Desk Organizer

Desk Organizer

Spring is here in my neck of the woods, and that means a little spring cleaning.  Time to stop huddling under blankets and get some cleaning and organization done!  Have you seen all of the organization options in the Silhouette online store?  I chose a cute little 3D drawer desk organizer for this project.  I think the adorable drawers are the detail that drew me to this one.

Often when I’m creating a card or a scrapbook page, I like to have all my elements open at once on a single work page in Studio.  With a large 3D file like this, however, the opposite is true.  You’ll notice upon opening a file like this that your software may act a little sluggish.  If we break this file up onto multiple pages, everything will be much simpler (and faster).

You can see below that the file opens in one group and is spread across about 54 inches!  To see the whole thing at once, use the double-arrow zoom tool (I call it my “fast zoom”).  Click on the double-arrow icon, then click and drag your mouse upwards anywhere on the page to zoom out.  The opposite motion zooms in very quickly.

 

screen shot fast zoom

 

  • To break up the original file, simply ungroup it (right click, Ungroup), then select a portion of the design that will fit on another page.  The designer was very helpful with this one, so it’s already grouped into manageable pieces that can be cut on letter-size or larger paper.
  • Click or drag to select, then cut it (right click, Cut).
  • Now open a new page (Ctrl/Cmd N), and Paste (Ctrl/Cmd V) that section onto the new page.
  • Go back to the original document and repeat this process until you’ve taken large sections away from the original page and transported them each to their own page.  You’ll notice the response time of the software improves with each dissection.

 

Now it’s just a matter of cutting out the pieces and gluing them together.  The designer has an excellent assembly tutorial here.  I chose a fun double-sided pattern paper with Silhouette adhesive cardstock in rose for the accent drawers and white brads for the drawer pulls.

 

Desk organizer drawers inside

 

This desk organizer was so fun I made one for myself and one for my daughters.  I think this one will go with me to sit on my desk at work and I’ll make another for our homework area at home.

 

Desk organizer drawers open side view

 

If you like the projects I’ve done on the Silhouette design team (see them all here), please come visit my blog Finding Time To Create for more inspiration.  The Silhouette is my favorite crafting tool, so most of my projects use this wonderful machine and software.  Happy crafting!

 

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Shapes Used:
3d drawer desk organizer by Lori Whitlock

 

Products Used:

New Silhouette CAMEO®

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11 comments

  1. I love it, Kelly!! Every thing looks Great 🙂

  2. Fun! Looks so cute, love the ability to use great papers to personalize the look. I’m going to go buy this file right now!

  3. I love this idea. I am wondering how well it will hold up.

    1. This particular file has a lot of reinforcement for sturdiness. I wouldn’t let my 4-year old play with it, but it should hold up fine for normal use. If you watch the assembly video you can see there are extra panels that cover all the seams for aesthetics, but that also makes it stiff and strong.

  4. Love how your organizer turned out. I think I need 12 of these! Love your tip about Fast Zoom!

  5. This is such a fun project, Kelly!!

  6. Hi. It looks lovely!! Funny thing…I bought this file just yesterday!! heehee I cannot wait to put it together. You did a lovely job. It was nice seeing a detailed picture of it too!! 😀

    1. Thanks, Ana! Have fun putting yours together!

  7. So pretty Kelly. You are brave to take one to work…I just imagine you ending up with like a dozen “orders” when people see this!

  8. You are always inspiring, and no less so with this wonderful organizing tool! What could be boring is transformed into a thing of beauty in your hands! I love your choice of papers and expertise in giving instruction, Kelly, as well as your superb talent.

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