Showing posts with label Organization. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Organization. Show all posts

Jan 7, 2017

Craft Closet Tour | Small Space Inspiration

Finally I'm sharing my craft closet tour! We've been living in our new house for almost a year and I've only just not got everything unpacked and put the way I want and need it. Click the video to see where I've set up shop in our new home.

Feb 7, 2014

An Easy Way to Store and Protect Your Pocket Cards

At the beginning of the year, I vowed to complete a pocket scrapbook album. It's a feat that I have yet to accomplish. I'm no noob to scrapbooking, I have several completed scrapbooks both traditional and digital, but I have yet to complete a "pocket" scrapbook. Having a love for graphic art and photoshop I originally thought I would just stick to digital. For me digital is easier, less time consuming, and more cost efficient. But then you throw in all the awesome products out there in physical form and you start to think otherwise. So this year I want the best of both worlds. That's right I'm going hybrid.

My physical stash has been growing over the past few months and as I start to get more product I start wondering about the organization and storage of it all. Figuring out how I plan to work on my album is key to addressing the storage of my product. I have a craft/office area in our home but I work here too. So do I really want to sit in the same chair all day long to work and craft? I like the idea of moving around the house when I'm working on my album. I like to spread out in the floor of the living room and watch tv while I journal and work on layouts. So I need solutions that help me do that. Easy storage, easy transport, and lots of protection from the little grubby hands that tend to follow me around wherever I go.

I took an old empty photo album {the kind where you peel the plastic off the sticky back} and hacked it. I removed the inserts from the old ugly cover and put them in this pretty navy and gold dot binder I got from Target.

This binder holds about 50 photo album pages. My best guess is that the entire book will hold around 500-600 cards, both 4x6 and 3x4. I know some of you have thousands and thousands of cards, you collect every kit and like to have all of your cards out in the open. I get that. I do. But I don't have the space for that plus my little ones would destroy them in a second. I need to keep them protected. Plus I like to flip through the pages when looking for a card. I don't have to actually touch the card so no need handling them over and over. Plus I can see multiple cards at one time. When I see a card I like I peel back the plasitc, grab it, and recover the rest. Too me this works.

Another step you can take is to label the collections, since I have all Pocket Pages® from MAMBI cards in this binder it's easy to keep up with but what about the different collections? I just used simple labeled dividers. That way when I share a layout online or with others I can easily reference what pack the card came from. And another tip, when you take a card out to use it in a layout, write the name of the collection on the back, that way later on you'll know what pack or kit it is from. Pretty simple, huh?

And then a litte something extra!

So there you have it. A simple and easy solution to storing and protecting your pocket cards. Plus it's lightweight and easy to tote around. And I love flipping through and seeing all the pretty cards at once.

Do you have your own unique way of storing your pocket cards? Any one else take a spin on using a photo album? 

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Jan 20, 2014

DIY Hanging File Organization

I have been in desperate need of some more office/studio organization especially when it comes to my filing system or better yet lack thereof. My current filing system consist of some plastic file boxes and manilla folders and is in no way shape or form working for me. It's such a mess that I haven't really filed anything in about six months.

Yep, I have no idea where anything is. I discovered this problem over the weekend as I searched for some receipts for taxes. Nothing was in order. My fault, entirely! I'm a slacker when it comes to paper organization. I have a horrible tendency to throw things on top of the fridge or shove them in between the seats of my car as I'm checking the mailbox. But it's truly become a problem now. Now that I have a business and a blog that brings in a tiny bit of income I need to have a proper filing system. I need to be able to file business expenses, receipts, and proof of income. Not to mention I need to have my family's files in order as well. Our taxes, bank statements, and medical forms need some serious attention.

Over the weekend I quickly jumped on the task of sorting and shredding through our current files. I narrowed it down to the important stuff. Bank statements, taxes, all of my shop and blog information, and I made 12 files (1 for each month) to file important things for that month. If your like me, figuring out what to keep and toss may be challenging but I ultimately kept everything within a year range and tossed everything else. Except important tax documents. I kept the last three years. I found that information here.

