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NSD 10am Hour Challenge: Clean Up!

Goooooood Morning Scrappers! (and Good Afternoon & Evening to our international friends!) Happy National Scrapbook Day!

Most of us will be doing one of two things today: Shopping or Scrapping (or a little of both). That means we actually want to use our scrap stuff, or we have to make room for more!

But if you are anything like me, your work area looks something like this right now:

That’s the floor next to my scrap table…major nightmare, huh? I’ve been basically scrapping off the floor! Stuff needs to be PUT AWAY!

So, before we get started on all of that, let’s get organized so we can work efficiently! (And if you are an international reader who has already been celebrating all day, maybe it is time to dig out of the mess you’ve created so you can keep going!)

On this week’s Paperclipping Roundtable podcast I talked about a productivity technique called the Pomodoro (named after a tomato kitchen timer) that says you can get a lot done if you concentrate on one task for a half hour sprint. So, we’re going to do a half hour organizing sprint to get ready to do our scrapping today (and why not listen to the Roundtable on your computer while you do it?)

Then you’ll be ready to do stuff like these projects on my table I’m excited about:

Oh yeah, and you can win a prize while you tidy up!

Since we are talking about messes this hour, we’re giving away some Mudd Puddles texture mediums! These are texture grains embedded in clear glue that you apply and when the glue dries it leaves fabulous texture. I’ve used it to create this beach mini-book I have in progress:

I used the Malibu Beach color for the book I’m working on.

This prize package contains a selection of 7 different colors, including some that were discontinued when Creative Imaginations picked up the line from the original creator of the product. So enjoy them!

How to Enter:
All you have to do to be one of the lucky winners is leave a comment on this entry before Midnight U.S. eastern time on Sunday night, May 2nd Tuesday night May 4th (deadline extended due to Feedburner delivery issues) telling us your favorite organizational trick or product . Make sure you include your email address in the line reserved for it on the comment form (for your own protection, don’t put it in the text of the comment, where it will be visible to the public – just in the line labeled “email” in the form where only Scrapbook Update staff can see it). We will need it to notify you if you are a winner. Winners will be drawn by random drawing from all eligible entries. One entry per person.

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107 Responses to NSD 10am Hour Challenge: Clean Up!

  1. Ginny May 2, 2010 at 2:00 pm #

    Everything having a place. Most things stored in certain containers & then used a lot tools/products having a place on my work table, etc.

  2. Melinda Wilson May 2, 2010 at 3:29 pm #

    My favorite organizational tip is . . . when you have your developed pictures, put them in a 12 x 12 storage envelope and go ahead and pick out of paper and a few embellishments. I have a box of these sitting by my desk so I can grab one or two of these when I go to a crop. I can open it, check out if I need anything else and I am ready to go.

  3. Renee T (italgal on BPS) May 2, 2010 at 3:33 pm #

    An old bedroom dresser in my scraproom has been a lifesaver. I can store supplies in the deep drawers so that they are out of sight, but easy to get to. And, I can use the surface to work on LO’s or cut. (And, with a pad I can convert it to a changing table when my little grandson sleeps over!). I love it!

  4. Stacy W. May 2, 2010 at 10:00 pm #

    My favorite organizational item is a desktop organizer I bought at Michaels. It holds all my tools.

  5. flowerdisco May 2, 2010 at 10:05 pm #

    i have some curtain rods for my punches an i love them.

    • DeDe Vest May 4, 2010 at 8:42 am #

      How do you use curtain rods for punches?

  6. Lola May 2, 2010 at 10:13 pm #

    My best find is the little pink boxes that I got at office depot to store my QuicKutz dies in. I’m really love them and they will make so much room on my shelf.

  7. Allie May 3, 2010 at 12:18 am #

    Oh, organising is something that I have been researching quite a lot over the last year.

    - I love Stacy Julian’s Library of Memories system for organising photos and layouts.
    - I love Jennifer McGuire’s way of storing stamps
    - May Flaum’s ideas on organising digital elements on your computer

    I have quite an eclectic storage system lol. I have just invested in clear plastic 13×13″ stacking trays for my papers. I store each colour on its own tray: Black, white, neutrals, pink, purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, red, brown and then I have 6 more trays with Basic Grey mix-match and alpha, Basic Grey co-ordination kits, card making papers, journalling papers and kits I have made up, patterned paper. The last one has Bazzill cardstock on the bottom and my new purchases or what is inspiring me at the moment, on top. That sits next to me at my desk.

