Wednesday, July 14, 2010


Wow!  Doing a total revamp of all my colors is taking a lot longer than I thought!  I have spent days and days removing all the retired items, packing and pricing everything for sale, relabeling all my cardstock file folders, redoing my ink storage and so much more. On the upside, I will have lots of new items on my "Retired 4 Sale" list soon.  However, it is putting a major crimp in my designing and stamping time!  Not to mention that I still have to make convention swaps by Monday.  Yikes!

Since I am still in the midst of the "renovation" and don't have any new projects, I thought I would share my cardstock storage system with you.  I tried several different systems before opting for my current one.  I tried open shelving and scrapbook towers, but eventually the dust and light got the best of me.  I did use a sheet protector on top of each color stack and that did help with the dust.  But the light was fading my cardstock.  I have no direct light in my studio at all.  It was being faded just from the (no-fluorescent) ceiling light in the studio.  I tried vertical storage, which is great and I use it for my 12 x 12 cardstock.  But I am in and out of my 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock all day long and it is just too much trouble for that.

So ultimately, I went with a two-drawer lateral filing cabinet (Office Depot) right next to where I sit at my desk. I use legal-size hanging files in it.  That way the files are a little longer and keep my cardstock from being dog-eared.  The top drawer fits all my cardstock colors beautifully as pictured!  I also use a plain manila folder in the back of each hanging folder with scraps for that color.  I find I really use all my scraps now since I can find them all easily.  Very economical and I am all about saving whatever pennies I can!  I have been using this system for over a year now and I love it!

If you are interested in printing off your own labels for hanging file tabs, I made these labels and printed them off using Avery 5567 Hanging File Tab Labels.  You can download my Word file with all the colors HERE.  There are three sheets to print - each sheet will look like those below and will peel off.  Only some of the labels above are the new ones - I am still in the process of switching over.  Hope you find these useful!

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