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« on: October 06, 2007 08:57:34 AM »

I have been in the process of trying to get all of my paper/ephemera/fabric,bits and bobs, etc...in order ...forever it seems. How do you all file your papers,etc...? Do you do it by colours,themes.type? I have an incredible amount of stuff and every time I think I've got hold of it it just grows Undecided and I get more confuzled.
I have a small work area-what are your favourite ways to store?
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« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2007 07:46:39 PM »

I've been wondering the same thing lately! Right now I just have the smallish bits in a plastic bin (with some of the themed things in baggies. ex: all my stamps are in one baggie) For the bigger papers, I have them in flat paper bags on the top of my shelf. Fabric bits are shoved in plastic bags in rubbermaid containers... Not pretty.
I really would like a better way to organize too. 
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« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2007 06:03:45 AM »

How do you all file your papers,etc...?
I have a small work area-what are your favourite ways to store?

file papers??  Huh I don't file papers. I have bought these two huge plastic containers from IKEA, they are really good. I have one for fabric and ribbons and one for paper and glue. This used to be really good, until I was in the paper swaps and my stuff got a little bit out of hand and now the box is stuffed!
I just take out the box when I am crafting, and sit in the kitchen or on my living room floor. then I mash all the things back into the box and put it away....
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« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2007 07:59:13 AM »

Thanks, Knitty-I do that-only with about 10 boxes-you know what my paper stash is like!! I really feel the need for more order, but my crafting storage space is very small. Embarrassed
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« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2007 06:38:11 PM »

I got really lucky recently and found a solid metal filing cabinet at Salvation Army that I HAD to have, and it was only $50.

It is two standard filing drawers side by side with two 4 inch deep & two 2 inch deep drawers above those with a countertop across the whole thing and it's low enough to slide under a standard table and has slide-y feet so I can pull it out & use the extra work space. Well, ok, it's Institutional Grey with several dings & scratches, but who cares?

Getting my paper sorted into files was a two day project, and I haven't put any of the swap papers in yet >< But the shallow drawers are suitable for my 12 x 12 paper & everything smaller goes in files.

I bought a box of 50 generic hanging file folders & labeled as I went, so in the drawer they aren't in any particular order or theme, but I can find what I'm looking for in seconds : ) I used every single file folder and then some. The four biggest files are "whole sheets solid colors", "partial sheets solid colors", "whole sheets printed/ patterned", "partial sheets printed/ patterned" those are ready made prints BTW (standard scrapbooking stuff). Files range from "text and words" to "landscapes" to "vintage labes & product information".

You know what the best part is? I put stuff away when I'm done!!! I have a hard time with that quite often.
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« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2007 02:44:06 AM »

For small papers and images I used an old photo album (where the photos slide in, not stick in) and keep them in there. They aren't floating all over the place, and I can easily flip through them. Bigger stuff is in a mixture of drawers in a small chest, and a couple of other small wooden boxes. Ribbons and lace are in cannisters (flour, sugar, tea), and I have a couple of old tins and keepsake boxes that keep other items organized. For more three D stuff like feathers, broken jewelry I used the small rubbermaid type drawers that just sit on a shelf ... the front is clear so that you can quickly see through it. I also have some of those photo boxes you get a Micheals that are usually covered in a pretty design with a label place on the front, and a couple of canvas bins with labels on the front for my stencils, watercolor papers, blank cards and envelopes, tags, etc.

Man, I have a lot of junk ...
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« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2007 07:14:57 AM »

Thanks, Knitty-I do that-only with about 10 boxes-you know what my paper stash is like!! I really feel the need for more order, but my crafting storage space is very small. Embarrassed

uh-oh! I am already thinking I need more boxes, soon I will be you!!


I bought a box of 50 generic hanging file folders & labeled as I went, so in the drawer they aren't in any particular order or theme, but I can find what I'm looking for in seconds : ) I used every single file folder and then some. The four biggest files are "whole sheets solid colors", "partial sheets solid colors", "whole sheets printed/ patterned", "partial sheets printed/ patterned" those are ready made prints BTW (standard scrapbooking stuff). Files range from "text and words" to "landscapes" to "vintage labes & product information".

h maj gaaad!! impressive isn't even half of it!
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« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2007 07:16:19 AM »

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Man, I have a lot of junk ...

My paper takes up less than 1/4 of all my art stuff space..... fabric is my biggest weakness.
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« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2007 09:00:17 AM »

I am getting so many great ideas from this. Thanks, everyone.
The craft space I am creating is in a semi-finished cellar-like basement.
I also realized that I have a gorgeous vintage oak filing cabinet in the corner of my library that is totally underutilized and I can use it...duh.
I love your ideas Colordayz for photo albums and canisters. The fabric storage is difficult-right now I have it in old suitcase-I was thinking of snipping a bit of each type and putting them on a ring to attach to the outside of the cases.
I'm really trying to utilize what I have already-but it's so tempting when you see all the cool containers specifically for craft supplies Undecided
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« Reply #9 on: October 13, 2007 09:36:48 AM »

Admittedly I am drawn to cute little containers. But my personal issue with these is they are designed for people who are weekend crafters not everyday artists (like many in this thread). Therefore all those nifty 12 x 12 travel boxes are great for someone whose entire crafting mass can be neatly tucked into the buffet before dinner....but not me.
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