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Week 4 – Organizing your workspace, steps to take

There are a few simple steps you and take to ensure that your workspace is well and useable.

Step 1 - Create a sketch

Draw out your workspace as an open area - just the square footage. Then consider the worktable/desk, shelves, and other furnishings you currently own. How are they placed in the space?  Is there a better way to position them? Can you reposition them so you'll be sitting in the center of a "U" - surrounded on 3 sides by easy to reach craft supplies?

Sometimes the easiest way to create a "U" shape is to add a couple of rolling carts to an existing straight desk or "L" shaped desk.

Step 2

Map out your actual workspace.  How much area do you have for creating your projects?  I would recommend at least 30" wide by 24" deep for scrapbooking projects and at least 24" wide by 20" deep for card making or other papercrafting projects.  Keep in mind that you'll need room for the project, the supplies, AND yourself too.

Clean, Empty Workspace, Studio, Totally-Tiffany

It's best if you can start with an empty space or somewhat empty space.  If it's possible to move everything out of sight while you reset your workspace it will be worth the effort.

Tiffany's 7'x7' craft room, organization

Step 3

Make a list of the tools and supplies you use all the time.  This should include everything from small tools like scissors and rulers, to large items like die cutting machines and paper trimmers - but only if you use them EVERY time.

These are the things that need to be within arms reach when you're crafting.

Totally-Tiffany scrapbooking, card maiking and stamping tool organizers.

Step 4

Choose storage items that work in your space.

Now that you know how much space you have on your desktop, what do you need to make it efficient?

ScrapRack Craft Supply Organizer on desktop save time and money.

DeskMaid organizers are designed to put your supplies at your fingertips. These open and easily accessible organizers can help you organize everything from scissors and rulers to ink bottles and washi tape.

What about the shelves behind your desk?  Do you need to add a few more shelves or just a few more holes for shelf brackets so you can better adjust your shelves to hold your supplies - keep in mind the left to right, back to front, top to bottom (L2R, T2B, B2F) idea, your goal is to eliminate the "air" space without compromising ease of access.

In the image below, I adjusted the shelf height to perfectly accommodate Fab Files in a variety of sizes. For example, cards, card blanks, photos, embossing folders, etc. are in the smaller Fab Files, and paper, large stencils, project packs, etc. are in the larger Fab Files.

One shelf has been positioned for Buddy Bags (Edna or Myrel) - loaded with everything from ribbon to glitter glue.

Shelf left to right, top to buttom, back to front

IKEA type cube storage can also be filled in the same way.  Maximize the number of products and access to those products with the right storage tools.

The 5 Drawer Stash and Store box or any number of Punch & Supply Packs can really help take your supplies vertically - you're saving space AND increasing accessibility.

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Workspace Organizers

Desk Maid

Fab Files

Buddy Bags

Punch & Supply Packs

ScrapRack

The Clickable Craftroom

A place for everything, and everything in its place! That is what we strive to create with our Totally-Tiffany organizers and products.

If you have ever wonder what our products would look like being used together, and how we might set them up in a space, then check out our Clickable Craftroom page!

On the page, you can see how we have used some of our products to organize our own craft supplies and craft space.

Choosing the right workspace organizers will be unique to your craft area. The 2 most important things to keep in mind:

1. Can I see and access the tools/supplies I use every time I craft?

2. Do I have space to create a project?

Happy Crafting,

T Totally-Tiffany Logo, Pink Block ini

Week 3 – Stamps, Dies, Embossing Folders…

Tons of challenges Paper crafting tools, like dies, stamps, embossing folders, punches, stencils…offer a unique set of challenges.  They are a weird variety of sizes, shapes, and weights.  Some of them like dies, require other tools in order to be able to use them. Some things work together only and specifically – like outline dies… Continue Reading

Week 2 – Embellishments

Welcome to week 2 of Plan To Be Organized month. (If you missed week one scroll to the bottom of this post and click on the Week 1 box – you’ll want to review my 4 Section System method before you jump in with embellishment organization.) This week our focus is embellishments.  You can lump… Continue Reading

Week 1 – Paper

Welcome to our first week of 4 weeks of organization. This week we’re focused on getting your paper stashed sorted so you can decided on the best storage options. Before we get started, though, if you’re unfamiliar with my 4 Section System for organizing craft supplies, you’ll want to take a little side trip  – … Continue Reading

4 Weeks of Organization

Hello my crafty friends –  Are you ready to finally get your craft space organized?  This is your month to “Plan to be Organized!”  As most of you are aware, many of our products are in transit between our factories, our Tacoma warehouse & the Crafter’s Companion distribution center. Now’s the time, while we’re waiting… Continue Reading

Foil Quill foil storage

Everybody loves Happy Mail! Today I received this little bundle of fun from WeR/American Crafts – A variety of foils to use with my Foil Quill. YAY!!! Foil comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, flat and rolled. Storing these delicate sheets can be a little tricky. The original packaging can be used to… Continue Reading

