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


February 15

Weekly Planner Template – Printable & Free!

How Do I Keep Up With Everything?

As you may know, in the crafting world, it can get very hard keeping up with everything we have going on weekly.  As creative people, we constantly have new ideas or projects floating through our brains as we desperately work to finish something we’ve already started.  We also tend to join Facebook groups, Pinterest, and any other events that inspire us or peak our interest.

I run this website, plus two others, and I am co-owner of a Facebook group called Messy Desk Crafters.  We have almost 1,000 members currently and we’re regularly running various swaps and events to keep our members engaged and inspired.  On top of that, I have several hobbies aside from crafting.

Crafting is the hobby I use to escape reality and let my creative juices flow through my brain.  It serves a very important purpose in my life as a huge stress reducer.  But when I sign up for different events and start forgetting things I need to get done, or find out I don’t have specific supplies that I need to get things done, it becomes another stressor in my life.  That’s not supposed to happen.

When that happens, it causes me to stop crafting and I lose my escape altogether.  So this year, I came up with a plan to fix that.  I’ve created my Craft Planner to start keeping track of everything I’m involved in.  This helps me to stay on task and keep track of any related details, such as due dates and required supplies.

Weekly Tasks
What to do and what to buy?

Weekly Planner Template

The first page I created for my planner was my weekly task list.  I use this page more frequently than any other page in my planner.  It serves as my daily and weekly checklist of things to do.  This is a rolling list that I keep of things that are on my to do list.  If I don’t complete a task this week, it rolls over to the following week until I finally get it done and mark it off.

The top left of the page is my to do list.  This is naturally where I list my tasks for the week.  The top, right column is my things to buy section where I list any supplies that I might’ve run out of during the week.  Also, if I happen to see supplies during the week that I don’t already have, I’ll list them here.  The bottom of the page lists the 7 days of the week with lines for me to write in any recurring tasks that I have on certain days or any due dates that come up that week.

This helps me keep track of what I need to do each week so that nothing gets forgotten.  It also helps to prevent me from getting sidetracked with other projects or things.  If I find something else I want to do, I simply add it to the list, either for that week or the following week.

Weekly Planner
What’s due this week?

Free Weekly Planner Template For You!

Naturally, I like to share.  Otherwise, I wouldn’t 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 palette.  If you’d like a free copy of this free weekly planner 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 own journey with you.  I appreciate your time and feedback.  Feel free to leave a comment below and let me know how you’re keeping up with things!

Your friend,

~Ki

February 12

Ink Pads – Craft Inventory Binder

What Ink Pads Do I Have?

Ink
Ink, Ink, and More Ink!

From distress inks to alcohol inks, smooches, ink pads, Staz-On, and more, how in the world do we keep up with all of them?

There’s nothing like buying multiples of the same item because you can’t remember if you already have it or not.  I HATE when I do that!  It usually means I have two, or more, of something now when I could’ve used that money to buy something I didn’t already have on hand.

Naturally, I had to create an Ink section in my Craft Inventory Binder to keep track of them.  Now I can just take it with me and easily check what I already have before dropping something in my cart.  It’s very convenient.

Ink Section

Ink Section
Various Ink Pad Sets

Just like my Marker Section, the Ink section of my Inventory Binder was a pretty easy section to get done.

The divider for the section is another 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.

Next 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

Ink Samples
Ink on Hand

There are several different manufacturers of ink pads and sprays used for crafting.  Tim Holtz’ Distress Inks are my favorite and the ones I use the most so I started with those.  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 did not create any of these sheets as they were already out there and I didn’t see any point in recreating the wheel.

Once printed, I then used a stamp to mark the appropriate box for each color I own.  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


February 6

Baby Boy Canvas Wall Art – Mixed Media

Baby Calin Memorial

Last year, one of the gals in my Craft Group tragically lost her grandson shortly before her birthday.  While many in the group worked on creating birthday cards and sympathy cards for her, I wanted to create something special that she could display and remember her baby grandson.  I decided a mixed media canvas with a picture of Baby Calin was the way to go.  This way should could hang it on her wall and see his beautiful smile regularly.

