October 26, 2017

Hello everyone!  I have been very overwhelmed and elated by all of the comments about my Craft Room Organization from yesterday.  I truly am grateful for the privilege of having a craft room as wonderful as I have been blessed with.  It wasn’t until my children were almost all gone from the nest that I was able to have a craft room, and it has taken me 6 years to get it were it is today.  I love spending time in here and just wish I had more time to play.

Now as promised and many requests later, I want to share how I created my cardstock organizers.  I am not going to lie,  this was a very time consuming project given the amount of cardstock I have. But, it was and is very worth it in the end.

First, I want to say this was Pinterest inspired and not solely my own idea.  I first found the idea here and then tweaked it.

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I bought these plastic 12″ x 12″ cardstock holders from Joanns and Hobby Lobby.  You will notice there are 2 different styles. I am a Consultant for Close to my Heart and have accumulated a lot of cardstock over the 5 1/2 years that I have been with the company.  Some of the cardstock is now retired and some of it is still available. In the past I have kept these separated so I would know the difference. When I found this storage idea, I decided to put all of my cardstock together so I can be frugal and use all of it instead of just the current colors that coordinate with the patterned paper.

The first thing I did was sort my cardstock by color themes and then shades (light to dark).

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I used heavy duty page protectors for my dividers.

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I cut the white strip off of each page protector using a paper trimmer, making sure not to cut the perforated edge.  I did this step for each divider needed.

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Next, using the We R Memory Keepers Punch and coordinating stickers that I had purchased from Amazon, I punched a tab from the coordinating cardstock for that particular divider. I added the sticker to the top right side of the divider. Make sure you only stick the sticker to the back side first.  I added the punched cardstock tab to the sticker and then folded it over to the top of the page protector.  I added all of the tabs to the same spot on the page protecter, you can also stager them, if you like that idea better.

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I used a label maker and added the name of the color of the cardstock to the divider on top of the sticker.

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Again, since I am a CTMH Consultant and sometimes get confused if a color is still current or retired, I added a “retired” label under the color to keep it easy for me.   I also added my scraps of cardstock in each of the sleeves of the page protectors so I can use them later.

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I hope you find inspiration for your cardstock and I would love to know if you decide to give it a try.

Thank you for stopping by!

22 Comments for “Craft Room Cardstock Organization”

  1. Kathy Zerbes says:

    Very useful idea!! My paper is everywhere!! Def going to do this!! Thanks for sharing!!

  2. Sheryl says:

    I like the way you blended all the solid cardstock colors together. It gets tiresome keeping retired and current paper separate. I am redoing my craft room(s) now, and I am going to do that! I say rooms plural because I have no one dedicated room- so I have paper in one room stamps in another etc.

  3. Yvonne says:

    Your post has inspired me to finally breakup my cardstock packs like ‘pastel’ and ‘tropical’ and just put them in order. And I have PLENTY of old page protectors I can reuse as dividers. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Marilyn says:

    Absolutely love this. I had been thinking of doing the same thing, Thank you for sharing this organization method

  5. Ramona says:

    Love your room working on mine wondering what kind of glue you used to attach your label?
    Thanks
    Ramona

  6. Lusia Dixon says:

    Brilliant . Thank you for sharing. Will definitely try to do this. Xxx

  7. Carol g says:

    Are these papers 8 1/2 by 11? What do you do with your 12×12? I love this idea bu5 I have a bunch of 12×12 also. Thanks

  8. Melissa says:

    I love this idea. Can you share what brand of Page protectors you used. Since there is 42 or more colors in CTMH’s palette that would a little costly. Although there protectors are the best I’ve used and they are so clear. Cutting on them makes cringe a bit.

    • Nicole says:

      Hi Melissa! I used heavy duty 8 x 11 page protectors that I purchased at Sams. If you don’t have a Sams near you maybe Walmart or Costco would probably have them too. Hope this helps! P.S. I would also cringe if I had to cut our page protectors.

  9. Marcy Kramer says:

    Love the way you have organized your cardstock! Would you be willing to share which order you placed your colours in? I like the look of what you have done. I am also a CTMH consultant (in Canada) and have a hard time with this process and a lot of cardstock to organize. Thanks in advance!!

    • Nicole says:

      Thank you Marcy! I sort my cardstock light to dark. The order I used is yellow, orange, pink, red, purple, blue and green. Then in the last section I have white, brown, grey and black. Hope this helps!

  10. Katrina says:

    This is very useful. I will be starting to put my craft room back together soon and would love to have my papers this organized. Appreciate the help

  11. KIM MARSH says:

    Hi! thank you for such great tips… I looked on both Joann’s and Hobby Lobby’s website and cannot find the file containers. Can you help me find the right item? Thanks so much!

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