Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Blogoversary Part 5 - pretty and pink


Welcome to part five of my Fourth Blogoversary Celebration.   There are just a few more days to go and the boxes are getting fuller each day.  I posted the second set of photos from the ChristmasWorld section of the trade show - if you are an email subscriber be sure to scroll down to see both posts.


Here is how the giveaway works:

Just like last year, I have three boxes that I will be filling with gifts that I'll send to three blog readers.  Each day I'll add more things to the boxes until they are full and ready to ship.  You can comment on every post until the boxes are full to maximize your chance to be chosen by random draw.  You don't have to be a follower or a subscriber to win, however, if you enjoy my blog, subscribing by email will help you make sure that you don't miss anything - just click HERE and fill in your address, then reply to the confirmation email to be added to the list.  If you prefer to "follow" you can do that by clicking "Join this site" at the top of the right side column.

If you are a subscriber or follower, you can leave another comment and have a second chance each day as a way for me to thank you for your support.  If you are a Facebook user you can also "like" the Capadia Designs page HERE and leave another comment telling me that you are a Facebook fan.

You can leave comments everyday so you will have multiple chances to be one of the three winners.  Please don't leave more than 3 on one day (1 comment, 2 follower or subscriber, 3 Facebook fan).  When you leave a comment be sure that you don't have the box checked to be notified of follow up comments so you don't get tons of emails clogging up your in box.  Please be sure to leave some way for me to contact you if you are one of the lucky three - you can leave your email address and use (at) and (dot) to help avoid spam.  The step by step directions for leaving comments can be found in THIS POST.

Remember - you can't just leave a random comment - you have to answer the question in the post (so I know you are paying attention!).


Today I have two more items for each box.  First is this set of layered Grand Adhesions from K&Company.


The second item today is a pack of pretty decorated clothespins.  I have been seeing lots of clothespins lately - from teeny tiny versions that work on a card up to these which are the typical size and would be great for holding papers together or hanging up a layout on a wire or ribbon.  I just discovered these in the bins at Michael's and thought that they were very pretty.  There are lots of coordinating products with pretty floral patterns.

Here is the question for today - be sure to answer it in a comment below.  

Every crafter I know tends to accumulate a lot of "stuff" and it can be challenging to keep track of everything and to find it when you need it.  Sometimes you can get caught up in organizing instead of creating.  Of course, once your space is organized, you should be able to enjoy your crafting time and accomplish more because you won't waste time looking for things.  What is your "top tip" for staying organized - what works for you?


I noticed that some of you may have taken my question yesterday to imply that using premade items or working from sketches was somehow not being "creative enough" - I didn't mean that at all.  If you are making things and enjoying the process it doesn't really matter how you do it.  Everyone has different ideas and some things that are enjoyable for one person might not be interesting to another person.

Thanks for stopping by - I hope you have a wonderful day!

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476 comments:

  1. The only tip I can come up with is that I pick up when I am finished crafting and put everything back where I found it and Label everything. thanks for a chanve to win, I love K&co and those clothespins are adorable.
    cathyplus5.blogspot.com

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  2. I label everything so I can see right away what is in a container or box. I also have specific spots for everything I use. So after a project, everything goes right back to where it belongs.

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  3. I am a blog follower:)
    cathyplus5.blogspot.com

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  4. I am already a Facebook fan, thanks for chance to win!
    cathyplus5.blogspot.com

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  5. I try to put everything back in its place when I am done but I do sometimes get caught up in the organizing! I have changed things around a few times to try to get a better set up. The other problem I have is keeping a few things set aside ready for travel as well as having things all put away for home crafting.

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  6. Sooo many cute items in your boxes!! I wish I had a tried and true organizing tip but I just try to keep everything neat and like items together.

    pruttybird at comcast dot net

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  7. I am a follower ...

    pruttybird at comcast dot net

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  8. My tip is; Once you put things where you want them,and it's been in that place for a while, don't move it or you'll be looking for that item forever. nellie@fairpoint.net

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  9. I have different things to organize my "stuff"...my punches are in a shoe organizer behind my door, my paper (full individual sheets) are in a paper organizer, the scraps are in a set of drawers that are labeled by color, embossing folders in another drawer, etc. While I am working on a project, things ar wall over the space, then comes the point where I have to put everything back where it belongs...lol Thanks. http://iwycd.blogspot.com/

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  10. I am a follower. Thanks.
    http://iwycd.blogspot.com/

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  11. I am a FB fan. Thanks!
    http://iwycd.blogspot.com/

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  12. My best top tip is, gather in one container the things needed and after using return them in that container and put back where they belong.

