July 18

Craft Supply Inventory Binder

Do You Have a Ton of Craft Supply Inventory?

Craft Supply Inventory
Craft Supply Inventory

Craft Supply Inventory can be one of those things that is super hard to keep track of.  When I go to the store, it’s quite hard to remember what I already have on hand and what I need to get more of.  So since this is the year of getting organized, I knew I needed to sit down and make a craft supply inventory binder.

When I go shopping and happen into my favorite craft store, I will now be carrying my craft supply inventory binder which will prevent me from purchasing duplicate products.  I’m able to quickly thumb through the pages I’ve put in the binder and see what I already have on hand before filling my cart with crafty goodness.  This will help save money in the long run as I will only be buying things I don’t already have.  Who can remember all of that?

Binder Sections

Stamp Section
Stamp Section

The divider for each section was made with a piece of cardstock from the K&Company 8-1/2-Inch by 8-1/2-Inch Ancestry.Com Scrapbook Album Kit.  I cut the paper down to 5  7/8 in. to 8  3/4 in. to fit the mini binder.

I distressed the edges using the distress tool from my Making Memories Distressing Kit.

I used a regular hole punch to punch the three holes for the binder, then I inked the edges of the paper with the Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad, Tea Dye.

In order to get the divider tab, I used the ancestry.com paper and my Tim Holtz File Tabs die to cut out the tab.  The Sizzix Bigz Die – Tiny Tabs & Tags by Tim Holtz will also work for this.

I stamped the name of the section on the file tabs using the Miniature Alphabet and Punctuation Marks Rubber Stamp Set by Hampton Art.

I also used a stencil and Stickles to put the section name on the divider page.  The final step was to actually set up the inventory sheets and add them to the craft supply inventory binder.

Craft Supply Inventory Binder Tour

The short video below provides a walk through of my craft supply inventory binder so that you can see how it all came together.

Keeping track of products I already have on hand reduces the chance of buying duplicate items which saves money, space, and frustration.  I just have to remember to take it with me when I’m headed to the craft stores.

I hope this post was helpful to you all as you work on your own organization.  This is a big step to my goal of getting organized for more efficient crafting and one project out of the begun and never done pile!  Yay me!

Happy Crafting!

~Ki


July 12

Unique Mothers Day Gift Idea

How Do You Find a Unique Mothers Day Gift Idea?

My Ancestors
My Ancestors

Finding a unique Mothers Day Gift Idea for me is just a matter of listening to my mom.  Throughout the year every year, I hear her say something like “I wish I had…” or “I want a…” or “Oh I love…”.  Each time I hear that, I make a mental note of it for Mother’s Day, her birthday, or Christmas (whichever comes next).

In 2014, I made a shadowbox collage for my living room wall.  One of my hobbies is researching our family history and ancestry.  I’ve been able to find tons of stories and photos from ancestors that I never knew existed.  These are special to me and so I created this collage to kind of represent me.  When my mom came over and saw it for the first time, she said, “Oh wow!  That is so cool, I want one!”.

So this year for Mother’s Day, she got her wish.  I made her one similar to mine.  The big difference between the two is that hers is bigger and includes my step dad’s side of the family while mine does not.  My collage is specific to my ancestry while hers is based on her family.

 

How I Made It

Making this unique Mother’s Day gift idea was actually pretty simple, but very time consuming.  My first step was to determine how many pictures I wanted to include and to print them off.  I happen to have a photo printer, so I am able to print them off at home.  Once I knew how many pictures I wanted to include in the project, I could then determine how many shadowboxes I needed, so I purchased those and any other supplies I didn’t have on hand.

Craft Supplies

When I had all of my supplies together, I began by painting the shadowboxes with colors that would match or accent my mother’s house.  After each box was painted, I would glue the picture to the back of the shadowbox and decorate it with craft flowers and other supplies I had on hand.  When all of the shadowboxes were complete, I simply arranged them nicely and glued them in place.  Once that was done, I decorated a little bit more.

This project is great when Mom lives local because you can carefully hand carry it to her house taking special care not to bounce it around a lot.  Unfortunately, my parents moved to Puerto Rico so I had to ship it to her.  The boxes came apart a bit during shipping, however, I had planned a vacation to go down there and spend Mother’s Day with her.  So I was able to fix it after she opened it.

The following video shows the making of this unique Mother’s Day gift idea.  It’s a pretty long video so I have increased the speed so that you see me working quickly but get an idea of how I did it.  Feel free to fast forward to the very end so you can see how it all came together.

