52 Paper Crafting Organization Tips – Week 2

Welcome to Week #2 of my 52 Paper Crafting Organization Tips and the tour around my Stampinbuds Studio! Did you miss last week’s topic? I highlighted my Ikea Kallax. So be sure to check that out if you haven’t done so already.

This week, I want to focus on the contents of one of the cubes inside my Kallax. Well actually, 4 of the cubes to be exact. So let’s get started!

Week 2: Workspace Wonder Paper Trays!

CTMH Z5100 Workspace Wonder Paper Tray

As a Close To My Heart Maker, my goal is to play with the most current papers as they become available. It’s also my goal to have them organized in an easily accessible way. So, to accomplish this I decided to try the Close To My Heart Workspace Wonder Paper Trays. Here is what I discovered over the last several years…

First off, it measures 12″ x 12.5″ x 2″ and is stackable. Six trays will fit into one cube of the Kallax. You can push them to the back of the cube or keep them flush to the front, like mine. Whichever you decide, you’ll have a few inches of unused space which is basically no biggie.

CTMH Workspace Wonder Paper Trays

Next, if you look at the picture (shown right), you can see how I have a CTMH Mix-in Paper Pack organized – one pattern per tray!

The reason I like this set up is because I can easily see what the main pattern of each paper is. Plus, I also have room to grab out the sheet I need when reaching in with my hand.

As far as the regular Paper Pack + Sticker Sheets offered by CTMH, I store them like this…

  • Top – Bulk Paper (like the paper that comes in a coordinating Card Workshop).
  • 2nd Tray – Sticker Sheet.
  • 3rd, 4th & 5th Trays – 3 patterned sheets each in it’s own tray.
  • 6th Tray – This holds any projects I’m currently working on or perhaps the Scrapbooking or Cardmaking Workshop Kit.

As I mentioned above, I have 4 cubes filled with a total of 24 trays. I dedicate one cube to the 1st Paper Pack in a Seasonal Idea Book. Another cube to the 2nd Paper Pack in the book. And then I have another section of trays to hold any current Specials. …Overkill much? LOL It’s just what works for ME.

Lastly, if you look at the right side of the photo there is a space between the tray and Kallax. This is where I store any unopened Paper Packs. This basically gives me a visual on any backup paper packs I may have. It’s always so frustrating to need one more piece of paper only to discover you’re out!

Want a tip for purchasing the Workspace Wonder Trays?

While I should say, “BUY THEM ALL NOW!” – I just can’t.
What I will tell you is to watch for them to go on sale. I picked up most of mine in a CTMH Flash Sale. I picked up a few more in a Black Friday Sale and even a Boxing Week Sale. So, pace yourself. Determine how many you really need in order for this type of system to work for you.

Before we get into next week’s topic, I’d love to know: How do you organize your pretty Patterned Papers? Drop me a note in the comment section below!

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3 Comments

  1. I never thought of putting the paper trays in the Kallax cubes. Mine are sitting on my counter top. I need to reorganize 😊 Thanks for sharing!

  2. I like how you can see all of the patterns so you don’t forget about any of them. I just don’t have the room for that!

    1. I think this means I’m a visual person…I need to see something (like my current papers) before I can formulate a plan with it. I’m glad I have the room to be able to do this but I do recognize that others may not have the room. That’s why I would love to see photos and tips from others, as well.

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