Happy Monday eh? LOL I didn't get much done over the weekend other than extra napping (and the usual laundry and whatnot) - I just couldn't seem to get going on much of anything.
But today I got up and after getting the kids off to school I cleaned off my stamp desk then decided to film a video on it while it was all pristine - because it won't stay like that for long!
It's a LONG video - I show how I have everything organized and what's in all the drawers - I even added links to all the relevant videos I mention (if you can't see them on the video you can click on over to watch it on YouTube and I added all the same links below the video in the info bar).
This literally took me all morning between filming/editing/uploading/adding annotations/links etc etc so I *REALLY* hope y'all enjoy it! :)
*also the baby bump makes an appearance here and there in the beginning - I'm at the point where I'm knocking things over with it LOL*
*this is my 6th NEW video that I've posted in the past week. Yeah I do nothing for a month and a half and then I'm back with a vengance LOL! So make sure to scroll to see all the newness if you'd given up on me ever posting anything new *wink**
So I showed the new magnetic sheets I got in my recent Haul Video - and literally right after I posted that I got to work organizing all my dies.
I LOVE this system. It's been less than a week but I seriously LOVE it. Already I've been using my dies more (every card I've posted so far uses at least ONE die) and I'm not cursing trying to find them or having them fall out of that container I had them in and scrambling around trying to remember what it's called.
I'm going to be getting more magnetic sheets (I used up all the ones I bought and need more for all the Nestability dies - that will be a later post tho) to organize all of them and to have a few extra on hand for when I get more dies. Because now that I'm actually SEEING all that I have and USING them well I can justify buying more of course. *of course*
(as of me posting this the sheets are sold out (already!) - don't know when they'll be back in stock (as ppl always e-mail me to ask) but hopefully ASAP as I need to get more too - you can contact ATS and ask if you're itching to get them right away)
(there are tons of companies out there that manufacture similar dies - these 3 brands are my personal favorite - but I assume all the other brands that are similar work just as well!)
OK that's it for today. I need to pack a quick lunch and head off through a blizzard to get to work (thankfully my "commute" is only about 5 minutes - longer today when you can't see more than a few feet in front of the vehicle ;)).
I meant for this to go up earlier today but ended up with a sick kid and a sick husband. Sadly something's been going around here the past week or so and now 1/2 of my little family is out of commission (although my youngest seems to be handling it a LOT better than DH. But that's how it usually is isn't it ;)).
Needless to say none of the things I had planned to do got done today - including this post. But such is life! Now that everyone's in bed I can get a few things done before turning in myself.
So I've been asked a lot how I store my cardstock and what do I do with all the scraps. I thought it was high time to show all that as I just finished a bit of re-organizing over the weekend. I didn't change how I store my CS and scraps - that's been the same for years now - just where I had everything.
Anywho here are some pics and then a video to follow:
SO - this has been requested a LOT over the years. And I say it in the video but I have kept putting off showing how I store my stamps b/c I'm still trying to come up with the perfect system.
But I have yet to actually come up with the perfect system LOL!
So for now I'm just showing you guys how it all is NOW - mess and all (and I say it's a mess in the video but really it's not that bad - I should have filmed after I make a card or two - now that's usually a mess LOL!)
So yeah this is my imperfect stamp storage - and I totally forgot to show the random basket full of unmounted stamps and the Iris containers on the floor with piles of stamps in them too ;) Ah well.
Stamp Storage Binders (I got mine from allthatscraps.com - they're not listed there at the moment. They just finished a big move to a new state so they have to re-stock everything I assume. So if you're interested in those binders it wouldn't hurt to contact them to ask if/when they'll get them in stock).
I can't tell y'all how many times people have e-mailed and commented on Spellbinders dies - wanting to know which ones to get the most use out of, which ones do I prefer, how to store them etc etc etc.
So I sat down the other day and did a video on just that:
To watch directly on YouTube click HERE <-----click!
I've had this MM Desktop Carousel for years and years now. I've been asked about it a lot as to who makes it (Making Memories) and where I got it (Michaels) and of course as soon as I go to do a video about it I find that MM no longer makes them :(. However all hope is not lost as Recollections makes a similar one and it's at Michaels all the time - good time to get it is when they've got a "40% off all scrapbooking storage" sale or when you've got a 40 or 50% off coupon.
As usual I make all these plans to film videos, make cards, design stamps etc etc etc and don't get ANY of it done.
I did start moving things around in my studio/stamp space over the weekend. THAT's part of the reason why I didn't get anything else done. I had stuff all over the place and once I did get *mostly* everything back in place it was too late to stamp/film anything.
My hubby helped me with some of it as some of this stuff is HEAVY (well it's heavy when you want to put one EXPEDIT unit on top of the other one LOL) - then it was just a matter of moving things around till I got them where I wanted them.
I'm not done yet but it's better than it was - much more open in here:
I'll do more pictures/videos when I have things the way I want them. I tend to move things around every few months or so (when I have the space to do that) and work with whatever furniture/storage stuff I already own (trips to IKEA are few and far between!).
My issue with my current spot is that I have *very* little wall space. I do *love* the big window I've got as the natural light is fabulous - but between that and the way this room is utilized (this half being my "studio" and the other half (that y'all can't see) being our tv area with a big sectional) I don't have many options for shelves and things that would work well with more wall space.
Anywho - Tim and I did the re-arranging on Sunday and so far I haven't had a chance to finish moving things/organizing things/getting it all done. And I prolly won't get much of a chance 'till the weekend.
This working for a living really cramps one's hobbie's and *fun* time eh? LOL
Hello all - I hope you guys had a great weekend :o) Today I did NOTHING - literally sat on the couch and read a book, watched a bit of TV with my husband, and basically tried not to feel guilty for not being "productive"!
It's crazy how we do that to ourselves eh? I am constantly trying to get things done, working a lot (this past week I worked overtime - school starts next week and it's always crazy with end of summer appointments. It's good for me - business-wise - but I am EXHAUSTED) and always trying to multi-task. So doing nothing is not something I can do often. But today I had to make an exception ;o)
Anywho - here's a new video on how I store my Prima flowers: