My paper stash was a bit of a disaster. I have a lot of stamps and a lot of paper, but I realised through the recent atc blitz’ that I wasn’t using a lot of my stuff, because it was just inaccessible. I consulted with the expert lettuceheads and the internet and it’s now in a civilized state. I made a couple of storage solutions, because I couldn’t buy what I needed.
Step one- sorting and purging a ton of paper, a lot went to recycling, and I have given a lot more to some small friends. I realised through the process that when I start a new craft,I accumulate as much stuff for it as possible, but then when I run out of steam it just ends up in the hoard. I had stuff piled on stuff.
Step two- categorising. I put everything in colour groups, and a vintage ephemera category for paper.
Step three- I have a lot of these little drawer units, again I tossed out a lot of rubbish and categorised the rest. I consolidated all the paper stuff in the one place, beading in another.
Now for the cheap solutions.
Step four- cling stamps.
I took a bunch of pocket document protectors and a heat tool to divide them up into sections. And everything got filed in a folder. Now I can simply flip through and see what I need
I’ve been buying stamps on AliExpress recently @geekgirl I think you’d like this one
Step five,- what to do with all the paper. I love this solution. I have a four drawer wire units from IKEA. I got foam core board and made up inserts. They are simply glued together with hot glue. Not perfectly dimensioned, but they work ok. They divide each drawer into two. So that the paper is now sorted by colour and all to hand. The unit takes paper that’s less than 12x12. The bigger paper just sits flat on a shelf.
The green fabric is some scrubs I’m making. An Irish organisation put out the call for people to make some for the health service
It’s taken me three days to sort, but it’s all done and feels so much more accessible!