    Luanne
    craftersreference at gmail dot com

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  13. Already a follower thru GFC

    Luanne
    craftersreference at gmail dot com

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  14. already a fan on FB

    Luanne
    craftersreference at gmail dot com
    FB: Crafters Reference

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  15. My only organizing tip that helps me alot iss to make sure that after I finish crafting that I clean up everything and put my toys away in there proper place. I also use the three drawer storage bins for all of my nic nacks.

    Luria
    Www.cuttinscraps.blogspot.com

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  16. Ii follow your blog and on FB.
    Luria
    Www.cuttinscraps.blogspot.com

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  17. My tip is to clean up after yourself. Whenever I leave "leftovers" on my table I have a hard time starting a new project. Yikes.

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  18. I hae followed you via email forever! Love your blog!!!
    claudiamatzke at hotmail dot com

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  19. I have a twirl around container with a handle for keeping my stuff in, for crops. The part of my crafting that is organized.

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  20. I have to have my paper organized. I have a paper organizer with hanging file folders and I separate the papers by color. This is easier for me to go through and find the paper I am looking for. I also love to label things in clear plastic boxes so I know where things are. I still need to be more organized though.

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  21. I absolutely love my magnet board. I have a piece of sheet metal and I put a magnet on a small solo cup. The size you get sides of tarter sauce or dip in a resturant and hang it on my metal board.

    gdobberteen at yahoo.com

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  22. I am a facebook fan.

    gdobberteen at yahoo.com

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  23. I am a follower

    gdobberteen at yahoo.com

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  24. I use Jett Maxx cubes and baskets to keep all my scrapbooking supplies organized, everything has a home.

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  25. I'm a follower and subscribe by email.

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  26. I use the clear , see through tubs(all sizes) and all are labeled and when I get done working on a project, and even before I leave my craft / studio room Everything is picked up and put away into it's proper place.
    ColleenB.

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  27. I have discovered over the years that open storage is the best. I don't like visual clutter but have found that I do better when I can see my stuff. Also, I like to use binders for storing embossing folders and spellbinders dies ect.

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  28. About 2 years ago I redid my scrap/computer room. While organizing things, I tried to put those items I use most closest to me. I also labeled my drawers for a quick reminder of what it holds.

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  29. I have everything in labeled containers and that definitely helps me (and others) put away everything in the right spot. If I don't clean up after a creating session I am doomed the next time I want to use it. I need a better storage system for my clear stamps,help!

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  30. Love, love, love those clothespins. Organized--what is organized to a crafter? My craft room is a mess right now and have to tackle it so that I can work on other projects. My best tip (even though I do not do it) would be to put what you use away immediately when done. Does anyone do that? patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

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  31. I am a follower. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

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  32. Mine is putting things away as soon as I have used them. I also have my things in stations, cutting station, glitter station, stamping station, etc... I walk from station to station to get things completed and I'm not sitting on my butt all day...LOL

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  33. I am a fan on facebook. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

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  34. I love organized chaos! Seriously, I love having divided cubes, and keeping my paper stacks standing on edge. I write on the spines, so I know which is which. Will enjoy reading everyone's tips today. Thanks for another great question as you fill the box with such great goodies.

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  35. My tip is to clean up after each project, and to put all like items together. For example all my Christmas stuff is in a clear container. This includes paper, ribbon, embellishments, dies and etc.

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  36. I follow on Facebook and pinterest.

