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 on My Craft Space 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.

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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.

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

Craft Room Chaos When Life Takes Over

I know that many of you look forward to crafty creations each week, but, sometimes, life takes over in the craft space.  Right now my room looks like a bomb went off in a paper factory.  My desk is full of video equipment as I work on multiple projects, my floor has little piles all around the walls, and I am currently opening a mystery assignment box from CTMH.  Here is what the craft space looks like when life takes over. 

It’s not pretty, but I am sure many of you can relate.  Normally, I clean up after every project, I have a designated project calendar, and I am super organized.  Then life happened.

Every summer my life gets a little fuller with gardening and family, but this year we added an additional project to the mix. We decided it was time to tear out the entire front yard. 

Now my boys were super excited about the tearing out part.  Getting to ride on a machine and tear everything to bits was super fun for all of them and, other than a hole in my fence, it all went well. 

Now the real work begins- ADA stairs for visitors, a safer porch, water-wise drought-resistant plants, and some window boxes – and I will be spending a little less time in my crafting space.  Now I know that this is disappointing to some of you.  I know that many of you will end up un-subscribing and un-following, but my business motto is and always has been: 

faith, family, coffee, and crafts

This is the order I choose to live my life.  Crafts (my business) comes at the end of the list, as it should for all of us.  I promise that life will get back to “normal” around here soon and I will be back to creating full-time in my craft space and I look forward to sharing more creations & tutorials with you. 

By the way, if you follow me on Facebook & Instagram, I have been adding photos of this wonderful adventure as it unfolds.  Yesterday, I was able to check “have a concrete truck parked in your yard” off my bucket list.  Ya know, because everyone should experience that once in their life time (lol). 

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Tag, You’re It! – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to the Tag, You’re It! Technique Blog Hop where we will 49864443_10156148923092934_2960183364113399808_nbe featuring a multitude of projects focusing on Tags.   If you have come here from Catherine Nowak’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas using all sorts of tags.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melissa’s Blog.

Since I didn’t have a chance to decorate for Christmas, I have decided to go all out for Valentine’s Day and create some adorable decorations, like this banner, for my home.  Normally, I would use the Cricut™ to cut out all of my images, but I am ♥enamored♥ by that stitching detail on our Fancy Tags Thin Cuts, which cannot be achieved easily with the Cricut™.

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I must say, that I have also been captivated by our Happy Heart products and just couldn’t get enough of those patterns when creating those little flags – also cut from our Fancy Tags Thin Cuts. How cute are those?!

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Before you “Hop” to Michelle Loncar’s blog , let me show you how you can create this project using our Heart Happy Products and Fancy Tags Thin Cuts.

Paper Needed:  (8) 4½” x 3″ Sapphire Cardstock, (2) 4½” x 3″ Candy Apple Cardstock, (8)4½” x 3″ Heart Happy Paper, (15) 2½” x 1″ Heart Happy Paper, (7) 1½” x 1½” Candy Apple Cardstock

Assembly Instructions:
1. Using the Large Fancy Tag Thin Cut, cut out the (2) 4½” x 3″ Candy Apple and (8) 4½” x 3″ Heart Happy paper tags.
2. To create the layered Hearts, cut a 1¾” Stitched Heart from the Candy Apple tags. Place the Candy Apple Tag on top of the Heart Happy paper tag, and temporary adhere the heart in place. This allows you to line up the Larger Heart Thin Cut around the smaller one, tape in place (♥love Post-It Tape for this), and cut out the other image.


3. Adhere the Heart Happy Paper Tags onto the (8) 4½” x 3″ pieces of Sapphire Cardstock. Hand trim to create a small border.
4. Decorate each tag as you see fit using Heart Happy Stickers, Cut-Apart Images, Candy Apple Striped RibbonSilver Embellishing Thread, or Silver Glitter Gems.


5. To create the flags, cut out the small Banner Thin Cut from the (15) 2½” x 1″ Heart Happy Paper.  Fold the top down and glue onto Mink Twine. If desired, cut out Stitched Hearts from the (7) 1½” x 1½” pieces Candy Apple Cardstock and place between the flags.

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6. To hang it, use our Paper Piercing Tool Kit to poke holes at the top of each tag and threaded Mink Twine through.

Add some bows and more gems, and you have a cute Valentine Banner for your home. This is what mine looks like hung in my craft room.  Isn’t it just ♥precious♥?!

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Now Hop on over to Michelle Loncar’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crating tips and other fun ideas. Remember, the Heart Happy products are only available while supplies last through February 28th. Contact your CTMH Consultant or visit the promotions tab on my website to order your Heart Happy products for this Valentine Banner.

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