I enjoyed reading your comments and checking out the links you provided in the comments of yesterday's post! A few of you were interested in learning about taming those embellishments, so I will plan to write about that soon.
Today I wanted to share the third and final post about kit storage. That is, how I arrange and store a kit's contents while it's on my desk being used up.
Typically, I only work with one kit at a time until it is completed, so that helps me crank out the pages and keep the organization time to a minimum since I am not shuffling supplies in and out of their containers. I know this approach does not work for everyone. However, I hope seeing my methods will help spark some ideas for developing a system that works for you.
Once I take a kit out of the kit basket, I separate it into two parts:
(you can also see that I keep the tool tote on a kitchen spinner for quick access to the most-used items.)
Next, I snag one of the little brown "eyelet totes" to store the current embellishments. The source for these totes is explained in this previous post about punch storage.
Those little baggies you see in the front are some I had in my giftwrapping bin. They turned out to be perfect for containing the small bits of embellishments. Here's a closer look at those:
This month there is one for ribbons, one for the Making Memories butterflies, and one for the other embellishments. These baggies are reused from month to month.
Every month I choose four or five embellishments from my scrapbooking supplies to go in the current kit embellishment bin. It helps me to stretch my those supplies to the maximum number of layouts. Also, since I mostly scrapbook with Studio Calico kits these days, this is one way for me to show some love for my other supplies.
In the back of the embellishment bin is where I stash those little bits of paper scraps. After I am done making full-sized pages and projects with these supplies, I will use the scraps in this bag for cards. Then, whatever is left will get tossed. This helps me to keep scraps from piling up over time. Then, of course, I reuse this little cellophane bag for the next batch of scraps.
Finally, here is the view from my seat at the Scrapmaster 5,000! Don't you just love my "vintage" TV, circa 1997? Ah, all this writing about scrapbooking makes me want to head on up there and get to it!
Did you find any helpful ideas in the final installment of kit organization today? I'd love to hear your thoughts!