Customize ScrapRack pocket pages

While we try to cover all the bases in terms of necessary pocket sizes for your storage pages, there always seem to be a few odd sizes that pop up.  Last week I received dozens of stencils from Scrapbook.com.  All of them are 6×8 – this is a pocket-size we don’t currently offer.  That reminded… Continue Reading

3 ways to organize and store stencils

ScrapRack or Binder System Both the ScrapRack and our 12×12 Craft Binders can be used to organize your stencils and templates.  Pocket pages are available in a variety of sizes that coordinate easily with standard stencil/template sizes.  One of the best things about binder style storage, you can customize your binder pages/pockets to perfectly fit… Continue Reading

Organizing embellishments and stickers with 5×7 pockets

You know I’m a big advocate of keeping your supplies together according to the 4 Section System.  You also know my favorite way to do this is using a ScrapRack.  But I know, the ScrapRack isn’t ideal for every crafter’s lifestyle.  If you’re a crafter, particularly if you’re a card maker, and generally work in… Continue Reading

How to organize stamps & dies together with 5×7 pockets & magnets.

Organizing your dies and stamps together is an easy way to ensure you’ll be able to find them when you need them. Create a file of organized dies and stamps using our 5×7 pockets, 5×7 magnets and either the 5×7 Card Maker’s Fab File or the Karen Buddy Bag. I recently received a couple of… Continue Reading

Fabulous 5×7 Pockets – How to use them

Our 5×7 pockets are a favorite among crafters who collect acrylic stamps, but they have many other crafty uses as well.  Add one of our 5×7 magnetic sheets to a pocket and you’ve got the perfect stamp & die storage system.  Use them to sort and store embellishments, stickers, and photos too. These handy pockets… Continue Reading

Holiday Wishes from all of us!

Hello to all of our crafty friends – We just wanted to take a minute and wish you all a wonderful holiday season! Thanks so much for being part of our community at Totally-Tiffany. We are blessed, lucky, thankful, and amazed at the growth of our little business over the last few years.  Your help… Continue Reading

Punch Power Tower

The 4 Level Stadium Arranger could be the perfect Punch Organizer for your desk top or craft room shelf. I know Creative Memories Advisor Ellen Evanoff from travelling around the country to attend Scrapbook Shows.  At the Tacoma show Ellen asked if we had the original Stadium Arrangers in our booth – she said “I… Continue Reading

4 Testimonials you don’t want to miss, if you’re considering a ScrapRack system.

Rita B. – back to scrapbooking! Dear Scraprack, I recently purchased your product. In fact, I bought the complete system and the wingless set too. THANK YOU! You have taken the biggest downfall of scrapbooking and turned it into my biggest asset. This product, along with the 4 section system has re-inspired me. I have… Continue Reading

A Bazillion ways to use the 12×12 binder

I guess I should start by telling you the difference between the 12×12 Craft Supply Binder, and the Spinder Binder.  The difference is, drum roll please… One has a Spinder (3 ring section) included (the 12×12 Craft Supply Binder) and one does not (the Spinder Binder).  That’s it.  They each have the hook and loop fabric… Continue Reading

Stephanie Barnard Ink Pad Storage Solutions

You already know Stephanie is my bestie!! Besides loving her as a person, I also love her products!! This week I’ll be discussing solutions for different types of inks, so of course, I’m starting with Stephanie. Stephanie’s full-sized ink pads are what we call “classic” size.  While the classic sizes might vary slightly in design,… Continue Reading

Die Storage – tips for using the Die File – 2

Challenge – organizing stamps and dies together in the Desk Maid Die File. When I created the Die File, I wasn’t thinking that crafters would use it for both dies and stamps.  After we released it, one of the first questions I was asked, “Can I store my stamps with my dies in this?” I recently… Continue Reading

Die Storage – tips for using the Die File

You’ve invested big money in your die collection. Keeping your dies organized will help you use them more.  The Desk Maid Die File is the perfect solution for crafting at home. Challenge – The Diamond Press sentiment/word die set, is very difficult to read. Because word dies are backwards, reading them can be difficult.  With… Continue Reading

How to organize embossing folders

Do you have just a few embossing folders? Sort and store by theme, sentiment, holiday, or style. Do you have a lot of embossing folders? Create a catalog. If you’ve read any of my other articles or watched my videos, you know I’m a HUGE advocate for cataloging your tools. A tool catalog could include… Continue Reading

Tri-Blend Pen Storage

If you’re a craft junkie, you’ve probably already played with the Tri-Blend Pens from Spectrum Noir.  These triple-tipped pens are perfect for so many crafty things – coloring, stamping, scrapbooking, card making…but how are you going to store them? Last week, Rebecca Cameron stopped by my office with her new set of Tri-Blend markers.  These… Continue Reading