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Organization For Project Life

I’ve been planning this post for a while and thinking hard about what’s the best way for me to share how I organize my space for my Project Life. This is a no brainer post and I simplified it so you can understand how I organize my space that works best for my PL workflow. My own style of organization has helped me complete my Project Life successfully in 2013 and I’m going to continue to keep it that way. I hope I can shed some useful tips and ideas on how to organize your PL stash.

Back in 2012 when I first started Project Life, I did not purchase any PL kits or whatsoever. I use whatever stash I have in my room and put my spreads together. But I was overwhelmed by so many things that I want to use that the process of searching those items stretched to hours just to complete one spread. it became very inefficient and I was disheartened that I took so many hours just to do a spread.

So, moving forward, I joined Studio Calico DT and I began working with their Project Life kits for the whole of 2013. The kits were well coordinated, from the PL cards to every single piece of embellishments. I worked with everything in the kit and it cuts down a lot of time for me to coordinate it myself. I’m happy that it worked out so well for me and that was the main reason I was able to complete my 2013 Project Life.

Here’s a brief look at how I organize my Project Life kit I receive from Studio Calico.

Each month when I receive my PL kit and the PL add-ons, I will remove all the cards and embellishments from the Studio Calico PL box and packaging and store them in this wooden drawer. I keep the other essentials that I use for my Project Life in this drawer as well so it’s easy for my to retrieve them when I work on my spread. My essential items that I use for my PL are the date stamps, ink, Kokuyo glue tape, manila tags, acrylic blocks that I use for stamping, precision scissors, tiny attacher and journaling pens.

Once I’m done with the kit, I’ll keep all the leftovers back into the PL box and set them aside. Every 3-4 months, I’ll purge some of the usable stuff and give them away. Or I’ll organize those items I can use again on my next spread into the other wooden drawers that I’ll show you later.

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Here’s a list of the items in the drawers that you may be interested where I bought them.

Wooden drawer – I bought this from my local store called Cat Socrates.

Kokuyo Glue Tape – I always buy them at my local scrapbook store Papermarket. I know some of you from the US mentioned that they are no longer available in your local SB store but I found one in Amazon which you may be interested. Or you can just Google for it to see if you can find one that is nearest to where you stay.

Date stamp (with the grey handle) – I got this at my local bookstore Popular and it has no brand to it.

Metal bowl – I use this to store my digital cuts and I got them from Cat Socrates as well.

Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher – I use this all the time and it’s my best tool investment I’ve made to date.

I keep my wooden drawer on my Raskog cart from Ikea at the top tier so it’s easier for me to move the items from the drawer onto my table when I need to update my PL spread.

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A lot of you have asked me in Instagram where I got those two metal baskets which fit perfectly on the ledge of the cart. My colleague bought them for me when he was on a holiday trip to China to visit his wife’s family. So, I need to check with him where he got them from. I think his wife may know better.  🙂

_MG_3513aI park my cart next to my scrap table when I’m not using it. I love that this cart is movable so it can be easily maneuvered to any spot in my scrap room.

For the other must-have PL cards and embellishments, I have also organized them separately into a few wooden drawers, mini bowls and baking tray. These are stored on the 2nd tier of my Raskog cart and on my shelf just next to my working table so they’re within arm’s length and I can reach for them easily when I’m working on my PL spread.

_MG_3485aI store the embellishments from the previous kits in these mini drawers which I bought from Cat Socrates. I re-use a lot of the Studio Calico mini alphas, shapes and chipboard stickers and enamel dots from the precious PL kits and add-ons. The label cuts are always in the small metal bowls as well. I will lay them on my table when I work on my spread. Once I’m done with them, I’ll store them away in my Raskog cart and shelf.

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For my PL cards from the previous Studio Calico kits, Becky Higgins core kit, grid cards from Studio Calico, letterpress cards and wood veneer cards (from Two Peas In A Bucket), I stored them into this wooden drawer which was purchased from Cat Socrates as well.