 

Supplies

Art Alternatives Canvas Panel Super Value 5×7 Pack of 12
Brand New Aqua Oxford Blue Bulk Tissue Paper 15″ x 20″ – 100 Sheets
Hero Arts Hero Arts Mounted Rubber Stamps, 4 by 5.25-Inch, Old Letter Writing
Hero Arts – Moments Background – Mounted Wood Stamp – E309
La Blanche Vintage Pocket Watch Rubber Stamp
Mod Podge CS11302 Original 16-Ounce Glue, Matte Finish
Claudine Hellmuth Studio Multi Medium Gloss
Adirondack Paint Dabber – Pool
Adirondack Paint Dabber – Cloudy Blue
Blue Trim
Tim Holtz Vintage Shabby Mat Stack
Hampton Arts Studio G Mini Alphabet Stamp Set
Tsukineko Full-Size StazOn Multi-Surface Inkpad, Jet Black
Strokes Office Supplies 12 Paper Edger Scissors with Organizer Stand! Great for Teachers, Crafts, Scrapbooking (SBA5115)
Smooch Accent Inks, Bayside

 

Baby Canvas

The first thing I did was stamp the tissue paper with the script stamp, the moments stamp, the pocket watch stamp and the black Stazon ink pad.  I used the Studio multi medium gloss to adhere the tissue paper to the canvas and tore gently around the edges.  Next I used the two colors of Adirondack paint dabbers to add a little more color.  I used Mod Podge to adhere the picture and glue for the trim.  Next I cut a piece out of the Tim Holtz Vintage Shabby mat stack and stamped the sentiment on it.  Once that dried, I drew over the stamped letters with two different color blue smooches.   I adhered that and a doily to the canvas and then used flowers and other embellishments to decorate.  Check out the video below to watch me create it:

They say that those who have lost loved ones never forget it.  They remember their lost each and every day.  I think about a dear friend of mine that I lost a few years ago pretty regularly and having her picture on my wall has helped me to remember her bright smile and happy face rather than remembering her as she was in her last days.  My hope with this project was that Grandma could remember her precious baby grandson with that amazing smile and let go of the tragedy that took him way too soon.  May it bring her a little more peace.

~Ki

February 2

Markers Inventory – Craft Inventory Binder

What Markers Do I Have?

Markers
Collection of Markers

Have you ever found yourself shopping for craft supplies and either you buy duplicates of supplies you already have, or you stand in the aisle staring at them and trying to remember if you’d already purchased a certain color?  Many crafters have this problem.  For serious crafters, those which spend a lot of time crafting, the supply inventory seems to grow rapidly and you quickly lose track of what you already have and don’t have.  When it comes to Markers, there are many different brands and hundreds of colors.  It’s impossible to remember them all!  In order for me to prevent myself from buying duplicates, I’ve created a Markers section for my Inventory Binder.  I have blank printouts for each brand that I’ve purchased them from.  Then when I buy a new one, I simply color in the inventory block for that brand and color so that I know which ones I have.  If I take my Inventory Binder to the store with me when I go craft supply shopping, I can simply refer to the Markers section and quickly determine which ones I need to buy.

 

Markers Section

Markers Sheets
Inventory Sheets

The Markers section of my Inventory Binder was real simple to create.  The actual divider for the section is a piece of cardstock from the K&Company 8-1/2-Inch by 8-1/2-Inch Ancestry.Com Scrapbook Album Kit.  I cute the paper down to 5  7/8 in. to 8  3/4 in. to fit the mini binder.  Next 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 Markers on the file tabs using the Miniature Alphabet and Punctuation Marks Rubber Stamp Set by Hampton Art.  That’s all it took for me to set up this section of the binder.  I 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.

 

Marker Inventory Sheets

As I said previously, there are several different brands of markers used for crafting.  Copic is one of the top brands so I started with that one and then worked through each of the brands I actually own.  I only used brands that I actually have product of as the purpose is to capture my own personal inventory.  As I buy products from other brands, I will either find or create a new inventory sheet for the binder in order to track my supply of those.  The brands I actually 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 did not create any of these sheets as they were already out there and I didn’t see any point in recreating the wheel.  Once I printed off each of the sheets, I then took my markers and used the appropriate brand and color to color in the box on the actual sheet.  By doing this, I know when I’m at the store that, if the box isn’t colored in, I do not have that product in my inventory.

By keeping track of which Markers I already have, I reduce the occurrence of buying duplicate items which saves money, space, and frustration.  The trick is just remembering to take the Inventory Binder with me when I’m headed to the craft supply stores.  I hope this post was helpful to you all, I know many of us wish we were more organized.  This is just one small step to my goal of getting organized for more efficient crafting.

