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 Current Products Spreadsheet with 17-18 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 17-18 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.

Evernote

Evernote ScreenshotA 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

  Here are the printable 17-18 Annual Catalog Tabs and a video with tips.

Labels

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.

color caddy Five Ways to Use Stamp Labels

 

 

 

 

Stamp Set Paper Inserts

20150522_073320Product Labels

  17-18 Washi Labels I finally figured out how to label Washi Tape!

20150522_073523    12″ x 12″ Pockets

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.

Reclosabel Bag for 12 by 12 DSP Rec;losable Bag for 6 by 6 DSP

And I have a video about making a box for the 6″ x 6″ paper.

Case Inserts

  Case Inserts for Supplies

  Ink Refill Cases

Clear Stamp Sets

20140907_171346Why I use them and some tips.  Click here for more about storing clear-mount stamps.

Color Tools

Color Chart

DSP (Designer Series Paper) Sampler

20140514_092235 Color Wheel with SU Colors 2014 scan (2)

 

 

 

 

AutoCorrect and RGB snapshot

 

 

Click here for more about my color tools.

 

Project Planners

Here’s my 17-18 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 Current Products Spreadsheet with 17-18 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!

I’m sharing these files for free.  If you share them, please give me credit.  Do not sell them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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37 Comments

  1. What a wonderful thing I have tumbled on to! Thank you! I have a question about your 12 x 12 DSP – what are your pouches made of or bought from? Do you have a picture you could send me? That is where I am stumped in my organization. . . . . well one of the areas LOL. I want to keep all of one pack of DSP together with the coordinating color info in one package, but have yet to find any Ziplock bags etc, that they would fit into with out having lots of extra plastic (I currently use the 2-1/2 gallon bags – and cannot fit them into my storage boxes). Again, kudos to you on your organizational skills! I often say I am CDO (OCD so much that I have to put the acronym into alphabetical order. 🙂

  2. Thank, thanks!! Cann you make inserts for “old” stamp set also?

    • BevAdamsStamps

      I’m not sure which insert you’re talking about. I’ll assume you don’t want the little paper slip and that you want to put an “old” set in one of our stamp cases and have a matching insert. I have offered a black inserts on my Getting Organized page.

      Just go to the insert size you want. Click on the link and you should get a download of a blank case insert. Be sure to print it full size. Then stamp the images from your set and write in the name of the set.

      Blank Case Insert for Clear Mount Stamps Create your own.
      Blank Case Insert for full-size Wood Mount Stamps Create your own.
      Blank Case Insert for half-size Wood Mount Stamps Create your own.

  3. Amazing organization!,,,,

  4. Thank you…you are most generous.

  5. Jeanne Czernicki

    I am so glad that Angela Carter shared this site with me. Thank you so much for all your work this will be a great help in trying to get organized. I have never heard of Evernote before but it sounds like a great idea to try.

  6. Sandy Elliott

    Wow! I just found your website from a friend and am blown away by your organization tools and generosity in sharing them! Thank you so much! I can’t wait to get started and will tell all my stamping friends about you!

  7. Hi Bev- I’ve been looking at some of your videos and am really impressed. I’ve just been Stampin’ Up for a few years and thought that I was being very clever last year when I decided to have my catalog spiral bound. Then I found out that I wasn’t being original. LOL But I did it again with this new one and will continue to do so with each new one. Right now, I am using sticky notes for tabs, but love your tab ideas better. I am also impressed with how organized you are with such a small space when I have a WHOLE ROOM and am not as organized as you. I am trying, tho, and your videos have given me some more ideas. I can really lose myself in all the helpful videos such as yours and others, and Pinterest, of course, that I don’t get a lot done sometimes. It’s very addicting! Wait- is there a support group for that? Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for sharing your ideas. Thank you.

    • BevAdamsStamps

      Thank you, Peggy. I’m very new at making videos, so your kind words are very encouraging.

      I think you will like the tabs for your catalog.

      I consciously chose to move my craft area to the living room, and that means I need to be able to make it presentable without a lot of work. And I do understand the need for a support group for Pinterest and YouTube addiction. I became a demonstrator to support my habit. 🙂

  8. Thanks so much for all the organization tips and charts. You have put a great deal of time and effort to create all of these and I so appreciate it.

