Hi, everyone, I’m back for day 4 of MFT’s 5 Days To An Organized Craft Stash feature. Check out the MFT Blog to see what designers are participating today and how you can win this prize package—there’s a different one every day so don’t miss a single chance to win some MFT goodness!
So you might have guessed today we’re discussing card stock organization and storage. While there are many ways of doing it, I prefer a filing cabinet. But not just ANY filing cabinet, I want a lateral filing cabinet.
At one time I had some pretty oak filing cabinets in my craft room but the drawers didn’t pull out ALL the way and I scrapped many a knuckle getting paper from the back of the drawer. I finally snapped, LOL, and sprung for these cabinets that open up all the way.
This drawer holds all of the older colors of card stock. Not only does a closed filing cabinet provide a great way of keeping card stock easily at hand, it also protects it from dust and light so it stays clean and doesn’t fade.
This drawer has all of the whites plus the newer colors—I’m already prepared for the final colors that will be coming out in the next couple of months :)
I have paper in hanging file folders and a swatch and the name on the labels. There’s room in the back of the drawer for extra packs, too.
In addition to my packs of card stock, I like to keep A2 size panels in a little file box on my desk, along with some bases, already cut. They’re right at hand and are no extra work since, when I cut a full sheet into quarters, I stick what I’m not using right then into the box. Same with card bases. When I cut a full sheet I make two bases at the same time—one to use and one goes in the box. Next time, I’ll check to see if I already have one cut in a specific color before getting out another sheet.
Scraps are separated by colors in drawers that used to house stamp sets. I have a drawer for neutrals, one for warm colors, and one for cool.
Same thing goes for any backgrounds I have already stamped—or scraps of same. I keep any scrap that might be usable in the future.
And finally, I made a swatch book using all of the MFT card stock colors. When I’m looking for a color combo I can flip these over and around to see what certain colors look like up close and personal :) It was quite easy to make and I completed it in an evening using my Bind It All—I’ll add new colors as they come out.
Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope I’ve given you some useful ideas for organizing and storing your card stock.