Happy Crafting!

~Ki


January 30

Valentine’s Day Altered Candy Box

Valentine’s Project 2016

 

Over in my Messy Desk Crafters Facebook group, we hosted a swap with our members for Valentine’s Day this year.  It was a one on one swap which means thatpartners are assigned and we each make something for our partner.  Our object was to alter a box or candy box and fill it with three handmade items.  I was a bit excited about this as I have been slacking in the crafting department lately and wanted to accomplish more than just the Christmas canvases.  So this is my first craft project for 2016!

Before I get into the project, let me just preface this by saying I’m not really a hearts and flowers type of girl.  I can play with some clock gears and ink things up all day long but flowers and glitter just make me uncomfortable.  I like to grunge and distress things, make them look old and antique.  Prettifying things is not my thing!  I can do it, I’m just not comfortable with that particular type of art.  Therefore, I have to challenge myself every now and then to do things I’m not comfortable with so I can try and improve my skill sets.  Practice is always good.

Before I altered it...
Before I altered it…

When I went shopping for the box, I wanted to be sure to get a heart shaped candy box…just to celebrate the holiday.  I found one that already had a flower on it and had ribbon stitched into the top of the box.  I thought the ribbon and flower both were kind of ugly but I liked that the ribbon was stitched in and I wanted to challenge myself with altering embellishments that were already in place.  So I went ahead and bought it.

After I got it home and ate all the chocolate (hey it was like 9 pieces and it lasted a week, don’t judge!), I took the before picture and then stared at the box awhile.  I almost instantly regretted buying one that was already decorated.  I tried to take them off but both would have damaged the lid and I was fighting the urge to grunge it up.  So I started by covering it in modeling paste. I used Liquitex Professional Modeling Paste Medium, 16-oz to cover the lid and ribbon.  I remembered having some metallic red and gold acrylic paints so I was planning to treat it like a mixed media canvas.  But after covering it with modelling paste, I found that I was out of the metallic red paint.

The red paint that I did have was drying up and I didn’t think I had enough to paint the entire lid.  I went with Folk Art 660 Metallic 2-Ounce Acrylic Paint, Pure Gold
and Folk Art 661 Metallic 2-Ounce Acrylic Paint, Sequin Black
paints.  I ended up not liking how that looked either.  So I covered the lid with flowers, a few other embellishments, and some ribbon.  If you’d like to see the creative process from start to finish, have a look at the video below.

 

After gluing all of the embellishments and flowers on, I accented them with Viva Decor .8-Ounce Mother of Pearl Precious Metal Liquid Color.  I absolutely love this paint, it has a super pretty metallic look to it.  Once that dried, I added some goodies for my partner, extra trim and stuff.  I topped it off with three of my handmade lace button flowers.  I ended up not really liking the final product.

Completed Project
Completed Project

My best friend told me it’s real pretty, so she loved it at least.  She also reminded me that it’s not grungy which is what I’m most comfortable with when it comes to art.  So I’m hoping that my swap partner is more into flowers and hearts and likes the final outcome.  If not, I’m sure she’ll enjoy the goodies inside.  While this wasn’t one of my favorite projects, it turned out okay I guess.  Let me know what you think!  Is it too much?  Too busy?

If you’re interested in joining in on the fun over at Messy Desk Crafters, hop on over and check us out!  We’re a fun bunch of crafters that enjoy sharing in each other’s lives.  We don’t judge, and all skill levels are welcome!

~Ki

January 27

Mixed Media Christmas Canvas

Christmas Gifts 2015

 

I am a firm believer that the best gifts for any holiday are gifts from the heart.  Whether they are purchased or handmade, I try to always get gifts that mean more than, “Oh, she’ll like that.”  I like to give gifts that will be cherished.

This year, my parents moved from Florida to Puerto Rico.  For the past 10 years, they’ve lived within 5 miles of my house and my son and I visited them nearly once a week.  Now that they’ve both retired, they decided to retire to paradise and bought a house on top of a mountain with a view of the nearby beach.  While we’re all happy about their retirement in their paradise, the day they left was very hard.  The first Christmas without them was hard on all of us.  So instead of buying a gift for them this year, I made a mixed media art canvas with family pictures for them to hang on their walls at Christmas time.