    Would love to get your invite to Evernote.

    Thanks again. Happy crafting.

  9. Bev, I love all your organizing ideas! I really like your excel spreadsheet with all the products. But, I’m not super at using excel – any chance you’d like to make a video on how you use excel?

  10. Bev, I just tried opening your spreadsheet. McAfee won’t allow it – says it has a virus or spyware on it. Are you aware of this? Could you scan yours to see and reply to me? Thanks, Denise

  11. karen.emery.5815@facebook.com

    Bev, I’ve had so much fun watching your fantastic organizational videos! Thanks for sharing, but you’ve always been a sharer. I’ve just read all the comments after your organizational section, and had great fun reading all the positive comments. I finally understand how you have described the labeling of your pads. Good video as always. Thanks Bev.

  12. schelly gettings

    Hey where did you get the envelopes for the 12×12?

    • I bought my 12″ x 12″ envelopes from Stampin’ Up!, but unfortunately we don’t sell them any longer. I bought them at Michael’s, but I’m not sure they carry them any longer either. I did recently see something similar at Hobby Lobby. I wish I could find a good online source and just link to them here. If you or anyone else finds one, please let me know!

  13. AMAZING! Thanks so very much for sharing.

  14. Bev, Thank you for all your hard work. These tools are awesome, and will help me be better organized.

  15. Thanks for generously sharing the fruit of your organisational efforts. I am in Australia and unfortunately some of our stuff is different eg prices and our card is metric. I am a bit challenged with technology. Is it possible for me to change your files to reflect our info?

    • BevAdamsStamps

      My files for download are PDFs which cannot be changed. However, I have been working on making my files useful in all markets. You could help me. If you are a demonstrator, could you email a link to you Holiday catalog? If you are not a demonstrator, could you ask the demonstrator you shop with to send it to me? I have realized that the pages and most names are the same everywhere. The biggest variation is price, but you’re right about the metric sizes.

      From now on I will be removing the prices on all my files. To change the existing files means I will have to recreate them. I will probably do that as I prepare the files for the Holiday 2015 catalog. If you don’t want to wait for that, perhaps you can just white out the prices. Subscribe to my website and I will send an update when those files are available.

      • Hi Bev

        Thanks for your prompt reply. I am a demonstrator and will send you a link to the holiday catty. I wasn’t asking you to change the files, just whether it was possible for me to. You are very generous to rework your tools to apply to other markets.

        Thanks again, Annette

        • BevAdamsStamps

          Thanks for the link. I’m working on the new catalog then I’ll start updating the annual catalog files without prices.

  16. Bev

    Thank you very much for all your tips and ideas. You are such a wonderful, caring, and sharing woman, and I’m so glad that I happened to stumble across all your information on-line. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart. You certainly are helping me get organized with all my stamping stuff. I am already using your Evernote. You are such a talented lady. Thank you once again!

    Donna R.
    Wisconsin

  17. BTW, besides the Stamp Case Inserts, I have just used your tabs for organizing my catalog, the 1/2 inch circle punch color chart and printed out the sponge dauber insert! I don’t know if you saw my very first post to you but it said, “Where have you been all my life?” or maybe just the past 3 years as a SU Demonstrator! LOL

    • BevAdamsStamps

      🙂 I’ve been here since February 2014. I came home from the 2013 convention determined to start a “Dot Com” and it took me a few months to figure out how to get WordPress to do what I wanted it to do. Before that I posted my labels, etc. on Stampin’ Connection. It has been so much easier for me to post them here. I’m glad you found me! And welcome to the Stampin’ Up! family.

    • I just posted, I forgot to mention the tabs. Using them does make finding things easier. See you later!
      Donna

  18. I appreciate your generosity so much in sharing this site and all your work with us for FREE! You are wonderful. I think I love organizing more than stamping. I have had the best time organizing my dies with pictures on front of their envelopes from your die pictures. This has also made me see all the dies I have to purchase! I am going to have to get another job! I will be ordering some stamps set from you soon that I have never seen before. Again, Thank you so very much. I am truly amazed by all your work and organizational ideas.

    • BevAdamsStamps

      Well, Donna, I’m sorry about your second job. 🙂 But I’m glad I have been able to help with organizing your crafting space. I hope you’ll share my site with your friends.

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