Friday, March 27, 2009

What Are You? An Inny Or An Outy?

I tend to be a combination inny/outy. It’s good to have some of my stash out, but I also like having quite a bit of it hid away. I can’t have the clutter of everything out as that would make for sensory overload. But…if I have too much hidden away, well, like the rest of us - I will forget I even own it and not use it. Well, that still happens, but let’s move on for now, shall we?
Today let’s chat about what is workin’ for me right now, as tomorrow it might change.

Journal Tag DisplayI love journaling spots – not only for my layouts, but they make great mini books too, as well as wonderful homes for favorite quotes I want to remember. Using a photo holder is one of my favorite ways to display many of them. They are up, and out, and looking good enough to use up.

Go To Supplies. Scissors, rulers, sanding blocks, adhesives – a few of my must-have-no-matter-what-I-am-working-on supplies. Use to have these supplies in a larger wooden swivel holder. That was just not working for me. Mainly it was too big. Now all those gadgets are in a canvas holder. It’s smaller, and very mobile while still holding my immediate necessities.

Stored Embellishments.
This newly acquired desk top drawer is now home to my stored embellies. The stored embellishments are the ones not always used, but still needing a good home. I cut off the lids to a couple of simple craft supply boxes, and now I can see everything I have all at once. Now if you’re looking for my buttons, flowers and those things, they have their own post here from last month. These containers hold mostly everything else.

O.K…I need another stamp set like I need a hole in the head, but it’s true I use some stamps more than others. The stored stamps, sets not used as often, are stored in a couple of desk drawers like the one above.

But others find themselves in various and sundry places in and around the studio. One of my favorite places is this black iron basket. It sits very prettily on a wall shelf.

This wood box holds alot of the stamps I use often. I keep it close at hand.

As well as this little tin bucket. For some reason, I know which stamps are where. I’m sure I could hone this down a bit, but for now it works for me. And organization is just that: what works best for YOU.
Would love to hear from you now…


Zach said...
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Ryzmomplus2 said...

Jamie love all your ideas here! I especially love the journaling tag display! too cute!

Yankee in England said...

My craft area is a corner of out living room and my husband is a bit of a control freak so to keep the peace most of my stuff is "IN" We compromise and new cards I have just finished tend to adorne our mantle piece for a while until I send them or put them away for later use. I have my most used products stored under my crafting table in drawers and boxes and the less used items in a seperate corner of the living room. The only real stuff that stays "Out" all the time are my SU markers in their case as I use them all the time, my black stazon ink and cleaner and my paper trimmer. I have organized my "IN" stuff so my most used items are easily at hand.

I look forward to the day that I have my very own space that I can have lots of "OUT"!

Mary Patterson-Ezzell said...

lovin the tag display - super cute ideas. thx for sharing!! :) m-

Trish said...

I'm a lot of and out and also in between...

I wish my stuff was contained more--but the truth is, when I look at it, I tend to USE it and not hoard it...

Love seeing your stuff!! TFS!

Nathalie said...

I have never had a good organization for my journaling tags because, like you mentioned, if I don't see them, I don't use them... so I LOVE your solution!! Thank you!