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NC Demos May Blog Hop – How Do You Organize?

Happy May, everyone!  Thanks for checking out our monthly blog hop.  You probably just came from France’s Warner’s blog and I know she’s shared some great information on organization 🙂  The tip/project that I am sharing is one that I did shortly after we moved to our new home in NC, back in 2014.  I had tons of punches that were stored in various spots, some in drawers and some in clear totes.  And I honestly never knew what I had or where they were.  And I can’t remember where I saw this idea initially, but I’m so glad I came across it because it has worked so well for me! 

I guess I’ll call this my Punch Board for lack of a better name.  And I apologize that I don’t have exact dimensions since it was done a while ago. But if you attempt this, you will use whatever measurements fit your specific spot.  I measured the space behind my door and went to Home Depot and had a 1/2″ piece of plywood cut.   Next, I took my fabric and stapled it to the back of the board.  Then, my always handy hubby mounted the board to the wall using 4 big anchor screws.  And that’s the only assistance I needed, the rest was done by my best friend and I. laugh

The next step was to add the rods, which are shown in the first picture but they are a little hard to see.  The rods that I used on my project came from Ikea, but they no longer carry that particular style.  All you need to remember is to find rods that are very sturdy and are a length that will fit your particular board width.  The other important part here is to make sure you leave enough distance between the rods so that you can easily remove and replace your punches. 

This is an old set of pictures and you’ll notice that there’s a mixture of current and retired punches (and some non-SU! frown).  I had initially had everything separated based on style, all circles together, all ovals, etc.  But overtime several punches have retired.  I think what I will eventually do is to get small red circle stickers and place them on the retired punches.  I do like having similar punches together because there are projects I make outside of my SU! world and I will use my retired punches for those.

I hope this has given you an idea of how to store your punches.  There’s a lot of room for adjustments to my version of it, and I’d love to see what you come up with if you try it!!

Please continue on to see the rest of the wonderful organizational ideas!

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Jo Anne Hewins

Tracie Evans Langley

Sharon Maranich

Frances Wagner



It’s all about COLOR

I have LOTS to tell you about the upcoming color changes for the 2018-2019 catalog!  Every 2 years SU! brings in a section of new In Colors.  They are colors that reflect the current trend and allows us to offer fresh options to our color lineup.  But, every 3-5 years SU! will do a complete color revamp, letting some colors retire and brining in new replacements.  And sometimes, those replacements are colors that have previously been in our color family, such as retired in-colors.  This is one of the reasons why I never get rid of my retired ink pads.  It helps that I’m somewhat of a craft supply hoarder anyway, lol!

So, lets get to some of the specifics.  The In Colors that are retiring this year are from the 2016-2018 collection.

And here are The new In Colors for 2018-2020, shown along side of the 2017-2019 colors.   I LOVE the new colors and can’t wait to start making projects with them.  The 2018-2020 colors are actually available to order RIGHT NOW, as a special customer pre-release offer.  Click HERE to order them.
As I mentioned above, in order to make room for new colors in the revamp, SU! has decided to retire the following colors.  If you do not currently have these in your personal lineup and want to get them, don’t wait because once something is tagged as retiring, they sell out quickly!  The chart below also includes the retiring In Colors that I mentioned above.
And now, lets unveil the brand new colors that are joining our color lineup!  Being a wine lover, I’m thrilled to see Merry Merlot, lol!  This will pair so well with the stamp set,  Half Full which of course is one of my favorites cheeky
And last but not least, I mentioned that SU! will occasionally bring back colors that had retired in previous years.  One of these colors, Flirty Flamingo was part of the 2016-2018 In Colors, so it really didn’t “retire”, per se.  But the others are definitely ‘blasts from the past’, and many of us demonstrators are thrilled to have them back!

So, there you have it.  LOTS of color changes coming up in the new catalog.  In addtion to the color change, SU! has also re-designed our ink pads.  You no longer have to “push and lift” the front of the pad to get it to open.  You simply lift, just like you would a compact case.  And they’ve made a slight change to the ink formulation to reduce the bubbling that sometimes occured on the surface of the foam pads.  But don’t worry, if you have the current re-inkers, they can be used in the new pads.  And vice versa, the new re-inkers can be used on the old design pads.I’m very excited about the new colors coming in the 2018-2019 catalog and I hope you are too!

Happy Stamping!