Now sorting and sifting is the hard part and once that was over with I just had to file everything. I knew I wanted something handy and pretty. But for someone on a thin budget a filing cabinet was  out the question. Even the small cabinets, with two drawers, are over $50. I just can't afford that right now. I'm trying to put every penny into savings for experiences not stuff, remember. And I have a big shopping trip planned for things I have had on my wish list for a while. So a file cabinet just doesn't meet my must haves or my wishes right now. And yep, I did check the thrift stores. Still around $20 to $30 bucks. So, after considering my options for a filing system I came up with a solution that fits my space, budget, and my need for creativity.

I have had this hope chest for awhile now and it's set in our office space filed with junk and doo dads. Mostly tech stuff and random papers. When we cleaned out our office space and made room for my in home studio I cleared out the chest. An empty chest makes for a great place to store files and office supplies.

I purchased two small tension rods for $6.00 and a pack of hanging files for $7.00 {with a coupon). With the chest, files, and tension rods I had an instant filing system. Yay!

These hanging files came with plastic tabs. I printed some colorful inserts and fixed them up.

I color coded them!


I have plans to add some more tabs and maybe another set of files as my need grows. The tension rods work great at keeping the files up. You may need to add some command tacky or something stronger if you have a ton of paper weight.

This file system cost me around $13.00 and works great for my needs. I still have a ton of space in the chest so I'll be adding some additional storage needs. But for now I'm so excited about my new filing space.

What are you DIYing in your office space? Any projects like this? I need to add some additional files, any thing I need to keep besides what I already listed?

Jan 13, 2014

Organize It: Bathroom Closet

Happy Monday loves! Let's get this year started off on the right foot. Last week I shared with you all my hopes for a better 2014 and I'm making strides to keep my targets on track. One of the ways I am doing that is by starting small. Last year I focused a lot of energy on bigger projects like painting and remodeling that I often forgot the smaller areas of our home like the closets, cabinets and drawers. This year in preparation for a move that is coming soon I am bound and determined to get every square inch organized and functioning before tackling any major projects. In fact there are only a few "big" projects on our list before we move. After all we hope to keep the dollars in our pockets and out of the house we are leaving behind. So, I sat down a few weeks ago with a master list and jotted down every single project both big and small that needs to be done before we pack up and move out.

Since we aren't exactly sure when the move will be, I have to be prepared. That means a lot of organizing, purging, and down-sizing has to happen. And even if your not planning a big move spending the first part of the year creating a more happier and clutter free home will ensure a happy family all year long.

My personal plan is to start with smaller projects that only take a few minutes to an hour and knock those out quick. And since I'm a spur of the moment type gal I don't really ever plan my projects out, I usually find myself digging or looking for something and end up organizing or sifting through drawers and closets. Or in most cases when something gets out of hand and ends up spilling over the rim, like our bathroom closet, I usually find myself laying restless in bed thinking about cleaning and sorting. Yes, I am aware that may not be normal but hey I really love that I do that.


Friday I opened up the family's bathroom closet, which is mostly used to house our cleaning products and linens, and found this...

I immediately slammed the door and ran off to my happy place, which means I skedaddle into the pages of the January/February edition of HGTV magazine, and soon forgot the chaos happening behind door number one. But after a restless night of tossing and turning I started bright and early the next morning.


I ripped everything out of the closet. Yep...everything!

Yikes, what a mess! Random sets of sheets, cleaning product, and pet supplies came out. As you can tell by the bins and baskets I had once attempted to organize this space but failed horribly.

The closet is pretty much an empty hole in the wall. It has no shelves. I knew I needed some sort of shelving system. But in keeping with my other goals I shopped my house instead of heading out to the store. I recently purchased a new bookcase for my office but have yet to put it together. So I snatched the metal Ikea shelf, which the bookshelf will replace, and threw into the closet. You may remember this shelf from my craft closet clean out last year but since reclaiming my studio I don't have the need for the craft closet.