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  37. IDK, I just try to have a place for everything, I store some of my small dies in a binder and have my clear stamps in cd cases which are numbered and also stamped out on paper in a binder so I can see what i have. Thanks for a chance to win! joy4umetoo at hotmail dot com

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  38. I'm a follower subscriber! joy4umetoo at hotmail dot com

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  39. I'm a FB follower too! joy4umetoo at hotmail dot com

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  40. I use clear containers & labels. Even the containers that are not clear have labels. I have a scrap drawer where you can find the scraps in color coded file folders.
    rntof10atmchsidotcom

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  41. Ha! I try to stay organized. I read a lot of other blogs to get tips. I try to pick up after each project, but sometimes that doesn't happen :) Anyway, I love the lazy susan type container right on my work table to keep glue, pens, sissors, etc. easy to grab, easy to put back. Thanks for your pics. If I can't go to Germany for the shows, your pics are the next best thing.
    Loving the looks of the boxes too! I hope to win.
    smokiesue2010athotmail.com
    sue

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  42. Good morning, I love your trip photo's today! I shared some of the photo's with my husband just to show that there is never TOO many ornaments on a tree!
    My tip for keeping the scrap area clean is simple...I have a very small work area - so as I use the items I put them away. I have two bins below my feet - one for garbage and one for scraps to save. I have to have a clean space to work in or else my brain wont let me work!! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  43. I have a small space in which I work so after using items, I put them away. Buying new items, I keep them on my table to use and then find a place for storing later.

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  44. I try to put things away between projects so that there isn't so much clutter. Some clutter is good for my creative process, but too much leaves me scatter brained.

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  45. I get so excited just seeing the box fill up with such beautiful items!!! I picture exactly how I will use each & every one!!!

    THANK YOU FOR THE CHANCE! LOVE YOUR SITE! CONGRATS on your 4th BLOGOVERSARY! Keep it going 4-Ever!

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  46. My top crafting tip is to put everything away each and every time I craft. That way I know where it is the next time I start a project. Always keep like things together is also a good tip. That way when you are looking for a certain type of embellishment - everything is together and you can really see what you have and don't "loose" something!

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  47. And I am also a facebook follower!

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  48. I don't really have any tips. I don't have a place to leave my things out so they always get messed up.

    Jenny
    stine069@aol.com

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  49. I label my spaces however, whenever I try to clean up and be more organized, I find I can't remember where I moved it to, lol. So I tend to create in organized chaos!!!
    TFS, Mary M
    mmontecalvo at verizon dot net

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  50. I am a long time follower and email subscriber! Mary M

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  51. I like you on FB, Mary M
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  52. This was interesting, reading how others organize or attempt to stay organized. It makes me feel so much better about my space! I have a space for everything, be it baskets, jars, shelves or plastic tubs but when I am working on a project....oh, my goodness, it's a big mess. However, I TRY (emphasis on try) to clean up after I complete the project so the next time I will know where everything is.

    Really loving your pictures! Thank you for sharing them.

    MCF' Mimi
    mcroark113 at bellsouth dot net

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  53. I use plastice see-thru boxes. I label what is inside and that helps, however, I am still an organized mess in the craft room. Better than nothing, I guess.

    Dianne Bell - Sewpro02@Aol.com

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  54. I just recently organized my craft space. All my drawers are labeled with what is in them. I also put up a peg board - so anything with a hole it at the top, gets hung up. I was shocked at how much stuff I had - so was my hubby when he walked in the room. He said if Micheal's runs out tell them to come here! mberry at daisyconstruction dot com.

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  55. I am a subscriber
    mberry at daisyconstruction dot com

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  56. I am a facebook fan!! mberry at daisyconstruction dot com

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  57. I am a follower and a Face book fan! I am a neat freak so as I complete a card or scrap book page everything is put back into place for the next time I start a project, everything has a place!
    Renee
    Gohogwild dot renee @ gmail dot com

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  58. Well, you just uncovered my bigest weakness in my crafting. I am not a neat crafter, I try but I usually end up with a VERY messy space. Oh, I have lots of organizational products but I have limited time and I make a lot of things, so..... I do LOVE my 2 Clip it Ups, they work great so you can see what you have!
    Thanks for your awesome give-away
    Susan

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  59. I try to organize by putting all embelishments together, paper, and punches. I try to label what's in a box if it is not a clear box.

    I am a facebook fan.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  60. The best system I have found to store my clear stamps is a clear protective sheet w/cardstock and I measure the size I need for the stamps, take it to the sewing machine and make my stitch, then using an exacto knife, cut the opening and insert my stamp! I also have a 7 plastic drawer case that I keep all my scraps labeled by color. That really keeps my space a little cleaner!

