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I told you I'd be back with some stamped projects, but I haven't been stamping. Instead I've been organizing my stamp room. I've been pulling all of the retired colors of cardstock, ribbon, stamp pads, etc. to make room for all of the new colors. I know that many stampers are looking for tips and ideas on how to organize their supplies, so I thought I'd show you how I organize my cardstock.
First let me say that I got this idea from my upline Blythe. I went to my local office supply store and bought one of these paper/cardstock organizers.
You can buy them in several different sizes. Mine has three columns with 12 slots in each column. Each of the new Stampin' Up! color groups has ten colors in them, so I've dedicated five slots to each color group. In this photo the top five slots on the left are from the neutrals collection, the top five slots in the middle are from the subtles collection, and the top five slots on the right are from the brights collection. The regals collection, in colors, and other cardstock are down below those.
As you can see in this close up photo, I store two colors in each slot. I pick two colors that look nothing alike and put them in the same slot. That way I don't get them mixed up. Do NOT put colors like Pink Pirouette and Pretty in Pink together. They're so similar that you won't be able to tell them apart.
Yes, I have lots of cardstock! That's just what works for me. I usually have one opened pack of cardstock that I'm working on and another unopened pack. I don't ever want to run out of cardstock. I store my loose sheets of cardstock on top and the unopened pack on the bottom. As soon as I open up a full pack of cardstock, I order another one.
What do I do with my cardstock scraps? I store them in the same slot with the full sheets of cardstock. Look at the photo above (you can click on it to blow it up bigger) and you'll see the cello bags of scraps sitting on top of all of the cardstock.
These bags are the cello bags that Stampin' Up! demonstrators can order on a supply order. I put a label on the bag with the names of the two colors of cardstock that are inside. Any piece of cardstock that is smaller than a full sheet goes inside here. Whenever I'm stamping a card, I always go to my scrap bag first and see if I have a scrap that I can use before I cut a full sheet. I have saved dozens of pieces of cardstock by using my scraps first. I also always use my scraps whenever I use my punches.
Did you find that useful? Do you have any questions? Do you want tips on how to organize any other stamping supplies? Then leave me a comment and I'll answer your questions and share more photos. Thanks so much for stopping by!