Last week's tutorial was about organizing cardstock scraps, this week I'm showing you how I organize my 12"x12" cardstock. A few years ago I came across a sale on ArtBin's 12x12 paper containers (I believe I have the "standard" size satchel - the inside usable space is about 13 1/2" x 13 1/2", with just over 3" in depth). I found that I like these particular paper containers because the two front locks have stayed secure with excessive usage, they have a sturdy handle for carrying, they have divider tabs & labels, made from acid free plastic, and stack without bowing into each other with their weight.
I've been pleased with mine, and I currently have them laying flat & stacked under my sewing machine table. They slide easily on the carpet, so when I want to use my sewing machine (which isn't often as yet) I just slide them off to the side. I keep the majority of my printed paper/cardstock (CS) in these bins, as well as 12x12 die cuts, & some specialty solid CS.
|I label the outside to show the bulk of what is inside|
|Then I label the lid to show what file labels are inside|
|All this fits inside one bin!|
This bin holds my paper stacks
|This bin I have sorted with a variety of papers that I organized into categories.|
Romance, Travel, Flowers, Shabby Chic, Food, Specialty, & Die Cuts (peek-a-boos)
|American Crafts re-organized by color, solid cardstock|
|This according file was originally made to hold 12x12 papers & layouts|
specifically for taking to crops. But I like it holding all my extra variety of solid CS.
I also have another Cropper Hopper vertical file, like I showed organizing my scraps in last week's tutorial, that I use for Name Brand/Designer papers that I know I'll be using frequently. Besides my scraps file, this vertical file also stays next to my desk. This is especially nice to have accessible for when I want to make scrapbook pages, or when I need designer paper larger than my scraps.
|vertical file of designer paper I use regularly|
The downside of these bins, and why I may eventually go to the vertical files like my designer paper stash, is that it can be a pain to dig through the papers that are on the bottom of the box--especially if you have arthritic hands. The best solution I've found in dealing with that issue is to lay a folded towel, or pillow, on your lap (to protect your legs from the box hinges) and set the box on your lap with the back of the box leaning against your desk and the lid opening towards your body (handle at top), and look through the papers like you would an open vertical file. I've found this to be SO much easier to find what you're looking for, and the weight of the paper isn't so heavy on your wrists.
|holding your ArtBin vertically is an easier way to look through your papers|
Hopefully this will give you some ideas about using space & storage interchangeably to create the best solution for you. Thanks for stopping by ~
Happy Dayz & Crafty Ways ~ Lisa