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ScanNCut: Storing Cutting Mats

"A place for everything and everything in it's place." is a motto I try to live by. I really love good organization and I think that's one of the things that's slowing me down in my quest to finish up my new arts and crafts studio. Now that the major furniture is in for the most part it feels like I'm doing a puzzle trying to figure out what I use most, where it should go that's most convenient, and how to organize it to it's easy to find, use, and put away. So far it's going well, it's just slower then I'd like.

One of my dilemmas is where to store my  ScanNCut® cutting mats. I started off with them in a basket, but it just looked messy with them slip sliding every which way. Then it dawned on me that I could punch a hole in them and hang them on a hook.  -So that's what I did!

The hole punch I used can cut through thick materials, so I was able to cut all my mats at once.

ScanNCut Mat Organization and Storage 1

I just stacked them up and used a binder clip to hold them together on the side that I wasn't punching.

ScanNCut Mat Organization and Storage 2

Then I just punched a hole into the colored banner that says "Brother" so that the machine wouldn't be effected by the hole.  I tested it and haven't had any problems with having a hole in my mat.
ScanNCut Mat Organization and Storage 2

Ta-da! There's the hole!
ScanNCut Mat Organization and Storage 2

After the holes were punched I hang them on a hook on the side of one of my cabinets.
ScanNCut Mat Organization and Storage 2

So that's how I'm storing my mats.  How do you store yours?



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Disclosure: I am a paid consultant for Brother International Corporation and have received a ScanNCut from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely my own and based on my use of the product. 


ScanNCut: Cleaning Mats

As an impatient crafter I use a few different cutting mats with my ScanNCut® so I don't have to be slowed down by cleaning all the little bits off while I'm working. I'd much rather be crafting along then cleaning stuff (as you can tell by my inked up stamps, painted on stencils, etc. LOL!-) I just don't clean my art stuff unless it's necessary, and cutting mats are one of those necessities! Having a clean mat allows whatever material you are using to stick well to the mat so that it cuts cleanly without your material lifting off the mat and causing problems.

Cleaning ScanNCut Mats

Well, I was organizing my new art studio the other day I was looking at my ScanNCut Mats and how desperately they need a good cleaning!  Now I'm sure you expert digital die-cut machine owners know how to keep your mats clean but for all you newbies I thought I'd pass on how I clean my mats....oh, and you experts, be sure to add any tips you have below in the comments! We'd love to learn from you too!!

Ok, so I start off by scraping all the bits off of my mat. I use an old credit card style hotel room key to get off paper or plastic pieces left behind on my mat.

Cleaning ScanNCut Mats 1

Next I take an alcohol free baby wipe and gently work in a circular scrubbing motion over my mat, using new wipes as I need them. 

Cleaning ScanNCut Mats 2

Ewww, it really gets the gunk off!


Lastly I let my mats dry for about 10 minutes before replacing the plastic protective cover back over them.  The stickiness on my mats is revitalized now that they're clean and I'm able to use them a lot longer if I keep them clean.

Are you a neat freek and clean your mats as you go? Do you have any tips for us? Leave your comments below!



Sponsor: Brother International

Disclosure: I am a paid consultant for Brother International Corporation and have received a ScanNCut from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely my own and based on my use of the product. 


Traveling With Art Supplies When Moving To A New Home

As I'm settling into our new home I was reminded that a lot of you have been wondering about the awesome storage solution I was using during our transition from out old home ----> to our temporary place and ----> to our new home.  Yeah, you read that right, we moved twice.  Not so fun!

At first I was a little panicked what I'd do with all my art stuff, after all it's not just for fun, it's my job.  Thankfully I saw the Stanley Fat Max at a crop I was at (the lady that had it was using it for her Project Life storage) and I knew it would be perfect for my mixed media supplies during our transition.

Stanley Fat Max Art Storage Cart With Wheels


I made a quick video on how I have my traveling storage set up now, but I think it will wind up being used for either Project Life or for taking with me on crops once I finish moving into my new studio.



See, it's a great solution for what I needed and I love that I will still be able to use it in the future as well.  

Have you had to figure out a creative storage solution when moving? Tell me about it! I'm trying to figure out my studio storage now!



There's so much going on right about an update?

Ok...good news...bad news.

Let's start with the bad.  I broke my favorite camera lens & need to send it out for repair.  I get an error (& it won't let me take pics) in certain lighting.  Really weird, and extremely annoying.  Hoping they can fix it, since I miss shooting with it.

Arrojo Hair Products Ok, the good.  I had a really fun time Tuesday night.  Nick Arrojo had a launch party for his new hair care line at Rituals Aveda Color Salon...they're the first SoCal salon to have his line there.  It was great to have the chance to talk with him... and I'm really excited to try out his new products that came in our swag bags!  I sniffed them already and they smell really clean and not overly scented.  :)

Oh, and did you know Nick came out with a book?  Yep, he did, it's called "Great Hair: Secrets to Looking Fabulous and Feeling Beautiful Every Day." 

