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Beautifully Simple Wall Art from Minted | Stash Bash Sponsor

I’ve long admired Minted‘s gorgeous art marketplace, full of beautiful modern artwork from artists around the country. In fact, I had been eyeing one special spot in my office for some new art.

Beautifully Simple Wall Art from Minted | Stash Bash Sponsor

When I was contacted by Minted, I knew this was a great opportunity to not only fill that spot but to share a beautifully simple product with you. (And there’s another special surprise below!)

I chose a beautiful abstract print by Yao Cheng of Columbus, Ohio that yes, coordinated with my albums.

Beautifully Simple Wall Art from Minted | Stash Bash Sponsor

What I love most is that you can have Minted frame your prints. If you’re like me, you might order a print from somewhere else and then it sits for months until you get around to framing it.

All I needed was a hammer and a nail to go from box to wall!

Beautifully Simple Wall Art from Minted | Stash Bash Sponsor

I ordered the standard level of print and framing. The quality was beautiful, so I can only imagine what the greater investment would offer! It came professionally framed with a gallery wire on the back.

Beautifully Simple Wall Art from Minted | Stash Bash Sponsor

Living in a small town in can be difficult to find wall art locally that I love. I’m no hipster, but am far from a traditionalist. I was excited to see so much artwork in my favorite styles – and from a trusted seller.

The only thing I wish was offered was matting service. I prefer the look of prints in a mat, but the option of a white frame is a nice substitute.

Living in a small town in can be difficult to find wall art locally that I love. I'm no hipster, but am far from a traditionalist.

Did you know that Minted even has prints of this popular drawing from Studio Calico’s Matthew Taylor Wilson?

Beautifully Simple Wall Art from Minted | Stash Bash Sponsor

I will definitely shop at Minted again.

Stash Bash Sponsor Announcement

While the Stash Bash event would be fun all by itself, there will be some great prizes to sweeten the deal. In fact, Minted is giving one lucky participant $250 in artwork credit! Make to sure to watch for more Stash Bash sponsor announcements over the next two weeks.

Special Offer for Readers

If you can’t wait to get your hands on a piece of indie artwork from the Minted shop, for a limited time you can follow this link to get free shipping on any large-scale prints sized 18×24 and up. This offer is valid until 11:59pm PT on September 5, 2014.

Beautifully Simple Wall Art from Minted | Stash Bash Sponsor

Disclosure: I was provided an art print by Minted. Opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.


Stash Bash: A 5-Day Scrapbook Organizing Party

As a scrapbooker you have plenty of ideas and sources of inspiration, but often what you lack most is motivation.

More than two years ago I first had the idea for a fun, multi-day online event where you could get excited and “party with what you’ve got”. I sat my husband down on the couch and I told him we weren’t moving until I had a catchy hashtag-able name for such an event.

That night, Stash Bash was born. (Or #stashbash, if that’s your thing!)

During this one-of-a-kind event you’ll receive encouragement and accountability to use, declutter, and organize your paper or digital scrapbook stash. After successfully completing a Stash Bash, you will have a smaller stash, a cleaner workspace, and more motivation to make organization a habit.

Stash Bash: A 5-Day Scrapbook Organizing Party

The Stash Bash scrapbook organizing party returns to Simple Scrapper next month – and registration is now open!

Click here to get more organized.


Time-Lapse Video of My Closet Transformation | Workspace Wednesday

Before this room became my office, it was a teenage boy’s bedroom. The walls were navy blue and the closet an odd shade of peach, no doubt a relic from the past. And because teenaged boys don’t use hangers, there were dozens of nails pounded into the walls of that closet.

When I moved into the room, my objective was to create a functional workspace as quickly as possible. That included using whatever random furniture I could find as good-enough shelving in the closet. For two years I crammed my albums, memorabilia, shipping supplies, and books onto one sagging shelf, one tiny bookcase, and what was actually the top of a media cabinet.

I knew there was plenty of space in that closet, but it wasn’t being used effectively. I needed shorter, but deeper shelves – and more of them. I needed more baskets and bins (from elsewhere in my house) here in this space, to contain the stuff that couldn’t sit upright.

I needed a closet makeover! 

In the video below you’ll see how I transformed my craft closet into a simple and functional storage solution. My only purchase: two shelving units for a total of $100.

My closet project took just a weekend. I went all-in, focusing my attention on getting this done. Nearly everything was repurposed. Even the paint was leftover from my daughter’s room.

How to Transform Your Closet

Yes, this was a huge project. It was totally doable because I took it step by step and I continuously envisioned the end result. I was ready to have a clean and functional closet that would help me get things done.

