Just 1 Tip: {Create an Inventory Binder}

Part of the fun of being a crafter is shopping for and “collecting” the various tools and elements that go into the making of our works of heART.  To be honest, I’m pretty sure I spend more time looking online and shopping in stores for my craft supplies than I actually do crafting! And nothing is more frustrating than discovering you’ve managed to bring home something you’ve previously purchased – or, not being able to find something you’ve previously purchased and having to buy a duplicate (knowing the one you’ve been searching high and low for will “magically” appear as soon as you’ve begun to use the replacement – especially if it’s something that’s non-returnable!!!).

I’m also a sucker for the $1 spots at Michael’s and Joann’s and anything that has a clearance sticker attached to it. There’s so much hoarded crafty goodness crammed stashed in my craft room that there’s just no way I could keep up with what’s-what and where, so I decided to create an inventory binder to help me with that.

There are a ton of ways to create a binder. I did a Google search and came across a few ideas to pass along:

This is a list of files created by one of the “Queen’s” of scrapbook organization, “Rockester” (a/k/a Kathy Aho), of Scrapper’s Challenge.

Here is another amazing resource for pages to put in a binder from Kathleen Driggers of Kat’s Scrappy, Bloggy Life.

The first thing I did was to come up with a list of the basic categories I wanted to include in the binder. From this, I was able to decide on any sub-categories I wanted to include. I’ll warn you upfront, I’m pretty anal OCD when it comes to organizing – you wouldn’t have to go to the lengths I did to create something that will fit your needs. For instance, the binder I originally purchased for this project ended up being too small, so I switched to a larger size. You might want to create something smaller that would be easy to take with you on shopping trips or could even fit in your purse.

Here is the list in my “Table of Contents” – created using Avery dividers purchased at Staples:

  • Cricut Font Samples (list found here)
  • Dies
  • Embossing Folders
  • Inks/Stickles (here and here)
  • Punches
  • Scissors
  • Sew Easy/Stitch’z
  • Stamps – Alpha Sets
  • Stamps – Backgrounds/Borders/Fourishes
  • Stamps – Baby/Birthday/Celebrate
  • Stamps – Flowers/Bugs/Animals
  • Stamps – Friends
  • Stamps – Get Well/Sympathy
  • Stamps – Journaling
  • Stamps – Love/Wedding/Anniversary
  • Stamps – Miscellaneous
  • Stamps – Phrase Sets
  • Stamps – Tags/Frames
  • Stamps – Thank You/Thinking of You
  • Stamps – Through the Year/School
  • Spellbinder’s List (found here)

I’m not going to kid you, this took a some time to compile. Instead of just listing out the various items in this list, I opted to cut or stamp a sample of each item. Since I decided to stamp my images in black ink onto white cardstock (sold in the office supply section of Walmart), I used black cardstock to cut my dies and punches, and samples of my embossing folders. I am so “visual” when it comes to learning or trying to figure out what would look best on a project, I knew I would like the ability to refer to the actual images, shapes, dimensions, etc. I also used my handy dandy P-Touch label machine to help me keep up with who-made-what!

I also came up with a system of marking where each item is stored, but I’ll spare you that part of the process for now!

As always, we’d love to see what you’ve come up with to go along with this topic! If you have any comments or questions, I hope you’ll post them below, or shoot me an email at djweeaks@att.net.

~ Doris

7 thoughts on “Just 1 Tip: {Create an Inventory Binder}”

  1. WoW Doris! You did a great job with this. I have been slowly putting all of my goodies onto an excel spreadsheet with view to printing it all out into a folder when I’m done but now that I’ve seen this I will definitely incorporate some of your ideas.

  2. Thank you, Nicky! I also have a spreadsheet going, but I like having the “samples” to look at also. I’m glad you got some ideas from my article and took the time to let me know! ~ Doris

  3. I am also a person that has stamped all my stamps, punched all my punches, & have color samples of all my inks, markers, glitters, etc.! And, I don’t even consider myself close to OCD in most things! I keep the samples hanging on my Clip-It-Up by category. I’ve labeled the back of each sample with the stamp set it comes from. The cards are small enough to fit in my purse when I go shopping, but this system has proven most helpful in speeding up my crafting process. If I had dies, I’d add them to this system too!

  4. This is a work of art in itself! A couple of hundred years from now, someone will pay a lot of money for that, just as we do for those “sewing sample” or “crochet sample” books.

    I don’t use all the stamps and dies you do, but how is it that I can have a written list of the individual colored pencils I need to buy, and still come home with duplicates? Every. Single. Time.

  5. love this..you did an amazing job!!!..I’m in the process of reorganizing my lil bit of heaven right now…but I’m looking like one of those hoarders off of the Hoarders show at the moment for the way my room looks..lol…I was wondering if you posted more about how you came up with a system of marking where each item is stored

  6. Sooo…. I’m going to need to borrow you for a couple days, seeing as you are the Organized Master Crafter and I’m just the craftermath’er… 🙁
    My brain doesn’t even TRY to get on that awesome level or organizing! Wow!! You’re GREAT!!! Thanks so much for sharing !!!!!!

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