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My Crazy Craft Space – Taming the Paper Collection

Recently, I have been posting a few photos on Facebook and Instagram showing some snapshots of my craft space, and many of you responded with “show us more“.  These requests got me thinking and made me realize that I should share this amazing space that I have been blessed with, especially how I keep it from overflowing into the rest of the house. Over then next few months, I am going to be sharing various parts of my craft space and, hopefully, giving you a few ideas for your own. This week, we will be talking about Taming the Paper Collection. 

Almost all papercrafters have a collection similar to this – some have more and others have less. For me, paper is something I am constantly grabbing, using, and sharing with others. I made a vow when I moved into this space a year ago to STOP HORDING and START USING. 

Would you believe me if I told you that I GAVE AWAY a three foot stack of paper when I moved in? It’s true. Purging was one of the best things I ever did and continue to do as I purchase more paper each catalog season.  Yet, once I was done purging, I needed to figure out a way to keep it organized.  Let me show you a few ways that I am currently keeping my paper collection corralled in my space. 

Paper Shelf Organization

This paper shelf was designed by my dear sweet husband specifically to hold my paper collection. I spend my days in a 10’x 10′ room where space is at a minimum, so going UP was my best option. (I keep a stool in my room to reach the items up top.)

This shelf holds my both cardstock and paper in large plastic file holders. I chose these specifically for their portability, because they are sturdy and hold up well to being moved from place to place. In each cardstock bin, I have added a little file insert that has been labeled with the color. These not only create a divider between my cardstock colors, they also hold the scraps I will use in the future. 

On the bottom shelves I have divided my paper into themes – ones that made sense to my crazy creative brain – and I have created samples of each paper (from scraps) to hang above my desk. These provide an easy reference when I am working on a project. 

Desktop Organization

As I design projects for my blog and classes, I like to keep the recent catalog items close-by which is why I truly enjoy using these Workspace Wonder Trays.  This modular system is super-sturdy and easy to adapt to your personal work-space.  For me, it has provided the perfect space for my current papers, tools, and projects I am currently working on. 

This systems has worked for me since it first came out from Close to My Heart three years ago. I was in a corner of the basement and it sat on my desk with everything I needed perfectly organized.  It has grown and changed over the years, and I have added a few more items to my collection.  Let me show you how I am using it now:

I hope that you were inspired to start taming the paper collection in your craft space and that you were able to learn a few new way to use the Workspace Wonder products.  In the upcoming months, I hope to show you more ways that I keep my craft space organized and share a even more photos of my special space. 

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Here Are a Few of the Items I Use in My Craft Space

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3 thoughts on “My Crazy Craft Space – Taming the Paper Collection”

  1. Great video! So fun to see how you organize supplies and play with product. Thanks for taking time to share!

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