I store pads of paper and cardstock in the front of the crate. Up until recently, I also stored my stickers and stencils in the plastic pockets. There wasn’t much organization in the way of categorizing them, but I had stickers in one and stencils in another. The problem was that the crate was getting full, and I tended to forget about the stencils and stickers. It was time for a new solution for those.
I realized yesterday that I’d done an organizing project that I failed to share! For years I’ve stored my scrapbook paper in this rolling crate. I got it for about $20 at Wal Mart and it’s carried a LOT of weight in paper. It has been so great to transport to crops, and keeps my paper filed so well, that I have just never ventured to find another storage solution. It works!
At a crop I attended, I won some of these clear 12×12 pockets as a door prize. They have a large 12×12 pocket, then smaller half pockets on the front and back. I sort my paper by color: Reds/oranges/yellows/pinks, blues/greens/purples, blacks/whites/greys/browns…and then by patterns (monochromatic, multicolored, and themed/holiday).
I picked up these expandable files at the Target dollar section a while back. At the time it was probably a dumb impulse purchase. I liked the colors, didn’t have a plan for them. But they made the perfect storage for stickers and stencils!
I took everything out of the 12×12 pockets, took out anything I wouldn’t likely ever use, then grouped what was left into categories. From that, I determined what my tabs would be.
The stencils went in the mint file. I divided them up by Decorative, Journaling, Envelopes and Stencil Film.
The white I used for stickers. The sections were labeled Letters, Sayings, Seasonal and Kids. I needed one more section but there were only four tabs, so I used the front section (before the “letters” file), and used that for Hobby/Interests. I stuck a label on the front cover where it would be hidden when the file folder was closed.
Such a quick and easy organizing project!