2 New Videos: Get Organized!


Let's just say I really, really like my paper crafting supplies in the ideal spot.  Organization is a passion for me and I'm always in pursuit of the best way to have things ready to go and easy to put away.

Stampin up paper storage stampin pretty blog

Instead of a card today, I'm serving up a couple videos.  The first (above) shares a nice peek at how I store my 8.5 x 11 card stock.  Beware . . . there's a "monkey cam" element to this one.  I'm a one-man show so it's a bit wiggly.  The Stampin' Up! charts I used for keeping colors organized are available for download below. 

NOTE:  The Decorative Label Extra Large Punch I referred to will be available Sept.1 when the Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalog goes live.

Here's a link to more details on the Clear Project Files I used for my card stock scraps.

The second video shares tips on how to make better use of your Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog along with tips on building your own punch template.

Please let me know with a comment at the end of this post if these videos were helpful! 

Keep an inventory of your Stampin' Up! colors, including card stock, markers, and ink pads using these new color charts. YOU add:  from left to right, a square of card stock, a squiggle of marker then an image stamped with matching ink. The bottom image can be used to print labels for your ink pads.  

Stampin up color chart stampin pretty blog

Feel free to print these charts for your own personal use.  Just click the image to download.

Color charts


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  1. Mary,

    Thank you so much for your tutorial. As my business is growing, so is my card stock. I am on my way to getting some racks.

    Thanks again!

  2. Shirley Kramer

    WOW, the videos are fabulous!! ESPECIALLY the one for the punches, I’m going to try that one today!!
    Thank you so much for all you do to help us!!!

  3. Hi Mary

    Thanks so much for the organizing ideas!! I am wondering if you used a label maker for the names of the punches that are on each card?

    I am making my set today. What an awesome idea!

  4. The videos are very helpful. I admire your organization techniques. It definitely helps with card production.

  5. Patricia Morrow

    Hi Mary, I love your website & your gorgeous projects etc. I was able to watch your video on organizing your card stock but the video on tips for the catalog wouldn’t play at all. I just wanted to inform you so you can fix it.



  6. Thanks so much for your tutorials Mary, they are really a great help. Love the spiral binding. I have been using the same idea for my card scraps and it is the only way to go. I loved your templates for the card stock and will be implementing that asap.

  7. Hi Sara:

    I use lipless clear, stackable trays for 12 x 12 paper. I purchased them at the Scrapbook Store (on-line). It’s a bit of an investment but well worth it in my opinion.

    Hugs, M

  8. Love your videos, great ideas!!!!!!!!!

  9. I love your blog 🙂

    How do you store your 12×12 paper? That’s a bit of a dilema for me. I would love to hear what you do for this size. SU DSP is my absolute favorite!!

  10. You should get a commission from the supply company for those poly folders. They are out of stock and I wouldn’t be surprised if your blog readers bought them ALL!!

    Your storage is amazing – as are your projects. Your blog is one of my favorites! Thanks for sharing!

  11. OMG, are you kidding me??? These tips, as with all of your tips, are great!!!! I made my own paper racks using the coated wire cubes they sell for kids toy storage & lots of tie-wraps and I use the gallon-size Ziplocs to keep my scraps in. I also used the Tab Punch to punch a label of each color to mark my shelves. I will be doing the punch index soon, now. Thanks for all you do….

  12. I really enjoyed both videos and love how organized you are, Mary! I will get started on organizing my punches and binding my book this coming week-end. Keep the organzational tips coming. I think many of us strugle with getting organized. I would love to hear how you organize your stamps.

  13. Mary, YOU ROCK!

    I loved the tutorial on the labels. I will definitely be buying the plastic and making mine as soon as possible. You made my decision making sooooo easy when it comes to labels!

    I will also be getting my idea book bound!!

    THANKS SO MUCH for sharing your awesome skills and talent!

  14. Mary I am loving your videos..Great idea to make up samples of your punches.

  15. Thanks for the tutorials, your organizational tips are always so helpful. Love your blog and look forward to more tips. Thanks for the charts.

  16. Mary … I went to Office Depot today and the guy did it in about 10 minutes. He did a great job and I am so pleased with the result! Thanks, again.


