Category Archives: General Organization

Take a look around my studio #2 – What’s on my desktop?

Not Much!!

My workstation is a simple “L” shaped desk from Office Depot. There are no drawers which makes it easy for me to work on either side. Great for big projects, but usually one side is my computer/“work" side and the other is the creative side. I don’t generally have other people working with me in the studio, but if I did, I could easily set up a folding table opposite my “creative” side and they would have space to work.

Let’s talk desktop

I try to avoid having things on the desktop. The more stuff I have on top, the more I’m moving things around and burying them under my projects. Other than my computer, I have a Rotating Design Board that holds my Planner Ditto Bag, allowing me to easily rotate the bag and access things on both sides.
You might be thinking, “what about all your basic office supply stuff?” I’ve got all of that in one of our Metal Maid Companion Carts. It’s labeled “office” and loaded with all the basic office supply stuff. I’ve also got a cart labeled “Design” which has everything I need when I’m designing a new product. I can put one cart under each side of the desk and still have plenty of room for my chair on either side. I’ve used the Craft Wrap Apron on both carts. The large pockets on the back of the apron are perfect for “paper” stuff, drawing tablets, etc.
The “office” cart also has a variety of craft tools – things I use all the time; paper trimmer, rulers, Cropodile, etc.

Finally, I've got a couple of larger paper trimmers (my small ones are in the side pockets of my Companion Cart apron) that get used occasionally when I need full 12x12 or I'm cutting though multiple sheets of paper. Both of those hang off the back of my desk using a couple Totally-Tiffany Purse Hooks.

My goal is always to leave my desk clear at the end of the day.  I'm happy when I can jump right into work without first having to clean up my workspace.

Thanks for following along as I take you on the studio tour.  If you missed the first post, you can read it here...

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12 ways to use the 5×7 Fab File

Like so many of our products, the 5×7 (medium) Fab File was designed with 1 thing in mind – photos – but its uses expand almost daily.  The list of uses below goes from basic craft organizers to “out of the craft room” ideas.  (The 5×7 Fab File is featured in the 5×7 Organizer Bundle. It can also… Continue Reading

5×7 Organizer Bundle, let me tell you all about it.

As you probably already know, each week we feature different products. This week we’re featuring the 5×7 Organizer Bundle. In this post I’ll give you the details on the bundle including how all the pieces work together and why we decided this was a good combination of products. What’s included: 2 – 5×7 Fab Files, each… Continue Reading

Stamp & Supply Stadium – Let me tell you all about it!

What little things do you have rolling around the bottom of your craft tote, or buried in a drawer?  There’s a good chance they’ll find a perfect home in our Stamp & Supply Stadium (S&SS) The Stamp & Supply Stadium was originally designed to organize wood mounted stamps.  If you’ve got wood stamps, you know they… Continue Reading

Create a craft supply color catalog

Knowing what you’ve got, and where to find it, can make the difference between being joyfully creative and creatively frustrated. One way to avoid being frustrated and maximize the use of what you’ve got is to create a catalog of your supplies. This is obvious for things like dies, stamps, and punches, but you can… Continue Reading

5 ways to use the Double-Sided Stamp Bag

Maybe I should have titled this post 5 OTHER ways to use the Double Sided Stamp bag.  This bag is a perfect tool for organizing wood-mounted stamps, but it can also be used for so many other things. It’s compact, it’s portable, it’s see-through, it’s lightweight, it’s in-expensive…I could go on, but instead, let me… Continue Reading

History of our Fab File Organizer product line.

If you’ve listened to me long enough you’ve heard me say – “If it’s easy, it gets done/used – if it’s difficult it doesn’t.”  Our lives are so busy that keeping things easy is mandatory.  That could mean easy to access, easy to see, easy to take with you… One of biggest reasons that Fab… Continue Reading

5 Ways to use the EZ2Organize Karen Buddy Bag

Like so many of our products, the Karen Buddy Bag can be used for a variety of craft storage options. Card Blanks & Envelopes If you’re a card maker, I’m sure you’ll appreciate the KBB for dies and stamps, but you might also want to consider it for storing and organizing your larger card blanks… Continue Reading

3 Reasons to LOVE our 1.5″ Punch Pack

Our Stamp and Punch Packs are part of our EZ2Organize Product line. They come in 4 designs.  I’m sure you’ll love all of them, but this week we’re featuring the 1.5″ Punch Pack.   This great little storage tool has many redeeming qualities, but I’m just going to mention 3 of them. #1 They’re CLEAR That… Continue Reading

“Rotating Design Board – Where have you been all my life?” Jen Evans

Many of you know Jen Evans @CreateOften.  She’s done several posts on her blog about our product line.  She sent me a link this morning to her most recent post and a cool little video about the Rotating Design Board. Visit Jen’s blog to see more pics and read her full post. Shop for your… Continue Reading