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Most of my inks that I purchased from Studio Calico are all stored in this wooden drawer. The other inks that i don’t use often are stored in another drawer.

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These flower shape watercolor palettes and muffin tin are my favorite storage solution for smaller bits and pieces of embellishments such as wood veneer, flair buttons, clips, brads, sequins etc. I would place the flower shape palette on my working table and I could just pick them up easily when I use them on my PL spread. It’s so easy to retrieve them and they keep the mess in place. 🙂  The other reason why I love to use these is they are displayed openly so I could see them and use them more often. If I store them in jars or other closed storage containers, I think I would forget that I have these in my stash.

The flower shape palette is from my local art store called Art Friend. It’s actually not those cheap plastic palette you find commonly in the store but it’s made of clay. It’s heavier and sturdier. If you Google it online, you’ll be able to find it on some online art stores but may not be made with clay.

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The stamps that I’ve collected the past one year from Studio Calico kits are stored in a handbook from Studio Calico as well. I would just insert them into the plastic protectors and they fit perfectly in the pockets. So, when I’m updating my PL spread, I would just set this aside next to my table and flip through them and pick out whichever that I want to use.

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The other favorite item that I have on my table is the owl pen holder that I bought from Typo. This is where I kept all my journaling pens and I love this owl holder so much! I’m happy that we have quite a number of Typo stores in Singapore, so whenever I’m out shopping, I would definitely pop by into the nearest store just to browse through their items.

I’m not sure if this owl pen holder is available in the other countries, you can check out their online stores which are available in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Australia and United States.

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And last but not least, this is how I organize my huge collection of washi tapes. A lot of you have been asking me where I got this holder from, it was actually made by the hub and me. I was inspired by this holder which was made from a spice holder.  I’ve been searching for ideas how to store and organize my huge collection of washi tapes I’ve accumulated of the years but I couldn’t find a ready made holder. So, I set about to make one myself. I will blog about how I go about making this holder in another post next time. 🙂

This washi tape holder is sitting on my scrap table against the wall. So, when I’m putting my PL spread together, I just reach over and pull out whichever washi that I want to use, tear them and stick them onto my PL card! See why I love this holder so much! *laugh*

Here’s a quick overview on how I organize them.

– I store all my Project Life kits and PL add-ons into one drawer so I could grab them easily without spending too much time searching for each item that I need to use. I will usually spend between 1.5 to 2 hours getting a 2-page spread done.

– All my other must have stash such wood veneer, enamel dots, flair buttons, alpha and shape stickers, washi tapes, inks and stamps together with my essential tools, tiny attacher, scissor, Kokuyo glue tape and journaling pens are organized and stored within arms length so when I’m working on my Project Life, I could easily reach for them.

– I would place all these items on my table when I work on my PL spread. Once I’m done, I will just place them back into my cart and shelf. I love to keep my table clean, so they’re always stored away once I’m done updating my spread.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about how I organize my Project Life goodies.

I’ll be back again soon and give you a tour of my humble little scrap room. 🙂

See ya soon!

  • MaiteFebruary 6, 2014 - 11:48 pm

    I love your studio! and your Washitape collection! amazing!

  • Camile CezarFebruary 7, 2014 - 12:00 am

    I love your idea for the stamps!!!
    Love all your organization!

  • Patti Veeraplin McHughFebruary 7, 2014 - 12:18 am

    I love your washi storage and your Handbook idea. I just bought a PL 6×8 binder and page protectors with no idea what to do with it. Now I know! I’ll store my SC stamps in it!

  • CiacchinaFebruary 7, 2014 - 12:43 am

    Mi piace moltissimo il modo in cui ti sei organizzata…ho anche io il carrello Raskog e non vedo l’ora di sapere dove poter trovare i cestini in metallo da appendere.
    Complimenti, ti seguo su Instagram e trovo stupendo il tuo PL

  • pamelaFebruary 7, 2014 - 3:32 am

    Love love love your crafting space!

