Before I get in to my organization, how about a little dose of "keeping it real". We all know that stamp rooms get messy. More often than not, mine is in a state of disarray. Like right now for example. Here is a "real time" shot of my desk. I have piles of new 6 X 6 patterned paper pads sitting on my desk like this.... with no rhyme or reason.
And here is another pile.... and to be honest... this is kind of NEAT. LOL
I buy primarily 6 X 6 patterned paper pads. They are perfect for card making, have scaled down patterns, and are cute as a button. I have quite the stash and I found they fit perfectly in a plastic storage drawer system I bought at Walmart some time ago. I have 3 drawers full, and am precariously bordering on needing a 4th... LOL (where ever am I going to put my western stamps? LOL)
In one drawer I have Basic Grey (which I alphabetized by collection name), in another I have mostly My Mind's Eye, and in the 3rd, it's a mix of other companies.
For me, the location of my 6 X 6 patterned paper pads is important. I don't want to have to get up out of chair and hunt for paper. Here, you can see that I just have to swivel around from my work space and open my drawers to choose my patterned paper. I like to have my most-used tools and supplies within reach of my swiveling chair.
Nearby, I have several larger drawers that house my limited collection of 12 X 12 patterned paper. I have them sorted by company so I can easily find what I am looking for: Echo Park, Pink Paislee, misc, My Mind's Eye, Girls Paperie (now out of business), Basic Grey, and October Afternoon.
I also have a drawer for my October Afternoon 8 X 8 pads since they won't fit in my other drawers.
Some of the 6 X 6 patterned paper pads fall apart the first time you try to rip a sheet out of them. *grumble grumble* I have found that inexpensive binder clips like this work to keep all the bits and pieces contained. (binder clips are from Staples - 12 for $1)
One last tip I want to share with you is color matching your Copic markers to your patterned papers. When I use the patterned paper pad for the first time, I grab my Copic color chart and color match the papers. I write them all down on the cover of the patterned paper pad. This way, next time I use the paper, I can just grab the coordinating markers and not have to start from scratch each time. I grabbed some from my desk that I have done this with to show you.
I hope you enjoyed the peek into my stamp room (and patterned paper addiction LOL).
See you TOMORROW for the start of My Favorite Things TEASER TIME!
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