I love stamping, card making, scrapbooking... paper crafting. I love it all! I have been working on lots of cards and projects lately! Today, I want to share with you how I go about starting when I have lots of new papers and products come in all about the same time. It would be super easy to get overwhelmed or sidetracked, so I try to organize my materials so I can keep my focus on what I need to do.
- Unpack all the new arrivals.
- Organize them into sections of stamps, papers, Big Shot accessories... etc.
- Put away any materials and accessories that I won't be using immediately.
- Start in with opening 1 package of paper at a time.
--- Pull out all the papers from the package.
--- Turn the sheets so I can see each and every design.
--- Gasp, ooo and ah.... so pretty!
--- Turn the cardboard backing over to see the list of colors that are in the papers.
--- Pull out all the colors of CS that go with this paper.
--- Pull out all the stamps that might coordinate with this paper.
--- Pull out Big Shot accessories and embellishments that might go with this paper.
--- Start cutting CS, usually cutting 81/2 X 11" pieces lengthwise.
--- This will give you cards that are 4 1/4" wide, with a top fold.
--- Cut any other shapes or sizes of CS that I might plan to make with these colors.
--- If I plan to use larger layers of DSP or CS, I will cut those now, too.
--- For layers, I usually cut 1/4 - 1/2" smaller than the card front or previous layer.
--- I keep frequently used sizes of white CS on hand, ready to use.
--- I take time to put away scraps now, to stay organized.
--- I keep CS scraps in drawers labeled - 1 for each color family.
--- I store DSP in large cello bags, with scraps on top of full sheets.
Creative juices flowing...
By this time, my creative juices are flowing and I already have some ideas floating around in my head. It's time to get out the inks, ink up my stamps and get going. If I haven't stamped for a while (Sometimes, it happens.) I try to start with a simpler card and, as I get going, work up to more complicated designs.
Before I start working, I pull out one of my handy dandy serving trays and organize all these items onto the tray. The reason is simple... Everything is all together. If I need to move it away from my work space, I can just carry the tray and set it carefully in a new place until I'm ready to work on it again. When I'm ready to start in on it again, everything is all right there together and I don't waste time trying to figure out where I left off when I stopped.
This may or may not be the most efficient method, but it works for me when I have a lot of cards to get made. When finished, I store all my DSP in a large cello bag, with cut pieces on top, the backing cardboard in the back (for support and color reference) and often store 1 of each piece of coordinating CS in with it all. When I have an idea for a single card or 3-D project later on, I can easily pull out just what I need to get going on it.
Here's a tray all ready for me to start creating using the Kaleidoscope DSP.
This is the same place where I got my new punch holders and ink pad holders. It's a great place, has excellent quality products and excellent service. I don't usually promote other companies on my blog, but this one deserves high praise. They also sell containers in which to store your framelit cards, but I wanted to use one of my antique sewing machine drawers. I use a lot of them in my studio and it creates a look that I just love. These cards are made of chipboard and have a strong magnet covering 1 entire side. I liked using stamp cases to store my framelits, but Stampin' Up! has come up with so many different sizes of framelits lately that my system wasn't working anymore. I wanted a uniform size for all of my framelits. This works.
Sometimes, though, in spite of all our organization, we just need cards fast. So now, here's another idea to get you stamping quickly. We have a new cards kit, in addition to our Everyday Occasions Card Kit. (#134998)
Thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope you enjoyed your visit to my studio today and that some of my organization ideas will help you in your creative process. Use what works for you and create a space in which you can enjoy creating treasures of your own. Want more organization ideas? Click here and take a tour of my studio. http://nannastamps.blogspot.com/2012/01/studio-tour.html Have a great day.
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