Christmas 2012 with Grandma
Christmas 2012 with Grandma

The first one I made turned out to be my favorite.  One of the things I’ve learned since I started crafting is that my mistakes often turn into masterpieces so long as I don’t give up on them.  This piece stayed true to form.  I painted the background of the canvas with a couple of different colors and then printed out copies of those pictures and glued them down with some decorative paper borders.  I hated the way it turned out.  It looked cheap to me.  So I ripped the paper and photos off which ripped some of the paint off and made me want to throw the whole thing away.  So I sat on it for a day or two.

When I sat back down to try again, I decided to take some texture paste and give the piece texture throughout.  This disguised the rips from the previous attempt.  Next, I grabbed a paper doily and some snowflake stencils that I had in my stash and created the snowflakes with my texture paste.  Then I painted it with Folk Art Metallic Emerald Green Acrylic paint.  I went over the snowflakes and edges of the canvas with Viva’s Precious Metal Colour – Mother of Pearl.  After pasting on some flowers and decorative frames from Michael’s, I made a stick pin with beads from my stash.  I put a little more of the Mother of Pearl paint around the edges of the canvas and picture frames to give the look of snow.

Christmas 2015
Christmas 2015

On the next canvas, I started by painting the background with Folk Art Sahara Gold Acrylic paint.  Next I covered the entire background with Delta Ceramcoat Crackle and let it sit for a few minutes.  I then painted the entire background again with Folk Art Lipstick Red Acrylic paint which gave it the red and gold crackled effect.  Once dry, I used decorative Christmas paper from my stash to border the picture.   I took the lamppost fence from my Christmas village collection and used various holiday items from my stash to decorate this one up a bit.

I decided to keep both canvas’ somewhat simple as I have a tendency to make things a bit too busy.  I didn’t want to distract from the actual photos so I used just enough decoration to frame the photos.  I really liked how they turned out and my parents absolutely loved them.  I enjoyed making these and will probably create another set for my own home.

If you are interested in the painting materials I’ve used, I put links below to the exact products.  I apologize for not having links to the decorations as they were just miscellaneous items I had leftover and did not have the original packaging to provide the brands.  I will be sure to keep track of these items for future posts.

Happy Crafting!

~Ki

 

Supplies Used:

In no particular order –

January 23

Planner for the Messy Desk Crafter

Starting the Year Off on the Right Foot

My Crafting Planner
My Crafting Planner

Happy 2016!  It’s that time again when many of us are feeling the pressure of fulfilling our New Year’s resolutions.  Do you have your planer ready?  It is commonly known that messy desks make for creative minds.  But how in the world do we keep up with all of the creativity that flows through our brain on the daily?

I typically have so many ideas running through my head that nearly 50% of them go unrealized because I’ve forgotten about half of it before my round-to-it ever gets off the flat side!  I hate it when that happens, don’t you?  Each year, I make a bunch of plans that result in very little follow through.  I blame it on disorganization…a cluttered mind.

To try and tackle this problem, I am starting this year off on the right foot by keeping a crafting planner.  I worked on creating my planner, off and on, for the last half of 2015.  Well now it is ready to go for 2016 and I am bound and determined to keep myself organized and on track this year.

 

Nothing Too Fancy – Just a Planner


When I sat down to create my planner, I took a few things into consideration:

  • What supplies do I have on hand?
  • What size would be most effective for me?
  • What will I use it for?

With these things in mind, I began creating.

 

The cover

I am still perfecting my skills on covers and bindings.  I knew I wanted something hard so it could withstand all of the abuse it would endure from things being thrown on top of it, being cast aside to be out of the way, and frequent use.  I happened to have an old brief case that my mom used before she retired.  She gave it to me as she was de-stashing her house in preparation for a move.  For the longest time, it sat under my desk because I didn’t know what to use it for.  I don’t need it for my career.

When I'm on the Go...
When I’m on the Go…

It ended up being perfect for my crafting planner though.  It’s big and bulky which isn’t necessarily great at home, but I intend to travel a lot and would like to take my crafting planner with me.  On my road trips, I like to pick up various pamphlets and things to remember where I went and what I did on my trip.  This brief case has pockets for file folders on the inside cover which are great for that.  It also has spots for business cards, pens, etc.

The handles make it great for carrying around.  It’s not the prettiest of covers, but I find that the black leather is much more durable than a decorated card stock cover would be.  I’m not exactly delicate when I’m out and about so this will protect my planner quite nicely.  And for a taste of my creative side, I simply created a real pretty front cover for the inside of it where the embedded binder clips hold my planner pages.