  17. As always, thanks for the great tips! Love how you have organized your paper. My wonderful husband is going to build a cabinet to hold all my paper and punches. Can’t wait to organize my paper just like yours. Thanks again. Susie from Wisconsin

  18. Jeannie Barron

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing your great ideas!

  19. Patricia Hoffman

    Hi Mary, you are so inventive and talented. I have gone over and over what to do with my DSP and Card Stock and still haven’t come up with a decent solution. Oh, how I would love to have that shelving that you have. I just love organization, it makes everything so much easier. I am so organized in the rest of my house and life but when it comes to my Business and Crafting everything just falls apart. Help me please! Thanks for sharing the video’s, I really enjoyed them, but I still need Help!

    Cyber hugs, Trish in Wisconsin

  20. Thanks once again for some great tips Mary. I especially love the punch templates. I got my IBC bound for the first time this year, and am wishing I had done so previously. I had my card stock all set out in different colour families which I will now have to change with the introduction of the new families.

  21. Mary

    I love your work – thank you for sharing your talent and teaching us something everyday !!

  22. Carolyn Sue Groves

    I really enjoyed your videos. You are “easy listenin'” and give valuable helpful ideas. If you had a fan club I would be in it. I always look forward to seeing what you are up to each day. Do you ever sleep? Do you ever run out of ideas? How do you store 12 X 12 paper?
    Thanks for sharing so much with us!

  23. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  24. WOW! These two videos are great! I will get my catalog bound.

    I am in the early stages of doing a craft room and Love all your ideas and organizational tips!

  25. Chris R. from Iowa

    Wonderful Mary – so helpful, as always! Can you do a video or tutorial on the spritzer for markers? I never noticed it before until recently but have no idea of how to use it. I want to see it before I buy it. Love your version of OCD!

  26. Your videos are SO INSPIRING!!!! I too love neat, clean and organized space. I LOVE the idea of spiral binding the catalog. I made my own ‘punch template’ a long time ago, albeit from cardstock. I have downloaded the color swatch templates- that’s a great idea that I’ll put into practice right away (who needs to eat dinner tonight anyway!) and I think I’ll make a 2nd copy to travel with me so I always know what colors I have at home.
    Congrats, too, on being a top 10 demonstrator. With your talent and dedication, it’s easy to see how you’ve accomplished that. Keep on creating & inspiring us 🙂

  27. Love the videos. I also love organizing my supplies and am looking for new ways all the time. I especially loved eh template idea. It would be a easy project even with just regular transparencies.


  28. Oh, thanks, Mary! That is great to know … I will definitely go there tomorrow. I just printed the charts. That will be really helpful for my organizing since we’ve started spending part-time here in MN and part-time in FL. I am trying to get super organized!


  29. kathy/North Carolina

    Love these tutorials….always looking for more organizational ideas and these were really helpful. Especially like the binding of the catalog, and the punch templates. Clever!

  30. Hi Doris: I have many of the same pieces of furniture and storage as the Madison “zone.” If you click on my “Stampin’ Pretty Zone” on the left side bar, you’ll see pix of my new Tucson space (near the end of the posts).

    I have a new dream to have a little studio in back . . . still in the brain but hope to put it on paper, then mortar someday.

    Hugs, M

  31. Hi Benjaman: I stored paper this way both in Madison (humid summers) and Tucson (dry) with no problem. I wouldn’t store them by a window (sun) or heating/cooling vent as a safe measure. Doesn’t OCD stadn for “Organize, Clean and Delegate?” LOL. Hugs, M

  32. Hi Patti: Honestly, I shopped with my daughter for school supplies while the catalog was bound. I’m hoping someone else can answer your question! Hugs, Mary

  33. yes, it’s a demonstrator supply. hugs, m

  34. Hi Suzanne: Office Depot warned me I might lose a tad, too . . . but I didn’t. Frankly, even if you lose a tiny bit, the trade off is worth it. Hugs, M

  35. Hi Helen: When I’m in the middle of a project, it can look like a bomb went off! However, having a spot for everything makes clean up so much easier! Good luck and happy organizing! Hugs, M

  36. Helen M. Schadegg

    Mary, I love how organized you are. Thanks for sharing such good ideas. Your videos are always so helpful!
    I do many organizational things the same way you do, but mine are amongst clutter. My work space is a disaster and I am realizing that it’s cramping my creative brain as well as my creative space. Got to take your lead and get more organized! You are such a good role model!

