Monday, July 4, 2011

A Fun Saturday Night in the A 37's 42 House

Saturday night I could not sleep.  I am in the middle of re-organizing my craft space to make it more efficient (i.e. trying to remember what I have) and I had a gazillion thoughts running through my head.  I also had to much Mt. Dew :)  After laying awake for awhile I decided to work on some organizing.  Organizing always calms me down and helps me focus.     

I have TONS of stickers I have collected over the years from my different sources.  I shop everywhere for craft supplies.  My favs are yard sales, Etsy, Hobby Lobby, Dollar Tree and Michaels.  After looked at this bin full of stickers I decided I had the perfect solution to keep them tidy and organized.  About 4 years ago I bought these bins on sale at a office supplies store.  At the time I wasn't sure what to do with them and they have been used for MANY different things.  Currently they were holding my husbands seed packets.  After putting his seed packets in a different container I jazzed these clear boxes up a bit.  
 I found this contact paper at Dollar Tree and bought all the rolls I could get.  I have used it for many projects.  Pictures will follow.  I carefully cut out each section and easy peasy.... slapped it on.  done :)  15 minute organizing project.

The more I craft the more I get into stenciling and such.  I have accumulated a few stencils but found them difficult to store without bending.  I always have extra binders laying around so I decided to create a stencils binder.  To start off I used a binder, label maker, sections, page protectors, and contact paper I already had. I love re-using and re-cycling.
 As with the box I carefully cut out my contact paper and spent a majority of my time pushing out pesky air bubbles.  I think it came out super cute!  I love this pattern!

 I created a section for each type of stencil.  Slowly I am accumulating more and more.
 I backed each page with paper to make the stencil stand out more.  Without glasses I am blind.  Well not legally but having the paper really helps :)
This is how I spent my Saturday night and I would not change it :)

Link Parties:
DIY Showoff Blog
Sew Can Do
At Home with K
The Blackberry Vine
Ginger Snap Crafts
Goodbye City, Hello Suburbs 
All Things Related
The Charm of Home
The Shabby Nest
Simply Designing
Nifty ThriftyThings
Crystal & Co
The Girl Creative
Me Making Do
Singing Three Little Birds
Ninth Street Notions
Coastal Charm
Polish The Stars
Polly Want a Crafter
Mad in Crafts
Run With Glitter
Blackberry Vine
My Girlish Whims
J&M Eye Candy
Seven Thirty Three
Pink Postcard
Craft Envy


Tammy said...

What a great idea! I too like that pattern. It must feel real good to be get organized too! I'm your newest follower. Hope you can visit me sometime soon!

Mandy said...

Thank you! I fell in love with the pattern. I went to 3 different Dollar Trees and purchased as much as I could. I got 12 rolls. Slowly my craft room is coming along. Over the past year we have been working on our house so much I've let it slip into a "storage room". Hopefully by the end of this week it will be done.

Returned the follow :)

Vicki V @ said...

Thanks for becoming a follower of my blog today! I love this project and am thinking of organizing my computer/office area very soon. I may borrow these ideas! I'm not sure they will turn out as professional looking as yours, though!

Mandy said...

awww shucks! Thanks for being sweet! Trust me if I can do it... anyone can do it! Its actually a fairly easy project and the contact paper is re position able. That made a world of difference. LOL!

Karima said...

Newest fan popping by, please pop over, Karima x

I love this idea, I too love upcycling and organizing!

andie jaye said...

oh yeah! i love organization!! i actually use binders like you have to make scrapbooks! and those file folders are awesome aren't they! what a fun post for a type A like me!!

i would love it if you would link this up to my tip-toe thru tuesday party at

Stephanie said...

That is so awesome! I really like the pattern. And I can't get over how creative that is! I found your blog on the "A Little Tipsy" party.

Tauja @ Simply Mod Mom said...

This is such a great idea! I've got tons of scrapbooking decals, stickers and such that are in desperate need of some organizing! Thanks for sharing!

Mandy said...

Thank you for the comments. I am in the middle of totally reorganizing my craft room. WHAT A JOB!!!

andie jaye said...

thanks so much for linking this up to my tip-toe thru tuesday party! can't wait to see what you have this week!

Cozy Home Scenes said...

Thanks for the idea for the stencils. Normally I thought them in a box, and as you said, they bend out of shape so easily. The paper you bought for these projects is pretty too. It's always motivating to keep your space nice when it's pretty to look at.

Have a great week!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What an adorable DIY project! Thank you so much for sharing.

Happy Monday!

Mandy said...

Thanks for your comments! I actually ended up covering ALL of my binders. Hopefully I will get some pics of my craft room up this week.

Feel free to follow along :)


LrSchwtz said...

I love organizing! Thanks for the useful tips. Please stop by and link up to my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party! I'm your newest follower!

Jami said...

Hi Mandy!
Nice job on the sticker storage solutions! I need to take a page from your book! Thanks so much for sharing this at the Tuesday To Do Party!

lisaplus6 said...

this is so pretty! what a GREAT way to store your stickers! mine are all thrown in a drawer :)

Mandy said...

Thanks for all the great comments. I am still organizing my craft room. I took a break this week but I am back on track! Maybe... just maybe Ill have some pics soon. Its super cute!

Take care my friends!

Lisa West said...

I love this idea. I always need ideas for organizing and with contact paper I get to choose my own designs! Lisa

Sherry said...

Very nice organizing! Mt Dew has to be good for something. I drank my husbands trying to stay awake coming home from FL. It got us home just fine but, then I couldn't calm down once I got home! LOL

Megan @ said...

Great ideas! Using my label maker is one of my favorite parts of organizing. I just wish I had a red one like you. :) Thanks for linking up to Polish The Stars!

Jami said...

Great tips! Thanks so much for linking to the Tuesday To Do Party!

Mandy said...

Thanks for all the great comments! I have officially finished covering all of my binders :) Yeah for matching!!!

Take Care!

Ellie said...

Awesome idea. I made 2 binders with the same beautiful contact paper from the Dollar Tree. Check it out here

Kelly OMalley said...

This is a great idea. How creative. I have trouble organizing. I just throw all my stuff into my craft drawer, not organized just thrown.