Saturday, February 10, 2007

{ blog candy }

I'm ready to announce my blog candy! It's a Bella Card Kit! This kit includes everything you need to create 6 unique bella cards; card stock, embellishments, stamped images, cuttlebugged backgrounds, punched out scalloped circles and ovals, etc. All you'll need to do is color the bellas and attach everything together and you'll have 6 cards. I'll even include 6 envelopes for you, too.

How to Enter:
Simply leave a comment on this post with your first name and tell me 1 organizational tip. Your tip can be craft related or not, it's up to you. How easy is that?!

I'll randomly pick a winner on Monday February 12 after 6:00 pm PST. Be sure to check back then to see if you've won. The winner will have to email me with their address.

Have a great weekend and please feel free to spread the word about my blog candy.

Here's my tip:
I have a drawer called "Card Starters"... I started this drawer when I was an SU Demo to keep leftover cut up pieces from workshop make & takes, then I've added to it anytime I stamp and/or color extra images. So when I want to make a quick card I can just open this drawer, grab a few pieces and adhere them together.

I also have a drawer for each color family for my scraps. Recently I went through these drawers and put all the big pieces through my cuttlebug with embossing folders and then I punched out all the smaller scraps. I store my cuttlebug backgrounds and punchies in SU stamp boxes. You may be wondering why I have so many extra SU stamp boxes. Well, I've taken all of my background stamps & monograms out of the boxes... why does a single stamp need a box, right? :-)

117 comments:

  1. I bought the lazy susan at Walmart and put a wide mouth mason jar in the center with coffee mugs around the outside of the jar. It allows me to keep all my tools most used for stamping (ie. blender pens,rulers,exacto knife) close at hand. Lois

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  2. I bought the lazy susan at Walmart and put a wide mouth mason jar in the center with coffee mugs around the outside of the jar. It allows me to keep all my tools most used for stamping (ie. blender pens,rulers,exacto knife) close at hand. Lois

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  3. Oh Cindy...wouldn't this be great!!!

    My tip.....

    A while back I got some garment hooks and attached them on the wall near my table. Then I got some simple jump rings and when I purchase stickers I can put them on the jump rings and hang on the garment hooks. That way I can flip though them easily. No hidden things!!

    And when I get some Bellas I plan to store them the same way!!

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  4. Oh man, I would LOVE to win this blog candy!! Hmmm, an organizational tip... to have a place to put all my loose stamp pads, adhesive supplies, ribbon, wheels, etc. I went to my local dollar store and picked up some narrow rectangular plastic bins. They look uniform since they are all the same and it collects and hides all these random things quite nicely!

    ~Amy H.

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  5. oh, I haven't experienced Bellamania yet, I'd love to win this!!! My best organization tip would be.....after you're done making a card, pick up 5 things in front of you and put them away. It helps keep down on the mounting clutter than can overtake our stamping tables! My friend Lue taught me this trick! Thanks Cindy!!

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  6. I bought a magnetic spice rack (http://www.presidentschoice.ca/HouseandHome/ProductDetails.aspx/id/18069/name/PCMagneticSpiceRack/Type/3/catid/297) to hold all my brads, eyelets, etc. I can see him, my kids can't get them (because they are mounted high enough on the wall) and it's pretty too!

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  7. Some of my favorite organizational tips include my clear over-the-door shoe holder that holds all of my large punches. Also, anytime I find an inspirational page in a magazine or catalog, I tear it out, write on it what I find inspirational (if I don't, sometimes I look at the page and cannot remember why I saved it), and put it in a clear page protector that goes into a three-ring binder. When I'm in need of new ideas, I always know where to look. ~Stephanie

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  8. Wow what awesome blog candy. I'm new to this whole stamping thing, and I can't wait to get my hands on some bella's.
    Since I haven't started to craft any cards yet, I will give you a tip on how to organize your family. We have a calendar at home posted in the kitchen, and whenever my husband or kids have something planned it is written on it. So if we want to do something, we first check it, and if there is nothing written down then it is a go. This way we won't be double booked. Now tonight was a surprise, for my birthday, my husband took me out and it wasn't written on the calendar - but who can get upset over a surprise. He took me to an Italian restaurant and we had a beautiful dinner that took nearly 2 hours. I think the last time I sat down that long for dinner was when we were dating.

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  9. OOOO, Bellas!!!!

    My tip....Hanging Files with Printed tabs for all my SU Cardstock, each tab has the name, Colro Family and reorder # and is printed on the CS itself!

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  10. I run a division at work and I like to keep a comp book of each of the workers, so that I can write down notes or anything relating the empolee. On teh front of the journal I have decorated it and have their names on it. It is not much but it is cute and neat :)

    Tanya

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  11. Oooh! I am LUV'n the Bellas!!!