  37. Mary, I, too, loved your organizational videos
    today! I dropped hubby and grandson at the
    fishing pier and drove to the nearby OfficeMax
    to get my catalog bound — they said the way
    they do it, I will lose some of the printed area!
    SO, tomorrow I head for a Office Depot!!
    Tonight I’ll print the templates you provided!
    Thx so much! Suzie

  38. LOVE this! I happen to be doing a craft room redo right now, so this is PERFECT timing! Thanks Mary!!

  39. Hi Mary,

    BOTH of these videos were extremely helpful to me.
    Please keep them coming!

    Have a great day!

  40. Thank you for the templates, videos,and wonderful ideas you share. I am thrilled I can attend class on my own time and learn so much. I am going to get all my Idea Book Bound.

  41. Thanks for the great storage tips! I have my paper all assembled by color and family but I especially like the idea of putting the scraps in the window pouch. Did you get the set of punched window sheets from the demonstrator supply area?

  42. Thank you so much for these videos, and the templates to help us with our own organization efforts. I am especially grateful for the printable ink pad labels. I could never understand why the ink color names are not printed on one end of the ink pads!

  43. I just discovered your blog today and browsed your Splitcoast gallery – everything is fantastic! 🙂 You look like you have a wonderful business. I downloaded your color charts today – thank you so much. I have also added your blog to my daily reading list! Here’s looking forward to more inspiration from you!

  44. Mary, if there were a rewind button for my life, I would back up and pay to fly you out by me to help design my craft room. We DIY’d it without clear thought as to organization. We did OK, but you are the queen. Awesome vids. And thank you for the downloads. I will definitely put them to use!

  45. Thanks for the videos and tips. Much appreciated. I am a subscriber to your blog and just love your work.

  46. Michele "shy lurker"

    Mary, these videos are great! I love organizational tips. You have such a pleasant voice to listen to as well! Thanks for the great ideas.

  47. Mary – the videos on organization ideas are great! I too need to be organized – for my scraps I have a tote with manilla pocket folders that are labelled by each color and by collections. My space is in the part of our basement that was the kids’ playroom – they have mostly grown up (1 in HS still), so there is a lot of totes of their toys and books sitting around – my goal is to clean out my large storeroom of all the junk and put the totes from the playroom in there – then the space will be open for me to organize my supplies better and to have a work space for my club gals and for classes. I would love to have some paper racks for that size and for 12×12 paper as well. Thanks!

  48. Your idea tips are fabulous. I love the simplicity of them all. They are so practical and efficient. Thanks so much for sharing! Love your blog.

  49. Susan Carlson


    I am drooling over your paper storage racks. Too cool! If I only had the dedicated space!

    I also had my catty bound with copies of the stampin’ supplies added in the back. Gotta buy those punch templates very soon.

    Thank you sharing!

  50. Fantastic videos Mary! I’ve been hesitant to get my catalog bound because I’ve heard such horror stories, but since seeing how well yours lays, I think I’m going to give it a shot!

    Many Blessings,

    PS – Your Stampin’ Space is fabulous!

  51. Enjoyed the tips in the videos but my favorite is the scrap storage and binding the book. What happens to the bound edge of the catalog; do they cut that off? Sorry for the dumb question but I have a tendency to analyze things. I do plan on having that done though. Thanks for sharing your great ideas–keep them coming!

  52. I am going to go bind my catalog now…

  53. Very helpful videos! Your organizational skills are a real inspiration to me!

  54. Great tips! Thanks for sharing!

  55. Great ideas, especially for the punch templates and catalog organization. Thanks a lot!

  56. Hello,

    Love the video, and the tips around binding the IBC and using punches.

    Thanks for sharing!

  57. AWEsome, Mary! I love the idea about making your won punch templates. I’m getting my catty bound today!!

  58. Some fantastic tips, thank you. It’s nice to know we stampers are very alike with our little ways…

  59. The paper racks are a great idea, but I do not want my husband to know how much paper I REALLY have! 🙂
    I LOVE the punch templates! I may have a project for today!

    Thanks ever so much for sharing your creativity and clever ideas Mary!

  60. It’s wonderful idea. Thanks for showing both video. Please keep doing this for video for ideas or tips. Thanks for sharing.

