Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Sept. Creative Chat with MFT

It's time for the MFT Creative Chat. The My Favorite Things Design Team Creative Chat is a monthly feature, where we are challenged to explore our creative spaces and share valuable organizational methods, tools, and shopping strategies with you. You'll be able to peek into our creative spaces, ask questions, and share your own ideas in the MFT forum.  This month, we were asked the following questions:  

How do you store and organize your card stock?  
How do you store your scrap card stock? 
 
Welcome back this month for another look into my craft space. Last month this featured seemed like a hit, so we are back with how we store our cardstock. When I first thought about this topic, I said to myself, "this might be my best organization" and then when I really looked at how I store all my cardstock, I realized "well, maybe not." LOL!  Like I said last month, this works for me.
 
So one of the biggest splurges I made when I first really got into paper crafting was this cart from Cropper Hopper and the plastic paper holders.  I still love it and it still fits my space well.
On the top you'll see I store all of my 8 1/2 x11 cardstock.  From the beginning I have never mixed brands of cardstock. I need to keep it separate so I can keep it all straight in my head. I like to organize by color family, since that was how my SU brain worked for many years. I keep it that way and I can still find all the colors I need.
On the bottom of the cart, you'll find all my 12x12 cardstock (along with a few other things). As you see, I don't have nearly as much solid 12x12 as I do 8 1/2 x 11, but I've got what I need.
This cart sits inside my closet in the room and it is to the back of me.  I always have to stand up to get what I need.  So I need to keep some cardstock right at my finger tips. Directly to my left, I've got a nice stash of my most used neutrals (fossil, whip cream, black licorice, sno cone ect.). I use the plastic paper holder, again, but it fits inside one of the cubbies of my storage unit.
The only other things I have to share is my scrap box.  It's a little scary, I'm warning you, but I love that it is right at my feet. I store all my scraps in gallon size zip lock baggies and have them all in an old box.  This sits on the floor, right at my feet.
Color has it's own baggie. I used to keep every little scrap. I don't do that now, but I still hold on to the bigger ones.  It's convient for cutting with my die-namics. I try not to cut into a full sheet of cardstock if I can help it.
Visit Kim's Blog for a full list of designers that have taken up the challenge and get ready to delve into the minds of our creative team!

Thanks for stopping by again!

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16 comments:

Sarah Gough said...

What a great little cart!

StampOwl said...

great to see how you store your cardstock Lisa

Kary said...

It's lovely to be able to see all the colours of cardstock with the Cropper Hopper holders. Thanks for sharing your storage ideas.

Eva said...

Lisa, your storage is awesome! I like how compact it is, yet stores a LOT! And what clever idea to keep your scrap colors in bags.

Inge said...

Thanks for the little tour in your stamping space, love that tip about the zip lock baggies!

Wendy said...

I love snooping in everyone's craft area's, so neat to see all the ideas!

Michele Boyer said...

Love those Cropper Hoppers, Lisa!

Barbara said...

I still like to keep the color families together, too--I know exactly where everything is!

Jodi Collins aka Kharmagirl said...

What a FAB storage cart Lisa! LOVE all the organization!!

Becky Carafa said...

How funny, our paper storage is almost identical, lol!!!!! The only difference is that mine is on a shelf instead of a cart. I separate companies too, and my SU paper is all by families. I laughed when I saw your scrap box, CUZ I HAVE ONE JUST LIKE IT, organized just like yours! I do have a second box now, cuz I couldn't fit all my bags in the one anymore. This is too funny! We are like paper-organizing-twins-separated-at-birth!!!!

texasjodylynn said...

Love your storage cart, Lisa.

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

SUPER fab organization of your papers! LOVE that cart--I want one!!!!

Karen Motz said...

I totally understand the colour family organization thing! :-)

lynn said...

oh, wow, lisa--and i thought i had a lot of paper! and its so organized! tfs!

bernshwag said...

Love your paper cart Lisa! TFS!!

Hugs,
Candi

angela said...

Love that scrap box , guess we all have one (or2 ) lol.
Thanks for the tour.
Angela