I love organization! It is my way to cope with being a naturally disorganized and easily distracted person. When I was a teen, I was the only one who could walk through my room because I knew the safe paths through the stuff on the floor. Little by little I’ve retrained myself and pretty organized now. I love finding easy ways to get organized! Now you can drop in any time and I won’t be too embarrassed. My tiny desk area is usually still pretty messy. Notice that the title of this page is not Organized. I’m still getting there.
Here is a video of my craft corner as it is right now. Please forgive the narrow formatting. I got frustrated with technical difficulties.
As you can see, I don’t have a lot of room. And I devote a chunk of my precious work space to my laptop. But my laptop is one of my important creative tools. You may have noticed I use my computer to make my project directions.
I have a 16-17 Spreadsheet to Share with O17 for products that I keep track of things I want, things I have, and things I need to demonstrate. It will even total up my order and Hostess Dollars! Here’s a link to my Techy Tips on how I use it. If you are not in the US, click the link on the bottom for your market. I do not speak French or German and I’ve never even been to Europe or the South Pacific, so dealing with those products and prices is liter ally foreign to me. The Japanese catalog is too confusing to me. Sorry.
One of the ways I use the spreadsheet is for my Project Planners. I copy columns a-g from the spreadsheet for each product I use and paste it onto the planner. Unfortunately that doesn’t quite work for the stamp sets. So I copy columns a-c and then item numbers and prices separately for wood-mount, clear-mount, and/or photopolymer sets. You can download any of my instructions and you’ll see how they end up. I redo these each year to include the current page numbers for the basics that I start out with like Dimensionals. My planners are formatted for the US. If you’re in another market you’ll probably have to modify the planner to accommodate all the various prices you need (French and English for Canada, Euros & Pounds for Europe, and Australian & New Zealand prices for the South Pacific.
I use my laptop to blog, of course! I also use Pinterest and Stampin’ Connection (a site just for Stampin’ Up! demonstrators) for inspiration. I use My Digital Studio for designing cards without cutting any paper. And I use Evernote. The following organizational tools help.
A free program you can have on all your devices and synchronized to help you organize and plan. Click here to find out how you can get all Current Products notes and Evernote for FREE.
Organizing the Catalog
I have my annual catalog bound and add tabs. Click here to find out how and to get printable tabs.
I label everything! That way I know the right names of products, what catalog (with page numbers) I can find it, product numbers, and prices. Few products do not get a label. For instance, a label just won’t stick on the Silicone Craft Sheet. I know the right names of products, what catalog (with page numbers) I can find it, product numbers, and prices.
Included labels for Designer Series Paper and some specialty papers. I also sell heavy duty bags for 12″ x 12″ and 6″ x 6″ paper.
Clear Stamp Sets
Why I use them and some tips. Click here for more about storing clear-mount stamps.
Here’s my 16-17 Project Planners that I use for instructions. (It does have page numbers from the current catalog for the basic tools, so it needs to be updated each year.) Really, you’d have to recreate one for yourself in Word (or whatever you use), but I thought I’d show you how I have it configured. When planning, I open the Blank Project Planner, save it with a new name, and then open my 16-17 Spreadsheet and have them side by side on my screen.
With the exception of the stamp sets, the first 5 columns are the same in both the spreadsheet and Project Planner. I copy the info from the spreadsheet and paste it into the Project Planner. Now that we have Wood-Mount, Clear, and Photopolymer, I do need to copy just the stamp name, catalog, and page and then copy the item number and price separately.
In the paper section, I have the basic paper sizes already entered. I copy and paste the card stock for the card base and move either 4 1/2″ x 11″ or 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ to the first line. Then the basic layers are under that. If I use a different size I can type it in. When I’m done, I erase the extra lines.
I also use the AutoCorrect codes as seen on my Custom Color Chart to make typing much faster. So if I am in a Microsoft program like Outlook or Word I don’t have to type Stampin’ Up! or Stamp-a-ma-jig. I just type SU and it’s automatically changed to Stampin’ Up!®
So now I can just think about how to make a project. The typing is much faster!
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