Tuesday Tip: Label & Organize Your Small Stencils

Are you ready for another Tuesday Tip to help you organize your craft space? This past week, I added some card front stencils to my collection, and I wanted to find the best way to organize them. Today, I am going to share my method of storage and organization.

Earlier in the month, I had purchased the new Tabs Thin Cuts. My OCD personality loves new ways to label things, and I knew that these metal dies would come in handy.

When my card front stencils arrived, I wanted to create a simple system of organization to help me find the stencil I needed quickly and easily. I knew right away that these tab dies would be the perfect solution.

Like most stencils, mine were going to get messy and need to be washed often, so I knew that the tabs could not be cut from paper. I dug through my stash and discovered some scraps of leftover stencil material from a few Cricut projects.

Last year, I discovered that you can also cut this stencil film with a metal die. It cuts cleanly and easily in my Sizzix. Each of these Tab Thin Cuts has a score line and I was surprised to discover that the score lines showed up so well on the stencil film.

After cutting out the tabs, I add some labels using my P-Touch label maker and created some sample strips to slide inside the tabs. These allow me to not only see the name of the stencil but quickly see an example of the pattern it will make.

Here is a quick video showing you how easy it is to label your stencils with those stencil film tabs.

Please take a few minutes to subscribe to my channel so that you don’t miss any future tips.

As I was created the sample strips, I discovered that these tabs also make a great handle for picking up and holding the stencil. It kept my fingers away from the inky parts and allowed me to easily pick it up without making a mess.

After adding labels, I needed to find a way to store these card front stencils. If you don’t have a storage system in place, the Stamp Organizer fits these perfectly with room to spare.

I already have a collection of smaller stencils in a plastic box, so I added my stencils to that collection and placed them back on my shelf.

No matter how you store your stencils, having them labeled and organized will help you to find them faster and easier.

I hope that today’s Tuesday Tip gave you a few ideas for organizing your craft space. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below.

Follow me on BlogLovin’

Some of the links on this page are affiliate links. By clicking on those links and making a purchase, you are helping to support my small business. This is at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support.

Organizing Cricut Items, Die Cutting, & Tools

Welcome back to my craft space! I hope you enjoyed last week’s tour of my Desk Space showing where I work as a Maker, create projects, and record videos and live classes. If you missed it, you can view it onΒ My Craft SpaceΒ page.

This week, I am showing you how I organize my Cricut tools & materials, my die-cutting and embossing folder items, and where I store the tools within my space. Each week, I will be sharing an area of my craft space and how I organize the items within it.

My original plan was to create a single video showing a general overview of my space, but I know that many of you are wanting organization ideas so I decided to break it down into several videos. After you watch this week’s tour, make sure to continue reading so that you can learn more about each of the areas cricut crafting area.

Learn More About the Items in my Craft Space

Please take a few minutes to hit the subscribe button so that you are notified when I add my next video.

Seven years ago, I joined CTMH as a Maker because of the Cricut items they offered. Creating with my Cricut machines and showing others how to use theirs is how I spend most of my days in my craft space, so it only made sense that my second video would be about my Cricut Crafting area.

The large solid piece of wood furniture shown above was a salvaged find. It was originally designed to be a changing table for a nursery, but, the minute I saw it, I knew that it would be the perfect addition to my craft space.

It has a place for my Cricut Maker, my Cricut tools & materials, my idea books, my die-cutting and embossing folder items, and so much more. There is even room on top to add a few decorations representing my personality.

One of my favorite pieces in this area is the Cricut Tool holder my husband created from a salvaged piece of barn wood, some small pipes, and hooks. Not only is it beautiful and functional, but it also fits my space perfectly.

In the video, I talk about how I keep “like items” together. When I began organizing my craft space, I wanted a functional space where everything had a place.

On this large shelf, I keep all the items I need for my Cricut and die-cutting machine. One drawer holds all my Cricut mats, EasyPress Mats, and some tools. The other drawer contains all my Cricut materials.

I also keep all my die-cutting items nearby. In the drawer below the machine, I have my cutting plates and mats. Embossing folders sit on a shelf above, and metal dies are organized in small albums on the top shelf. Everything I need to create with my Cricut or Sizzix are kept in one space. By keeping like-items together, I don’t have to search for a cutting plate or Cricut mat in the middle of a project.


So many items in one little space! Before you go, I do need your opinion on something. For years, I have been debating if I should stain this piece of furniture or paint it a distressed black. I think it would update the piece, but it would also be A LOT of work. Let me know what you think I should do.

I hope that you enjoyed this week’s Craft Space tour and that it gave you a few ideas for organizing your own space. Next week, I will be sharing my paper and cardstock organization with you. If you have any questions about the items I have in my space, feel free to comment below.

Follow me on BlogLovin’

Some of the links on this page are affiliate links. By clicking on those links and making a purchase, you are helping to support my small business. This is at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support.


here is a list of some supplies I used today (View All My Supplies Here)

Tuesday Tip: Create a Swatch Book

Do you keep track of all the markers, paints, pencils, and inks you own OR do you trust you can find them in your craft space and hope that you don’t buy doubles when your favorite craft store has a sale? If you are looking for a way to keep track and stay a little more organized, then today’s Tuesday Tip is for you.

In my latest Craft Space Tour, I briefly mentioned my Swatch Binder. Today, I am going to show you how I use this book and share ways that you can make a few swatches of your own.


For those who are new to color swatching, let me explain what these are and how I use them. Swatches allow you to see the dried result of a specific medium – paint, ink, gel, spray, etc. When you create a swatch, you can see the variety of tints, gradients, and patterns in that medium.

I keep all of my swatches in my planner because it travels with me everywhere. When I shop, I can check my swatches to see if I already own a specific color. When I am crafting, I use my swatches to match my papers or cardstock to the medium I plan on using.

In the video, I show how I create swatches for Spectrum Noir Triblends and Watercolor Paints. The alcohol marker swatches are self-explanitory. I simply shade in the area with the color label.

Watercolors are swatched a little differently. When I use watercolors, I can change the shade of the pigment by adding more water. I created my swatches to show the variation of pigment to water ratios.

I have labeled both my watercolor swatches and my watercolor palette using a label maker. This may seem a bit tedious, but it is much easier for people to read the labels when I am teaching in-person and online.

Once I have completed a swatch sheet, I use a Disc Punch to add it to my planner. If you don’t want to use a disc planner, you can create a three-ring binder full of swatches or add it to an artist’s notebook.

No matter how you organize your swatches, they will be a great reference for you. If you would like to learn how to create a swatch book of your own, go ahead and watch today’s Tuesday Tip!

Don’t forget to hit the subscribe button so that you are notified when I add new videos to my channel.

My swatch book stays in my craft space and goes with me when I shop and go to weekend retreats. I keep it near when I am crafting so that I can see which colors will go best with a pattern paper I am using. These swatches also come in handy when my favorite craft shop is having a sale. No more buying doubles of my favorite ink or marker. πŸ˜‰

I hope that today’s Tuesday Tip inspired you to create a swatch book of your own. If you have already made one, I would like to know how you store your swatches. Feel free to comment below and tell me about your swatch book or post any questions you have.

Follow me on BlogLovin’

Some of the links on this page are affiliate links. By clicking on those links and making a purchase, you are helping to support my small business. This is at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support.


here is a list of some supplies I used today (View All My Supplies Here)