Organization is such a key component of design and card-making as a whole. For me, if I do not have my products in an organized, easy-to-find place, I cannot produce my best work. Getting new products and finding a good way to display them for visual appeal and function is an integral part of the creative process. Today, I will talk about my Stampin’ Up! Cardstock.
I will be discussing Organization all week and helping you as best I can to see how I store things in my Stamping Studio. I will put Amazon links for the things I use to hold my products in case you are interested in finding them easily. Don’t forget to come back each day this week to see more!
Today I will focus on Cardstock storage. I love cardstock! The colors just call out to me, and if I can remember all the way back to 2001, it was what drew me to Stampin’ Up! as a company. They have always had fantastic colors and perfect weighted cardstock that fulfills my crafting needs.
Full Sheets of Cardstock
These are my cardstock drawers. My cardstock is housed in large lateral file cabinets. I have one hanging file for each color and in that hanging file is one manilla folder. Using a piece of 1/2″ x 2″ of a color of cardstock that I write its name on with my Black Stampin’ Write Marker. I slide it into the plastic holder that comes with the hanging file folders in order to mark that color’s home. Using the same-sized piece of cardstock to glue with Multipurpose Glue to the tab on the manilla folder.
I have an opened pack of cardstock in the front of the hanging file then the manilla folder is placed behind it. In the manilla folder are my scraps of cardstock and behind the manilla folder I keep an unopened package of the same color. When I finish using all the unopened pieces of a particular colored cardstock, I open up the backup package from the back of the hanging file and move it to the front. I then write the name of that color on a mini clipboard. I order that color when I place my next order, whenever that may be. That is my system. It seems to work well for me.
Half Sheets and Quarter Sheets Organization
Since all of my cardstock is housed away from my desk where I design. I wanted a way to have cardstock bases and pieces that I could use when designing without having to get up over and over again to grab pieces of cardstock. I came up with this great idea to have my card bases and quarter sheets of every color on my desk close to me so that I could use them when I design. The pictures above show what I came up with and use on a daily basis.
I make labels and attach them to a thick piece of white cardstock in the upper left corner. Next, I attach these dividers for all the colors of cardstock that are housed in my desktop organizer. In the front of the organizer, I have the quarter sheets of cardstock in order by color family. Behind the color families are the In Colors, one right after the other. Behind those are the Basic White, Very Vanilla, and Basic Black paper.
I repeat that once more with half-sheets that are folded into card bases. Both sizes of card bases are included, 11″ x 4-1/4″ and 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″. I like to keep about 8 quarter sheets and 4 card bases per color in my organizer. When I start to get low on a certain color, I just cut more of that color to replace it. Even though the initial organizer takes time to make and put together but once it is completed. Keeping up with it is simple.
I am attaching a copy of my YouTube live stream that took place on Tuesday, April 12, 2023. It shows all of my organizers. I will be sharing them with you one at a time in these blog posts. I hope you will join me next week for another live stream on YouTube. They happen every Tuesday night at 8 pm EST on my YouTube Channel.
I would like to share with you the products used to organize the cardstock portion of my Stamping Studio.
- Desk Top Cardstock Plastic Holder (18″ x 6″ x 4″) – https://amzn.to/41869xG
- Labels for your separator cards in the Desktop Holder – https://amzn.to/414BDoc
- Hanging File Folders for Cardstock – https://amzn.to/40WTrBA
- Manilla Folders for Scraps – https://amzn.to/3KQqQIu
Come back tomorrow for more glimpses into the organized areas of my Stamp Studio. I would also appreciate it if you would please take a look at my Customer Thank You Cards Blog Hop blog post from Monday if you missed it. Click here.
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In the Month of November, I will be having a CARD Fiesta Class on the 4th and 18th from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at a local Mexican Restaurant. Come socialize with other stampers, eat Mexican food, and stamp some cards. There will be a variety of cards for you to make each session. Feel free to invite a friend. For details to attend, contact me. I would love to connect with you there.
This year I also instituted a Kit-Together on the first Friday of the month at 7 pm EST. This month’s gathering will be on the 3rd of November and December’s will be on the 1st. Contact me if you would like to attend. Bring a Kit to work on. Feel free also to bring a friend. You can order one from my online store search under Kit Collection, or I have a few kits on hand that you can get cash and carry. I hope you will attend.
Also, I will have our Paper Pumpkin Procrastinators Group meet on the last Friday of the month also at 7 pm EST. This month’s gathering is on the 24th of November and December’s will be on the 29th. That is my way of ensuring that all my subscribers get their kits done every month.
Also, I live stream on YouTube on Tuesday nights at 8 PM EST and on Thursday afternoons at 1 PM EST. Replays are also available if these times do not work for you. I also have plenty of video content for you on my YouTube channel to stream at your leisure, so keep going there for more video instruction.
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