 

Mother’s Day Collage

Unique Mothers Day Gift Idea
Unique Mothers Day Gift Idea

This project is great when Mom lives local because you can carefully hand carry it to her house taking special care not to bounce it around a lot.  Unfortunately, my parents moved to Puerto Rico so I had to ship it to her.  The boxes came apart a bit during shipping, however, I had planned a vacation to go down there and spend Mother’s Day with her.  So I was able to fix it after she opened it.

As you could see in the video, my mom absolutely loved the gift.  In fact, it passed the “make mom cry” test which was the ultimate goal because I’m a brat.  It was very cool, we had it sitting on her kitchen counter where I repaired the pieces that had fallen off and each time I walked into her kitchen, I found her standing over it staring at the different pictures.

I hope this post has inspired you to find your own unique Mothers Day gift idea and maybe get creative for your mom and give her something truly from your heart.  That will touch her beyond any bouquet of flowers ever could.

Happy Crafting!

~Ki


July 11

Craft Swap Tracker

How Do I Keep Up With Swaps?

Craft Swap Tracker
Craft Swap Tracker

Why do I need a craft swap tracker?  Well because many crafting groups and members run or participate in craft swaps.  Craft swaps are fun ways to trade our handmade items but for those of us that like to do this a lot, it can be a lot to keep track of.  One of the most important things with these events is keeping track of and meeting the swap deadlines.  Otherwise, you gain a new reputation as a flaker and people don’t want to swap with you.

When I created my Craft Planner to start keeping track of everything I’m involved in, I knew that I needed a craft swap tracker as well.  So I created a blank template that I can simply print out and fill in the blanks for each swap I get involved in.

Swap Tracker Template

Group Swap Tracker
Group Swap Tracker

The top of the craft swap tracker sheet calls for the name of the swap.  This is followed by the details section which is where I fill in the item that I’m swapping, the due date, any fees to included such as postage, the deadline, the group the swap is listed in, and the organizer of the swap.  I simply left blank lines for each of these fields so that they can be written in as necessary.

The second part of the craft swap tracker is for group swaps.  If it happens to be a group swap that I’m participating in, then I will be sending out multiple items, either to the organizer, or to each individual participant.  So this section allows me to fill the table out with the date I sent the item, who I sent it to, the tracking number, the date I received my item, and who I received my item from.  Finally, at the bottom of each sheet is a Notes section for anything I need to make note of.

Free Craft Swap Tracker For You!

Do you have trouble keeping track of the swaps you participate in?  Well worry no more!  I do like to share. Otherwise, I wouldn’t participate in swaps or be writing a blog, right? I’m excited about getting organized this year and I’d love to help you get organized as well. I am sending out weekly emails with some tips and tricks on getting organized in your craft space and keeping up with everything on your plate. If you’d like a free copy of this craft swap tracker template that you can totally customize and print yourself, just drop your name and email in the box below and I’ll send it right to your inbox!

Thank you for letting me share my journey with you. I appreciate your time and feedback.  Please leave a comment below and let me know how you’re keeping up with things!

Your friend,

~Ki

July 5

Craft Stamp Inventory

How Do You Track Your Craft Stamp Inventory?

Craft Stamps
Craft Stamps

Why a craft stamp inventory?  Well because one common pain point of crafting is knowing what you have on hand.  The old adage “out of sight, out of mind” comes into play with supplies such as stamps.

The two main types of stamps are wood stamps, where the rubber stamp is affixed to a wooden block, and acrylic stamps that aren’t attached to any kind of block.  My wood stamps are stored on stamp shelves hanging on my wall so they aren’t really out of sight.  However, my acrylic stamps are stored in plastic CD cases in a drawer.  So it’s easy for me to forget that I have them and almost impossible to remember which ones I have exactly.

My stamps are rarely used for this reason.  I’ve also found sets of stamps that I have multiples of because I loved the stamp set but forgot that I had already purchased it.  So once again, I find myself buying duplicates.  For these reasons, I knew that my Craft Inventory Binder definitely needed to have a Craft Stamp Inventory section.

Fair warning though, this was one of the most frustrating sections to create because of how many steps it took to create it…and how many stamps I had on hand.  Each of the CD cases in that drawer has anywhere between 3 and 10 stamps in it because most of them came in a set.

Stamp Section

Stamp Section
Stamp Section

Like the Paint section, the divider for the section was made with a piece of cardstock from the K&Company 8-1/2-Inch by 8-1/2-Inch Ancestry.Com Scrapbook Album Kit.  I cut the paper down to 5  7/8 in. to 8  3/4 in. to fit the mini binder.