  61. Mary, love the videos. The paper storage racks are awesome! Do you hire yourself out to organize craft rooms???!!! I could sure use some help with mine!!!

  62. Thank you so much for your videos, would love to have the storage racks for my paper but would not have room for them if I did. I really appreciate the tips and will make a punch ring. Thanks again love your videos and you do them so well…………

  63. Wonderful videos, love your ideas. Thank you for sharing. Happy stampin!

  64. Both videos are great and so helpful. Too bad the punch windows are only available to demonstrators. I will try the punches on transparency paper. Thanks for sharing!

  65. So many fantastic ideas: bound catty, scrap storage, punch, templates…those are very doable. Don’t have the room for the paper storage but maybe someday. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂 mary jo

  66. Love these videos, especially the bound catalog! The paper racks are to die for, where is a good place to get them inexpensively? Thanks so much for your creative ideas, love them!

  67. Great videos! Love how you bound your catalog! I also like the punch template. Wasn’t sure if I needed that tool, but now think it’s a must! Thanks so much for sharing your storage ideas. I aspire to have a creative space like yours one day! 🙂

  68. Good job, Mary! I have had my catalogs bound and covered for several years now and I love it. Your paper storage is great…I have to keep mine in a file cabinet, but I do file my scraps like you do. I agree that it makes it easier to use them, since they seem to multiply like rabbits! Thanks for all your great tips, and most of all, for sharing them with your readers.

  69. Thanks so much for the videos! I love your paper storage. Don’t think that is doable for me at the moment, given my limited space, but I will keep that in mind. I hope to move to a bigger space in the not to distant future. I really loved the 2nd video with the bound catalog (that will be done IMMEDIATELY!) and the punch templates. Great ideas…thanks for sharing!

  70. Great tutorials Mary. Now that I’ve seen the catalog wth the binding, I’m gonna have to get mine done. Love that. Hugs,

  71. Mary, thanks for sharing your organizational tips. I really like the binding idea for the catalog! That is definitely something that I will check into at the office supply store in my neighborhood. I have several punches and your windows sample ring will be a great way to work with them. I do not have a good system for my cardstock/paper scraps and love the idea of clear folders for keeping them all contained and with their matching cardstock. Thank you for such a great website. I look forward to seeing what you post each day.

  72. Yes the tutorials were helpful! Great ideas.

  73. I just love the videos! They are so helpful and informative. Your idea of using the plastic sleeves for scraps is great! It is the best idea I have seen yet! And the binding of your catalog – LOVE IT! I think I might get that done today. I look at the catalog all the time and having it open flat is a great idea! thank you for taking the time to do this!

  74. Great videos! Nice paper storage but I have always worried about the effects of humidity on storing cardstock so openly. One question though, what are window sheets? Is that something that can be bought at an office supply store? Oh, and binding the catalog is pure genius! Made my little OCD heart skip a beat! Thks.

  75. Mary, your videos are most helpful. I love the ideas you present each day and the videos just reinforce them. You are the greatest. Now we need to see the rest of your studio. Is it the same as the other one?

  76. I got those paper files folders after the first time I saw them in your stamping zone and I love them! Thanks for the videos…your a life saver.

  77. Thanks for always helping us, Mary! I, too, have my paper storage all set. I loved the second video’s idea for punches. I have mine punched in little cardstock squares, but I don’t have them on a ring and separated by type; so, I’m definitely going to do that. Thanks so very much! 🙂

  78. Wow to fab videos, I’m in the process of sorting out my craft room, and this two organisation idea will be top of my list.

    I just love your blog.

    Love Ally from across the pond

  79. Hello Mary: WOW!!!!! those two videos really opened my eyes. I do have a couple of vertical storage racks for the paper, that have 24 spaces each. I bought them at Hobby Lobby and they are great but, the idea of putting the scraps of paper in those clear envelopes was absolutely genious!!!!! I had my scraps in small plastic boxes but they take up a lot of space. The second video for the punches is also a fantastic idea, I’m going to do that ASAP, because when I use a sentiment stamp, I don’t know if it will fit on the punch I want and this way I’ll know in advance what punch to use. Thank you for always thinking of ways to help all of us be organized and creative.
    PS. I finally have the $$$ for my Big Shot!!!! Yippie!!

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