Monday, January 13, 2014

Organizing the Craft Room ~ Silhouette Challenge

Hello and Welcome!

I'm trying something new this year ~ a series of posts about organizing that I've done in my craft room. I plan to publish one a month throughout 2014, and I hope that y'all will learn a few helpful tips before I'm done!

I'm starting with simple labels made from contact paper and vinyl...too easy, right? It would have been, if it weren't for my natural tendency for crafter disasters!

 And I'm not the only one...at the end of this post you'll find links to all sorts of organizing goodness!

Here's what my finished labels look like ~ not too shabby, no?



I made the label itself from chalkboard vinyl ~ I normally have to order specialty vinyl from an online store, but I lucked out when wandering through Michael's one day and chanced upon some "sticky back chalkboard roll" in the school supplies...it is exactly like chalkboard vinyl, and even comes in colors! So the lesson there is to keep your eyes open as you'll never know what you'll find!

I knew that I wanted to fancy up the labels a bit, so I added woodgrain contact paper as an offset shape underneath the chalkboard ~ I think it adds a nice frame.

And here are the crafter disasters...I share, in the hopes that you will learn from my mistakes. ;)

First ~ take a closer look at your design on the mat in the program *before* you cut, because anything that is outside the red lines on the edge of the mat, will not actually be cut by the machine!



My two outside rows of labels ended up over the edge, so did not get cut ~ I guess its a good thing I bought a roll!

Alright, lesson number two ~ test cuts are great! 

The goal when cutting vinyl (or contact paper) is to get a 'kiss' cut. This is when the vinyl is cut through, but the backing paper is left in one piece.

The best way I've found to figure the correct settings are to do a web search using the name of the type of vinyl you are cutting, and start from there. But keep in mind that each machine is a little different, and the sharpness of your blade can make a difference too.



If the cut is too deep, then the backing paper is cut out with the shape, making it more difficult to remove your cut, and also more difficult to keep the vinyl moving through the machine accurately. A kiss cut allows the backing to stay in one piece, making life simpler for you!



Once the labels were cut, I started applying them to everything that was standing still...



Not really... 

But I did label my bins that contain most of my stamps for cardmaking. I used a chalkboard marker to write on the labels, since I use these containers a lot, and did not want to rub off my writing too soon.



And I love the way the labels make these jars filled with embellishments look!



So, are you doing any organizing or decluttering any time soon? Would you like a label shape to cut out for yourself? I'd love to share mine with you!

You can grab it here from box.net.

Chalkboard Label and Frame file

***Free file Etiquette*** You are welcome to use cuts made with this file for any purpose, personal or commercial. You may not share the file yourself or claim it as your own. If someone else would like to have this file, please direct them to this post, not to the box.net download directly. Thank you.

For the curious:

Here is the lowdown on the supplies and containers that you see in this post:
  • Chalkboard vinyl - Darice Self-Stick Chalkboard - Michael's
  • Woodgrain vinyl - Contact paper shelf liner - Dollar Tree
  • Great Dane dog - her name is Lily, isn't she cute?
  • Bins for stamp storage - Rubbermaid - Walmart (although they no longer carry this type)
  • Jars for embellishments - ? - Michael's
  • Shelves for jars - ? - Walmart

There is a whole slew of organizing goodness going on with the Silhouette Challenge group this month, I hope that you have fun visiting each site and learning great things along the way!




  1. DIY Window Shutter Mail Organizer by Weekend Craft
  2. Kids' Art Wall by Tried & True
  3. Organizing Silhouette and Craft Supplies by The Happier Homemaker
  4. Simple Recipe Organization by It's Always Craft Time
  5. Put a Label on it! Herb Names for Plant Stakes by Get Silvered
  6. Super Simple Linen Closet Labels by Two Purple Couches
  7. Beware of the Animals Vinyl Toy Box by A Tossed Salad Life
  8. Child desk accessories by Architecture of a Mom
  9. Organizing & the Important of Labels by The Turquoise Home
  10. Index Card Organizer for Easier Meal Planning by Chicken Scratch NY
  11. Create Craft Room Labels by Dragonfly & Lilypads
  12. Simple Storage Solution for your Christmas Ornaments by Vintage News Junkie
  13. Organize this: DIY Planner Covers, Tags & Dividers (made with Cereal Boxes) by Black and White Obsession
  14. How to Make a Cut File into a Print & Cut by Create & Babble
  15. Simple Chest Freezer Organizational Board by Nearly Handmade
  16. Vinyl Your Kitchen Canisters! by From Wine to Whine
  17. Nursery Closet Dividers & Silhouette Cut File by Creative Ramblings
  18. Make Custom Box Templates with a Silhouette for Drawer Organization by One Dog Woof
  19. Organizing the Craft Room by What's Next Ma   <---------- You are here!
  20. Vinyl Wall Calendar by Crafts Cakes and Cats
  21. Personalized Toy Storage Bins by Lil' Mrs. Tori
  22. Personalized Routine Chart by Work in Progress
  23. Blog Planner Sheet Dividers + Free Cut Files by TitiCrafty by Camila
  24. Simple Project Calendar by Little Blue's Room
  25. Dry Erase Photo Frame Menu Board + Free Cut File by Essentially Eclectic
  26. Receipt Organization with Free Cut File by The Thinking Closet
  27. Cute and Easy Labels by Life After Laundry
  28. "What's For Dinner?" Menu Planning Board by unOriginal Mom
  29. Mixing Organization and Function: An Easy Conversion Chart by My Paper Craze
  30. Why do my cookies taste so bad? A lesson in baking. by The Life and Times of a TAP
  31. Custom Drawer Dividers by Please Excuse My Craftermath...
  32. The evolution of my labeling system by feto soap
  33. Ikea Drawer labels by McCall Manor
  34. Glass Etched Vinegar  & Oil bottles by Terri Johnson Creates
  35. Organize It: Bathroom Closet by The House on Hillbrook
  36. Ombre Butterfly Magnet Board by Sowdering About


Wow, that is some kind of fabulous list!

Thanks for stopping by,

Meredith




10 comments:

  1. Great labels! I particularly enjoy the wood grain frame! Thanks for sharing yoru project, and especially for posting pictures of your dog. I love the "Really?" look he's got on his face in that picture.

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  2. Hahaha! I love the 'faux label' on the dog! What a great organization job!

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  3. I have those same shelves and I've been trying to figure out where I want them in our new house...and how to organize my craft room better! Thank you! So glad I stopped by from the Challenge.

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  4. Thank you for the file! I think I may just have to go pick up some colorful chalkboard vinyl at michaels!

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  5. oooh I love those shelves with the labeled jars! It's so cute! Love the style! Pinning!

    XOXO
    Cami

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  6. I desperately need to work on my craft room/office so this is great inspiration! Love the chalk board labels!

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  7. Your labels look fabulous! I have got to do something with my craft room and I really like what you have done. Thanks for the cut file to get me started.

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  8. What cute labels. Might have to change mine!!

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  9. These look great! I need to do some labeling and this is just what I was looking for.

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  10. Oh how I'd LOVE a craft room!! We want to finish our basement and I keep pushing for it to be a craft room... the husband isn't biting on that idea... yet ;) Your organization looks wonderful so far! SO looking forward to some of your other ideas!

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