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Organizing Cardstock & Scraps – New & Improved!

After my initial post on how I organize my cardstock and scraps I have had many questions on where to find the organizers and I have had troubles finding them myself.  This brings me to this post because I have come up with a solution that I can’t wait to share with you!

I really like the system that I have…vertical storage, colors divided and tabbed, labels, and a place for scraps within.  The problem was finding the pocket organizers.  Well, do I have an awesome DIY fix for you!!  I still use the Vertical Storage (basically a 12 x 12 plastic file box).  But instead of the pocket folders, which seem to be impossible to find now, I have created my own.

Here’s how:
Start with this 12×12 Envelope from Close to My Heart.

Next you will need 6 x 12 Flip Flaps.  (If you haven’t discovered Flip Flaps yet, they come in many sizes and are a great way to expand your scrapbook layouts.)  You can purchase the envelopes and the Flip Flaps from my website or through your CTMH Consultant if you already have one.

There are a few different ways You can attach the Flip Flap.  You can put it inside the envelope or on the backside. Remove the adhesive strip, fold down if needed, and press firmly.  Done!

Another option (how I did mine) is to cut the top flap of the envelope off, then attach the Flip Flap with the pocket on the inside.

The adhesive strips on the Flip Flaps are amazing for this project. Of course I tried to rip it off!…not impossible but not an easy task. I was pretty tough on it. I put paper in it and even picked it up from the pocket and shook it around. These will hold up well!

Here are all the supplies and tools I used:

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My Planner Pages

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Do you have a 2017 planner yet?  If not, check out what Close to My Heart has to offer.  This planner includes title coloring pages for each month. These are fun to do and a great way to relax.  I did some coloring over the past couple weeks while fighting a cold.  I used the ShinHan markers on the title pages.  Throughout the planner on the other pages, I used colored pencils.

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It’s Time to get Organized!

Do you need to get more organized?  People tell me I’m organized and yet I am always looking for ways to make my processes and storage systems even better.  Close to My Heart has some great storage options with their Organizers that come in three different sizes.  If you look closely at the pictures, you will notice a faint decorative design on the boxes and the tabbed dividers.  This design is very subtle on the boxes in person as well, but it is there.  You can also watch a video here showing some of these products.

The Small Organizer $12.95 has many options with the insert below to hold your blocks, embellishments, daubers, or pigment inks.
You can see how I have used the Medium Organizer $16.95 on this post.
The Large Organizer $22.95 is perfect for holding all of your stamps (it holds up to 40!)  If you want to be even more organized, use the Tabbed Dividers.

View this video for a better view on how you can use the Large Organizer:

My New Scrapbook Room

Go to this post if you’d like to see pictures of how my room was before.

The Move
I haven’t had much to share lately and to make a long story short, it’s because I have moved my scrapbook room – quite the feat!  Before I started, I thought I was moving to a larger room but in the end it seems smaller.  Must be the shape, I actually haven’t figured this out yet.  This wasn’t a completely bad situation.  It made me go through my supplies and get rid of what is just taking up space.  I have learned a lot in the past couple years as I have tried to buy less and work at using up my stash.  As a consultant, I still make regular Close to My Heart purchases but I know that this is what I love and use the most.  Much of the rest of my stash sits because I don’t make it much farther than what I have recently purchased.  Okay, so I still need to work on this!  My only regret with moving so far is that it was done in a rush and I was unable to paint the room before I moved into it.  I will probably live in the blue with animals for a long time before I build up enough energy to move everything and paint a more enjoyable color.  I do LOVE the window!

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My desk is about the same, other than I have cleared off more space and have bottles of flowers on my desk now (less shelf space now and I do use these a lot).  That basket on the right of my desk contains necessary, commonly used supplies (ATG gun, adhesive, photo cutter, markers, acrylic blocks/stamp cleaner).  Since I am not able to always scrapbook in my room, this basket is easy to grab and go when I go to a friend’s or scrapbook downstairs.

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These are my favorite storage items along this wall.  The stamp storage is no longer available but I like that it fits in a small area.  The 12×12 cubes are from Michael’s and they are great.  They tend to bow apart as you build them taller so I made the top and bottom open cubes and attached the sides instead of the top/bottom.  This seems to hold them in place better.  That tall cabinet I love to store all my paper.  I cannot believe that it has survived moves and holds all of my heavy paper so well (purchase many years ago at Shopko).

Here’s the inside of my closet as best I could get pictures.  It is a large walk-in so it is shared right now with my daughter’s clothes.  They may move out but I will need to use it for some other storage.

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Maybe better from another angle:
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I took out the curtain rods as was able to fit in perfectly these cube organizers from Target.  I really like these too but they don’t hold 12×12.  I have ribbon, metal embellishments, acrylic embellishments, and misc stickers/other embellishments stored in the baskets by theme.  On the right I have misc. 3D projects in the top cube, then more baskets, and the one that looks messy has photos and to-finish projects or to-use-right-now items.  You can also see clipboards slid into any open spaces.  I have run out of notebooks to alter so if I have a birthday coming up I will most likely whip up a clipboard (would be much easier to have done ahead of time!).  Clipboards are great gifts for kids and I pick them up cheap at garage sales.  It doesn’t matter if they are written on because I will cover it up anyway!

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The bottom part here holds baskets with words, alphabets, gems/rhinestones.   Also idea books, card supplies, punches, and sewing.  The cubes to the right have CTMH business supplies and a 12×12 drawer unit from Michael’s which holds embossing supplies, glitter, chalk, colored pencils, etc.

My Supplies
Now, on to more specifics. Before, I had my supplies sorted in product categories (chipboard, metal, acrylic, stickers, etc.).  This really isn’t how I scrap and I wasn’t using those supplies.  I still have some of those and generals but anything that can be categorized by theme I have moved (birthday, Christmas, flowers, butterflies, words, letters, etc.)  This IS how I scrapbook and how I search for supplies.  I am have already been using more of my older stash with this new organizing.  I have gone through every single thing (with the exception of paper….still working on that) in my scrapbook room and have thought about if I will use it or not and if it is worth keeping.  I have added MUCH of my stash to my rummage sale pile and I feel good about it.  I’m sure I won’t miss any of it.

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Ribbon Storage
Another realization is that I have A LOT of ribbon!  Not sure why but I haven’t been using ribbon much lately so that’s something I need to work on.  Part of the problem with my ribbon was that I had many different methods of storage and it was all over the place….ribbon spools, floss boxes, baskets, even a ribbon purse.  I left what was in the floss boxes because it is well organized and I like this method of storage.  My Pebbles Inc Ribbon Iron comes in handy with this storage and I love this little tool!  However, I had many more spools of ribbon that didn’t have a home and I didn’t want to invest in more supplies.

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Here is my solution and really the best storage method that I have personally found.  It is inexpensive and you can put them away but they are still easy to access and view.  I taped and wrapped the ribbon on large recipe cards – ones that didn’t fit well in my recipe box (why do I even have these??)  You could also use index cards, cardboard, or cardstock.  Then I “file” the wrapped cards of ribbon in photo boxes.  As I was putting them on the cards, I tried to sort by color or coordinating ribbons for easier matching later.

So, there you have it.  I hope you have enjoyed the tour of my cozy scrapbook space and how I’ve organized my supplies.