Racks and RAK’s

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Have you been following my journey to create the Ultimate Stamping Zone?  I'm having a ball in my new space.  There are still a few things to tidy up (and repair).  However, I plan to do a comprehensive post and video to share in the next couple weeks. For the latest updates and photos, please visit my Stampin' Pretty Facebook Page and don't miss my RAK's (Random Acts of Kindness and Swap Cards) below!

I believe good organization of stamping space means easy access and visability.  Racks can be an fabulous way to accomplish this.  Here are examples of how I have incorporated racks into my "zone."

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A simple dowel system keeps ribbon accessible and looking organized. It's easy to slip off rolls on the right or use them while they are hanging. The little $.99 "buckets" from IKEA hold ribbon scraps. The rods (actually a curtain draw rod) fit through Stampin' Up! rolls perfectly (IKEA: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10079366).

SDC17095-1 Take a closer look.  These sweet In Color Designer Printed Brads (available July 1, #122940) give new life to boring hardware.

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My husband, Sccot, touches up where my prior punch racks (IKEA Bygel rails) were located.  He's such a good egg about my "essential" changes.  Isabel supervises.

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Scott and I worked as a team lining these DVD racks up and installing.  Rack details below.

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I'm incredibly excited about this DVD (clear mount stamp) wall storage. Looks like metal sculpture (when staggered) and simplifies finding what you need fast. Here's the link with product info: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/70115521

Note:  The racks are designed to hold DVD's vertically.  I flipped them horizontally so that I could read the spines easier (when you're 50, you'll understand).  I don't have any problems with them falling through as long as I have at least 3 DVD's in a compartment (to fight gravity) and push them flush to the wall.

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Nope, I couldn't give them up.  These 8.5 x 11 paper storage racks were an amazing find when a local hobby store was getting rid of their display rack.  Got 'em for a song about 3 years ago.

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I'm still using my clear, stackable 12 x 12 paper storage but sized this cabinet (30" wide) to accommodate 26 trays.  They are in my "paper and cutting" zone but disappear when the cabinet is closed.  I'm a "neatnik."  Note:  It's looking a little sparse in there as I wait to order new Designer Series  and 12 x 12 paper from the Stampin' Up! 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog (available July 1).

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I use Stampin' Up! 12 x 12 Dividers (105529) to keep my paper organized and easy to find.

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I still haven't found anything better to keep punches displayed and ready to go than these IKEA Bygel Rails.  I maxed out the wall space and allowed for "future expansion."  LOL.  The DO work for the new style Stampin' Up! punch if they are in the open position.  Just sent them on the rail gently. 

Did I mention that the rails are very inexpensive? Here's the information on the 39 1/4" rail ($2.99) and the 21 3/4" rail ($1.99).  IKEA no longer ships the rails.  You'll need to purchase them at the IKEAstore.

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Punches are ready to report for duty.  I planned my entire layout dependent on this "paper and cutting" zone. 

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Whoosh!  Also in the plan was this waste bin.  Just cut and sweep the little stuff back into the bin.

RAK (Random Act of Kindness). I wanted to share some beautiful cards that have been shared with me recently. 

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 This card was sent to my by the  Stampin' Up! Special Events Team (after the crusie).  That big, beautiful stamp is Hello, Doily Background (122845, available July 1).

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