    I then keep the leftovers in a clear plastic tub. This system works for me :D

  8. Laurie May 3, 2010 at 1:12 am #

    I have to be honest, I am not somebody to take tips from! I am the person to give organization tips to! I do manage to KIND OF divide my papers by theme. That’s about it.

  9. Brianna May 3, 2010 at 1:29 am #

    I’m an unorganized scrapper… but that wouldn’t keep me from using those mediums!

  10. Lisa Stenz May 3, 2010 at 2:51 pm #

    Oooh. This is a good one! I love organizing my stuff, although you wouldn’t know it by looking at my craft room today. LOL! One of my favorite things to do when I organize is to do it by color. I have a lot of jars in my craft room that are filed with ribbon, buttons, flowers, etc. and I always separate them by color. They look really pretty all lined up on my shelves and it makes it easier to find things when I need a certain color. *Ü*

  11. rebecca keppel May 3, 2010 at 2:58 pm #

    I like clear or open organizing containers so I can see what I have and then I am more likely to use it.

  12. Kim Fletcher May 3, 2010 at 3:18 pm #

    Hmmm……my organization tip…..well I try to keep my stuff organized, but it still seems like I am forever reorganizing……..lol…….I guess my favorite would be using Tim Holtz binders for storing my cling and clear stamps and cube storage for my papers and cardstock……although I do love using all sorts of containers and glass bottles for storing my buttons, eyelets etc….. I also store all my stickers in page protectors and in binders……sorted by theme.

  13. nitasha May 3, 2010 at 4:05 pm #

    Love the beach album…would so love to make one about Cocoa Beach! And as far as organization…I like to keep things in matching bins and containers. But, when I get my scrap goodies out to play I get really messy, but love to see everything put back in it’s place soon afterwards!

  14. Christine David May 3, 2010 at 4:09 pm #

    I am an organizational girl – I love anything that helps me stay picked up and pretty. ;) One of my favorite tools is my ink pad organizer from Close To My Heart. It holds all 60 of my ink pads and markers and even as a tray on top to hold extra items such as my stamp cleaners. Plus, I have the carrying case for it, which came in handing for a crop this weekend. I was able to take all my inks with very little work ;)

  15. Angela May 3, 2010 at 4:09 pm #

    I love the Iris scrapbook chests, each drawer is a separate lidded container that is perfect for everything for a project and I can grab the one I want to work on and take it with me anywhere.

    I also am in the process of organizing everything by color – I have already done that with all of my cardstock, ink, and markers and soon all of my embellishments.

  16. glee stormont May 3, 2010 at 5:03 pm #

    My tip is that when i get my pictures back, I immediately pick out the ones i know i want to scrap and stick the 2 or 3 that go together right into an empty scrap album page. Then when i am actually ready to scrap, there they are; I don’t have to go hunting for them. Now if I could just do something about the piles of other stuff!!! LOL! (I sort my paper by color, but haven’t done that w/ the rest of the stuff. Also looking for a good way to store title stickers, my way isn’t so great, a basket overflowing.)

  17. Tammy May 3, 2010 at 5:47 pm #

    My favorite tip is to keep things organized by how you use them, rather than by what they are. If you use journaling spots for an anchor to your embellishment clusters, than keep them with your embellishments rather than with your journaling papers.

  18. Caren Smith May 3, 2010 at 6:04 pm #

    I’d have to say, the Jetmax Storage Cubes are my faves. I’ve got probably 10 that I’ve moved around differently as my stash has grown. I’m an organizer by nature and I really like how flexible they are (plus, I can usually get them around $20 on sale regularly).

  19. Stephanie May 3, 2010 at 6:04 pm #

    I love the plastic folders that fit 12×12 pages and are like super sturdy file folders. I also love shelves and glass jars so I can see what I have – which helps my creative process rather than trying to remember what’s in bins or boxes.

  20. Debbie Cross May 3, 2010 at 6:29 pm #

    Two things I love are the Iris plastic containers. I like to store all my coordinating paper and embellishments in them. For example I bought Bo Bunny Love Bandit paper and embellishments so all of that is kept in one box… I have a lot of these.

