Craft Space Tour: Paper, Cardstock, & Stamps

Welcome back to my craft space! I hope you enjoyed last week’s tour of my Cricut & Sizzix crafting space showing where I store Cricut tools and materials and dies and embossing folders. If you missed it, you can view it on My Craft Space page.

This week, I am sharing how I organize my pattern paper, cardstock, specialty paper, and stamps. I will also show you how I organize my growing collection of paper scraps, flip-flaps, and memory protectors.

Each week, I will be sharing an area of my craft space and how I have organized my 9’x9′ craft space using handmade and repurposed objects. After you watch this week’s tour, make sure to continue reading so that you can learn more about my paper and stamp organization systems.

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In my first video, I shared the space above my desk where I store my paper samples. These samples are separated by theme, and those themes match the labels on my pattern paper holders.

The paper storage boxes store retired papers that I am holding onto for future projects. The desk paper shelves store current paper for classes, live videos, or blog projects.

I like to keep them pattern paper separated so that I know which paper is currently available on my website for those who are making my class projects. It is always frustrating for someone when they learn that a paper pattern is no longer available after I show them how to make a project.

Above those pattern papers, I have cardstock. These are also stored in plastic paper handlers and sorted by color. In between each color, I have a tabbed envelope that is used to label the color and hold paper scraps.

I also have a box of specialty papers on the lower shelf and in a drawer on my mixed media table. I will be sharing more about that area next week.

In the video, I also share how I store my 6×6 papers, my card bases, and my flip-flaps and memory protectors. If you would like a copy of the file I use to label my memory protector files, you can find it here. I used Avery Label # for these labels.


I also shared with you my stamp organization system. I keep my stamp collection small and I purge often. Every year, companies introduce new stamps and, as much as I would like to, I cannot keep them all. Every two months, I sort through the collection and gift them away or sell them online at a discount.

The ones I do keep, are stored in these paper storage boxes. If you are not a fan of the paper storage boxes, or need more ideas for storing stamps – I have another quick organizing idea for you. You can read about it here.

I keep track of the stamps I keep in Evernote. In the video, I give you a quick tutorial of how I use Evernote to catalog my stamped images. I love how I can pull up the catalog on all my devices and search for an image or sentiment and find the stamp I need.

I hope that you have enjoyed these craft space tours and that they have helped you in your craft room. If you have any questions about the items shown or how I organized my paper and stamps, please feel free to comment below.

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Make a Slimline with a Standard Background Die

Slimline cards seem to have a new awakening in the crafting world, and companies are starting to make a few slimline dies that we can purchase. For those of us on a budget who might not have a slimline die yet, I wanted to share a way you could “stretch your supplies” and use a standard die instead.

I used those words deliberately. Today, I am showing you how to “stretch” a standard-size background die into a size that will allow you to create this Life is Beautiful Lemons card.

This card was originally created for the Craft Roulette challenge, but, unfortunately, I broke the rules again, so I was not able to submit it. After you watch the tutorial, you can read why I wasn’t able to participate in this week’s challenge.

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As you saw in the video, I was able to take the standard 4¼” x 5½” Stitched Lattice Background Die and use it to create a background for my slimline. This is easy to do when you know how to place your die onto the cutting plates.

When you create your first cut, make sure to stop before you get to the bottom of the die. In the first photo, you can see how the bottom portion of the die hasn’t gone through, yet. I simply moved my plates back towards me before it cut through and removed the die.

To create the bottom half of the slimline background, place the die so that the top portion is above the plates. This prevents any pressure on the die and prevents it from cutting through your paper. You can also use this process to create a border for a scrapbook page using a standard die as I did on my Parade Layout.

After I finished assembling the base of the card, I added a denim hexagon and some floral images that I shaded with SpectrumNoir Metallic markers. I wanted to create a metallic wash on the images, so I watered down the marker pigment on a paint palette and used a watercolor brush to shade the flowers with Silver Ingot and Red Garnet.

As I was shading the remaining portions of the images with watercolor paints, I realized that I had broken the rules. The parameters for this week’s challenge were: Slimline Card, Tasty Treat, Polka Dots, and Yellow+2. I had added a fourth color.

At this point, I decided to continue with the project because I wanted to make sure I finished this tutorial. After all, my goal was to show you how to “stretch” those standard-size background dies and share how I shaded the images with watered down metallic markers.

I could have attempted to make another card to submit for the Craft Roulette challenge, but life took over, and it just didn’t happen. Oh, well. Maybe next time I will try to follow the rules.


I hope that this project inspired you to use your metallic markers in a new way and a “stretch” those background dies into a few slimline cards. If you have any questions about this project or the supplies listed below, feel free to leave a comment.

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Organizing Cricut Items, Die Cutting, & Tools

Welcome back to my craft space! I hope you enjoyed last week’s tour of my Desk Space showing where I work as a Maker, create projects, and record videos and live classes. If you missed it, you can view it on My Craft Space page.

This week, I am showing you how I organize my Cricut tools & materials, my die-cutting and embossing folder items, and where I store the tools within my space. Each week, I will be sharing an area of my craft space and how I organize the items within it.

My original plan was to create a single video showing a general overview of my space, but I know that many of you are wanting organization ideas so I decided to break it down into several videos. After you watch this week’s tour, make sure to continue reading so that you can learn more about each of the areas cricut crafting area.

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Seven years ago, I joined CTMH as a Maker because of the Cricut items they offered. Creating with my Cricut machines and showing others how to use theirs is how I spend most of my days in my craft space, so it only made sense that my second video would be about my Cricut Crafting area.

The large solid piece of wood furniture shown above was a salvaged find. It was originally designed to be a changing table for a nursery, but, the minute I saw it, I knew that it would be the perfect addition to my craft space.

It has a place for my Cricut Maker, my Cricut tools & materials, my idea books, my die-cutting and embossing folder items, and so much more. There is even room on top to add a few decorations representing my personality.

One of my favorite pieces in this area is the Cricut Tool holder my husband created from a salvaged piece of barn wood, some small pipes, and hooks. Not only is it beautiful and functional, but it also fits my space perfectly.

In the video, I talk about how I keep “like items” together. When I began organizing my craft space, I wanted a functional space where everything had a place.

On this large shelf, I keep all the items I need for my Cricut and die-cutting machine. One drawer holds all my Cricut mats, EasyPress Mats, and some tools. The other drawer contains all my Cricut materials.

I also keep all my die-cutting items nearby. In the drawer below the machine, I have my cutting plates and mats. Embossing folders sit on a shelf above, and metal dies are organized in small albums on the top shelf. Everything I need to create with my Cricut or Sizzix are kept in one space. By keeping like-items together, I don’t have to search for a cutting plate or Cricut mat in the middle of a project.


So many items in one little space! Before you go, I do need your opinion on something. For years, I have been debating if I should stain this piece of furniture or paint it a distressed black. I think it would update the piece, but it would also be A LOT of work. Let me know what you think I should do.

I hope that you enjoyed this week’s Craft Space tour and that it gave you a few ideas for organizing your own space. Next week, I will be sharing my paper and cardstock organization with you. If you have any questions about the items I have in my space, feel free to comment below.

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