I distressed the edges using the distress tool from my Making Memories Distressing Kit.

I used a regular hole punch to punch the three holes for the binder, then I inked the edges of the paper with the Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad, Tea Dye.

In order to get the divider tab, I used the ancestry.com paper and my Tim Holtz File Tabs die to cut out the tab.  The Sizzix Bigz Die – Tiny Tabs & Tags by Tim Holtz will also work for this.

I stamped the word Stamps on the file tabs using the Miniature Alphabet and Punctuation Marks Rubber Stamp Set by Hampton Art.

I also used a stencil and Stickles to put the section name on the divider page.  The final step was to actually set up the inventory sheets.

Inventory Sheets

Craft Stamp Inventory
Craft Stamp Inventory

The actual inventory sheets for this section were super simple to create.  I took a blank piece of printer paper and folded it in half to fit my mini binder.  Then I stamped the name of the manufacturer at the top of the page.

I used various colors of ink for various manufacturers and simply used the actual stamps to stamp it’s image on the craft stamp inventory sheet.  This serves two purposes for me:

  1. It allows me to see what the stamp will look like on paper.  So while I’m working on any given project, I can page through my inventory sheets to see what stamp images I have available for the project.
  2. It allows me to double check my inventory while I’m at the store looking to purchase new stamps.  As long as I have my binder with me, I can check the craft stamp inventory section to determine what I already have on hand.

Keeping track of products I already have on hand reduces the chance of buying duplicate items which saves money, space, and frustration.  I just have to remember to take the Inventory Binder with me when I’m headed to the craft stores.

I hope this post was helpful to you all as you work on your own organization.  This is yet another small step to my goal of getting organized for more efficient crafting.

Happy Crafting!

~Ki


July 1

Paint Inventory – Craft Inventory Binder

What Paint Do I Have On Hand?

Paint Inventory
Paint Inventory

Paint is one of those items that many crafters tend to accumulate a lot of.  There are many different types and colors to choose from so we may grab one or two for a project and after awhile (and several projects), we have a pretty decent supply of paint.  So how do I know what paint I already have when I’m at the store looking at the paint sale?

Believe it or not, there was one point in time where I bought a couple of the Folk Art Sahara Gold only to find out that I already had SIX of them at home!  Talk about a waste, I could’ve spent that money on other colors or other supplies.  Oh well, such is life.  We live and we learn, right?

To prevent this from happening again, I created a specific section in my Craft Inventory Binder to keep track of what I already have on hand.  Now I can just double check the Inventory Binder while I’m standing in the paint aisle to ensure I don’t purchase duplicates…again.

Paint Section

Paint Section
Paint Section

This section of my Inventory Binder is very similar to the Ink Section.

The divider for the section was made with a piece of cardstock from the K&Company 8-1/2-Inch by 8-1/2-Inch Ancestry.Com Scrapbook Album Kit.  I cut the paper down to 5  7/8 in. to 8  3/4 in. to fit the mini binder.

I distressed the edges using the distress tool from my Making Memories Distressing Kit.

I used a regular hole punch to punch the three holes for the binder, then I inked the edges of the paper with the Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad, Tea Dye.

In order to get the divider tab, I used the ancestry.com paper and my Tim Holtz File Tabs die to cut out the tab.  The Sizzix Bigz Die – Tiny Tabs & Tags by Tim Holtz will also work for this.

I stamped the word Ink on the file tabs using the Miniature Alphabet and Punctuation Marks Rubber Stamp Set by Hampton Art.

I also used a stencil and Stickles to put the section name on the divider page.  The final step was to actually set up the inventory sheets.

Inventory Sheets

Paint Sheets
Paint Sheets

There are three main types that I use for crafting.  Folk Art Acrylic Paint is what I use most often, so I created sheets for those first.  I only printed inventory sheets for brands I actually own, just like I did with my Markers.  The brands I have inventory sheets for are as follows:

Feel free to click on any of the links to obtain the inventory sheet for your own use.  I created the Folk Art sheet using Microsoft Word but the others were already out there so I just printed them.

Once printed, I just color in the appropriate box.  By doing this, I know when I’m at the store that, if the box is blank, I don’t have that color in my inventory.

Keeping track of products I already have on hand reduces the chance of me buying duplicate items which saves money, space, and frustration.  I just have to remember to take the Inventory Binder with me when I’m headed to the craft stores.

I hope this post was helpful to you all as you work on your own organization.  This is yet another small step to my goal of getting organized for more efficient crafting.

Happy Crafting!

~Ki