    Thanks for a chance to win :)

    bdcampers@msn.com

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  61. My best organization tip is label, label, label! It makes it so easy to know what you are looking for is at!

    Thanks so much,
    Tanya
    phenis2031 at yahoo dot com
    http://scrappylandusa.blogspot.com

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  62. I am an email follower

    bdcampers@msn.com

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  63. I am a FB follower!

    bdcampers@msn.com

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  64. I'm a follower of your blog! Thanks for another chance :)

    Tanya
    phenis2031 at yahoo dot com

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  65. Unfortunately, I am not as organized and have far too much stuff that I probably will never get around to using. I have a craft room, but would rather create in the dining room, not sure what the rationale is.
    Do have most of the things in the craft room organized and labeled.
    LOVE those clothes pins, they are super-cute.

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  66. I'm a FB Fan too :)

    Thanks,
    Tanya
    phenis2031 at yahoo dot com
    http://scrappylandusa.blogspot.com

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  67. I love today's question and my I have a lot of ideas for storage, but one that stands out is using 8.5" x 11" paper stacks (they are actually 14" wide) to sort and store my magazines and books. The ones I like sit sideways just like the "in trays" on a desk, and I can see the spine of my books easily.

    Thanks for the fun - Sandy
    fiskateer1781 at gmail dot com

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  68. Organization is something I do struggle with. I am definitely a messy crafter! My best tip is to not move things around so that you know where to find it next time! I love K&Co. embellishments. Thanks for the chance to win.

    Carrie R.
    rosscdmr at aol dot com

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  69. I am a subscriber too. Sandy
    fiskateer1781 at gmail dot com

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  70. I try to keep all my stuff that I use often close at hand and all my other supplies are stored with like items. When I finish a project or page, I really, really try to put everything away before starting another project or page. Even putting away my paper scraps. It helps my create if my room is tidy to start.

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  71. I am a subscriber--I look forward to your daily emails

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  72. I recently started to organize my scrap paper (left over paper from using the cricut or from matting photos)by color into large ziplock bags. When I needs a small piece of a certin color I check that bag. So much less waste!

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  73. Organize? What's that. When I find something I will shout it to the world!Until then I will Love to read these posts!
    mbchoj at aol dot com

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  74. I am a subscriber and love it.
    mbchoj at aol dot com

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  75. Of course I follow on facebook!
    mbchoj at aol dot com

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  76. I "try" and store like items together (punches, inks,etc) and put them back in their area when I'm done so I don't have to spend time hunting when I want that item again. Loved the Germany photos.

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  77. The goodie boxes are getting better by the minute!

    I'm enjoying your photos. Such interesting things to see!

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  78. I'm a fan on facebook!

    hmooney134@gmail.com

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  79. I'm a follower of your blog...and I just love all the pictures you include on all of your posts!

    hmooney134@gmail.com

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  80. Yes, I know what you mean by taking all the time to organize and no time to craft! I just re organized my craft room. I am fortunate enough to have a walk in closets with California closet shelves.
    The spot that was originally intended for hanging dresses, now has 8 jet max shelving units, two stacks with for in each stack, on the floor. I sorted my 12 by 12 paper by color, and have some of the shelves filled with loose a printed papers.

    The 8 1/2 by 11 are in cardboard magazine holders from Ikea. It is now so much easier to find my papers now. The leftover scraps I have in hanging folders in one of those rolling bins next to my work table.

    I love it being organized and feel truly blessed. I spend lots of time in my room.

    Elisabeth dot bier at g mail dot com

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  81. My tip....keep everything in it's place. When I get something new it's either grouped with a "catergory" of items that I already have and I put it in it's place. If it doesn't fit in a catergory of items that I already have a create a new storage space and a new category of items. Any time I use something I make sure I put it back in it's place. Seems too easy but this really works for me. I'm one of those super organized people that has a "place" for everything.

    hmooney134@gmail.com

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  82. I am a follower as well.

    The desk has the computer and my two cutting machines, the cameo and the zing. I try to keep it clean.

    Elisabeth dot bier at g mail dot com

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  83. It helps to have a spot where you can leave the current project items, then when the project is done you know you have to put those items away.