Once I had the shelf in place it was time to load everything back in. Well not everything. I organized the linens into the larger baskets on the very top shelf. I purged a great deal of missing sheet sets and baby blankets I no longer needed. Cleaners got a shelf of their own and the first aid box got cleaned out and put back in. I don't store medications in this box just swabs and alcohol type stuff.


Now that I had everything back in the closet in baskets and bins it was time to create some labels. The labels on the larger green baskets were made by simply designing them in Photoshop, printing, cutting, and laminating. Easy peasy, huh? But I wanted to try a different approach on labeling. I have always loved the look of chalkboard labels but every time I try to use them my handwriting ends up looking ratchet. For those of you who were blessed with beautiful handwriting I envy you. But writing with chalk or even chalk pens leave my chalkboard labels looking illegible. But I do love the look of them.

Enter my love of vinyl labels. With the help of my Silhouette Portrait once again I cut some vinyl labels for some mini chalkboards. I used pink to add some more color. The font I used was Sacramento. I made cut two labels, transferred them with contact paper, and voila, faux handwritten chalkboard labels. I'm giddy about them. I may have had the entire family jolt into the bathroom to gander at their marvelous beauty. I know it's the small things that amuse me. And if I ever need to change them I can just cut some new vinyl. And my Silhouette Portrait was used to cut the red cross for the first aid box as well. That was just too easy!


Of course once I finish organizing a space I have a tendency to keep making reasons to gawk at it. As I was jumping into the shower I just popped open the door...yep, for no reason other than to stare at the beautiful order of the closet. It's so awesome what you can accomplish in such a short time. Now when I go to move I can pretty much just grab the baskets and go.


Last year I joined a group called The Silhouette Challenge on Facebook. It's a group of crafting, scrapping, and several bloggers that work together to master the art of Silhouette using. It's been a Godsend this past year for all sorts of Silhouette issues good and bad. Last year, a group of bloggers from the group got together for a 12 projects in 12 months challenge. Each month we showcased one project on the blog and linked to each others as well. You can check out some of my past projects here...Canvas Date Art, Makeup Organizer, Gold Foil Art, Personal Birthday Gift.

Since starting the Facebook group, The Silhouette Challenge has grown tremendously. We now have over 30 bloggers participating and each month it grows. This year we are doing something a bit different. Each month a topic will be chosen and with that topic we will have to create something unique. I am really excited about it because it gives me the opportunity to try different things.

This month, for January, our topic was organization. Of course that's one of my strong points. And the first thing that comes to mind when I cross my Portrait and organization is labels of course. Faux handwritten chalkboard labels!

Now like I said we have over 30 blogs partaking in this month's challenge so I hope you are prepared for some more swoon worthy organizing goodness.

  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
  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 Create
  35. Ombre Butterfly Magnet Board by Sowdering About
These projects are so A-mazing! Happy clicking and pinning of course!

Are you taking this month to get organized? What's your latest project? What's next? Have a Silhouette project to share?

Nov 4, 2013


Happy Monday loves and happy November! I can not believe November is here already. However, you will never see me complaining about this part of the year for it is my favorite. Favorite months, favorite days, favorite time of the year. I love the fall and I especially love the holidays. One of the main reasons I love the holidays so much is the chaos they bring. I love planning events, meals, gift buying, etc. I love it all. But we all know when it comes to planning chaos you need the right tools.

Usually I just jot everything down in a notebook but this year I wanted to go an extra extra pretty mile. I worked up some holiday planning printables and so far I am loving them. I decided to put them into my personal planner as sort of an extension kit. But honestly a full holiday planner sounds awesome as well.

What did I included in my holiday planning kit?

