Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Organization Challenge #5

Organizing Flat Page Enhancements/Stickers/Die-Cuts

Stickers and die-cuts are some of the hardest things to organize because the different sizes and shapes pose many challenges. Rub-ons present their own challenges because if they aren’t stored properly, they stick to each other, damaging precious supplies. By now you know that the first rule in organizing anything is to first purge ruthlessly and then to determine how you will be using these items when you scrap.

Some ideas for sorting:

· Color

· Manufacturer (i.e. KI Memories) or Lines within Manufacturers (i.e. KI Memories Uptown Collection)

· Theme

· Size

· Type (i.e. stickers - letters, pebble, clear, embossed, etc.; die-cuts, tags, circles, pockets, etc.; rub-ons, letters, quotes, phrases, etc.)

However you decide to sort them, there are many different options for storing them:

· In Cropper Hopper Expos. The 12x12 Expos are great for storing all different sizes of letter stickers. The 7x12 Expo also holds stickers and the 5x7 Expo is the perfect size for die cuts once they’ve been punched from their packaging.

· The flat side of Cropper Hopper Embellishment Cases is a great spot to hold die-cuts that you don’t want to remove from their packaging.

· Peg boards or modular wall units (see image).

· Rub-on sets from manufacturers such as Making Memories and Scrapbworks can be stores standing in baskets. This option works better if the rub-ons remain in their packaging.

· Large sticker and die-cut sheets can be stored in drawers, but they pose a risk of snagging other sheets when removed.

· Large sticker and die-cuts can also be stored in hanging file folders.

· Stickers, die-cuts and rub on sheets can be stored in mail slots or a desk organizer.

No matter how you decide to store your die-cuts, stickers and rub-ons, be sure to label them as much as possible to ensure quick retrieval. If you have space, sort them out as much as possible according to the categories that work best for you because it will save time and frustration when you want to use these items.