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  84. Also a face book friend

    I have a jet max lazy Susan on my desk with all the necessary stuff in it.

    Elisabeth dot bier at g mail dot com

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  85. HAHAHAHA!!! My craft room never stays organized!! But if I followed this tip it would be easier. ALWAYS PUT THINGS AWAY AS SOON AS YOU ARE FINISHED USING THEM. Seems simple, huh? One project leads to another and punches, adhesives, stamps/pads, papers continue to build up and I have no work space. I am going to go start putting things away right now! Thanks.

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  86. I am not an organized crafter. I do get caught up in the organizing some times more than the crafting. I recently did a whole new organizing after Tiffany Spaulding's series on organization and it has helped a lot. I have good intentions to put everything away when I am done but usually I work late into the night and/or I have time restraints and don't want to take the time to put it away to just have to get it out again the next evening. I am doing better though.

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  87. Because I am new to scrapbooking, I do not have a lot of "stuff" so it is easy for me to be organized right now. After I do a project, I put everything back in place so it is there for the next project.

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  88. Your giveaways are getting better and better. My tip is to put your stuff in place as soon as you bring it home and don't be afraid to reorganize if it makes sense.
    marilyn2222 @ hotmail.com

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  90. I LOVE the things you are putting in the box today, especially the clothes pins. Great job. My best tip for staying organized is keep it in sight. If you have alot of shelves you can see what you have. Once you put it away (trying to be organized), you forget about it.

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  91. I totally agree with Grandma Nancy - put the tools away when you are finished using them - this, of course, I start out with all best intentions and eventually the tools are buried under everything and I can't find them - but, this is what I think is the most important! LOL!

    Jackie

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  92. Have a place for everything and put it back in that place.Also but like things together. That isn't always easy to do. You also need to have it so you can get to it or you forget you have it. I am still working out a place for my 12X12 paper.
    Lovely goodies today and great questions. I am reading all the answers.

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  93. I am not as organised as I would like to be! I do use a lot of plastic containers to keep like stuff together debbie018@hotmail.com

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  94. oh those stickers are so pretty. I try and keep the things I use the most within reach. One thing I have done with my distress inks is, I put a label in the side with the name of the ink and inked an edge of the label to see what the color is then I store them on there side so you can see the sample. Colors

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  95. I try to follow the adage of "a place for everything and everything in its place." When I let it accumulate I have to take a time-out and put everything back where it goes before I feel "creative." Thanks

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  96. I think the overall recommendation of putting things away is critical. I've also copied "scraplifted" your idea of a scrap island. Mine isn't as big as yours (a total of 3 4 x 4 Expedit bookshelves) but it means I can move it around and I have a place where I can stand and scrap.
    I try to have all of my paper organized but I find I still fall back on solid colors and don't use nearly enough of my pattern paper. Everything goes in clear plastic bins so I can see them immediately without having to open each box.

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  97. I usually have several projects I am working on at once including several different scrapbooks so putting everything away all the time dosen't always work so I store each project seperately for a while such has some heritage layouts are in one plastic container and when I was working on Christmas tags everything went into one basket that I could pull out or put away when needed, of course when done put everything back in it's own place Thanks, Sarah

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  98. I have learned my lesson on kepping things where they belong, after I discovered that I buy 2 and three of the same item. So i've limited my stuff as much as possible. So if I see something I want, I double check and then go buy. The boxes have cute items Thanks Happy Blogoversary.

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  99. I try to stay organized by labeling the containers where I store my stuff. Storing my 12 x 12 paper is the biggest problem. Love your blog. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    weezielw at aol dot com

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  100. My top tip is to sort all similar things together, whether they are made by the same people or not. You know what you have at all times. I love my paper organizers that I got when Joann's was moving locations! I can't wait to get those up on a wall somewhere!! I love empty candle jars with lids too!

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  101. I love the "clip it up" I made from a revolving shoe tree at Walmart...use binder clips and keep track of all my stickers, etc.

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  102. I try to clean up after I finish each project, but sometimes I have several projects going and it can get messy! Tim Holtz once told me that he cleans everything up EVERY NIGHT before he leaves his studio so that he can start fresh each morning! Thanks!