Cover page
November and December 2 page calendars
Christmas meal plan
Thanksgiving meal plan
Gift tracker
Black Friday tracker
Pre-holiday cleanup checklist {flyleaf}
Dear Santa letter
Christmas wishlist

I for one can not wait until the holidays! I know this year will be better than ever thanks to my holiday planner!

Don't forget to download your FREE copy of this holiday planner here!


Oct 10, 2013


Over the weekend my oldest daughter turned four. I still can't believe that she is four already! Makes me sad that time goes by so quickly. We hosted a small family gathering at our home on Saturday. Just a little social gathering around the fire pit roasting hot dogs and making s'mores. It was a nice change compared to our my usual parties.

But even the smallest parties and soirees require planning. There's what food to buy, guest list, decorations to create, and last minute projects that come up. In order to keep track of the get together I created my own PARTY PLANNING CHECKLIST!

It worked out great!

I just jotted down my list of things to do in three different sections; weeks before, day before, and day of. This allowed me to see what I needed to do ahead of time and made for better planning which made for a smoother party.


Of course the planner in me added more things to the list and jotted down every little thing to remember. I SAY FREE YOUR MIND!

{ Again I apologize for the awful pictures. My Canon is being repaired and can not wait to get it back.}

Are you planning a party? Looking forward to planning? What is your greatest dilemma when it comes to party planning?

Good Luck and Happy Planning!

Oct 1, 2013


Oh boy it's Tuesday! Another fun filled week planned here at THE HOUSE ON HILLBROOK! I can't wait to show you all of my projects, crafts, and tips this week. It's going to be a packed week...SO STAY TUNED! Remember to subscribe, like, and connect with me so that you will get all of my updates.

Moving of my topics this week is PLANNERS! Last week I joined an amazing group started by Toni Hammersley from the blog A BOWL FULL OF LEMONS. She and her blog are AMAZING! She shares colorful organizing, decorating, and home management strategies. If you have never visited her blog before I would highly recommend it.

Toni started up a Facebook group called PLANNER ADDICTS. It's a group of mostly women that eat, sleep, and dream planners. Any type of planner you could imagine these girls have got it. I personally have been working on my new 2013-2014 planner and was so happy to come across this group. They have already taught me so much and give me so much inspiration. And they defiantly motivate me to stay on top of my planner organization which in turns means a more organized daily life. If your visiting from the group than you already know what I am talking about. Lot's of love to you guys!

Okay, let's get started!

Some of you may not know what personal planner/calendar stickers are but basically their small stickers that represent special events and daily task. Honestly you could make anything into a planner sticker. Most of you guys have these or have seen them online...

Of course these are super cute and I'll more than likely end up picking these up if I come across them. But for now I'll just make my own!!! By making my own I can literally make anything into a sticker. If a certain set of events occur and I happen to think, "oh, I need new stickers" I can simply hope on Photoshop and create a new sheet. FUN AND FREE!

I have been working on several sheets of planner stickers for myself so this list is pretty new but here are my stickers that I have come up with so far.

no school
rainy days
snow days
hair cuts
field trip
play date
coffee date
movie night
date night
MNO {mom's night out}
first day of seasons
all major US holidays
weigh in {for fitness purposes}
baking {for special days I need to batch bake}
kids {each one of my kids have their own special sticker}
hubby {special sticker for my husband}

That's a pretty good start. Once I had my list the next thing was to create the individual sticker graphics.

I use Adobe Photoshop Elements 10.

Open Photoshop.

Start a new project. { 2'' x 2'', 300 ppi, color mode}

Once you have your blank project you'll want to find some clip art to start with. I like to get my clipart from here because it's free and no credit is needed. When you find an image you want just right click and save as. QUICK TIP: I suggest creating a folder for clip art. That way you'll know where the image is stored when you return to Photoshop.

Back in Photoshop, open the image.

You can edit the image or cut and paste it onto your original project. Once you have it there you can add colorful text, additional clip art or custom shapes.