    The other thing I love are boxes that I got at Staples to store my Cricut cartridges in. The brand is “Really Useful Boxes” and they fit the books, carts and overlays perfectly. I can store about 24 per box.

  21. Julie, momto7 May 3, 2010 at 6:46 pm #

    I love using lots of little containers that are easy to move around my work space, depending on what I need.

  22. Lesa May 3, 2010 at 7:02 pm #

    While I’m scrapping, I put my paper scraps in a 12 x 12 sized Cropper Hopper accordion folder. It has about 14 slots and I’ve got them labeled by color. I keep it on the floor next to my chair so it’s convenient and I don’t have to bother with bits of paper everywhere.

  23. Virginia Chapman May 3, 2010 at 7:53 pm #

    I try to keep everything in sight to spark my memory of products that I have. My best tips is that I label, label, label my stuff!

  24. Robin W May 3, 2010 at 7:55 pm #

    I really like the MM lazy suzanne for keeping the tools I reach for all the time easily accessible. It holds so many things; I love it.

  25. Delanie May 3, 2010 at 8:19 pm #

    I love using little drawers for things like brads and buttons. Don’t have a heap of them so it’s easy to pull the drawer out and rummage through it.

  26. karen keiper May 4, 2010 at 2:08 am #

    The best organising tip for me is every time i finish a layout i decide if i will really ise the scraps (usually not) so they are put in my kids paper box as we do craft every Friday. THe kids love using mum special paper and it keeps my paper under control.

  27. Carol Horton May 4, 2010 at 3:09 am #

    I love the little white cubes by that I got at the Big Box scrapbook stores. They are wonderful for organizing everything from paper to tools, to assorted supplies.

  28. Scrapper Q May 4, 2010 at 6:17 am #

    I use clear or frosted plastic cases (approximately 2″ high by 10″x12″) to store my wood-mounted stamps. I sort them by theme (winter, vintage, florals, phrases) rather than keeping “sets” together and them label the outside of each case.
    Thanks for extending the deadline and offering these great prizes.

  29. Diane May 4, 2010 at 6:57 am #

    I LOVE ribbon! I have my roll ribbon on pant hangers that have the holders that swing out. Each hanger has 4 arms. It is so easy to see what I have. Of course they are organized by color!

  30. Marguerite Remington May 4, 2010 at 7:02 am #

    I have a system for keeping my scraps. I have a folder in from of the color (all patterned papers and solid color card stock are kept in color order) and put the scraps in front, so I know where to find a small piece of a certain color without having to dig through a large pile of paper. Works really well for me.

  31. Miwa May 4, 2010 at 8:00 am #

    A friend told me to remove all of my acrylic stamps from their packages, place them on transparencies and to put them into page protectors within a binder (all backed by white paper). It cut down tremendously on space and it makes it so easy to see what you have by flipping through the pages.

  32. Linda Wilson May 4, 2010 at 8:03 am #

    Your beach book looks great! Thanks for the chane to win come!

  33. Bev Leeson May 4, 2010 at 8:09 am #

    Thanks so much for the extension. This product looks Awesome. My Tip or what I use is TINS. I have lots of Tins that are all Labelled. I keep all my Paper in Colours in a Trolley that has slide in/out Clear plastic Boxes 13×13 with a label holder on the front for my labels..
    Cheers.
    Bev

  34. Maria Schaefer May 4, 2010 at 8:29 am #

    As with everything in life, clean as you go! :) Makes me a happy crafter (and person).

    These are pretty cool!

  35. Karen S May 4, 2010 at 8:36 am #

    I sort keep all my themes together so then if I’m scrappin camping or Disney, I only need to pull that box and I have everything there I need. My daughter used to work for a major pizza company and brought me home a lot of boxes that my paper fits into.

  36. JeanH May 4, 2010 at 8:38 am #

    It’s gotta be either the Cropper Hopper paper holder – I sort my paper by manufacturer and also keep the “special” papers separate so all is easy to find – or the stack of pizza boxes with each one full of a different theme. Both make my cropping life easier!