Here are five steps to follow for your own transformation:

1. Empty – If you can, remove everything from the closet or workspace. Make sure to keep an eye out for trash.

2. Clean – Dust, sweep, wipe, and mop every surface. Dirt accumulates and you want to start completely fresh.

3. Paint, if needed – A fresh coat of paint is an inexpensive and easy way to dramatically transform a space.

4. Set up storage – Prepare your clean slate with whatever furniture is returning to hold your stuff.

5. Fill – Finally, add items back to the space one by one. Take care to group like with like and remember to leave room to grow.

Does your craft closet need a makeover? Click here to access four free videos where you’ll learn the simple way to get organized.


The Simple Way to Get Organized

Last year I put together as series of video lessons for the first Stash Bash event. These were a favorite of participants because they a.) were helpful and b.) featured cats as demonstration aids. Yes, cat videos!

I decided to update the best of that content, creating a free video series called The Simple Way to Get Organized. This is foundational stuff you can refer to again and again – and it will make you smile.

Free Video Series: The Simple Way to Get Organized

To get access to the first video, click here to sign up. You’ll also receive an email from me when subsequent videos are released. There are four videos in the series!


The Top 5 Organizing Challenges (Solved)

Earlier in the summer I asked our Facebook fans about their biggest organizing challenges. The response was fantastic!

Recently I transferred all of the comments to a spreadsheet and began categorizing the issues you face. While there was a good diversity of interests, the vast majority of the responses fell into five categories.

  1. You want to access your supplies more easily.
  2. You just have way too much stuff.
  3. You don’t have enough space.
  4. You have trouble managing in-progress projects.
  5. You can’t get around to organizing.

In this post I want to offer some of my best advice for tackling these common challenges. Then, later this week I’ll have a free video series that teaches you the fundamentals of getting organized.

The Top 5 Organizing Challenges (Solved)

1. You want to access your supplies more easily.

The most common organizing challenge you face is efficiency. Whether on large or small scales, you have trouble knowing what you have and how to get to it quickly.

Tackling this challenge requires looking at both how much stuff you have and how you’re storing it. The more you have, the harder it will be to find what you need and to store it effectively. Before you look at streamlining your workflow you’ll need to streamline your stash, even if only a little bit.

Next, imagine yourself in the act of scrapbooking. With each category of supplies you want to organize, consider how you identify and use the items. How can you reduce the number of steps it takes to find what you need?

2. You just have way too much stuff.

Let’s assume you’ve decluttered and parted ways with the supplies you’ll never use again. And you still have too much stuff! There is hope.

At a certain scale of stash, it’s just going to be more difficult to have everything within easy reach. (This goes for digital as well as traditional supplies!) It’s at this point where I recommend coordinating your own kits.

Treat your stash like a superstore and go shopping. I like to create kits for one layout at a time, but you can even gather items in larger quantities to create mega kits for multiple pages. You’ll be far more efficient by selecting supplies in a different instance than actual scrapbooking.

3. You don’t have enough space.

Most of the time, literal space constraints are not easily fixed. However, you can make the most of what you have by scaling back on quantity and looking for optimization opportunities.

Small space scrapbookers do best by shopping with space in mind. Try to become pickier about products and avoid buying duplicates. Make sure to match your shopping rate with your scrapping rate!

With less coming in (and maybe even more going out), you can also seek out better storage solutions. Look for opportunities to use spaces under tables or up the walls. Can a closet be configured with shelving?

4. You have trouble managing in-progress projects.

I am not surprised this was a common challenge; I totally face it too. You’ve got several things going, maybe even not excessively, but there never seems to be enough flat surfaces. And if you have a small space, oy vey!

If you’re like me, you also resist putting an in-progress project in an envelope or box because you might (or you will) forget about it. I get it, but there’s a trick. For each item you put away for now, add it to a list.

Seeing this list growing will deter you from starting new projects and help you see everything “on the table”, even if not literally. You can even use our Quick Start guide to make decisions about what to work on even easier!

5. You can’t get around to organizing.

Organization can sometimes feel all or nothing. I either takes up all your time or you let it go, to overwhelming consequences.

To combat this cycle I plan organization sprints into my year, intensive periods where I work hard on getting it all together. Then, the rest of the year I do my best and don’t stress.

Knowing that I’ve reserved time to get organized helps to appease the part of my brain that craves order, while making sure that managing my stuff doesn’t get in the way of using it!

Did you resonate with this list? Leave a comment sharing one step you want to take to tackle your own toughest organization challenge.