    Here is my tip: My sister started this with me...get a binder and decorate it cutely *wink*, then stamp each of your stamps in a basic black under appropriate headings (flowers, celebrations, holidays, etc). Keep this binder at hand that way when it's time to make a card, you can see which stamps you have that can work together without having to pull them all out.
    HTH!

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  12. Stephanie,

    I would love some Bella's! I have a granddaughter named Stella and we call her Stella Bella!

    As far as organization, I use my LetraTab labelmaker to label everything. I make labels for my SU sets, inks, etc.

    Thanks!

    Nancy

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  13. What great blog candy! I'm just getting into the stamping bellas! My organizational tip is to color cordinate your closet clothing that's on hangers...saves me so much time.

    Thanks
    Starr

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  14. What a fun item to have as blog candy! Very generous of you, in deed.

    My organization tip and the best thing I've done lately in an attempt to organize myself (it's a work in progress) is that I purchased hanging craft folders...these look very similar to those shoe racks or jewlery holders that have clear pockets to view the contents. But these are made specifically for craft project items - thus making them study enough to hold heavy items. I have two - one large which holds all of my larger size punches and a smaller one for my not-so-large punches. They are super...I can see what I'm looking for at a glance and they are off my limited shelf space.

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  15. Robin--

    What fun! I am just learning about the Bellas, and don't have one yet! (crossing fingers)

    My tip is that I recently discovered I could clear the clutter from my bathroom counter by putting an over-the-door shoe holder on my bathroom door and putting everything in the pockets! My counter is clear and much easier to clean! This could work in other rooms, too... like my stamping room!

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  16. In my checkbook, I use those tny colored dots to notate different items. So red means tax deductable, blue is a deposit, yellow is a bill, and green is where it shows it balanced each month. Since all my bills are paid electronically, as are my charitable donations-all except my propety taxes, I have one book for each year and keep that little legder in the tax year papers it goes with. I have done this for over 25 years and never not been able to balance my books.

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  17. Awesome Blog Candy!

    My latest attempt to organize my craft stuff includes clear plastic shoe boxes from costco. I labeled them with my label maker too. I can still see what's in them but they are neat and tidy!
    Karen

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  18. Ooh,Ooh, Bellas!!!! Wonderful blog candy. Drooling over here.
    My organizational tip has already been taken. I love the back of the door shoe racks. I have a lot of kids and they come in handy in the bathroom, in the bedrooms and especially in my craft room. It really helps to have a place to put everything!

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  19. I have organized my stamps by category, such as animals, birthdays, spring, summer, people, etc. They are stored in a drawer system, which has worked out great. I do keep some stamps as sets, such as: Loads of Love, All Wrapped Up, etc. I find this system especially helpful when stamping flowers with stems and leaves. I also alphabetized the drawers. Works for me.

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  20. YEAH BELLAS!!

    my organizational tip due to very small stamping space is i tidy up as i stamp. if i haven't any more use for a paper or punch or pencils, i put them away .(into the container on the floor )everything is packed into tupperware (long under the bed bins )and i keep it very organized so i know just where to go to get something. someday i will have a room, but being somewhat organized and putting things away gives me more room to stamp and play.

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  21. I am just learning about the Bellas, but I LOVE all the cards that you make with them. Your work is awesome!

    I have a Tote-ally cool tote that is packed full with all the supplies that I use when I'm stamping (rulers, scissors, tape, cutters, pens, stamp cleaner, etc,). It sits on a plastic lazy-susan on my desk, but when I go to my fellow stampers houses for a craft day of stamping, I just grab my tote and the stamps I will be using and I'm ready to go.

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  22. Margaret (scs a.k.a alwaysstampin2)February 11, 2007 5:15 AM

    My organizational tip??.....Let see
    most of mine have already been mentioned, plastic over the door shoe rack, instead of lazy susan though i have pampered chief white turn-around. I have my su paper in 2-drawer file cabinet. Oh I know I love my notebook I stamped and covered and tab > I got the idea when I went to the Louisville ky regional.

    Thanks for sharing your great ideas on your blog, keep up the great work.

    Southern In stamper! See ya' all...

