Card making is made up of three separate hobbies:
- collecting stamps, papers, inks and accessories
- using stamps, papers, inks and accessories
- organizing stamps, papers, inks and accessories
On any given day, I split my crafting time between these three activities. While the first two hobbies are relatively self-explanatory to even the most novice of crafters, organizing is a mystery to some. Over the years, I have stored my paper and stamps in cardboard boxes, in clear bins, in drawers, on shelves or even in a pile in a closet. I have enjoyed re-organizing my craft supplies almost as much as I have enjoyed collecting them or creating with them. I have finally settled on a paper organizing system that works brilliantly for me, and I want to share it with you.
I bought a rolling file cart from Office Depot for around $50.
Because the cart has wheels, I can easily move my entire paper supply around the room with me. Win! I can file away all my papers in the top of the cart, and I’ve attached a storage tin from IKEA on the front of the cart, giving me quick access to my Blender Pens, paint brushes, ink pens and adhesives. I store heavy, infrequently used supplies on the tray beneath the cart and hang my Clear Block Storage Caddy off the right side of the cart.
I’m very happy with the way my papers are organized. One hanging file and one manilla folder per color. I printed the labels for each color, adhered the labels to the manilla folder and organized the folders in alphabetical order by color family. With my 1/4″ square punch, I punched out small squares from scraps of my card stocks and adhered them to the appropriate label with my multipurpose liquid glue. This gives me easy access to my papers without searching. The color names and colors are prominent and easy to identify.
Within each hanging file, I store my unused card stock (in the front) and my manilla folder with scraps (in the back). If, for example, I need a scrap of Daffodil Delight, I pull out the folder and grab a scrap from there. Easy peasy.
My unopened packs of paper and stored on a shelf in the closet. I enjoyed organizing my paper stock, and I hope you can use some of my pointers to help you organize your own paper.