  37. Maura Weins May 4, 2010 at 8:41 am #

    I am organizationally challenged. I have started by organizing paper and I like the vertical system by Cropper Hopper. I take advantage of sales and coupoms whenever I can

  38. DeDe Vest May 4, 2010 at 8:41 am #

    The best trick I have for keeping myself organized is that I try really, really hard not to buy stuff until I am ready to use it. When I first started scrapbooking 10 years ago, I bought everything that I liked when I saw it, because I was afraid it wouldn’t be available when I wanted it. Now, 10 years later, I have a lot of stuff that I will never use because I found something I liked more before I actually got to those pages.

    I try to keep basic supplies and not purchase very themed products until I at least have the photos printed!

  39. Carol Miller May 4, 2010 at 8:45 am #

    I have tried to everything in its place. When I scrap I have a large rectangle basket on the floor. I put al paper scraps and emblishments in the basket when I”m done with them. Clean up is a matter of emptying the basket & putting it all back where it belongs. Would love to try the Mudd Puddles. Thanks

  40. Crystal May 4, 2010 at 8:57 am #

    My story binders are probably my best organizational system I incorporated. I have been going back through the pics I have on my computer, one month at a time, jotting down any memories or thoughts I have when viewing them and then putting that journaling and photos into a binder under the month so that I have year’s worth of stories and photos all in one place just waiting for me to scrap when I am inspired or a good challenge comes around.

  41. Jeanette Y May 4, 2010 at 8:58 am #

    Love the Beach book. Thanks for the chance to win!

  42. Kim May 4, 2010 at 9:50 am #

    My mess is quite a bit larger than your mess!!

  43. Diane May 4, 2010 at 10:24 am #

    I hate clutter so all of my scrapbooking materials need to be in some kind of container in order for me to work effeciently. Many years ago I purchased through QVC, clear plastic containers with handles and grooves on the bottom so they stack and slide. There came as a set of three and three different sizes. Of course, I bought them all! They make my scrapbooking world much easier. I do have unorganized paper as the boxes are not 12X12 so I have been looking for plastic boxes that I can color coordinate. Too much stuff, too much to do and little time but I do have the rest of my life to do what I love! Thanks

  44. Kathy J May 4, 2010 at 11:00 am #

    I love my jet max cube. I only have one righ now but it has helped my with finding the paper I want to use. I plan to get a couple more.

  45. Julie May 4, 2010 at 11:35 am #

    one tip. I use old dvd covers and Xyron magnet to store spellbinders die in.

  46. Judy Holbrook May 4, 2010 at 11:54 am #

    I love organizing my materials! I use a plastic photo box that contains 12 individual clear vinyl photo holders. I put magnets on the cardboard package label for my Spellbinders, cut to fit the photo holder. Attach my Spellbinders dies to the magnet and place them in the photo holder, which has white labels to write down the name of dies. I can fit 6 Spellbinder sets in one photo holder, so my photo box can hold 72 Spellbinder sets! I can grab it and take it with me when I go away to scrapbook! Very handy.

  47. Jenn Ryan May 4, 2010 at 12:21 pm #

    The biggest ways I stay organized are labeling all containers and ensuring I put away everything after each page/project so I’m not overwhelmed with a big mess.

  48. Tina V. May 4, 2010 at 12:58 pm #

    I tend to think and work in themes so I love the 12 x 12 boxes to store the pictures, paper and embellishments together. When I want to work on the pages, I just grab the box and “go”.

  49. Terri Harmon May 4, 2010 at 1:04 pm #

    I have lots of stuff in the works so I use Artbin 12×12 storage boxes with handles to keep papers and embellishments sorted by theme. They are so easy to grab and go and they sit on the floor or stack nicely to conserve space. When I’m ready to work on that theme or project I can grab the appropriate bin and everything is there. I recently converted my paper sticker binders to plastic boxes that can hold 12×12 hanging files (from JoAnn’s). I found that I had too much stuff for the PSB and it was easier to stay organized if I could just drop my stuff into folders or accordian sleeves by theme. Now I no longer dread filing stuff away.

  50. Cynthia Arwood May 4, 2010 at 3:31 pm #

    Cropper Hopper’s 12×12 vertical paper storage system is great! I love that I can have my paper organized this way. It’s not the only way I organize my 12×12 paper, but it’s the way I have a good bit of it easily accessible. So nice!