Organization + ScanNCut 2 Review
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This post is long overdue. I’ve had a few requests for craft room tours, but I craft in my bedroom so I don’t feel comfortable making a video. Instead, I’ll share how I organize and store my craft supplies. Many of these pictures were taken weeks ago (so much to do, so little time, right?). I will also share my initial impressions of the Brother ScanNCut 2 that I bought this month from HSN. All products will be linked below.
Here’s a glimpse at my main work area. I’ve had this desk for about ten years and used to keep all my books on it. I moved those books into storage so I could make space for awesome crafty stuff. There are compartments below the desk as well that my dad built in himself. I suppose I get my organizational tendencies from him.
On the top level, I keep my inkjet color printer, a Brother laser printer, and my WPlus9 and Mama Elephant inks. On the second level (which I continue to organize), I keep my gilding (sequins, beads, and other embellishments) and my coloring mediums like Copic Markers, Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens, Distress Markers, and Distress Inks.
Most recently, I added a few bins in the second level so I could store some stamps and dies closer to me. It’s easier for me to work on my Design Team projects when the products are nearby. The gilding boxes have been stored upright and labeled on the side so I can easily remove the tray that I need.The first bin is for ink pads that I don’t have space for yet. The second bin is for notebooks. The third bin is for The Ton products. The fourth bin is for my background stamps, large clear stamps, large dies, and embossing folders.
I have this small bin for storing recent pieces I’m working on.
This organizer is to my left, in front of my window, and holds my essentials like adhesives, foam, mini distress inks, acrylic blocks, markers, large embossing powders, etc. This is an area I keep organizing, too. Below it, I keep the coffee tray, which stores my embossing powder. This method is so convenient for me! I just love that I could turn to my left, open a drawer and take out any embossing powder that I need.
Look at all those gorgeous colors. I find myself using the Hero Arts and Wow embossing powders most (the left tray)
I keep this letter tray organizer on the other side of my room. I have limited space to keep all my machines so my laminator sits on top of it. I don’t use it often so I only take it down when I need it. On the left side I keep my MISTI and on the right side, I actually store my bills. The top compartment is for label sheets, acetate/clear film, and double-sided foam sheets. The second compartment is for full-size white cardstock. The third compartment is for gold and silver cardstock. The fourth compartment is for vellum, and the last compartment is for all my swatches and other things.
Here’s a look at all the things there. You can find my ink swatches post here. I wish I could find the time to update these with more combinations.
To the left of this, I store stamps, cut cardstock, dies, and finished cards in three large bins. Here’s a look at A2 cardstock, organized by brand. I tend to use Neenah 80 lb, Gina K and Hammermill the most for card fronts.
I have this cute organizer from Organize More, which I keep to my right under my desk so I can reach for some cardstock when crafting.
I love washi tape for sealing and decorating envelopes so I keep this to my left, hanging from my dresser.
This is a look at my gilding. I keep The Ton color sequins in one, The Ton beads in another, The Ton neutral sequins and confetti in a third, gems, crystal embellishments and wood veneer in a fourth. In my fifth, I keep other brand gilding.
They look too pretty to use, right?!
If you saw my Crafting Cues post number 1 on Brusho, you would have seen this storage method for the powders.
And now a brief review on the ScanNCut 2. The model I have is linked below. I bought mine from HSN when they had a special and waited a month to receive it. I used it last week and do love the results when using cardstock. I had mixed results when cutting masking paper and label sheets (for stickers). Do you need this machine? It depends on how you craft. Many people enjoy fussy cutting. And, I believe steel dies are still useful. I use my Big Shot for shapes, words, and cover plates these days. Sometimes I’ll still cut by hand with my awesome Fiskars scissors, but I do like the convenience of being able to cut a lot of images at once. I tend to make a lot of cards when my mojo kicks in and I am also practicing my coloring a lot, too.
Cutting cardstock was no issue for me. The mat is not sticky anymore and I did order adhesive spray so I’ll see if that helps. For now, I use micropore tape to keep the cardstock in place while the machine scans and cuts. I have used blade setting 5 for cardstock, while some people use 6. You can test out different settings.
When cutting label sheets and masking paper, the blade gets caught in the top sheet because it’s so thin. I bought a low-tack adhesive mat that I haven’t had the chance to use yet so I wonder if that will help. Of the many practice sheets I cut, I only had success with one peony that cut without any problems. The rest had curls on some edges. For the label sheets, they did cut but not perfectly. See images below of what I have stamped, scanned and cut so far. The best results were with cardstock. How cute are these edibles from Mama Elephant’s latest release?!
I’m surprised I was able to cut the mask below. I used blade setting 5 for it. Want to see what I ended up doing with this flower? Check out my post for it.
As you can see below, I did not have good results with this peony.
These are the cardstock pieces I cut. Loving these large peonies that do not have coordinating dies yet.
So I think that’s about it for now. There are many items I didn’t end up taking pictures of, but you’ll see many of my favorite products linked below. There are two smaller tables in my room, which hold my Big Shot, trimmer, ScanNCut 2, lightbox, Mini Minc and my Silhouette Cameo. Sorry for the info and pic overload but hope you enjoyed the post. Please excuse my images since I don’t have the best lighting in my room and I only use my iPhone right now while I learn how to use my new DSLR (if you have tips, let me know!) Thank you for all the love! ?
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