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  23. I just love your blog. I actually check it several times a day. I know, I need to get a life, but I just love seeing your designs! Anyhoo, I sort all my paper scraps by SU color family. Bold Brights in one drawer, rich regals in another, and so on. Then, when I need a scrap to punch or layer, I just check the drawer with the color that I need. Man, I would love to win. Pick me, pick me, pick me! LOL

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  24. I have all my cardstock organized in a seven drawer system by color family or neutrals... Each drawer is also marked with a set of color labels for easy recognition. TFS

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  25. Oh what a lovely blog candy you have! *pick me, pick me* LOL

    My organizational tip is about ribbon, can't put a photo here but I'll leave it on mij blog (http://papercreative.blogspot.com/) I bought some really cute jars at Ikea and filled them with my ribbon. Every shade of color has it's own jar, such fun to look at;-)

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  26. Great blog candy! My tip is one that I found on another blog - get small, clear ziplock bags in the bead department of your craft store, punch a hole in the top, above the zipper and near one side. Fill each one with brads, eyelets, etc. Put them on single notebook rings and hang from a hook near your stamping area. I have one ring for brads, one for eyelets, one for misc. embellishments and they take up a fraction of the space than when I had them in the tic-tac type boxes.

    You find such cool things on blogs!

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  27. Beautiful Bellas!
    My suggestion is not very exciting...I just clean up as soon as I am done with a project. Although, that means that my paper, scraps, etc. are on my table for a few days!
    Also, I have a bookshelf next to my work desk where I store stacked clear shoe-box size bins. They are all labeled with a label maker. I have one for markers, embellishements (several), some more for ribbon, etc.
    I work better when it is not cluttered. I also have allow for some creative mess!

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  28. My tip may sound odd...but I think whatever organization makes you happy you should stick to it. If your desk is a total mess but you know where everything is then so what. Don't buy some new fancy organization thing that you know won't really work for you just on the hope that you will. As long as everything works in your "little world" (as I call mine) then everything can be happy in it!

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  29. Oops - Anouk & I have the same idea! Oh well, I have another - Sometimes I will stamp the same image 2 or 3 times, then cut them out or use a punch. Or I will start with a certain image, then decide I don't want to use it just then & go with something else. Other times I just want to sit down & watercolor different images. Anyhow, all these unfinished or partially finished things go in a box I've marked "Projects" on the end. Then when I'm stuck for a card idea, I pull out the Projects Box. It's amazing how it stimulates the ol' creative juices, giving me ideas for another card.

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  30. My tip is use the tackle boxes for the smaller stuff (i.e. eyelets, brads, can be separated by color, size, theme).

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  31. My name is Lisa and my organization tip is...Store your ribbons in glass jars! They look stunning on a shelf or standing on your craft table. It is also very easy to see which ribbon you want to use! Love the candy!

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  32. My tip: For crafts items that my kids and I don't use all the time, I put them in plastic shoe boxes and ladel the ends with the contents. (pony beads, fun foam, pipe cleaners, etc) These stack nicely on a bookshelf and make things neat! That doesn't happen often in my craft room!

    There are a lot of great ideas listed here.
    Colleen

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  33. I organize my brads and eyelets in the pill dispensers found at the dollar store. The small cylinders can be purchased as a set of 7, which screw together and come with one lid, for only $1.00. They keep
    the colours and sizes separated and can be seen through the clear plastic.

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  34. Oh, fun blog candy! I'm not an incredibly organized person but I do love having my cardstock all in their own individual hanging file folders. They are by color family. I also have the file folders for each person in the family to keep their important papers and such. LOVE your blog, LOVE your stamping!

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  35. jennifer (refinnej2)February 11, 2007 7:09 AM

    What an adorable card!! I used to never be able to find my cards when I needed them by event (ie- birthday, thank you, etc.). Now I organize them by event in the CM Power Sort box that CM designed for pictures. It's perfect for cards also!!

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  36. This might not be a great tip for people who like everything put away out of sight, but I found I wasn't using most of my embelishments because I never knew what I had. So I put a bulletin board up in front of my table, and all my small embelishments are hanging on it, either in their original package, or in those tiny ziplock bags. Everything has a place, and I can see what I've got.

    Great blog candy Cindy !

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  37. Okay so my tip is going to be really corny and home related. When putting you clothes away sort them by color, even the kids clothing can benefit from this. That way you can see exactly what you have and what you need, great excuse for us woman to go shopping for new clothing. Seriously you just tell DH you need to go buy something blue, just look in my closet I have nothing that is blue.

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  38. *gasp* This card is ADORABLE!!! And I LOVE this kind of candy ~ NO calories and oh so FUN!!!

    OK, here is my organization tip for storing all my little scraps of cardstock... I use the clear rubbermaid disposable "TakeAlongs" containers!(6x9x2) They stack very nicely on the shelf above my desk and I've got the ends labeled with all the colors. Thes best thing is that they are cheap! :) I can post a photo on my blog...check it out! http://smileycollector.blogspot.com/
    Have a Happy Valentine's Week! Smiles, Pam :)

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  39. My organizational tip:
    I have a piece of pegboard above my desk and I peg things so I can see them and are easy to reach.