 

The Size

Many people use mini-planners.  I considered making one that size, however, I find it very hard and painful for me to write in those small spaces.  They aren’t the most efficient for those that suffer from things like RA and arthritis.  So my planner is the standard 8×11 size and affords me plenty of room to write and keep notes.  This also allows me to print off my own pages for the planner without having to worry about fancy settings and alignments for smaller, half pages.  This works for me.

Monthly Calendar Template
Monthly Calendar Template

While considering the supplies I had on hand and what I would be using the planner for, I decided I would create my own dividers to show my creative side.  Since these will be permanent, I will likely decorate those as time goes on.  However, since I will change out calendar pages and such regularly, I decided not to go real decorative on those.  It isn’t cost efficient as I would be throwing supplies away each year.  So I just created templates for each planner page I needed and I print them off on plain old printer paper as needed.

 

The Purpose

I needed to create a planner because I had tons of ideas that just went by the wayside because I never wrote them down, or they got lost in the shuffle of post-its.  Now I have a place to keep track of everything I have going on, all in one spot, and it’s portable.  As I mentioned above, I don’t decorate the actual pages.  The purpose is to keep track of the things I want to do, my goals, my tasks, etc.  I think decorated pages would distract me from getting things done.  I don’t want that.

Page Templates

I have several different pages that I use to keep track of things:

  • Monthly Calendar – I use the monthly calendars to keep track of what events are coming up so I know if I’m running behind on preparing for them.  For example, I have a swap that I need to send out to my swap partner the first week of February.  So on my January Calendar, I’ve notated that I should work on that swap the last week of January at the very latest.

    My Weekly Calendar
    My Weekly Calendar

  • Weekly Calendar – The weekly calendar, shown here, helps me keep track of my task list and what my goals are for each day.  As shown, it also matching my Desk Calendar so that I still see my tasks when I’ve managed to bury my planner (it happens!).  The bottom portion of the weekly calendar shows each day of the week with spaces to write in my tasks.  The top left column is my To Do List.  The top right column is where I list things I need to buy.  This may include supplies I ran out of or grocery items I tend to forget, a book I’d like to read, etc.
  • Birthday List – This is simply a list of birthdays for my friends so that I can quickly determine upcoming birthdays and plan accordingly.
  • Event Tracker – The Event Tracker helps me keep track of what events I’ve joined in my crafting group.  I can write in when it starts, what the details are, who participates, when it ends, what the deadlines are, etc.
  • Swap Tracker – This helps me keep track of swaps I’m either hosting or participating in.  Much like the Event Tracker, it helps me keep track of the details of the swap so I don’t have to constantly look up the Event in the group.
  • Productivity Tracker – My crafting group has an ongoing Productivity Challenge where members earn points for being productive.  It’s somewhat of a contest.  The most productive may or may not get a small prize for being the most productive during a certain period of time.  This tracker helps me track how productive I was and what I worked on.  It also helps the group admins determine who the winner is.
  • Challenge Tracker – The Challenge Tracker is almost exactly the same as the Swap Tracker, except there are no partners or swaps.  It is simply a challenge to create something specific or do something specific and the tracker allows me to keep track of the details.
  • Giveaway Tracker – The Giveaway Tracker is much like the Event Tracker.  It allows me to write down the details of the Giveaway and keep track of who participated and how so that when I pick a winner, it’s fairly simple to figure out.  It also allows me to see who has won before so that the same people aren’t always getting free stuff.  I like to share the love.
  • Ideas – This is mostly just a blank page with lines for me to write down my ideas so that I can come back to them whenever I’m ready.  All crafters get ideas, but few crafters actually follow through on all of them.  Creative minds just don’t work that way.  So I write them down and come back to them later.  I also have blank paper and graph paper in this section in case I need to sketch things out or make a collage or something to help remember the vision.

I have each of these pages in different sections of my planner so I can easily find what I’m looking for.  Staying organized helps me stay on track.  So this is how I will keep up with things this year and stay on top of what I need to get done.

Last year I asked a question in The Messy Desk Crafter Facebook Group about what the biggest crafting obstacle is for each member.  The top answers were mostly around staying organized.  I am working on writing a book to be published in a few months on how to get and stay organized for crafters and will provide suggestions for each of the obstacles that were listed off in response to the question.  So if you’re looking for some tips and tricks on that, check back often as I will post the status here on my blog as I get the book out there.

 

Happy Crafting!

~Ki