I have this image ready to cut and paste onto my sticker sheet! My sticker sheet is a project board at 8.5'' x 11''. I have color blocked my page so that I can section my stickers. You could make an entire page of one sticker set. It's totally up to you! Hope that makes sense! :) I simply cut and paste my image onto my sheet and position it accordingly. REMEMBER to keep everything roughly the same size and aligned so that creating your cut marks will be easier. If your images are not aligned your straight cut marks might not work. 

So now your sticker sheet should look similar to this...

Once you have several stickers completed your sticker sheet will start to take shape.

Okay so let's talk printing and cutting! I'm going to describe two ways to do this!


If you don't have a cutting machine like a Silhouette Cameo or Portrait you can still cut them by hand. Use scissors to cut them, then you can peel off the backing, and place them where you need them. I suggest just cutting as you need them that way you don't have a ton of loose stickers floating around.

If you have a Silhouette cutting machine you can KISS CUT {cut the top layer and not the backing} the sheet so the stickers will just peel right off one by one. First, you will need to save the sticker sheet as .png file in Photoshop. Open the .png file up in Silhouette Studio. The first thing you will need to do is click the REGISTER MARKS button. This will allow our blade to line up to our cut marks later on. Set the marks to the lowest setting for each margin. !!!!BEFORE RESIZING IMAGE AND ADDING CUT MARKS TURN REGISTER MARKS ON {0.395 each corner}!!

You may need to shrink the sticker sheet so the whole image fits inside the marks. The machine will not cut anything outside the registration marks.

Next, I basically created a rectangle cut box around the stickers and then dissected each sticker by creating cut marks down and across between each row and column which creates a small square around each sticker. QUICK TIP: By holding shift while you drag you cut mark will create a perfect straight line.

Send to the Silhouette and follow the instructions carefully! Once you have the sticker sheet printed and inserted into the machine {on the cut mat} make sure to check detect registration marks. This will align the cut marks on screen to the cut marks on your printed sheet so the cuts will be perfect {well close to perfect}. After you have selected and adjusted the settings the machine will prompt you to print and cut. Again, follow the directions carefully!



  •       MEDIUM-Silhouette Brand Printable Sticker Paper {even though my paper was Avery labels}
  •       BLADE- 1 or 2 {depending on the thickness you may have to adjust accordingly, I really suggest  a test cut to determine the depth of cutting}

I chose the setting for the Silhouette brand printable sticker paper even though my paper is Avery full sheet label paper it works well. I set my blade to 2! You might even can do a 1 here it just depends on the thickness of you paper. Some of my cuts did go all the way through but not enough that it really matters. I am still able to peel the stickers off the sheet.

Pay attention to the first couple of cuts! Label or sticker paper isn't cheap so if you see it go off grid you may want to stop/pause the cut and try again!

Can you see the cut marks? They make a little box around each sticker! After the Silhouette is finished cutting roll out the sheet and DO A HAPPY DANCE! Now you have peelable {is that a word} stickers. Repeat after me, "WHAT WHAT YEAH YEAH OH OH I'M AWESOME...TAKE THAT, BOOM"! You can hole punch them or put them in a pocket of your planner so their ready to go when you need a new sticker.

And there they are in my weekly spread! YAY! {psss my handwriting needs help!}

Okay ladies, I hope I made sense in all this. I'm not much for remembering every little tid bit but I hope I covered the basis for you. I would love to see your stickers. And remember the possibilities are endless. 

Will you make your own stickers? What stickers will you create? Any tips and tricks for planner stickers? Comment to let us know what stickers you make and share them with us on Instagram #thehouseonhillbrook. Let's see them all! I'll share my favorites on the blog next week! 

Don't forget to get your free copy of my 1st set of planner stickers!

Questions?- Comment below

There's a lot of chatter about Photoshop, planner pages, stickers, and DIYing things for your own planner so let me know what you guys would like to see next? 

~Good Luck and Happy Planning~

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