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  40. I hang a small metal bucket (from the $1 spot at Target) from a cabinet above my work surface and throw scraps of ribbon in there to use at a later date. I got these great 12x12 plastic boxes from a friend and I love to put my 'pages-in-progress' in them and stack them up to keep my very small room a little tidier! I don't own any of these Bellas YET but have had my eye on them. I would love to win this fabulous candy.
    Ruth Allmart :o)

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  41. My organizational tip is so simple yet so hard to do--just put away any supplies after you use them. That way your workspace does not get all cluttered up.
    Your bellas are cuteabella!!!! Thanks for offering such unique blog candy.
    Cheryl Sims

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  42. Wow! Great give-away. I am not very organized, but I love to use these white plastic baskets on my desk that you can purchase at Wal-Mart for 2/$1. I usually have different card projects in each, or if I work in a different room, I usually put some stuff in those baskets and carry them around the house. :o) You can also stack them nicely.TFS!
    Monika/Buzsy

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  43. My organizational tip is to make a binder with images of all your stamps by category and store them in drawers, boxes or whatever labelled with the same categories. Then you will always be able to find a stamp and you can browse through your binder seeking inspiration.
    Diane Young

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  44. Hi Cindy! What AWESOME blog candy. Thank you so much. The one thing that helps me keep organized in everyday life is a monthly calendar that has spots for each of my family members. I list everything that is going on with everyone and there is also a spot for Miscellaneous. It really, really helps and I don't know what I would do without it.

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  45. Hi Cindy!

    That is amazing blog candy! Wow, can't believe you are giving that away!

    It's funny you are talking about organizing...I am always trying to come up with new ways of cleaning up my space!!!

    All right, Organizational tip: My new method is boxes. I've bought shoe box like boxes. I now have a box for my ribbon, box for the cards I've made, box for my colours (you see where I am going with this!) We'll see how long this lasts!

    Yosha

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  46. Love those Bellas...as well as your creativity! If one can say I am organized, here is my tip! My latest acquisition was an abundance of Prima flowers from a 'share'. In order to store them I purchased 'Mason' jars from Mikes. I can see all the pretty colors and they add color to my supply shelves!
    Lynda

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  47. Hi, my tip is what I use when I go to a crop or to a friends house to stamp. I have one of those expensive stamping wheely thingys, but quickly outgrew it, now I have a black and yellow Stanley mobile work center (yes, a tool box) on wheels from Walmart for less than $25. Places for everything and then some. I love it.

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  48. I keep my cardstock in hanging file folders- each color in their own file. I keep a large ziploc bag in each folder for the scraps of that color. I know right where to go to find the color I need and I don't have to sift through a box!

    I *love* these Bellas! I just ordered my first on last week! Love your blog!!!

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  49. I don't have a dedicated craft space, so I use a krafter's purse to keep all of my basics (scissors, mono, glue dots, etc.) in one place that is easily accessible and portable, and I don't have to put all the little separate items away when I'm done - works like a charm!

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  50. At costco and many other stores they sell grapes in ventilated plastic containers. I use them to store my ribbons, you can see all your ribbon, your ribbon fits through the holes and slits for easy access, they stack well, they are dust free,you are recycling. :)

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  51. Well if that isn't the best blog candy ever! I love the bella stamps! Hmmmm, one organizational tip, well I have a long way to go in organizing all my craft stuff but I recently purchased some pill type containers and separated all my eyelets and brads into them, I use them so much more now that they are organized. Thanks for the giveaway and all the fantastic ideas!
    Geny C.

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  52. The card boxes with index cards are get for storing scraps each is in a color theme. Solids, patterned and speciality in their own box and labelled according. Index card are made out of card in pkg with labels on them in pencil in case need to change label. These stack nicely on shelf for use and quick finds. Also premaid cards are in a box with thems grouped together for when a quick card is need and the ones with a unique recipe have it glued on card as they are only fronts in a binder. That is my tips for today and my challenge is to keep it up.

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  53. Wow Cindy...you are my hero. I love your site and learn so much from you.
    I looked through the posts and didn't see this idea but even if it is taken I still love it. I have a lot of SU materials including all the inks. As such, I like to have materials that only take on one colour (daubers, sponges etc). I use the SU! channel boxes and organize them by colour family so that when I take out "Certainly Celery" I am using the right sponge or dauber.

    Alli

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  54. Being a papercrafter, I always have tons of paper around. I hate to throw out any of the bigger scraps (even the little scraps - ha ha) so....I put the scraps in baggies (sandwich-size with a zipper) and stand them up in a container - shoebox (decorated, of course) or basket. When I need a particular color, I look there first! Easy as pie!

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  55. I keep my scrap paper in hanging file folders it's always where I need it when I need, I also keep precut card stock in every color in a basket to it is just fold and go! Love your blog Cindy!