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  103. I pretty much have things organized in boxes that are labeled and they are but in the big book case from Ikea. I try to put things back as I use them since my work space is not very big, then I make sure I clean everything up before starting a new layout or card.

    Roxanna
    roxxscott at g mail dot com

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  104. When I am done crafting, my room looks like a bomb went off. I like to craft and just walk away. When I go back to do more crafting later, I force myself to put everything away in its proper place. That way I can refresh my mind on the products I used last and try not to use them for the next project.
    Donna Gravel-Crary

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  105. I am a faithful blog follower/subscriber.

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  106. I am a follower and I love your attention to details on your blog you are a true inspiration. I've just recently done some new arranging in my craft room where I have my most used items at fingertips this seems to be working great as I feel more inspired to make things, am trying to keepthe top of my table clear so I do have a place to work when the urge strikes me.

    scrapngigi
    honeybee88 at suddenlink dot net

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  107. It works best if I pickup right after I finish and put everything away. I find that if I leave it for later, it doesn't get done and then I end up with a big, fat mess!
    LizW in TX

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  108. I subscribe to your blog! I love the little clothespins that you added....Thanks for the contest!
    LizW in TX

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  109. I have a large IKEA cupboard that my husband customized for paper and misc craft items ...so it's rather easy for me to put away my tools etc after completing a project. Thanks for all you do for your followers!

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  110. Hi Diane, I try to have everything at eye view. I have many shelves that have big, medium and small glass jars, this way I can see what is in them. For other stuff such as my shape makers or sizzix big dies I have baskets. I find when I scrapbook my craft room looks like a mess when I am finished, however when I make cards my craft room looks like it got hit by a huge hurricane! Hope you have a great day.

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  111. I like the place for everything system. Problem is, is that I'm running out of space and am starting to have a pile here and a pile there of things that need homes. My best idea for storage is large clear zip loc type bags for all my themed embellishments. I mark the outside with a sharpie pen with a category like "animals", "flowers", "halloween", etc. and store all the like items in the bags. I then prop the open topped bags standing up alphabetically into plastic dishpan type containers. These fit nicely on a set of 2 wire shelves in a closet(I have about 5 dishpan bins full of assorted bags). So I can find all my like themed items quickly. I also keep an empty bin for "to be filed" stuff for when I'm in a hurry and can't put away. Then I just take a few moments each week or so and put stuff away.
    I'm a FB follower and a subscriber. Love K & Co.

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  112. I, too, find that if I move things around and don't put them back into their regular places, then I spend all my time searching. I use a lot of the plastic shoe boxes to store my various tools. This works fairly well for me.

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  113. I am a follower of your daily blogs

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  114. My top tip for staying organized is to just put everything back where it belongs when I am done using it. I have recently organized all of my papers, my scrap papers, and everything in between. I have stackable bins for smaller things, and I use Black and Decker stackable storage boxes for things like brads and buttons.

    I know everyone is different and must find their own niche, it took me a while to find mine.

    Thank you once again for the opportunity to win a great prize. I just love those pink flowers. I am a pink girl.

    Kimberly
    kimberly.pate at gmail dot com

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  115. My top tip for staying organized is to put everything away after you are done in its proper place. I don't always do that, and sometimes have to spend a day away from crafting just reorganizing my room!

    mb6464@hotmail.com
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  118. Diane
    After much "organizing" over and over I finally found something that works for me. As soon as a project is finished I put things away. A basket on the desk saves those bits I want to save and when the next project is started I look through it to see if things in the basket will work for that project.
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  119. I work at an old office desk that has turned out to be wonderful because it has lots of drawers on both sides. I put all my small items in the different drawers ... inks, chalks, glitter in one. Embellies in another, ribbon in one, etc. It keeps everything close at hand. I also have the put together craft shelves in various shapes to keep paper, stickers, etc. I still make lots of 'messes'... especially with paper ... that I have to reorganize all the time.

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  120. I am a follower and subscriber...
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  121. The best thing that works for me is to put stuff away when I'm done using it. I don't know how many times I have been faced with a cluttered desk that saps the motivation to create right out of me. I also spend way too much time looking for things when I don't put them back in their proper place.

