Tuesday, August 3, 2010

TIPsy Tuesday - Cardstock Organization

I stock Stampin' Up! and some Papertrey Ink cardstock.  Since Stampin' Up! has introduced new colors and reorganized their color families, my paper needed to be rearranged also.  I did use the same organization system I had been using -the clear storage envelopes available from craft stores.  I keep the envelopes in a paper storage unit purchased from AC Moore.  It is a bit 'rickety' but I have it and it works.  I'm also a big fan of the 12x12 Sterlite storage drawers from Walmart.  You can see them peeking out on the right.  These are used mainly for designer paper packs though I keep a few heavily used neutrals like white and vanilla in them.

One change I did make was to label each section.  I "knew" where the envelopes should go before but sometimes I got lazy and just stuck them in a slot that was close.  Maybe the labels will make me a little more diligent.  :-)

Neutrals are at the top, followed by In Colors both current, and discontinued.  Then I have my Papertrey Ink papers.  In the bottom half of the unit are slots for each of the other current color families:  Brights, Subtles and Regals.  The last few bins are for the old color familes:  Soft Subtles, Earth Elements, etc.

The envelopes are labeled with the color family and the colors per envelope.  I divide up the colors to 3 or 4 per envelope and try to keep similiar colors in different envelopes.  For example, Pink Piroette and Pretty in Pink are definitely in different envelopes as I find these colors easy to mix up.  (Seriously, did we really need two pinks so close and no lavendar???)

I used markers to label the color names to make it super easy to find the right color.  Since I don't have all the new markers yet, I used the closest marker I had and that seems to work.   The labels are nothing fancy, just some white cardstock taped to the clear envelopes with regular Scotch tape. 

Most of my storage envelopes are clear 12x12; however, I have a few 8 1/2" x 11" that I bought at Office Depot (quite a bit cheaper than buying them at the craft store.)  I like these envelopes because I keep all scraps with the paper.  I've tried a scrap bin I don't like looking in two places for a particular color paper.

I've used this system for a couple of years now and it works for me.

One other new feature this year was to break down some of my well-used designer paper packs and store DSP with cardstock.  Most SU! designer paper has at least one side of the paper tone-on-tone.  I stored theses papers with the matching cardstock as shown here with Rich Razzleberry color from the Raspberry Tart designer paper from last catalog. 

If I still have a lot of a DSP left, I just kept it all together in a coordinating collection. 

Thanks for stopping by today.  Feel free to leave a comment with your paper storage ideas to share.  Thanks!


  1. brilliant storage solution! Thanks for sharing it!

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