Welcome to Week #7 of my 52 Paper Crafting Organization Tips and StampinBuds Studio tour. Did you miss last week’s topic? I talked about how I’m storing my White Cardstock Scraps, so be sure to check it out.
This week I am touching on a topic that many of you have asked me about… “What are those folder thingies near the bottom of your Kallax?” Well, let me tell you!
Week 7: Storage Studios Paper Holders
First, let me start off by talking to you about my initial dilemma… For umpteen years I have stored my patterned papers in the 12″ x 12″ zip-top bags that each Close To My Heart paper collection comes in. While this worked GREAT, I didn’t like the look of the plastic bag tops all smooshed along the top of my cubby (see photo). While this wouldn’t matter to many, I think I have just enough OCD in me where I desire a cleaner look to my paper crafting organization systems.
So, I decided to turn the zip-tops on their side with the plastic bag tops hanging out to see if I liked it any better. It was ok but I really didn’t like the frilly look of the bag tops staring at me. So, I decided to look for a different solution. That’s when I turned to the Storage Studio Paper Holders seen in the photo.
To be honest, I started off by only purchasing a couple of these Paper Holders for keeping my unopened paper packs in. But since 5 Paper Holders fit nicely in a Kallax cubby I figured I would purchase enough to have 30 Paper Holders all together: 26 for each letter of the alphabet and 4 for miscellaneous items. Or basically, enough to fill up an entire row of my 5 x 5 Kallax!
Paper Crafting Organization TIP:
Pacing your purchases is always a good idea unless you have the means to do otherwise.
Once I started to divide each collection out alphabetically I noticed a few of the letters of the alphabet had less paper collections vs some (like the letter S) that actually had more. So, I decided to group some letters together (like A & B), whereas I had to dedicate 2 Paper Holders to the letter ‘C’.
Once everything was separated out alphabetically by paper collection, I decided to take it one step further by separating each pattern of paper into their own bags. This way I could easily sift through each patterned paper without having to open up the zip-top to each collection. …Again, I may have a touch of OCD in me – lol.
In the end, though, I was still facing my original dilemma… squishy zip-top bag tops against the ceiling of my cubby – Ugh. So instead of investing in some fancy folders to fit inside my Paper Holders, I simply decided to cut the zip-tops off the top of each bag. Viola! Dilemma solved! And look how nice it looks!
For the lettering on my Paper Holders I simply selected a color of cardstock to match some of the decor in my studio and made some Cricut Cuts. Here is my Cricut File if you would like to cut some of your own.
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