Monday, February 8, 2010

Clean Sweep Challenge #2 - Stickers

It’s time for our
Stickiest area, our stickers.

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How to Organize Scrapbook Stickers
Deciding how to organize scrapbook stickers doesn’t have to be a difficult task. Whether you’re just getting started in the hobby or an enthusiastic crafter, there are a number of strategies you can use to make sure your sticker collection is both easily accessible and protected from damage.

Factors to Consider When Choosing an Organizational System

Before you can begin to organize your stickers, you’ll need to spend some time thinking about what type of system best fits your crafting profile. Ask yourself these questions:

How many stickers do I have? Your organizational system won’t work unless it is large enough to accommodate your entire collection.

How large do I expect my collection to get? Scrapbookers who only buy new stickers when they are needed for a specific project will need much less storage space than those who prefer to buy whatever catches their eye.

Do I like to attend crops? Scrapbookers who need to transport their supplies to crops or classes will need to consider the portability of their organizational system.

How much can I afford to spend? It’s not necessary to spend a small fortune to organize your stickers, but it is a good idea to consider your budget before purchasing any organizational tools.

How to Organize Scrapbook Stickers
Contrary to popular belief, there is no “right” way to organize your scrapbook supplies. When deciding how to organize scrapbook stickers, you have a number of options. For example:

Theme: Scrapbookers who frequently complete pages with travel, baby, or holiday themes may find this method of organization most logical.

Style: If you don’t scrapbook thematic pages, you can try organizing your stickers into general style categories such as vintage, grunge, contemporary, or ethnic-inspired.

Color: If most of your stickers are general-purpose embellishments, sorting by dominant color is a simple yet highly effective organizational strategy.

Purpose: Separating your stickers into categories such as alphabets, titles, borders, tags, and general embellishments is a simple way to organize smaller supply collections.

Product Manufacturer: If you love Basic Grey, Chatterbox, KI Memories, or other coordinating product lines, sorting your supplies by manufacturer will make it easy to quickly pull together a finished layout.

If you have a relatively small amount of stickers, you may want to include your die cuts and rub-ons in the same file categories. Since all of these supplies serve the same general purpose, this is an easy way to minimize the amount of time you spend searching for embellishments.

Popular Organizational Tools
Organizational tools to consider when storing your scrapbook stickers include:
Binders: A large binder filled with plastic page protectors makes it easy to flip through all of your stickers at a glance. If you have a number of smaller stickers, the pages commonly used to store baseball cards will be quite useful.
Cropper Hopper offers Sticker Binders:

Plastic Storage Drawers: Drawers help protect your stickers from damage while accommodating very large collections.
Drawers come in all sizes from 81/2 x 11 to 15x15. You can find the type that fits your needs.

Boxes: If you’re looking for a storage system that is both functional and attractive, pick up a number of decorative boxes and label each box with the appropriate category.
Use Plastic clear bins of for a more stream line look try using photo boxes.

Bulletin Board: If you like to be able to see all of your stickers, place them in plastic storage bags and tack them to a large bulletin board.
Bulletin Board is nice because you can rearrange them as often as you need to.

Another Fantastic Option is the “Clip it Up”

For my stickers I organized them by theme from a-z in hanging folders in a filing bin. So far this is my favorite way.

To Enter this week's Clean Sweep Challenge go
to Juju Bee's.

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