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Organization

Operation Organization: Handmade Ribbon Holder

I like to organize. I know not everyone shares my sentiments, but I’ve found I personally work better in an organized space. But I also love new things…who doesn’t?? So when my dad showed up with a wooden ribbon organizer that he MADE HIMSELF, I was ecstatic!

Something pretty and new can make it easier to be organized!

I know my dad hasn’t spent as much time in his woodshop as he would like lately because, as he says, “I don’t have a specific project to work on right now.” I’m certain he asked his girlfriend (who is an amazing stamper/quilter/crafter) not only for ideas for a functional ribbon holder, but also made her show him how to search for images online that he could tweak to personalize. How amazing is that?!? I really feel loved. They both know I don’t have a large space for my crafting, with wall space and desk space at a premium, yet I like to have my commonly-used items within my visual field. Outta-sight, outta-mind, right? This ribbon organizer is perfect.

Of course it wasn’t long before I pulled all of my spools out of their basket and put them on the dowels!

What do you think of the design? Would this work for your craft area? Do you have an organization method for your ribbons? I’d love it if you’d share your system (or lack of!) for ribbons below! (Really, I can’t judge…mine were thrown into a basket!)

Now what about those scraps of ribbon…saved from the ends of spools and from previous projects?

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If you look closely, you’ll see most of my scraps are wrapped around empty thread spools. 

These are my scraps of ribbons in mason jars. I attempted a color separation (warm, cool, gold/silver, and black/white). This system has been working for me, but I’d be open to suggestions!

washi tape in a tall jar
Should I move these onto my new ribbon holder. too?

 

Thanks for checking out my blog today, and let me know your thoughts! I’d love to hear from you 🙂

Happy Crafting!

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DIY Clipboards of Craftiness for Your Command Center

I love being organized. Love Love LOVE it.

But as a crafter, the chaos is inevitable. Heck, sometimes it helps! But when I started noticing more than a few unfinished projects, and I couldn’t find what I was looking for in my blogging notebook, I knew I needed to try a different organization system for my tasks.

Three Clipboards designed for different tasks in a command center.

I want to share one of my DIY projects helping to keep me on track,

You know those pretty clipboards in the office section of everyones favorite big box store? Yes! I want to put them all in my basket,  but I wanted to make a few that reflected MY style and MY needs. These can easily be customized with papers and embellishments that match YOUR craft area for a great command center.

To create the magnetic Succulent Clipboard with pockets:

Clipboard designed for a to-do list, including 3D Succulent garden cascading down the side pockets, a magnetic board, and post-it notes.

Supplies:

  1. Old Clipboard. Any style works. If you don’t have one stashed away in your basement, dollar stores sell them cheap, too.
  2. Modge Podge. I make my own using a 50/50 mix of school glue and water. Mix these up in a plastic bowl using a foam brush.
  3. 12″ X 12″ Designer Series Paper
  4. Coordinating Cardstock for the pockets. I was using scraps, but you will need less than 2 pieces of 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock.
  5. Magnet sheet. Or if you want to be super frugal, use a few of the unused flat magnets from neighborhood businesses.
  6. Stampin Up Oh So Succulent Stamps and Framelits.

Steps:

  1. Glue magnets using modge podge to one side.
  2. Cut DSP to fit. For the difficult corners at the top, I recommend using a large piece of scrap paper (newspaper even!) to first cut that to size using a craft knife.
    1. Modge podge your beautiful paper down to your clipboard. Use a credit card to keep it smooth.
    2. Any excess around the edges can be glued around the corners.
  3. For each Pocket:
    1. Cut your cardstock to 3″ x 6 1/2″, score at 3 and 3 1/2″.
    2. Cut more cardstock to 2″ x 3 1/2″, score alongside every 1/2″
      1. Score on wide side at 1/2″, Cut out so only the center 1/2″ remains.
      2. Fold like an accordion and adhere to the larger piece.
    3. Adhere your pockets to the side of your clipboard. Ensure you have enough space between each pocket to access what you put in it.
  4. Did you want to make that giant 3D succulent for your pocket?
    1. Cut out 5 descending sizes using the framelits from Old Olive cardstock.
    2. Sponge Pear Pizazz Ink (or a brighter green than your cardstock) in the center and the inside of the petals.
    3. Sponge Berry Burst Ink to shade the tips.
    4. Slightly curl the petals with your fingers to give them dimension.
    5. Stack the petals with dimensionals between the largest, 2nd, and 3rd layers. Attach the other two layers using paper adhesive.
    6. Add a Berry Burst embellishment to the center.
    7. Experiment for your other succulents! Try combos with Soft Suede, Mossy Meadow, and Rich Razzleberry. Succulents are each very unique, so it’s easy to make one that looks realistic.

I made one clipboard for each category of my most common notes (which normally just get written down on a scrap piece of paper, never to be seen again ugh!!).

  1. Inspiration
    • I adhered a piece of cork board to the bottom so I can easily pin small pieces of inspiration and quotes.
  2. Ideas
    • Using my favorite crafty paper (I’d Rather Be Crafting from Echo Park) and a small notebook I decorated next to a matching post-it note pad, I can write out my next idea while I’m finishing my current project.
  3. To-Do List
    • The succulent clipboard has a post-it note pad which I customized with a checklist stamp (Thanks to my stamping friend Michelle for sending these to me!) to help me write out my daily priority list! And I stamped that little pink succulent magnet to match!! Isn’t it cute?

Inspiration to make these came from these challenges:

Can you see these clipboards being super-functional for your command center? Let me know what you might use your clipboards for! I’d love to see what you decide works for your style! 🙂

Happy Crafting!

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Organization

Craft Space Organization: Week 1

We all want to organize our craft space. Whatever art happens there. No matter the size. I’ve always had a small space so I’ve learned the hard way the value of organization and also a few things to avoid in the name of “organization.” Plus, it’s a fun part of being creative! But organizing can be difficult and overwhelming! Check below for the first simple step to organizing your happy craft space. Continue reading “Craft Space Organization: Week 1”