I never create just one card. Whenever I create a collection, I make at least twenty of each card. There are five different card designs in each collection. Since I love to use embellishments on all of my cards, that equates to hundreds of pieces to keep organized.
When it comes to creating Christmas cards for clients, those numbers of pieces increase tremendously! This year, I am making these fabulous Wondrous Wreath cards from the Stampin' Up! 2014-2015 Holiday Catalog for one of my clients.
I need to make 100 cards. See all of those separate pieces? What a pain to keep track of, huh? Yes, it would have been a bit overwhelming.
In addition to the pieces shown above, I also have to make 100 wreaths and cut 100 pieces of ribbon. I am so OCD, that I usually count things a million times, plus stress over finding a safe place to store all of the pieces. However, when I began making the pieces yesterday, I had a light bulb go off in my head on how to keep it all organized and rolling along smoothly.
Awhile ago, I ordered a bunch of clear stamp cases from Stampin' Up! I thought they would be a great way for my daughter to keep her desk organized at college; paper clips in one box, extra staples in another. I had several left-over, so I pulled them out and got busy. If you don't have these exact boxes, you can also use plastic baggies or any small plastic container. Because I am making 100 cards, I used ten boxes and worked on all of the pieces ten at a time. I found that I worked so much faster by using this method to keep things organized. I only had to count the pieces once, instead of over and over and over again.
The boxes are big enough to hold the wreaths and the ribbon, too.
Do you have any interesting organizing tips to share? Leave your suggestions in the comments section below.
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