Happy Wednesday everyone! Today I am going to show you how I have tackled a problem I had been having for a while. For 14 years I have accumulated A LOT of crafting supplies. I have a pretty good memory of what I have, but when it comes to a few things If i don’t see it I wont use it, you know that whole out of sight out of mind thing. Also, I can’t tell you how many times I have purchased duplicates of washi, ink mist, stamps, etc… So I took a binder I had purchased from staples a while back for another use (it’s about 8×10) a great size for on my desk but also to throw in my bag if I happen to go out shopping.
I made my own dividers (the ones that were sized for the binder were too small compared to the page protectors) I just stapled on a color tab to make it easy to flip to what I needed. The first section is washi tape. Washi tape is a pattered roll of tape that is easily torn and also doesn’t stick to your paper if you try to peel it off. It does become quite an addiction. If i happen to have a tape that has multiple colors that stand out I might put a sample in each color section. Below are a few pictures of some of the washi samples. I use front and back of each page. Whenever I get a new roll I will not put it away until I put a sample in my book.
Next up, Embossing powder. I haven’t used embossing powder much in the past but find myself using it more lately. It has been really hard remembering what colors I have. I split it into three sections, Opaque, Metallic, and Glitter. I stamped all samples with the same stamp and versamark ink to show differences in how it shows up compared to another. Most of my powders are by American Crafts (Zing) which are my favorite but there are a few other brands as well so I listed them in case I run out and need more.
Last in the little binder is my ink mists. Oh how I love misting, but I have purchased a few duplicates and it is always nice to have a dried sample so you know what color you are getting. Most of my mists are from Studio Calico (Mister Huey’s) but I noted down which is which along with the color name to make things easy to find.
I’m really pleased with how it all came together and in the short time I have had it completed it has helped me quite a bit. I am still working on my stamp binder (a different binder that is 8 1/2 x 11) I have a LOT of stamps so this will probably take me a while. I finished all my wood mounted stamps and I am working on the clear stamps next. I snapped a few pictures of what I am doing though, so you get an idea.
I think stamping my clear sets will go by a lot faster. I used versafine black ink and white cardstock to do all my stamp samples.
I hope this has inspired you to do a little supply organization, in whatever way works for you. If you have any other creative suggestions I would love to hear about them!
And now for a little giveaway! As I said, I accumulated some duplicates before putting this binder together and I would like to share a few things with someone (see photo below). Please enter a comment below with your location, and if you have any organizational tips I would love to hear that as well! and a winner will be chosen Friday Feb.8th around 12pm PST. This is open to anyone (even international!)