5/21 Grad Day & Paper Organization

I wanted to make a few more grad cards today and since today is sketch challenge day over at SCS, it seemed like a great place to start. I have a great little grad background stamp from Inky Antics that I purchased at a garage sale and it was just begging me to get it out and ink it up. I had a feeling that the grad background stamp would be cute on that main panel. I was right!! It's super cute! (At least to me!) My sentiments are from Hero Arts and they compliment the mail panel perfectly. Those black crystal accents are something I picked up recently at Archivers while shopping with my SCS friend Beth. (Hi Beth!!!) They are made by Mark Richards and they are called Crystal Stickers. I am always and forever running out of black brads so I decided to pick some of these up. They are kind of fun and I'm glad I got them.
Supplies I used on my grad cards:
Stamps: Inky Antics, Hero Arts
Paper: Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Real Red, Basic Black
Accessories: Crystal Stickers, Black Grosgrain Ribbon, Ticket Corner Punch
And, now, I want to show you a corner of my office where I store my 48 colors of Stampin'Up paper. I have a four drawer filing cabinet that is probably 20 years old. It is pictured below.

The top drawer of the filing cabinet holds odds and ends like spare batteries, extra adhesive, cellophane bags, and other kinds of junky things that you don't quite know where to put. The next drawer is where I store my 48 colors of SU paper, the third drawer is for business forms and extra paper packs and the 4th drawer is where I store family related files.

My SU punches are stored in a drawer near by so on the side of my filing cabinet, I have some of my punches represented on black paper squares. When I want to check a punch out for size, I just grab the paper square and hold it up to where ever I want to use it. I took a few magnetic business cards and cut them into strips, then I taped the magnetic strips onto the punch cut outs so that they can be easily removed and replaced. The calender off to the left is where I store receipts that are not business related. There is a pocket for each month of the year. That way, when I need to return an item, I can usually find the receipt fairly quickly. The small drawers on top of the cabinet are where I store my markers, gel pens, watercolor pencils, blender pens etc. I picked these up at a garage sale, but I am sure you can find them in any Target, Walmart or Office Supply store. The two wooden boxes on top of the small drawers are memento boxes holding treasures from my travels. The little boy and girl in the picture hanginf on the wall to left is a picture of my brother and me. He was one and I was four in 1967.

Here is how I file my paper. All 48 colors are filed alphabetically. I'm a chronological person and abc, 123 is the way I think. Begin at the beginning and end at the end. It's kind of amazing I have any creativity in me at all!

When I start to run low on a certain color of paper, I take the paper tab and move it over to the far right of the folder. Then, when I place an order, it takes only a moment to figure out what colors of paper I need to order. The key is then to remember to move the tab back over to the left once the order is placed. I can't tell you how many times I've forgotten to move the tab back and then I order the paper twice!! Not so serious when you are a demo and go through reams and reams of paper . . . but when I did this a happy customer, it used to kind of make me mad as that was money I could have spent of stamps or accessories!

Here is a picture of one of my paper files open. You'll notice that I have a page protector (heavy duty) in each color file. That is where I store my scraps. I am much more likely to use my scraps when they are stored and organized with the actual paper color.

Well, I hope you enjoyed the paper tour. I've never actually shared pictures of my room before as I didn't think I had anything particularly special to share about it. But, whenever my customers bring a friend along to a workshop or a class and they want to show them my room and how it is organized . . . well, it makes me think I must be doing something right. I hope to share more in the coming weeks.

Thanks for stopping by today!!


LeAnne said…
Oh, this is awesome. I would NEVER show anybody my craft room--aaaack!
I really like how you have your punch templates handy!! My challenge is 12x12 paper. I never used to have any but SU, but since I have branched out, I am accumulating quite a bit and do not have room in my hanging files for it!! So it is messy and I never remember what I have. I also like how you keep your scraps in a sheet protector. I think I could actually do that!
lakind said…
What a great idea for organizing your paper. I use a big plastic filing bin, but my scraps are just thrown in a box lid, and is overflowing! I have several ideas on storing them but I really like yours! TFS!
Megan said…
I love they way you have your CS organized! My only question is, how do you move the tab over? Aren't they stuck to something? I love the idea though, it would be so much faster to see what colors you need, and less messy, I just have post-its everywhere reminding me what to order! :)
Meda said…
Wow, That's amazing. I wish I could be that organized. I specially like the way you store your scraps. What about the Patterned Paper. How do you store that and the scraps.