In my last post I mentioned that I keep cardstock scored and sorted to give me a head start on my card making. This is a picture of the method I use, which I found on Pinterest, that links back to this post at Paper Pursuits.
Although the blog author uses her box mostly to store quarters, I use mine for quarters and card bases.
To make the dividers, I bought these 5″x8″ index card dividers from Office Depot, then cut them to 7 inches so they would fit in a standard photo box.
I then used my handy Stampin’ Up! Decorative Label Punch to punch out a divider in each color of cardstock, that I then adhered with my snail adhesive over the existing alphabet index label. (I have seen this done with other punches, and I think the File Edgelits would also work well, although I didn’t have those when I created my system.)
Next, I printed out some file labels with the name of each color and stuck them onto the coordinating color punch. I usually buy the assorted packages of Stampin’ Up! cardstock, so that I have at least a couple of pieces of each color. This helps me save a little money and still have the right color when I need it. Once I get to the point where I’m almost out of, say, Regals, I will cut and score the remaining pieces and put them in my file box. When the new package comes in, it will go into my paper-storage cube until I need to break it open.
I do buy whole packs of Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake and Basic Black because those seem to be my go-to colors. Also, if I’m working on a certain project that I plan to make in multiples, I may buy a whole package of that color. One day I hope to have a package of each color, but until then, this method works for me.
Pinterest is a great resource for craft storage and organization, as well as cardmaking ideas!
What is your favorite organization tip?
Along with the dividers, photo box and printable labels, here are the supplies I used: