted to put the paper racks in the closet so I could close the doors against the sunlight and fading it causes. Here is what thing looked like when I began this process. I'll warn you it was not a pretty sight.I wasn't sure I was ever going to be able to recover from this mess. BUT I persevered and with some serious work I was able to get the paper racks set up in my right hand closet as well as my stamp sets that are seasonal, sentiments only or background stamps organized in hanging show holders. I love it! I can just loose myself in looking at color so I find this closet space a wonderful thing to look at. AND at a glance I can tell what colors of card stock I need to reorder! What do you think?
Of course once I had this all organized I couldn't stop there so I moved on to the top of the chest of drawers I have in my room. The chest drawers hold my chip board pieces, alterable items, old catalogs and fliers as well as packaging materials. The top of it is where I store my stamp pads ribbons and punches. Plus many other off and miscellaneous items such as glitter, stickles, primas cutting tools etc. This is how it turned out.....

Finally I had to clean off my stamping table. You know all those scraps from finished projects. I've also figured out how to organize my scissors and various coloring implements on this table. This helps me remember to use them. Underneath the table I have my hanging file folder container which has a file folder for each of the card stock colors from SU and the In Colors as well. This is for my scraps.

I really hope that this new organization system for papers, punches etc will help me not create such a mess when I go in to a stamping frenzy. It's only been a few days but so far so good.

I am real good at organizing things, but not so good at keeping then organized..........we will see what this coming week brings! I need to replenish my card inventory after the sales to my mom and at the quilt show boutique. AND some time I really need to get back to doing some serious scrapbooking!

3 comments:

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Wow Suzanne!!! I'm soooooooo impressed and I love your organizing ideas!! I'm totally inspired to have a lovely stamping room all organized too so I can find my stuff and enjoy it ALL!!! LOL

Sarah said...

Suzanne - Your space looks AWSOME!!! It is so refreshing to sit down at a nice organized place and just be able to create, not worry about finding what you are looking for...

Susan said...

You have created a dream papercraft room, Suzanne!! I LOVE the paper rack and the stamp displays. What a great thing to be able to do! It looks like it would be a real pleasure to craft in your room. It is so worth it to organise yourself, isn't it?