Cardstock Organization and Storage

Monday, August 22, 2011

A few months ago, I finally got all my cardstock labels printed and assigned to the correct folder! You see, the cardstock was organized into separate file folders, but I didn't have labels on them for the longest time! What good are separate folders if you don't know what is inside them?!?!

Here's what I did...
  • Typed the name of every color of cardstock I have, and put either "SU" or "PTI" for Stampin' Up! or Papertrey Ink after the name. I printed on regular white printer paper, then used my paper cutter to cut them out quickly
  • Left some blank space to the left of the name to place a small circle punch shape for a sample of the color!
  • Placed the label inside the clear tab, then attached the color swatch to the outside of the tab with a little dab of adhesive
  • Alternated each tab in a different position so it's easy to read the labels
  • Opted to organize it by color, not alphabetically or by color family
Edited 11/8/11: I've had a few questions about the size of the file box I use.
It's about 14" x 23" x 10". Here is a link to a box just like it. Hope this helps! 

I LOVE THIS SYSTEM!! Makes finding the color I need SO easy! It is also a good reminder to use colors I don't use that often. The pieces you see right in front are half sheets that are already cut. It's easy to quickly check that spot if I need a specific color. I hope this guide was helpful and gave you some ideas on how to organize your stash of cardstock! If you have any questions, just leave a comment on this post! :-)

41 comments:

  1. Where did you find those great plastic containers for your paper storage? I would like to use your idea for my papers.

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  2. Marsha,

    I purchased the bin several years ago at either Office Depot, Office Max or Staples. It comes with a lid, but I don't use it. Here's a link to a similar one I found online http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/656368/Office-Depot-Brand-Stackable-File-Tote/?cm_cat=

    Mine is just larger/longer than that one. Good luck! :)

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  3. Thanks for sharing this organization idea, Nicki!!! I LOVE your labels with the circle-punched samples!! Excellent idea!!

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  4. Wow! This is awesome! I currently have mine in a file cabinet, but keep losing the back folders. I LOVE your system and the labels you made. Thanks for sharing this!

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  5. Hy Nicki,
    thanks for showing your idea for the cardstock organisation.I love it and I would like to take this idea for my cardstock,because my storage is so confusing.
    Many greetings
    Angela

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  6. will you come over to my house?! :) I had my SU like that and then went to a ginormous mail sorter thing that I picked up from a g-sale for a steal but it takes up so much room..I think I'm going back to my original method. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  7. I love your color swatch dots on the labels...what a great visual reference! I have mine in hanging folders too but keep any partial sheets and scraps in a page protector in the file with the full sheets. I like having all the scraps contained and I can see at a glance if I really need to cut into a full sheet for a small piece.

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  8. Hi Nicki. I have a quick question. What size is your plastic file container and where did you purchase it and the file folders? I really love your system and I think it would work perfectly for all my design paper pads. Thanks so much for sharing. I love it!
    Hugs, Lisa G

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  9. Lurve this! Consider your system hijacked! :)

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  10. I saw your idea over on Crafty Storage and absolutely love it! I'm one of those lucky girls that have room for my cardstock on paper shelves, but I've been looking for a way to organize my ever-growing collection of scraps. I think the circle punch of each color of paper is genius!!

    Amy E.
    scrapthissavethat.blogspot.com

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  11. Always looking for great ideas for storage. Tanks for sharing.

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  12. What a great idea!! I just have my scraps thrown in small trays!

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  13. I linked from Crafty Storage. This is a great idea. I even have one of the tubs and plenty of tabs from when my office closed. Even tho my CS doesn't have the cool SU names I can at least put samples of dots on the tags. Thanks for the great inspiration.

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  14. What a great idea! I have been inspired to do some re-organizing. Thanks for the great post!

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  15. You did a great job! Makes me think I need to get in there and go thru all of my cardstock now...
    Thanks for sharing!
    Karen ~ Some days are diamonds

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  16. Could you tell me the measurements of your file box? Thanks!

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  17. A ziplock bag holds the scraps well and in your system I would add one behind about every fourth folder to hold four colors of scrap. Maybe bring the edge up and add the identifying tag with squares of all the enclosed colors so you know it is partials and scraps. The tow gallon ziplock-type baggies are great for traveling with large paper too.

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  18. I there, I found you on pinterest and LOVE this idea! Any chance you could tell me what size of cardstock this holds? Would it work for 12x12?

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  19. Oh my goodness. That is AMAZING! I am so jealous!!!

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  20. Thanks for sharing this neat and organized method. Very straightforward and practical. I love it!

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  21. I assume that you used the standard legal hanging file folders, but how does the 12x12 cardstock fit in them?

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  22. This looks like it works for 8 1/2 x 11" paper. How do you organize your 12 x 12" ?

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    1. I don't have that much 12 x 12 cardstock, but I do have it sitting in a standard letter size mesh file box (with an open top), without any folders. It barely fits in it because the opening is just about 12" wide. I really don't "organize" it within the box because there really isn't that much.

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    2. Nicki S. Did you find something to use for your 12 x 12 paper? I'm going nuts. I have plenty of the clear hanging folders for putting the paper in, but every storage box is way too small. It's as if the powers that be think we just want to have a small tote to carry around. I don't they are heavy and awkward to drag in and out of my closet. If I going to an event, fine, but to store in my home, I want a large storage containing. Doesn't even have to have a lid. There must be a way. I know I'm nearly 5 years later asking this of you. Just trying to find a way:-)

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  23. GREAT IDEA! I will be borrowing this idea if thats ok!

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  24. This is the most awesome idea I've seen yet. Very easily moved around if need be. I love it! thank you for sharing your creative mind with us. :D

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  26. Thank you for sharing this great idea. I have my box underway... I still need to do the names and tabs. Was wondering if you shared that list you have somewhere on here and if not, would you? Maybe I can bribe my daughter to type out the colors I have, hmmmm, might work. Thanks again for sharing. Just in case brpetty@gmail.com

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    1. Brenda,
      I'm glad you found my idea useful! Unfortunately, I don't have all the card stock colors typed up anymore. I created a template from scratch in Adobe Illustrator using the size of the tabs I purchased, and just type up new labels when I need them.
      I hope your daughter can be of help for you!
      Nicki

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  27. This is really neat! You can easily see the names of the sorted items for quick access or just browse through the colors and choose whichever strikes your fancy! I also have some stuff sorted in storage boxes, but I haven’t had the time to label them yet. I might copy yours if you don’t mind.

    Ruby Badcoe

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  28. Great idea....im doing this adap. Will save time and money

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  29. Great idea....im doing this adap. Will save time and money

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  30. Very organized and economical way to organize and store cardstock. Going to use this in my craftroom.

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  31. I went to Argos today and got a box similar to this one.its great, I ordered the hanging files from amazon as they were cheaper. Great idea thanks for sharing.

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  32. Nice storage as you can see the colors , the name , the brand & know quickly as you are getting low on favorite colors! The punched circle to see the color right away is a very handy idea! Thanks for sharing for us to see!

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  33. What did you do with 12 x 12 paper.? The file folders I found aren't deep enough.

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  34. What did you do with 12 x 12 paper.? The file folders I found aren't deep enough.

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  36. Hi, any luck finding a storage container for 12 x 12 paper? I don't mean a tote bucket or box. I need a large container that can handle the Iris hanging file folders for 12 x 12 paper. I don't need a lid. Thanks!

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