Wednesday, September 29, 2021

2021 Craft Space Organization Challenge #5 ~ Stickers, die cuts, rub ons, and swaps

 Challenge #5 - Stickers, die cuts, rub ons, and swaps 


Stickers, die cuts, and rub-ons 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 and then they are useless. 

It's time to make S.P.A.C.E. 

SORT

Time to be ruthless. Consider if you are really going to use these items. If you bought a whole sheet of die cuts just to use one or two tags, why are you hanging on to the whole sheet? Those stickers you bought in 1999 were adorable then, but definitely not your style now, are they? So, sort into piles: TRASH, SELL, DONATE, TO KEEP 

PURGE

Throw out the TRASH pile. Bag up, and assign a price and your initials to the SELL pile and put them directly into the garage sale box. Make immediate arrangements to rid yourself of the DONATE items. 

ASSIGN

The KEEP items need to be divided into categories that make sense to you: by colour, by manufacturer, theme, size, or type. 

CONTAINERIZE

Here is an article about storing stickers, die cuts and rub-ons: 

EQUALIZE

Take a few minutes at the end of each scrap session and whenever you return from a crop or a shopping trip to put your stickers, rub-ons and die cuts where they belong. 

Swaps

While you are busy sorting your stickers you should also sort any swaps you’ve been holding on to.  Many of us have fallen victim to the lure of scrapbook swaps among local and online groups. All the hours, material, creativity, and postage costs make these items difficult to purge. But let's face it . . . not everything is YOUR style, you are NEVER going to use some of it. 

It's time to make more S.P.A.C.E. 

SORT

Keep only what you love. If the colour or style does not make you smile, it must go. Keep only what is significant to you - don't keep the soccer page swap items if your kids are into hockey and dance. Sort into: KEEP, TRASH, SELL, DONATE 

PURGE

Pack up the DONATE pile and give it to a beginner scrapbooker who might appreciate these items. Throw out the TRASH pile. Bag up and assign a price and your initials to the SELL items and put them directly into the garage sale box. 

ASSIGN

Sort your KEEP items into categories, theme, holiday, colour, whatever makes sense to you. 

CONTAINERIZE

Store your keepers in page protectors by theme in binders, or get them into giant ziplocs to create page kits for your next cropping session. 

EQUALIZE

Next time a swap arrives in the mail, take a few minutes to toss or give away what you know you'll never use, create a page kit for your next cropping session, or put in a page protector in your swap binder for storage. 

At one point in my scrapbooking life I participated in a ridiculous number of swaps. Not any more . . . 

When you are done, please share a photo to our Facebook challenge group https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.1337036833316117&type=3
 showing your storage system. 

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