I got into the swaps and had so much beautiful homemade stuff but kept forgetting to use it on layouts. Since I attend crops alot, I bought a file tote (box that holds file folder with handle on top) and divided up all my stuff into categories - spring, summer, winter, fall, back to school, Christmas etc. I was in so many swaps that I have two of them but I just bring one to a crop with me that has the categories I'll be working on. It's been so easy that I've used up tons of stuff on my pages. It also makes it really quick to do a layout.
It was so easy to see everything this way, that I started throwing in stickers and any other embellishments that had in the same theme - now I just bring this, my paper and tool box of tools and I'm ready to go.