The Your Next Stamp design team is starting a new mini series for 2014…”Getting Organized”!
Today I am kicking off the series, with the top ten craft organizing mistakes I make. Yep, this list is all about what not to do! I am a “craft after the kids go to sleep” kind of gal. That means when I am done crafting I am ready for bed and don’t want to take the time to clean up. That also means my crafting area is typically anything but organized!
1 – Garbage Can – Placing a garbage can right next to the work area is a huge mistake if the desk is covered in piles. Piles tend to topple and it always seems that the tower falls right into the garbage can.
2 – Ribbon Storage – If the goal is to have a ribbon jumble, then I highly recommend storing spools without securing the loose ends.
3 – Dirty Stamps (part I) – If you like ruining your finished cards, then not cleaning stamps is the way to go. Ink tends to create a mess and it spreads easily. It ends up on the work area and inevitably on fingers and then fingers always pick up the just completed card and leave an ink smear – not good!
4 – Dirty Stamps (part II) – Not cleaning stamps can lead to friendship issues. If dirty stamps are stuck back in their package do not loan these out to friends. The friend may not know that the stamps still have BLACK ink on them and then when said friend attempts to use their new PINK ink pad the BLACK ink transfers to the PINK ink pad and RUINS IT!!! If this happens, buy said friend a new PINK ink pad.
5 – Loose Stamps – Leaving stamps out loose on the work area leads to lost stamps. Acrylic stamps will stick to almost anything, even hair.
6 – Dies – Loose dies are easily lost too. I believe mine are hiding with the stamps I have lost. Fortunately I have not had dies get stuck in my hair, yet.
7 – Glue – When glue does not get put back where it belongs it tends to multiply. When one goes missing, more is opened and before you know it there are 5 open bottles that take up much needed space.
8 – Scrap paper – Keeping scraps is a great idea, but there must be a good way to organize them to avoid ending up with a BEAUTIFUL card front that is inadvertently glued on to a card base that has stamping on the back.
9 – Cords – For those items that require cords I do not recommend storing the cords away from the items. It leads to FORGETTING the cords when traveling with the items. Sooooo sad to pack up the Cricut, paper, stamps, and ink, then arrive and realize that nothing is going to get done because the power cords back at home.
10 – Markers – Not tracking what you already own is costly. Markers are extremely tempting to buy and without a tracking system in place it is easy to end up with duplicates; duplicate markers and duplicate refills.
So what type of organizing mistakes do you make? I am not an expert when it comes to organization, but hopefully after my teammates share their tips over the coming weeks we will all be closer to conquering our craft areas.
The card I am sharing today is for everyone attempting to organize their craft areas.