Friday, January 30, 2009

Card Organization

Ok, if you are a seasoned cardmaker or wanna be cardmaker without a lot of time we have the perfect class for you!
As part of our popular Card Makers Carryout Series we are offering Card Makers Carryout- Everyday. In this "organized greetings" class you will make 12 all occasion cards, a binder with 12 inserts for you to organize your cards to send out each month. The class is fee is only $30. The last time we are offering this FABULOUSLY awesome class is Feb 4th. Don't miss out call the store to sign up today!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Paper paper everywhere!

Hello, Jennifer here! Well we are talking about organization this month. That is always a challenge for us scrapbookers/crafters. I know that most of us have the best intentions to buy only the paper we need for our projects/pages, but if you are anything like me you can never pass up a pretty piece of paper. The buying of the paper keeps on and on and now, like me, you are an avid paper collector. So you are faced with the challenge of how to organize all that pretty paper. The system I use is the vertical paper storage from Cropper Hopper (pictured below)

I have 4 sets of the vertical storage. I organize my all my cardstock in one, by color. In the other two I have separated my papers by boy and girl themes. In my 4th storage unit I have categories like holidays paper, Halloween paper, 4th of July and back to school, etc. I also have one accordion paper file that I keep my "collections" paper in (ie Basic Grey or Cosmo Cricket). If I have paper sets that have specific embellishments that I bought to go along I use the paper pouches from Cropper Hopper to keep it all together, these also fit into the vertical units.

There is no one way that is right for everyone, but the cropper hopper system is fast and really easy to get set up. I am very visual and need to see (or be reminded) what I have so I avoid buying duplicates and so I remember to use all the cute paper I just could not live without :) The cropper hopper system really allows me to easily see all my paper at one glance. This system works for me now but keep in mind that your organizational needs will keep changing and you may have to re-evaluate every so often. I mean who knew two years ago we would need containers to hold chipboard?? So be flexible and do what works for you and if you are stuck and don't know where to start our staff would love to help you out! Hope to see you in the store soon.

Take care!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Getin' Organized and Inspired

This is the mess that I made to get organized. I grabbed all of my piles of pictures and a pad of post-it notes and just started sorting. And within a few hours they were all in the pockets and in the boxes chronologically. I also spent the afternoon loading my prints onto This way my digital pictures are safe on their network.
Now I am looking to organize all of my paper, stay tuned and check back later this week to see what I have come up with.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Ok, we all know that the second most important thing in crafting, after finding time. of course, is being organized. If I do find some time to work on a project, I certainly don't want to waste my time getting organized. So for the next few week we (the staff) are going to get organized and we are dragging all of you along with us. Each week we will share tips and tricks to get organized and we will run sales and promotions on our favorite products to keep us crafting.
This week I focused on getting all of my prints and digital pictures organized. I got several of the cropper hopper photo totes a good movie and just started organizing my print by month and year. It took me about 2 hours and I am done!!!! Some months have a folder of their own, others are shared and the totes came with great lables and the plastic boxes.
All of my digital prints are now loaded, by month, onto a website where they will also archive the files for me. No more worries about a crash.
Stay tuned for more tips and ideas!!!

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