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!
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, each tray measures 12″ x 12.5″ x 2″ and is stackable. Six trays will fit into one cube of my 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.
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 wall. 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 I’m 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 few during a Boxing Week Sale. So, pace yourself. Determine how many you really need in order for this type of system to work for you. After all, Paper Crafting Organization is so important because ultimately it can help you work efficiently.
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!