  • Christine NFebruary 7, 2014 - 7:14 am

    Hi Leena – thanks so much for this inspirational look at how you keep organized for PL! I really enjoyed it and it gave me some great ideas to implement.

  • Jasmine KayFebruary 7, 2014 - 11:20 am

    I love how you are so organized and I can’t wait til you share how you made your washi tape organizer. I’ve been eyeing it on your instagram forever! 🙂

  • KimFebruary 8, 2014 - 5:50 am

    Leena. Your space and storage organization rocks!

    I too, keep all my PL suppplies only in my Raskog cart too! It’s so easy to pull out when I work on PL, or tuck away if I’m working on something else!

    The thing I am MOST jealous of in your space, however, is your amazing natural lighting. You can’t buy that at your local craft store!! -wink
    🙂

  • Esther GohFebruary 8, 2014 - 11:20 am

    The wash tape wall is the most amazing storage solution ever (please put up a tutorial for it soon!) and the stamp storage is just BLOW MY MIND BRILLIANT!

  • ClaretFebruary 9, 2014 - 4:41 am

    I, too have the turquoise cart. I got my at Ikea. Where did you find the small black wire holders that are attached to it. I have craft cups with lips on the sides of mine but also love those holders. Thanks for any info. Great info on this post. I love my cart and wish that I had gotten another.

  • Sweet ToothFebruary 10, 2014 - 10:59 am

    Hi! Leena!

    I was thinking of using a handbook for the my stamps just wasn’t sure if they would fit. from your photos I can see that they do fit.

    your washi tape dispenser/holder is awesome! I’m trying to convince boy friend to make one for me haha

    gotta get myself one of those raskog carts, as my early birthday present, haha my birthday is few months away! 🙂

    Yey! Off to get those page protectors.. 🙂

  • Felicia ChiaFebruary 27, 2014 - 9:31 pm

    Hi Leena! Thanks for sharing your organization process with us! I live in Singapore too, and I was wondering how you keep your supplies in the cart dust-free?. This is always a problem I have with leaving supplies out in the open. I completely agree with you on how leaving it out encourages you to use it – out of sight, out of mind is so true.

  • FindingnanaFebruary 28, 2014 - 9:33 pm

    Hi Felicia,
    I’m having the dust problem too with the open cart, shelves and everything that are non-convered. I seriously have no solution for you. My only consolation is that my helper is always helping me dust them! I’m truly grateful for her!
    xo
    Leena

  • Felicia ChiaMarch 1, 2014 - 11:20 pm

    Hi Leena! Thanks for sharing. I asked as I was wondering if I’m the only one having this issue. Guess getting a good duster is something I would have to consider getting if I decide to organize my supplies in a cart like yours 🙂

  • FindingnanaMarch 3, 2014 - 12:02 pm

    Hi Felicia,
    Yes, a good duster will be the best solution for open storage. 🙂
    xo
    Leena

  • simplypearlMarch 17, 2014 - 9:22 pm

    hi leena, thank you for sharing your organization. i must say i have craft room envy every time i see pictures of your space. love all the natural light and the whiteness!

  • Tela HolcombApril 13, 2014 - 12:55 pm

    Hi Lenna! Just wanted to stop by and ask where you got the wire baskets that hang on the side of your Raskog. Love your blog and layouts!

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  • DeniseMay 24, 2014 - 5:34 am

    Hi Leena, could you please tell me where you got the food stamp in the lower right corner of your stamp storage hand book? I’m completely obsessed with it and cant seem to find it. Thanks

  • DeniseMay 24, 2014 - 5:36 am

    Just started following you on instagram too, love all your lovelies!!!

  • FindingnanaMay 25, 2014 - 8:26 pm

    Hi Denise,
    The foodie stamp is from one of Studio Calico kits released last year. Unfortunately, it’s no longer available. It’s my all time favorite stamp!
    Leena

  • MeMay 25, 2014 - 8:29 pm

    Awe, I’m crushed:-/ it woukd have been perfect!!! Thanks for getting back to me;-)

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