11 ways to use your Rotating Design Board

You can use your Rotating Design Board for so many different projects! Here are just a few ideas. Adult Coloring Dot to Dot Stamping and Card Making Spray Painting – easy! Decoupage Projects Floral Arranging, Cake Decorating Color by Number TH Distress Crayons Coloring Projects Zentangle Small Painting Projects Ditto Bag Holder These are just… Continue Reading

Use a Grid Shelving System to store extra Spinders

Do you have more Spinders than base space on your ScrapRack?  If so, an inexpensive Grid Shelving System could be the perfect solution. There are a few really great things about this type of system; it’s inexpensive, it’s customizable, it’s lightweight, and it can be used just about anywhere you need a little extra storage.… Continue Reading

Why you need a ScrapRack – Time, Money, Space, and Time

I’m sure there are some of you out there, that have unlimited space, time and money.  But for most of us, managing those resources wisely is an important part of our lives. I know the ScrapRack is an investment, but it will truly help you manage your other resources. Money There are 3 big ways to… Continue Reading

Why you need a ScrapRack – Project Planning Simplified

Sometimes pre-planning your projects makes the most sense.  Pre-planned projects keep you focused on a specific task and are easy to move around, especially if you’re travelling. If pre-planning is something you like to do or WOULD like to do, a ScrapRack can really simplify the process. Maximize your project planning by using our Expanding… Continue Reading

Why you need a ScrapRack – Sharing papercrafting supplies is simple.

Whether you’re crafting with your kids, your mom, or your girlfriends, we all like to share our supplies.  If you share your supplies, you definitely need a ScrapRack, AND you need it organized in the 4 Section System. Imagine your girlfriend asks you for a Halloween brad, you’re response, “Go to my ScrapRack, look under the… Continue Reading

ScrapRack User – Tip of the Day: Use Ring Binder Insert Strips to add things to your ScrapRack.

If you’ve got product information, project ideas, or magazine clippings you want to keep with your craft supplies, consider adding them to your ScrapRack using Ring Binder Insert Strips. These simple clear plastic tabs have holes down one side and an adhesive strip down the other. Peel back the wax paper to expose the adhesive and stick… Continue Reading

Why you need a Scraprack – Those boxes and bags aren’t going to put themselves away.

Do you have bags from your local craft store, boxes from your favorite shopping channel or online retailer, tucked into a corner or the closet of your craft room? One of the biggest reasons new stuff doesn’t get put away – you’re not sure where to put it.  If the decision about where to put you’re new stuff or… Continue Reading

Why you need a ScrapRack. The ScrapRack organizes the most stuff in the smallest amount of space.

Don’t get buried beneath containers of supplies. Get your products into ScrapRack and you’ll have more space to craft! It’s simple, really, would you rather dig through a box of stickers, or flip through sections in your ScrapRack. Thanks for stopping by today! Continue Reading

Why do you need a ScrapRack? You’ll use more of your supplies on each project you create.

When it comes to creating projects – scrapbook pages, cards, mixed media or home décor – you generally rely on your memory for product selection. This means, if you didn’t think about it, you’re not looking for it, and therefore you’re probably not using it. When you use a ScrapRack and organize with the 4-Section System, you’ll… Continue Reading

Why do you need a ScrapRack? Cleaning up after creating is a breeze!

When you finish a project is there a pile of supplies at the edge of your work table? Does that pile of supplies get a little bigger each time you craft? One of the best things about using a ScrapRack is that cleaning up is fast and easy. If you’re ready to enjoy your crafting… Continue Reading

What can Edna do for you?

We’ll, she’s not going to deliver packages to your door like “brown,” but once they arrive she’s the girl you need. Edna came into being for the purpose of organizing the hoards of ribbon we sometimes accumulate, but she, like so many of the other EZ2O Buddy Bags, is very versatile. Here’s a quick video… Continue Reading

Organize your photos by major event and smaller activities – the Monica solution

Just the thought of organizing your photos can be overwhelming.  Keeping your photos grouped in manageable, small collections can make it easier to find what you need and more fun to create scrapbook pages you love. The Monica Buddy Bag is a perfect size for storing photos from a major event, grouped into smaller activities. In… Continue Reading

Organize your supplies by brand or designer.

If you like to keep your supplies organized by brand or designer, our Monica Buddy Bag could be the perfect solution.  She’s small enough that you can grab her with just one hand, but large enough to hold a bunch of different supplies. One thing I regularly mention during organization class is keeping things together… Continue Reading

Tip 4 from GOC #3 – Write a mental note

It might sound ridiculous, but writing a mental note really works! Your brain works on patterns.  The more you can reinforce those patterns, the more successful your brain will be at retrieving the information you need. When you’re sorting and organizing your supplies, write mental notes about where you put things.  This a very simple… Continue Reading