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  56. Awesome candy Cindy!!! I have very little space in my craft room, but . . . like you I keep all my paper scraps organized by color family in different plastic bins. I also have hanging folders for some of my paper, organized also by color family and with a manila folder at the front with 1/2 sheets and "bigger then scrap" pieces. Seems to help when I need a small piece!

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  57. Okay, I would love to win this blog contest. I don't own any Bella stamps yet. However, there is one problem...I am the queen of caos. Oh here's one tip...have a huge box under the kitchen table so when guest come over unannounced you can sweep all your stamping supplies off the table into the box. This works well even if you have a stamping room.
    :)
    Shelley

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  58. Love the Blog Candy! - Man I hope if you are not an organized person you can still enter! I don't really have any tips but plan to read others. I'm going to be getting some new cabinet units in my stamp room soon and hopefully that will help me to be more organized. Ida

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  59. Great blog candy - I'd love to make a few Bella cards :) I have all kinds of little organizational things, many of which have been listed (or are on my to do list!!!) but being that I have three little guys - it's my playroom that I'm picky about! Right now it's being renovated so it's driving me crazy, but normally I have everything related in differnt LABELED bins and then the shelf is also labeled so that even others should be able to figure out where things go!

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  60. Lois H
    I struggled to find a good system for all my Stampin' Up scrap paper. My solution? Four check/file systems (for the four color groups). Each box has 12 dividers--perfect!

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  61. Love the Bella's.......
    My tip is to try and pick up as I go.....If I use say EP, and I am done, I'll put it away and the heater too. So when I am done with my cards, then I don't have that much to clean up.
    Ok...well it helps me anyway..lol.
    Thanks,
    Kristi Ferro

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  62. Hey there Cindy!
    LOVE the blog candy!! I've gotta get me some bellas!!
    As for organization, it's definitely not something I'm very good at. I did find a great metal cart on wheels from Business Depot online(I think) and it stores 4 sets of hanging file folders - 2 on top and 2 on the bottom. My plastic 2 drawer filing cabinet was just about falling apart! Now I just use it for neutrals, vellum, retired colors, etc. My craft space is a second kitchen downstairs so having the colored cardstock on wheels is really helpful.
    Heather L.

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  63. Hi Cindy!
    Love your bellas....don't have any yet but would love to. As for an organizational tip...most of them I had in mind were mentioned. I do have quite a few of those plastic containers on wheels with various drawers in different sizes. Have found these to be very helpful in organizing just about anything and everything!!! TFS

    Cindy Coffman

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  64. Wow this is a great blog candy giveaway, and so many comments, well sitting with fingers and toes crossed, my organisational tip is I bought some takeaway plastic storage pots with pale blue lids, fairly big and I use these to house my packs of brads, and eyelets and small rolls of adhesive ribbon and they stack so are great, not as good as some of the fabulous storage ideas in the States but still cute

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  65. Great giveaway, especially for those who still have yet to purchase a bella.... As far as organization I have a brand new stamp room and I would like to think it is pretty well organized but i"m not sure have anything that hasn't been mentioned or done before. My DH built me an awesome inpad storage wall unit. it has an individual slot for each pad and I put the coordinating marker in the slot as well. I got tired of rummaging around the SU marker box everytime i wanted a color.

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  66. I have a hanging file folder for every color of cardstock. Inside the file folder, I have a freezer bag with the scraps for that color. It helps me to use up all of those scraps of paper.

    I love your blog.

    Kelly

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  67. my tip isn't really a tip. It's a suggestion. Like many of us, I am a paper hoarder. GOBS and GOBS of paper. I also have every scrap took known to man (not kidding...) so when my paper scrap tray gets to the overflowing point (which is often) I separate the pieces from card-usable to too small. With the too small pieces, I punch or die cut a variety of shapes and send them to my daughter's teacher. She gets something for free (because teachers ALWAYS spend out of their own pocket) and I get a cleaner space.

    Love your blog. I am new here.

    Suzanne
    www.suzannebalvanz.blogspot.com

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  68. Love the blog, always read it. My organizational tip, once you start getting a lot of paper, get a filing cabinet and give each color paper it's own folder. Then in the front of each folder I put a plastic page protector and into each page protector I put all the scraps I have. If the scrap is really small I will usually use one of my punches and just punch out the piece with it and slide that into my folder (small circles, word window, etc). Works great for me.

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  69. I keep all my stamps in CD cases. It takes up so much less room and I spend a lot less time looking for the stamp I want.
    Heather B

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  70. What a great giveaway! My tip is to use those sandwich sized plastic containers, appropriately marked, to store glitter and/or embossing powder. You can then hold your card piece over the container and spoon the powder over it...tap the excess back into the container...no need to funnel back into the container!

