Friday, March 31, 2017

Organizing: How I Store My Cardstock: UPDATED!

Everyone likes organizational posts.  I think most crafters like to be neat and organized, even if we don't always KEEP it neat and organized!  LOL!
Today I am sharing with you my updated Cardstock Organization.  I am only discussing cardstock today.  I store my Designer Series Paper differently, and I store my scraps of cardstock differently.  Look for a blog post on those in the future!
If you search my blog, I have shared my cardstock organization before.  And I used that system for years, and it worked....for the most part.   But the issue I had was that with my vertical storage, some colors were packed (and caused wrinkling) , some colors were less full and "fell forward" in the holders (causing more wrinkling).  Overall, I got some crumbled corners.  And in the paper crafting world, That is NOT good. I also had a hard time seeing the colors I wanted.  I had to pull out the cardstock to decide, they put it back....which resulted in messy paper storage.   I decided I wanted to upgrade and get something more stable and that once I bought it....It would last forever.  I found that with Stamp N Storage paper holders.  

Stamp n Storage 12X12 Paper Holders set up horizontally 

The first consideration I had was whether I wanted the holders vertical or horizontal (they can be stored either way).  I chose horizontal since that method seems to cause the least amount of wrinkling in the paper.  Perfect.  I chose the paper holder made to fit the Ikea units.  While as you can see from the pictures, I don't have them in an Ikea unit right now, I know when we move, I will buy the Ikea units for my dedicated craft room.  Right now, I am taking over my kids former playroom.  Yes, taking over!  LOL.  I am using the current shelving I had in there to store toys on.  

One of the things I like about the Stamp N Storage  paper holders is that you can adjust the shelves (every one of them EXCEPT the middle shelf- for stability, it can't be adjusted up or down).  As you can see,  most of my cardstock fits in the slots fine, but with some cardstock, I had more of that color, so adjusting the shelves was nice.  I always try and pick up cardstock from Stampin' Up when I see ANY cardstock on the clearance.  That's probably where I have more of one color or another.  
I store my paper in "rainbow color" families.  It makes it very easy if I need to match something on a project, to be able to see exactly what color works best with the project I am working on.  From my storage, you can see I store 12X12 paper on the bottom of each individual shelf with any 8 1/2 X 11 paper stored on top of the 12X12 sheets.  I eventually want to get dedicated 8 1/2 X 11 paper holders, which Stamp N Storage does sell,  but my current space doesn't allow me that room, so this works for now.  

you can see I also have ink storage above some paper holders, look out for blog post on my ink storage soon.

As you can see in this picture, I labeled all my shelves so I can easily see the paper color name.  I used the Paper Holder Label System from Stamp N Storage as well, I just printed my own colored labels with my label maker.  I keep a lot of White cardstock on hand.  I am always using white cardstock.  

Neat and organized

One tip I have, when organizing your cardstock, think how you use your cardstock.  Are color names important to you?  Do you paper craft with many different brands cardstocks?  For me, I mainly use all Stampin' Up cardstock with a couple of exceptions I use with Copic coloring or mixed media.  

I found it easier to put In Colors in my rainbow order.  This is how I craft, and if it is not out where I can see it, I won't use it.  One bonus I didn't realize I would gain with these holders is that I can always quickly see when I need to reorder a cardstock color.  I never run out now!

I have found the Stamp N Storage paper holders to be very well made.  VERY durable, and will last FOREVER!!!  I chose to keep my natural at this time.  I might paint or stain them when I move the craft room, to match my new room more, but they are gorgeous either way.  
I still keep a couple of plastic 12X12 paper holders beside my Stamp N Storage holders.  (refer back to the first picture).  Inside those, I store more cardstock but in Stampin' Up color families and In Color families.  This is my "to go" cardstock.  I take these when I got to retreats or to craft at friends' houses. I refill those "to go" plastic holders out of my main Stamp N Storage holders when they get low.   I couldn't fit another Stamp N Storage paper holder on that shelf due to space, so it made sense to put my to go paper there.  I also store any specialty paper in them: glimmer paper, velum, metallic papers, and water color paper.  
These storage units for worked wonderfully for me.  They are worth every penny and keeps my card stock not only looking eye pleasing but keeps it nice and straight as well.  
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Thanks for Stopping by!  And be sure to look for more updated organizing post soon!  All products mentioned in this post where bought and paid for by myself, I am sharing them because I found they work great.  

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

I feel like well pretty awesome!!!! Making Banners with Felt!

I have been obsessed with felt!  Anyone else think felt is wonderful??  This year for Christmas gifts for my friends, I made scissor keepers with felt and the scissor keeper die from PaperTrey Ink.  It is relaxing to sit and sew with felt and the dies make it so easy to cut the felt out AND adds the sewing holes as well.  How much easier can it be???!!!!  The only part I need to worry about, is what color of felt I am going to use and what color of floss I will use! Super fun!!!  
Lately, I have been working on banners, I am banner obsessed!  I used banner dies from Lawn Fawn to cut out the banner itself.  And then depending on the banner I'm making, I use other dies to cut out the accents and alphabet.  I found felt dies that cut the  holes  on them at Simon Says Stamp and PaperTrey Ink.  You can use any dies that you have to cut felt, most work fine in the big shot.  The sewing dies just make it extra easier because the sewing holes are cut into the felt at the same time you cut the shape.  If you don't have sewing dies, get out your other dies and give them a try! You can stitch around the edges easily any felt shape or you can use felt glue to adhere your layers.  

Here is an Easter banner I made for my sister

Here is another Easter banner 

Here is a picture of the banners that I cut out using the Lawn Fawn banner die.  I love that the holes are already cut out for me which makes hanging the banners easy.  This is for a Fall banner that I have yet to sew, but aren't those colors divine??!!!  

This is for a banner that says Have Faith

The best part of these banners are that you can customize them anyway you want.  For this banner, I beaded the edges, hard to see in the picture but adds a nice sparkle to the banner.  I use Mill Hill beads in various sizes and colors, really whatever looks good.

I added some green beads for this Christmas banner.  I also used the bigger banner die for this one since it will only say NOEL with two snowflakes on each size.  

Once again, hard to capture in pictures, but this banner has beading around the edges as well.  I LOVE the shiny silver felt!!!!
All the felt I used is from The Felt Pod.  They have so many colors....see below!!!  Be sure to use 100% wool felt with your die cuts, other felts may not cut well.  100% wool felt gives you nice, clean  edges.  

I was so excited to get my new felt order the other day because I finally ordered a felt ring swatch.  Now I can see the colors in person so I can order EXACTLY the color I want!!!!  I just can't stop staring at the FELT!!!!

Have you done any felt projects?!  Share!!!!
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