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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here is a list of some supplies I used today (View All My Supplies Here)

Birthday Time Layout

Birthdays are major events for some, happy days for others, and a way to celebrate another year on earth with your family and friends.  This “One Year Older” layout is a great way to showcase those photos celebrating another year blessed.  Throughout the month of March, I will be posting birthday themed projects using our Birthday Time stamp of the month that you can use as inspiration.  As always, the list of supplies used on this layout can be found at the very bottom of this post.

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Wherever I go through my paper scraps, I have found that most of it includes our PML (Picture My Life) papers. These pages have been designed for pocket scrapbooking, but they are also great to use as photos mats, on card fronts, and, as I did, to decorate a scrapbook page.

Here are a few ways that I used my leftover Chelsea Gardens PML cards:
• The Diagonal PML was used as the background for the “One Year Older” title. It wasn’t quite long enough, so I cut it in half and used part above and part below the image.
• I included the Grey Dotted PML in the background.  My background was designed using a hodgepodge of paper scraps including some PML cards and zip-strips –  kind of like a crazy quilt.
• Since the Complements are a dark grey, I needed a way to create some matching paper strips for the “It’s Your Birthday” embellishment.  The dark grey on the “True Story” PML matched perfectly.
• I wanted a place to include journaling, so I cut up the “Lined Butterfly” PML to the size I needed, stamped “Date”, and added it to the layout with some Complements.

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I added a few more embellishments using the Birthday Time stamp set, along with the Basic Banners, Scallop Border and Oval Thin Cuts. (Don’t forget that these Thin Cuts are on sale this month, while supplies last.) 

The Birthday Time stamp set is available for purchase on my website through March 31st.  You can purchase it for $17.95 or for only $5.00 with a qualifying $50.00 purchase.  I will be posting more projects using this stamp set throughout the month, so make sure to visit often.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

Signature

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Birthday Time Stamp Set

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Chelsea Gardens Paper Packet

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12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

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12 x 12 Linen Cardstock

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12 x 12 Glacier Cardstock

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Bonding Memories Glue Pen

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Heather Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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My Acrylix Blocks Starter Set

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Glacier Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad

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Chelsea Gardens Complements

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Tombow Permanent Adhesive

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Basic Banners Thin Cuts

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Basic Ovals Thin Cuts
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Thin 3D Foam Tape
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SureCut Deluxe Paper Trimmer