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  71. Wow how cool!! Can't find any of those punches around here and the bellas are just too cute!!!
    My organition tip...I decorated a pretty composition book that I keep w/ me and when I see a beautiful card or someting that inspires me, I log it into my book. Whenever I feel the need for inspiration I can flip through my book and always find something wonderfully inspiring!
    My fingers and toes are crossed...pick me, pick me!! *wink*
    ~Lana B.~

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  72. Love your Bella cards. The cuttlebug background really adds zing to them. I so have to get me some of those folders. LOL

    I am always trying to find better ways in which to organize my stamp room. Currently I have two of those 12 x 12 plastic storage iris type carts where the containers are actual 12 x 12 drawers with closing lids. I have them labelled as to what I'm working on. One drawer has current cards, swap cards, scrapbook pages, etc. All I have to do is pull out the drawer I'm working on and all my supplies are right there. I love these carts and what's really nice is that you can stack them on top of one another.

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  73. I stamp all my stamps in a coil book so instead of looking through all my stamps I just grab the book & flip pages. I also keep all my ink pads & re-inkers on a storage rack together, my ribbon too. My big background stamps are stored like books as well.

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  74. Oh how great! Here is my tip for organizing ribbon. I use a sheer curtain rod (real skinny rod) and slide my ribbon on it so they all roll the same way. I use a straight pin to keep them from unrolling and hang it up on my desk. It is a quick and cheap way to organize ribbon so it is right there at your fingertips when you need it!

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  75. WOW!! BELLAS!!
    Mr tip: I keep all of my cardstock (in families) in handing file folders. I also keep little 4 X 6 plastic bags (from the dollar store) in each of the file folders -- for all my scraps of that color. Now, I have very few scraps, because when I am using a color, I bring out the scrap bag also! I mark the little bags, so I can return them in seconds! Try it!! Really works!!
    Cheryl

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  76. AWESOME give away! How much fun!
    I am probably one of the most unorganized people you could meet, which makes this a hard comment to come up with :-)
    However. One thing I am COMPLETELY organized at ALL times on - is my photos. As soon as I get them developed, they go into a photo storage box under the proper month in chronological order. Then when I am working on an album, I pull out all the photos I'm' going to use, put those in a different photo box, in chronological order. None of us use all the pics we take - but this way, I still have the pics NOT used organized as well as the ones that I will put in a photo album organized as well.
    Hope that helps somebody!
    Thanks again,
    Tami

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  77. This card is just adorable! I don't have any bella's YET! Most of the tips for crafting have already been posted. So this one is not for stamping. I buy those long plastic chains that have the little clothspin clippers on them at the dollar store. I believe they are supposed to be used to hang stuffed animals in the kids room. Well I have them hanging near my back door for my kids hats and gloves. As soon as they come in the use a clip and the hats and gloves are hung up. No more searching! I leave it up all year in the summer it's their baseball hats and stuff. Thanks for offering this to all of us! Christine

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  78. Oh Cindy, you're soooo generous!! Thank you! :)

    In order to keep track of all the stamp sets I own, I record them all in an Excel worksheet. Each time SU! comes out with a new catalog, I update the list. It's a little scary to have a dollar value placed on all my stamp sets, tho! Eek!! :)

    Thanks again, Cindy, for your kindness!!! I adore your blog!!!!

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  79. Hi Cindy- AWESOME blog candy!!!
    OK, mine isn't unique but is a lifesaver for me! I have clear drawers for each colour family of scraps that I have....also another for neutrals. Its great for when I have a class or club and I need paper for it. I just take the whole drawer cart and bring it out for use! Saves whole sheets of c/s being wasted!

    Good question to ask!
    Kerry

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  80. I have so many small jars and bottles of stickles, embossing powders, reinkers, etc. and wanted a way to store them so that they would be readily available. I refinished and painted an old spice rack that I keep on my work table in my studio so that everything is close at hand! It's worked out great and the $$$'s I saved has been spent (notice the past tense!!!lol) on more stamping products!!! Enjoy your blog, thanks for sharing!

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  81. I recently pulled all my paper scraps out of the box they were thrown in and put them in clear page protectors by color group. It's so much easier to find what I'm looking for and they don't get crushed and bent like before.

    Dina

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  82. My favorite organizational tip is to store the extra unused garbage bags in the garbage can under the current liner bag. When you remove it, the next one is just sitting there waiting for you!

    Gorgeous card and love the color combo.

    Donna
    rubyslippers@neofast.net

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  83. I would love to win this!! My tip: I have 2 yr old twins and I've kept baby food jars to store brads, charms, eyelets, etc. I also save baby wipe tubs to store punches, stickers, tags, etc. Thanks!