Nick and Erin 2b

While I was at Rituals it was nice to finally meet up with some of the local bloggers that were there too.  It seems like the timing for us to all get together never works out for me, so it was great to see them in real life.   I really enjoy being around bloggers that are creative in different ways then I am.

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In more good news, I'm headed to the Pinterest LA Meet Up on Thursday with Maggie and Susan...should be SO fun...Pinterest is so addicting!!

Oh, and by the way, you can follow me on Pinterest here.


Erin Bassett - Studio 4 Ok, and for the last of my news...go over and check out my studio on the Imaginisce's my turn to share my creative space.



So that's the update on what's going on here.  Don't forget you still have a chance to comment here for a chance to win the Shabby Apple vintage necklace giveawy.


Scrapbook Studio Update

Thank you all for asking about how my craft space is coming's getting there!  I shot a really quick video on it just for you.  Please excuse the "unfinished-ness," I'm still wanting to put in a small filing cabinet and change around some of my storage...but at least I can function for now!!



So there ya go!  Hopefully I'll be able to show you a more thourough video soon!!  


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 I'll be teaching a die-cutting class that will help you jazz up your craft projects...more sneak peeks coming SOON!!


Studio Re-do: Mid-Chaos

So if you follow me on Twitter you know that I'm re-doing my studio space.  It started just before CHA when we got rid of the futon that was in there and then emptied out the filing cabinets so they could get moved out.

And now I have a big 'ol mess!!!

I went to the hardware store and got a solid core door and had them cut it to 80" x 24" and also got some support pieces.  My husband built me this workbench that's at the perfect height for me to stand up and work...I just need to add some wood trim and paint to it.  I'm thinking of adding a glass top to it as well.


I've also made an Ikea run to get some cabinets which I can't wait to put together.  Assembling them got delayed since I had minor surgery on my ankle for a pre-cancerous mole that had previously been removed and then started to grow back.  {Get your moles check people!!!}  I've also been shopping for modern rugs, lighting, etc. 

Hopefully I'll be able to share more progress soon!  And for those of you that want to know what my space looked like previously you can check out this video that I did for Mixology Crafts a while ago.  It's evolved since then, but you'll see how small the nook was that I was working in was.  I can't wait to moved completely into the studio office and say goodbye to the nook!  



Where the magic happens....aka...where I Scrapbook

No, I haven't forgot about this blog...just been busy...any extra time I have has been going towards finishing swaps for CKU.  I'm finishing up my last one this week!!  Woo-hoo, it's good to be almost done!!  Anyways, since I've been MIA I figure you deserve a "meaty" I'm gonna show you where I scrapbook.  Before we sold our house I had an awesome craft room/office that I loved, but once we moved into apartments finding a spot to create has been  So here's my current spot...

IttyBittySpace squished in the hallway between what is supposed to be a coat closet & the guest bathroom.  I am SO thankful for that coat closet though....since now it's a SB closet LOL.  Closet I store all my ppr in here (fyi: my patterned ppr is a mess & totally out of order now)...I keep patterned ppr by manufacturer stored horizontally on a shelf & solid color cardstock is stored in the 12 x 12 vertical storage ppr holder thingy.  In that pink crate I keep my alpha stickers...divided by color.

DeskShelves Here's what's on the shelves above my workspace.  Top shelf: unmounted rubber & clear acrylic stamps, Chipboard letters, Photos, Tools.  Bottom shelf: Ribbon, Buttons, SU! Ink Spots, Ppr Frills.  On my desktop I keep my AMM Tote-Ally with all my most used tools & adhesives.  I just deconstructed my bulletin board before I took this was covered & I mean covered with stuff.....products I wanted to use, quotes, pix, etc.....I needed a fresh start so down it came & now it's all cleared off & ready to be filled up again. 

Feet Now, where to put my feet, LOL.  There isn't much space for them.  I have a great little cart I got at Target that my MM paper trimmer sits on.  I recently cleaned out the cart from what it was holding & so now it holds my big punches, my bling & acrylic blocks, and misc frequently used stuff.  I have 8.5" x11" storage containers from a previous life (not my previous life LOL...they were previously used for something else) that currently hold theme stuff.  I wish they were 12 x 12 since that would be more convenient to fit SB stuff in, but a girl's gotta use what she's got (at least until DH doesn't care so much that I am constantly "improving" my storage solutions).  There's also a few transportable containers (12 x 12) were I keep current projects I'm working on & my newest products.

FlowersAndPaint Ok, now the part that my DH just loves...notice the sarcasms in my voice....the flowers & paint....conveniently stored above one of his file cabinets in his office (which is right next to the SB closet) just in case he wants to embellish some of his paperwork LOL.

Storage Then in his office he has a walk in closet....which holds, you guessed it, more SB stuff.  It's pretty much the stuff I don't' use regularly and is a mess & a half.

Ok, that's my space in a nut shell.  (PS - you can click on the pix for a larger view)

I'd love to see link me some pix of where you scrap!


Update: You can see my new scrap space progress here.