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  123. I try to stay organized by "staying organized". When I bring something into the room it finds a place immediately. When I am done the project or finish for the day I take 2 mins and tidy up. Makes it easier when I get beck in, to just start creating, not having to tidy up and then lose that time. Thanks for the awesome inspirations.
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  124. I am enjoying reading all the tips on organization -- since I struggle in this area and can use every tip I can gather to find what will eventually work for me.

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  125. I am a blog (via e-mail) follower.

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  126. I'm afraid that I don't have an organizational tip. My motto is: "Leave my mess alone! I know right where everything is!" lol I do have a table set up for just for my cuttlebug, plates, dies, and folders. Another table is set up for my cricut and work area. Thanks for the giveaway and the opportunity to win.

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  128. "top tip" for staying organized: All tools and pieces are in clear shoeboxes with a label (Cutting tools, stamps, punches, adhesives, etc. Paoer is in a cabinet sorted by color or by theme. Haven't finished sorting embellishments yet, but I'm putting those in a binder on paper with removable tape sorted by category. I try to put things back after use. But despite my efforts, my craft room does look like it was ransacked! Its a 'craft cave' with piles everywhere! :)

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  130. Well Diane, that's easy, there's only one way, and that's as u know to put it away asap, or after I'm done w/my project, I find that if only i put away my away items, dies, stamps, INK-Pads right a way
    then the nest time (which i hope is sooner than later!)

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  131. I'm a subscriber too! I love the posts and look forward to the next one every day. Great ideas!

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  132. I don't have a designated craftroom, so I keep my supplies and equipment in clear shoe boxes, small clear drawers, and Snap Ware. I really like the Snap Ware because I can carry the multitiered containers around with the supplies sorted or separated. The best way though, is for me to put away after using.

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  133. I am a subscriber to your blog.
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  134. My problem is that I NEVER really got how do u say it OGANIZED?? for me the only thing that works is the keep things in their general area, dies in one box, and when I'm looking 4 a particular 1 then i
    just go to "THE BOOK" where i keep pictures of ALL my "DONE" projects
    & then I'll know where that die's @
    NOT really organized, BUT I can find what I need!

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  135. 1. OK, I just go around the craftroom and tell you what I have. There are two racks that are about five feet tall that hold paper (Hobby Lobby). Plastic see through card bins to hold finished cards (Michaels). Two decorative expanding file folders to hold left over cardstock. I have written on the outside what colors are in each (Office Depot). Two white hanging shelves with Ranger Inks, glitters, prima flowers, baker's twine, ribbons, buttons, a lot of Tim Holtz distress solutions (Michaels). Two DVD holders turned up like towers that hold my Promarkers (they each have their own special place) (IKEA). Two white turn cadies that hold scissors, glues and small tools. Plastic photo holders that hold Cuttlebug emobossing folders and dies (Michaels). Two tall bookcases - one that holds more (a lot) card stock pads - and the other that holds stamps and dies (IKEA) The stamps that are still attached to wooden backings are in 1" plastic containers so they can stand up like books. On the side of the container I have marked what is in the container, ie 'Christmas', 'Mice', 'Words', etc. My clear stamps and dies I have in three ring binders inside of protective sleeves. I have marked on the rim of the binder what is inside, ie 'Peachy Keen Faces', 'Close To My Heart', 'Dies'. I have shoe boxes that hold my punches. On the outside of the box is glued an example of the die inside.

    Well that has taken you around the craftroom. The inside 'U shape' where I work holds the printer, computer, Imagine, Cuttlebug, and Expression. Hope this might help someone.

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  136. After visiting a friend of mine, I was able to organize so much better. My label maker is definitely a must! So my number one tip is to go visit others craft spaces to see how it works, then create your own flow.
    I love your blog and you have inspired me to use my gypsy more for welding- thanks. So, pick me, please :-)

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  137. To keep organized I try to put things away as soon as I am done with a project. I find that I will use things if they are in front of me so I can see them. I try to keep stamps, inks, and other things that I use the most in front of me on my desk and other things in drawers in my desk so I can open them and see what is there. I am like everyone else and always looking for a better way! Regina
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  138. 2. I am a blog follower.
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  139. Where should I start? Pens, scissors, bone folders, craft knives, adhesives are in a lazy susan. I have switched to clear stamps for storage reasons...they are in CD cases. I have 4 bookcases full of stamps, paper and cricut carts. My punches are in a shoe storage bag hung over the closet door. My room looks like a warehouse for JoAnn's or Michael's. I ALWAYS clean up after a project or I can't find anything.
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  141. I am a follower. Regina
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  142. You ask some really thought provoking questions. I would have to say that my best organizational tip is to clean up after I am done. I share my crafting space with my work space and my boyfriend's work space. Sometimes, I just have to call time out and clean and organize the desk. It is frustrating when I can't find a tool, die cut or sticker that I know I have pulled out.