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  84. My most recent organizational project was to find something to put my wooden stamps in so I can see them all at one time and hopefully use them more frequently than I have in the past. I bought these shadow box frames at Michaels. They are 16" by 20" acrylic with sides on them. I bought 4 of them and placed all my stamps in them and than layered them on my shelves. I just lay them out when I am stamping and pick the stamps I want to use. It isn't permanent, but is working for me now rather than having them on shelves and not knowing what I have. The frames were cheap because they were 40% off when I bought them.
    I would love to win the bellas kit, I have not purchased any yet, but they are adorable.
    Lori Faeber
    loribgrace@comcast.net

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  85. I like to work on multiple projects at a time, so I put each project on a cookie sheet or serving tray. I can pull any papers, stamps, embellishments, ribbon, and put them together. Then I can pull out that particular tray and bring it out from my "studio" and into the family room to be able to chat or watch TV with my DH. He was getting lonely ;) mnhyrkas

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  86. Ohhhh, I'm drawing a blank right now! Does this count (??). . . I keep a pipe cleaner by the kitchen sink to clean those hard to reach places, like lid rims, drink box spout & straw, etc.

    -ddm

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  87. Hi Cindy,

    I got your blog from my daughter...very beautiful cards, and you are so generous to be giving out so many things!

    As for organization, I depend on shelves and book cases.

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  88. Wow, this is a great giveaway!!!I'm not one to be giving any organizational tips...but here's the best I have. I try to clean up and put things away as I go. I find that if I wait until I'm done working on my projects to do it I'm tired and things don't always get to thier correct home:)

    Kristen

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  89. My tip is organizing card stock. I put all mine in file folders that are in file carts. Behind each color is a manilla envelope that I put the scraps from that color in. Whenever I need a small piece of a color I look there first instead of cutting into a new sheet.
    Good luck everyone!
    ~~Rita~~

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  90. There are TONS of great tips in these comments! Just LOVE the blog candy and I don't have a single Bella... wouldn't winning this be cool?

    I have all my ribbons on 5x7 cards. I staple one end, then wrap the rest around the card. All my ribbon fits into a shoe-box sized box = and I have 100's of ribbons. Much more compact than spools, and easy to see what I have.

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  91. Great blog candy! Organization is one of my favorite topics - especially since I'm in the middle of a major re-organization of my craft items! I've found that those bright photo boxes from ACMoore are perfect for sorting and labeling nearly everything... and are so pretty on your shelves!

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  92. I have an old wooden cassette organizer that i bought at VV Boutique (value village) and it hangs on the wall and stores all my stamp pads. It works awesome:)

    TFS this awesome blog candy

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  93. What a SUPER idea for your blog candy! I would LOVE to make some of those Bella cards. I have not yet purchased any-but they are really tempting! My organizational tip: I keep all of my wheels organized onto a mans pants hanger that I bought at K-Mart. I also keep some ribbon spools on the same pants hanger.

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  94. Hi Cindy,

    I am writing because my sister really wants to win this and she harrassed me to leave a comment. Sisters.

    My organizational tip is: Mothers! She is a neat freak and when she is not harrassing me to keep my room clean, she's in there cleaning! But seriously I recommend book shelves.

    SM

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  95. Hi Cindy,

    To keep track of each family members activites, use a white dry erase calendar board and assign a different color (marker) for each family member.

    ~Corinne

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  96. Bella? What's that? :D JK! I would LOVE a Bella Card Kit!

    Hmmmm, an organizational tip. . . . . I guess for me it just to keep at it. I try to put things in drawers or plastic tubs with lids and then LABEL them and PUT stuff away when I'm finished! Sounds MUCH easier than it really is! LOL!

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  97. Great blog candy. - My organizational tip is to get the stackebo dvd holders from IKEA for the SU ink pads. I have four of them now and it organizes them on the wall out of the way for me. Then I took 6 mm labels in my label maker and printed out the color on my new pads that don't have it written on the front. I also use a Pampered Chef turntable for my tools that I need on my desk in easy access.

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  98. I have really enjoyed reading all these tips...This has nothing to do with crafting, but I purchased an ironing board that hangs over my closet door. I also purchased an iron holder that is right inside the closet door--heat proof so I can store the iron while still hot. When I need to iron something before I wear it, the board and iron are right by the closet.

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  99. WOW That is some awesome blog candy! I store all my ribbon hanging from a towel rod behind my desk. Each color family is loosely tied to a 3-ring binder clip and hung from the rod. I love to buy ribbon by the yard and I can see everything I have and take it down easily!

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  100. I keep all my little things in tilt bins with clear fronts from QVC I have a ton of them and they are all filled!That way I can see (which means use)all that I have!

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  101. hi Cindy- ok my organizational tip is to have a rubber stamp index; i stamp each rubber stamp onto a piece of paper and also list on the page the relevant info such as stamp name, etc. and then when i'mlooking to make a card, i can quickly look through my index binder and decide which stamp set i want to use.

    thanks for sharing the great ideas; love your blog!!

