Organization for Your Creative Space – Taming Your Tools

Hi everyone!  Today the MFT DT is sharing how we manage our tools. My photos are not neat or pretty, but I did straighten things as much as possible. :)

My main storage unit is a round-about I purchased from Michaels quite a while ago. In it I store four scissors, an assortment of foam dots and squares, sanding block, extra acrylic blocks, a mini-stapler, glue pens, piercing tool, kraft knife and my Stamp-a-ma-jig. On the side, I hang tweezers and pliers. I have a small jar in one compartment where I keep a few pens and pencils, and on those I hang two rolls of foam tape. There are also a few drawers where I place small miscellaneous “things.”

Tools-Caddy-500In front of the round-about is my most used paper trimmer.  Beside that I keep a variety of rulers – clear T-square, magnetic ruler, Tim Holtz Design Ruler and a short (6″) ruler.  Yes, I use them all.  :)

Tools-Trimmer-RulersTo the left of my stamp table I have this very unique tea cup in which I keep a couple of Wink of Stella glitter brushes, a small paint brush, steel nips (for cutting apart dies), a water brush, my QuickStik Pick-Up tool, a Tool n’ One, a spritzing tool, Fantastix and a tab of large sewing needles. In front of the cup is my valued powder tool along with low tack adhesives.  Are you snickering because the cup looks so ordinary? It isn’t.  :)

Tools-Stamp-Tea-CupIt’s a stamping tea cup.  In case you spill your tea, you can stamp your napkin…or whatever.   (Hee, hee)  I received a set of two, long ago, from a friend. Each has a different design on the bottom.  I have no idea who makes them or where she found them.  But they’re pretty neat.  :)

Tools-CupOn the left side of my stamp table, I have a container of wipes, on which I keep my stamp press.  And to the left of that and behind just a bit is my Vagabond. Behind my Copics and next to my Vagabond is a stack of extra die-cutting plates, embossing pads and a metal shim. Barely visible to the right is my iHome portable speaker which I love.


Below my table, I keep additional paper trimmers, a Scor Pal, my Crop-a-dile and Corner Chomper.


And lastly, I keep my  heat gun on my window sill which is just to the left of where I work.


None of my tool storage is fancy, but it’s definitely functionable and I suppose that’s what matters most.  :)

Check out the MFT Blog for links to participating DT sharing their taming of the tools.  Thanks for stopping by!



10 responses to “Organization for Your Creative Space – Taming Your Tools

  1. Michele, that is so interesting about your cut. LOL. Cool. Thanks for sharing your stamping area.

  2. Oh, sorry, that typo error should be CUP, not cut. LOL. typing too fast.

  3. I have a question about your Tonic paper trimmer. I am wanting to replace my guillotine trimmer. It is an older one by Swingline and I am not very happy about its accuracy in measuring cuts. Do you have any trouble with lining paper up? Getting the proper measurement? Getting a straight cut? (I do not think that my trimmer lines the paper straight when pushed against the top.) Is it a problem to measure 12 x 12 papers when using the arm that swings out? Thanks for your help.

    • To be honest, I have had a hard time with those same issues for a while. It cuts a straight line but the cut is not perfectly square/perpendicular to the top. I’m not sure how to fix that. I do like it better than my other paper trimmers so that’s why it is still on my table. I’ve mastered “finagling” around the problem.

  4. Girl, I need to show you how to load up your tool round-about, LOL! (Mine is so packed, it won’t hold one more thing)!

  5. Thanks for sharing your space…love the tea mug surprise.

  6. That’s it! I am definitely a hoarder! …but I might have talked my husband into getting me another set of shelves! :)

  7. Thanks for sharing your space with us, love that tea cup.

  8. Thanks for sharing your tool organization with us!! That stamping tea mug is so cute!! How fun!!

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