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.

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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.

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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.

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A closer look at the coloring mediums and the storage containers.

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I have moved this cool bin to the left side of my work area now. I just keep all kinds of tools, brushes, and writing tools in it.

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I have this small bin for storing recent pieces I’m working on.

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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.

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Look at all those gorgeous colors. I find myself using the Hero Arts and Wow embossing powders most (the left tray)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I love washi tape for sealing and decorating envelopes so I keep this to my left, hanging from my dresser.

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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.

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They look too pretty to use, right?!

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If you saw my Crafting Cues post number 1 on Brusho, you would have seen this storage method for the powders.

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I keep all my finished cards in these polybags for protection (from my inky hands).

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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?!

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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.

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As you can see below, I did not have good results with this peony.

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These are the cardstock pieces I cut. Loving these large peonies that do not have coordinating dies yet.

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How fun it is to color!
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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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18 Comments

  1. Taunya Butler

    October 26, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    I am in awe of you and your marvelous-ness, Remarkable craft room with SO MUCH organization!!! I loved seeing it and all the great ideas you have – way to go!!! Sending hugs your way!!

  2. Yuki

    October 22, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    Wow! Such an awesome and comprehensive post! Loved seeing how your organize your craft room, it definitely gave me a few ideas! I also really appreciate your review in the ScanNCut.. I’ve been wanting to learn more about it. I’m still on the fence as I’m one of those people that actually enjoys fussy cutting lol. But very informative!!

  3. ~amy~

    October 22, 2015 at 9:43 am

    I always admire how organized you are! Thanks so much for all your work on this!!

  4. Shari

    October 22, 2015 at 1:06 am

    Love your craft area! Especially all the gilding. ^_^ I don’t have a scan n cut, but when I have that issue on my cricut, I always have to sharpen the blade, or get a new one, if it can’t be sharpened.. To sharpen it, I just wad up some aluminum foil and and run it through that a few times, or you can cut shapes out of those aluminum craft sheets, from what I’ve read, I haven’t tried that yet, though. Also, make sure there aren’t in super tiny bits stuck to the blade.. They are super hard to see sometimes, but even the smallest piece can mess it up. Good luck. I hope you get it worked out. Love those little faces on the foods.

  5. Tracie Pond

    October 21, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    Great post, Ruby. I love how everything is easy to reach.

  6. andrea murdock

    October 21, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    love the glimpse into your craft room and the product review

  7. glow:)

    October 21, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    hey ruby… thanks for some awesome tips and ideas today…. i love love love your ideas… and your ink swatch post for some reason i missed it so i am terribly glad you linked to it today…. its not nobodys fault… but i was delighted to see how you layered your inks for stamp layering.. you may not beleive this but i dont have any of those awesome layering flower stamps.. maybe theres a necessity i see i missed out on! 🙂

  8. Ruth

    October 21, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    Thank you so much for showing us your craft space 🙂 Thank you as well for the review of the ScannCut. I’ve been toying with the idea, but I don’t think this version is available in the UK yet. I do love the idea of being able to use it to make multiple cards at once. It’s been very helpful. Xx

  9. Rubeena

    October 21, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    There are a few listed at the end of linked products. I have this size: 4 3/8″ x 5 3/4″ and some that are slightly larger. 🙂

  10. Salima Chaudhry

    October 21, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Ruby, what size are the clear plastic bags you use for your cards? Sorry for asking a dumb question. Love your organization skills. I need to do some of this!

  11. Berina Febin

    October 21, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Ruby, your craft space is very neat and well organized!! Love how you’ve organized the Ton beads and sequins and other gems!! Very nice. I have a Cricut Explore and I had the same issue with the mat. Within a few months, it was no longer sticky. I saw some posts on a Cricut group in FB, and washed it with Dawn dish washing soap. I had to do it a few times before it started sticking like new again. It took me some guts to do it. But I was at a point where it was no longer sticking at all and I stopped using Cricut altogether because of this. So I thought it was worth a try. You can check more about it in my post here . I’m not sure if the Cricut mat and the Scan n cut mat are similar.
    -Berina
    Moxie Craftie

  12. Jung A

    October 21, 2015 at 11:15 am

    love how you use your space Ruby!

  13. barb macaskill

    October 21, 2015 at 10:57 am

    LOVE your space! Organization is an addiction of mine and I am known as the Organizing Queen in my neighborhood! LABEL, label, label and organize so that I can create in peace!
    It is a dream of mine to own a Brother ScanNCut2 one day! Maybe hubby will buy me one with my life insurance benefits after I die!! Who says you can’t take it with you?!?!?! LOL Thanks for sharing your progress with us!

  14. LauraJane:)

    October 21, 2015 at 10:36 am

    Great peak inside your craft room:))) Thanks for the review on the SnC2..I’ve been curious a bout its abilities. Still not sure if I REALLY need one:)

  15. Rubeena

    October 21, 2015 at 10:15 am

    Hi Jenni, glad they arrived! 🙂 ScanNCut and Cameo have different uses. Cameo can be used for a lot more and needs to be hooked up to a computer. So far, the cuts for stickers were better on Cameo but I did use the coordinating sticker sheets. Brother does have a sticker kit so I might order it and test it out. The ScanNCut 2 350 model on Amazon is about $300 and good enough if you’re going to just cut images and other things. It doesn’t need to be hooked up to a computer and it does have a wireless option so you can scan and cut from computer, too. You’d need the activation card for that. Someone recommended her YouTube channel for videos on the SNC: https://www.youtube.com/user/applelover53

  16. jenni b

    October 21, 2015 at 10:01 am

    So I have been contemplating on getting a new cutting machine. I currently have a Circut imagine that can print and cut. I asked for a ScanNcut2 cm650w for Christmas that my spouse said that he would get me (he’s so good to me) but I am not sure if it worth 500.00 or if I should get a Silhouette everyone rants and raves about. I wanted the ScanNcut so that I can cut out ALL my stamps sets that I have without having to buy all of the die cuts for them. I do want to start making my own stickers for my planner and maybe one day starting an etsy store to sell them but that is a dream right now. What are you thoughts between them? let me know thanks. oh and I love all the stamps and they came in good time as well 🙂

  17. Joan B

    October 21, 2015 at 9:57 am

    wow. I am impressed. great post

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