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  102. my org tip: at the end of each day i make a list of the things i have to do the next day. i also check off the things i did accomplish that day. it always helps to organize ur thoughts the day before... =)

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  103. I found two brackets at IKEA for $1.99 and bought a metal dowel and I use this to store all my ribbon - mounted on my wall above my stamp desk. It helps me to be able to see it because then I know if it matches perfectly without having to dig through a drawer. Also, any scrap ribbon is kept in a glass jar that I got at Hobby Lobby for less than $5.

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  104. i made a ribbon holder out of a 12x12 shipping box from joann.com. i covered the box with cute patterned paper and then modge-podged it. i punched holes in each side of the box and used a small dowel to hold the ribbon. it fits 4 rows of ribbon. i also have a little tin bucket that i put stray pieces of ribbon in. heaven forbid i throw any away!!

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  105. My tip is organizing your important documents like Birth Certificates, Marrige Licence, SS Cards Ect.. I put page protectors in a 3-ring binder with each family members name on a tab & now anytime I am in need of finding something Important I know that it's in my Binder!!

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  106. My best organizing tip...
    Fly Lady has really helped me out a lot. My life is a lot less cluttered after my 27 fling boogies and breaking my house down into zones. If you haven't tried it out, you should definately get her book!

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  107. I use plastic storage boxes or empty shoeboxes to organize all the little tools and markers and such. To organize within these boxes, I create dividers from cardboard or foam pieces. Like others, I use bead boxes to hold my embellishments. I make sure to cut out the name of embellishment (or any identifying info) from the packaging and keep it in the same space in case I run out (or for recipes).

    Great topic - so helpful to get ideas!!
    -pyng

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  108. Hi Cindy...gotta luv those bellas!!

    My tip is I reuse glass pickle or mayo jars to store my ribbon. I like them to be all be the same size and I decorate the lid to make them look better. I use one jar for each colour family and they look pretty on my shelf. The other tool I use A LOT for organization is the Outlook Calendar...since I am on my computer so much the pop up reminders are very handy as are the task lists.

    your blog is awesome
    Cheryl

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  109. My tip is to never throw away your scraps, keep them with the same color pkgs then when you need that special size, viola, you have it in a scrap piece!

    Gina Wrona
    ctbigreddog66@aol.com

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  110. I am writing under protest since my sister really wants to win!

    Tip: download a desktop calender. You can keep track of appointments, reminders and such.

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  111. Hello,
    I use unmounted stamps and I store all my stamps in CD cases. I use the cases that the stamps come in to organize my stamping accessories. I often sort them by color and size in all the different cases.
    ~NG.

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  112. My tip is...organize your ribbon using the cropper hopper 3x3 drawers. Love those drawers.

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  113. you hit your 100 comments! Good for you! (or should i say us?)
    Mine isn't crafty. I find the papers pile up so bad in our house. So my filing cabinet is now under my desk as is the paper shredder. Now everything can get disposed of immediately! yeah!
    Alexa

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  114. I had no idea I was so organized. I do a lot of the things I've read here. Didn't read all of them so here is mine and I hope it's original. I organize alphabet embellishments by letter. I have a small divided organizer from making memories with 18 sections. I had to double or triple up but it works great, easier to sort thought a few styles of embellishment than a ton that look the same when looking for a letter. Each section has a label on it for the letters it holds both on the lid and inside the lid.
    Doubles and Triples
    B/Q - lowercase they can go either way
    D/P- lowercase they can go either way
    F/G - Not too many supplied with most sets
    H/J - Not too many supplied with most sets
    V/W - Not too many supplied with most sets
    X/Y/Z - Not too many supplied with most sets

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  115. Love the card Cindy!!

    I almost forgot to post my entry...my tip would be for cardstock...I bought 2 of those plastic hanging folder tubs from Walmart and put each of my SU colors in a folder with a scrap of the cardstock as a tab and added a name label to it. It is a easy and inexpensive way to store all that Cardstock...I even put all my scraps in the folder too.

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  116. Oh wow! You're getting quite a few organizational tips!! Mine is stamp related. I have a "Stamp Index" binder. One half of the binder is where I file stamp sets. In another half, I've made up different categories and will stamp my image wherever it fits in. That way if I'm looking for a cake or a tree branch, etc, I look up the category and can see my various choices of images. Oh, and I've added a third section for alpha stamps. I've got a lil sheet where I'll stamp abc (or ABC) and then any punctuation marks in that set. =)
    Thanks for this generous giveaway!
    Cristina

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  117. I found a great way to store your craft punches, is to mount a small section of a rain-gutter along the wall. They fit perfectly and it looks cool to.
    Patty

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