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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

From My Heart To Yours

I was really excited when I read the Heart 2 Heart Challenge this week.  It is called "From Your Heart to Ours" and the concept behind it is to share something that is not artwork.  To start the new feature off, the theme for this week is Organization. 

Ok, some of you will call me crazy, but organization is one of my most favorite things to do, I don't know where I picked up the idea, but according to most anyone in my family, I started organizing at a very young age and my mom often reminds me how she was amazed that she never had to ask me to clean my room.  Now I will fully admit to being an organizing fanatic, but I never mentioned that I was an awesome duster, so please forgive the dust in the following pictures.

First is a shelving unit that my husband made for me out of cheap plywood. I painted it black and actually use painted metal flower planters to store my stamps in. I organize my stamps by category, then by size, then alphabetically. I have scanned all my stamp sets and put the copies into a 3 ring binder for a reference.

This is also a metal flower planter that sits inside a wire basket.  I thought my stamps would fit into them, but they didn't, so I use these for cards, and a lot of CTMH embellishments.

Above my desk is a shelving unit that I use the ribbon dowel to hang my stickease from using curtain hooks.  I also break all my Dimensional Elements from the large sheet and put them into smaller bags leftover from other products and have them hanging here as well.

This is a small shelf with small cubbies that I purchased at a garage sale for 25 cents.  I eventually plan on painting it white.  I use it for my acrylic blocks, PTI dies and random things I like within reach.  I use the glass jars to hold homeless ribbon and flowers and the cupcake tin has little things I like to have close.  I purchase nail files in bulk and then cut them in half to use as sanding blocks for myself and for classes.  They are washable too!

This area of my desk is my main work area.  I have everything I need within reach so I don't have to get up.  I have a bad habit of standing and scrapping for hours and then wonder why my back hurts, so I tried to arrange so that once I sat down, I wouldn't need to get up.  I keep all my CTMH and PTI cardstocks in the plastic drawers below my desk and have them organized by color family.  I would be lost if I didn't have the stamp pad organizer.

This is yet another shelving unit that holds most all of my Level 2 paper packs.  Once I have used them, I remove all the cardstock and put it away with the other cardstock then 
alphabetize the paper packs. I removed some of the metal planters from their wire baskets because I found out that my stamps do fit inside them, so more stamp storage, idea binders, pages to complete, extra adhesives, and photos to scrapbook are all stored in these shelves and drawers.

The little desk is for my nieces so they can scrapbook and do artwork when they come over and the table is for classes.  I really try to keep my table clear so I don't have to clean it off every week just before a class.  Easier said than done :).

Last but not least is my sewing machine that sits on top of an antique Singer.  It actually still works!  My Grandpa salvaged it for me and I really love it.

 Well, that is my tour.  I really enjoy my space but I sometimes wish I had all matching furniture as mine is really eclectic.  I am very thrifty though and all of the furniture I have collected has been the clearance stuff or the dented stuff that the store just wants to get rid of.  Some of it is hand-me-down and some of it was handmade, so I guess it is unique and hope you enjoyed me sharing with you.  Can't wait to go look at every one else's organizational tips and you can too, just click here to visit the H2H blog.


  1. Hi Shari!
    I'm in love with the metal planters and the tiny desk!!! Organizing your paper in alphabetical order is pretty cool!!! Thanks for sharing your space with us at H2H!

  2. Great room, I love all the ecclectic pieces! I really like the cupcake tin on your desk for little things...great idea! Thanks for sharing your creative space with us at H2H!

  3. oooooh... i really love that little school desk in the corner... And i love that shelving unit that you had your level 2 papers in... i saw one once, but it was damaged and it was the last one. Lost opportunity :(

  4. Thanks for sharing your space with us Shari! That little 25cent shelf unit is a total steal - and the muffin cup idea is wonderful. Glad you could join us at H2H this week :o)

  5. Love the wire baskets! Thank you for letting us peek in your craft room! :)

  6. Wow! Shari your space is fantastic! I am especially impressed that your hubby actually made you that cute shelf! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at H2H! *Ü*

  7. Your scrapbooking room is very inviting and I love that you have a spot for your nieces to work at as well.

  8. I really like the metal flower planter that you use for stamp storage, the envelopes fit perfect. You have a wonderful creative space.


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