    The pretty clothespins are really cool.

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  143. I don't have a very big space so I have to put things away when I'm done or it can get to the place where I can't find anything! I do use a shoe organizer for my punches and a ribbon clip it up.

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  144. I limit the number of places that I can organize. In other words, I just have 1 small box with dividers for small embellies. I make myself use up my current stash of embellies in one of the little dividers before opening a new package of embellies. Thanks for giveaways! trchase at gmail dot come

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  145. I am very lucky and have a craft room so I try really hard to clean up after each project is done. That makes the work space so much more inviting the next time I am inspired. :) Thanks for another chance to win!
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  146. I am an email subscriber as well! :) Thanks again!

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  147. What a question!!! I just found embellishments in a project box that I should be using on pages I am creating now. I put a side that project in December and decided on something else. I should have put my "stuff" back where it belonged. Thank goodness I found it. Yes, organizing is a on going battle but it must be done.

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  148. The way I stay the most organized is to clean up after I finish each card (or project) and the other thing, most importantly for me, is to keep my workspace clean and organized during each project. If I get too much stuff out and clutter up my workspace, I find it harder to work.

    Thanks again for these great giveaways!

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  149. After each project has been completed put everything back where you found it. I also label all my drawers and containers so everything has its own place.

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  151. Organized? What's that? Seriously, I'm trying to organize but I tend to quickly spread out again. The only thing that stays fairly organized is my paper stacks (on end on a shelf above my work area, sorted by plain cardstock, fancy cardstock, and printed stacks) and my stamps (sorted by type in drawers under my work area). That's about as organized as I can get right now.

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  153. My tip isn't much of a tip but it goes with the old adage "a place for everything, and everything in it's place." I can't say I always follow this, but I do try. tamiwb1234 at aoldotcom

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  154. As you stated, once your basic organization is in place, you on the road to crafting paradise. My tip is to pick up before you mess up. Once you have finished a project, put everything back in place before beginning another. That gives me a sense of accomplishment.
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  155. I am a fan of your Facebook page.
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  156. I am a subscriber/follower of your blog.
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  157. I have the huge problem of organizing and then re-organizing.. and not actually getting any crafting done. But lately I have gotten things where I want them. So I actually got 2 small projects done yesterday! miracle :)
    My advise is to organize once then stop looking.
    By the way, I think some people might have over thought your comments yesterday, crafting is so personal, any way you do it is GREAT... hand made or hand made with items that are pre-made is still crafting - Thanks for your blog! I get so many great ideas, print them - organize them for later use :)

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  158. Oh and by the way, I bought a brother labeller and label everything!! If not, I don't know where things are.
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  159. Still trying to figure out the best way to keep things organised looking for new storage at the moment to get organised

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  160. I label all my drawers and need to re-label the ones I started to *fill* 10 yrs. ago, all the tiny misc. *stuff*. Love your heart gift bag.

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  161. I use plastic container and try to keep everything in the same spot so I know right where to look. Putting everything back where it belongs helps because I scrap in my bedroom.

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  162. I am a follower....
    Recently, I decorated tp cardboard rolls and stood them up in a little box to organize my pens and most used tools.

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  163. As I look around my room the one thing that jumps out is all the labels on everything. I use my Casio Label Maker on everything and that makes it easier to put everything away when I'm done with it. I love my little converted bedroom!

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  164. But other than my crowded desktop and a box of paper, I don't have any other means or space for storage. I need a mom-cave!

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  165. If I had an answer for this question I could get a lot more cards made. Most of the time when I go to make cards I end up REorganizing.
    The box is looking great.
    Kathy

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