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Sep 27, 2011

Creative Chat - Organizing Card Stock

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? 

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!

While I absolutely love this feature, I have to admit that this topic caused me a LOT of work.  I had been wanting to corral all my card stock in one location and my stamp room was in DIRE need of a cleaning/organizational kick in the pants.  So, after a full 8 hour day of cleaning and another 6-8 organizing, I have a SPARKLING clean stamp room and organized card stock.  I LOVE it!  

This month, I made a VIDEO giving a "tour" of my card stock storage.  Click the arrow below to watch it.  :) If you are viewing this post in a feed reader, you may not be able to see the video, but I have included a link for you to watch it>>> VIDEO:

I moved one of my large, folding craft tables along one wall and put 4 large plastic file holders underneath it.  I purchased them at Staples for about $17 each.

Placing the paper under the table meant I had bad lighting, so I went to Staples in search of the old style "tap lights".  I found these, in a three pack, for around $10 (but each needed 3, AAA batteries).  They are LED lights, and not super bright, so I placed one over each paper file box.

I use inexpensive hanging folders to hold my paper in.  They come in packs of 25 for about $6.

To label the folders, I cut a piece of the card stock to 2" X 5/8".  I print out the name of the card stock on copy paper small enough so I can punch it out with my Stampin' Up Word Window punch (14 point font, generally).  Here, you can see I am preparing my MFT Card Stock labels.  If you would like my typed up list, I am happy to share it with you, just e-mail me (e-mail address in the side bar).

Here, you can see all 4 lights mounted under the table, and all my 8 1/2 X 11 card stock. 

I arranged each bin in a similar way to make things easier to find.  In the front, I started with neutral colors, which I use most often: white, cream, black, grey, brown etc), and then progressed to colors in the same general order in each tub: yellows, oranges, pinks, reds, purples, blues, then greens.

 For the My Favorite Things Card Stock, I made myself a color chart in word.  I am happy to share it with you, just e-mail me (e-mail address in the side bar of my blog).  I punched a 1" square of each color and adhered in the labeled boxes.  I intend to do this for the the other brands of card stock I use (Papertrey Ink and Stampin' Up), but that will be a project for another day... LOL

On a shelf in another area of my room, I stacked the full packages of "back up" card stock, by company, in the same general order I have them in the file boxes (at this point, are you started to think I have a sickness?  LOL).

The only card stock that is "in use" and not in my files, is my 12 X 12 card stock.  I have all of that in some inexpensive drawers I purchased at Walmart (3 drawer unit for around $12).  I don't have them in any particular order.  I just throw them in there.  LOL  Most of them are multipacks (more than one color per pack).

I store my scraps in the same type of drawer system.  Here is the breakdown of each drawer:

  • white, cream, clear
  • black, grey
  • brown, kraft
  • rich colors
  • light/pastel colors
  • bright colors

I try to keep the top 3 drawers kinda organized, but the other three are just all mixed together and I dig through it to find what I need.

Ahhhhh clean and organized makes me HAPPY.  Wonder how long I can keep it looking like this?  LOL

Thanks for stopping by!  I'll see you tomorrow for Wednesday Stamp Club.  :)


  1. Thank you...for being me, but you, but me. LOVE IT!!! LOL!! I didn't show my back stock, but seriously, I think I you won't be alone, LOL!!

  2. Jody, you ROCK!!!! Seriously, I knew you would have something totally amazing and you did!!! LOVE everything about your storage and may I just say WOW on all the card stock you have? WOW!!!

  3. oh wow - that's a dream stack of cardstock right there!

  4. enjoyed seeing how you stored your cardstock and hearing your voice

  5. Great ideas, Jody!! You do have quite a collection of cardstock ;) Cool!!

  6. I am SO happy to see your 12x12 organized the same as mine, I've been wondering if I should change it... and now on to that CS storage... Yes Please on all the lists... can you do one for PTI too??? ;)

    I'd LOVE a copy!!!! GORGEOUS ROOM and it makes this OCD Girlie GRIN!!!!!

  7. Totally impressed...WOOOOOW! Great organization tips Jody!

  8. I was excited to see what you do! So much paper! LOL at all that back stock! Love it!

  9. Um honey, you have a bit of paper! LOL I am a tad jealous more than anything. I think I should go and put an order in right now!! :)

  10. WOW! You're hired! I need this organization in my it. your video was GREAT!

  11. That is a LOAD of paper! :) (Don't light any candles in there.) Love your bins and lights!

  12. Fabulously organized, my girl! But then, I knew it would be! Great job on the video, too!

  13. OMGoodness, love the picture of the new packages of cardstock! You'll never run out :) Great video too, TFS.

  14. LOVE this! I love that you made a video! Cool! Sickness about cardstock?! NO! You're just like the rest of us! LOL!

  15. Phew! Wow! I think I can come out of the closet with my "backstock"! Woo hoo!

  16. SHUT the front door! LOVE the tap lights UNDER your table (I would expect nothing less from you) and I LOVE your paper chart. You ROCK...plain and simple.
    And, OMG and the back stock.

  17. Great video and storage tips! Love the lights you added under the table and your color chart!

  18. I expected nothing else from you!! :) Organized to the full tilt. FAB!! That is some back stash of paper.


  19. what a fabulous cardstock collection- LOVE it! your organization is fantastic-love those lights! i need to spend a clean up day in my space again really soon too! how i loved hearing your voice :) thanks for sharing!!

  20. Thanks for the great labeling idea:)

  21. I thought for a minute that I was touring a store with all that extra stock, but it sure is pretty all stacked there! I noticed that even your scrap drawers are perfectly organized. Love it!

  22. I love organization. I just need a much larger room! So far DH hasn't offered to add a room onto the house for me. :D

  23. Jodi what an awesome set up you have there my dear! I love it! Thanks for the inspiritation!



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