Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Getting organized: Pulling together Project Life supplies

I decided to scrap 2013 primarily with Project Life, and this opened up a whole new collection of organizational challenges. Unfortunately, I am one of those people that needs to be organized in order to be productive. I have some divided bins that I keep things in when I am home, but they don't travel we'll and I am trying to be better about being ready to scrap away from home.

I started doing some Internet searches to find storage solutions and was coming up short until I came across a collection of storage containers from Close To My Heart. They are perfect!

For 3x4 cards, dollar stamps, small embellishments, and stamp pads, the Medium Organizer ($16.95, item #Z4139) is just the right size!

When I was packing for a retreat this past weekend I only needed to take one PL kit with me, so you'll see that those fit in about one-and-a-half of the divided sections. When I scrap at home I keep the cards divided by type in little mini file holders so I just grabbed the whole thing and put them in the case. (The mini vertical file holders are cut from chipboard using a cut file from the Silhouette store.)

Here's another view of the 3x4 PL cards in the storage case.

The ink pads shown here are from CTMH and Tsukineko (Momento), along with a several from Ranger.

Here's a little close up of some embellishments and small stamp sets. I tend to use stamps to alter my journaling cards.

While you could fit the 4x6 cards in the Medium organizer by removing one of the dividers, I didn't want to waste that much space, so I also purchased the Large Organizer ($22.95, item #Z1834).

I put the 4x6 card stock and journaling cards, pictures, four of the Studio Calico Project Life kits in their boxes, the 4x6 cards from my Midnight Project Life kit, and a few packs of Tim Holtz embellishments.
I was also working on some mixed media stuff, so I even managed to fit in a small paint palette in with the PL 4x6 cards. (It's also just right for 6x6 pads too.)

Plenty of room for 4x6 journaling cards. I put the blank ones in the front and then put the Midnight 4x6 cards in a Cropper Hopper photo storage case in one of the other divided areas.

Across from the PL 4x6 cards I put the pictures that I have printed out for my niece's albums. (I lost count, but I'm pretty sure there's nearly 400 photos in there.)
I also fit in four of my Studio Calico kits and had room to put a set of Me and My Big Ideas cards and a pair of scissors on top.
I also added a few packages of Tim Holtz embellishments and some journaling pens too. I'm telling you... these hold EVERYTHING!
Once you load these up they get pretty darn heavy and I wasn't sure how much to trust the little buckle to hold the lid shut, so I put both of them in an oversized reusable bag from Sam's Club. It's pretty darn heavy!
I also read somewhere that the Small Organizer ($12.95, item #Z4138) will hold around 100 rolls of washi tape, so I think I am going to order one of those to hold my washi tape, and then my set will be complete!


Unknown said...

Mollie, I love the way you made use of the CTMH Organizers and I am so glad they have worked so well for you!

LEG Studios said...

Great info - thanks for sharing!