Thursday, January 22, 2015

5 days to an organized crafty stash, day 4: cardstock



And its day 4 of 5 Days To An Organized Crafty Stash. Cardstock is what we are talking about and sharing about today. The basis of all we create in paper crafting. The essential. The pretty. 
The I-must-have-all-the-colors supply!

To keep all my beautiful paper organized, I use these wooden magazine holders from IKEA. Its the perfect fit.

I sort my colors in rainbow order, pretty much. As you can see down on the red end of things, I do have one color that looks out of place. Some of the reds are similar to my eye, so I keep the reds apart.

To keep the color names straight, and to have cards that help me match up colors, I have cardstock swatches on a large loose-leaf ring. Each swatch is 1/8 of a sheet of cardstock. And I used my label maker to add the name of each cardstock. Having the ring like this makes it easy to add more colors as MFT Stamps releases them.

Did you know that you can print off the color challenges? There is a section on the MFT Blog that is labeled Printable Resources. Its located on the right side of the blog. Click it and there you will be taken to a place full of printable goodness! 

Because I do not have a color printer, I had to get creative with my print outs of the color challenges.

I punched several circles from each color of cardstock. I keep them all in a small baggie and adhere them to the color challenge as they are approaching. What I love about this, is how I have color combos on hand any time I need inspiration!
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thanks for stopping by!

~kimberly

My Favorite MFT Cardstock Colors:

20 comments:

Janis LU said...

WOW! Thank you for sharing your awesome concept regarding cardstock. I have my paper filed by color, but love the cards and circle swatches. Much easier to find coordinating colors, with your ideas.

Lisa Page said...

Love the idea of printing the colour challenge! And, cutting a piece of each cardstock is handy ... could you tell me the dimensions. thanks ;)

Teresa Doyle said...

I like how your paper is organized and your colour swatch idea is fantastic. TFS!

Becky said...

What a great idea for the color challenge..

Cheryl said...

I had know idea you could print off the Color Challenges! I love how you've added the circle of card stock. Great idea! I have to do this..... Thanks for sharing your ideas.

Doudou said...

Love your storage and organization id3as

Joan V said...

Such pretty papers. Love that you have your papers close to your work space. Wow, I am so excited about the color challenge strips. My biggest problem is what colors to put together. Thanks MFT for providing this pdf. Thanks Kimberly for bringing this resource to my attention.

Monika/Buzsy said...

Hmm... they look so pretty...

Marcia Taylor said...

Love your wooden magazine holders. I have printed the color challenges but was always concerned my printer didn't print true so I love your idea of cutting a circle of actual colored paper. Very creative!

DoofyJEss2 said...

The color challenge ring looks like so much fun!!

Parker said...

I think I am going to go with magazine holders for right now, but will put the paper into pockets to keep them from bending, etc. I have to tell you, I appreciate your tips that you've shown so far, and guess what!? No, I didn't know I could print off the color challenges. Thanks a ton for that tip as well.

Kim A. said...

Love the idea of printing of the color combo challenges, great idea!

Tracie Pond said...

These look so nice and sturdy.

stampinfun71 said...

This is a very pretty looking display..oh to keep in the wrapper or not, it's such a big question! :) I like the idea for the color challenges and what a way to keep them forever, esp. for those of us that can't think them up on our own so well! Thank you for a seriously great week - head is brimming with things to work on this weekend!

Jill Norwood said...

Great post! Love your color swatch ideas!

Gretchen Wilson said...

I hear IKEA calling again. Great storage and very sturdy. Love the little circle and color challenge. I didn't know that MFT has a printable resources. Thanks for sharing that.

Wendy said...

OOOO, I love the colour challenge idea, very cool!

Brenda Lee said...

Absolutely love that you printed the color challenge and made it into a ring. One of the biggest challenges I have is coordinating color combos. I can't wait to do the same. Thank you for the idea!!

jen said...

Love,love,love! I now wish I wouldn't have spent the money on the plastic sleeves. This is more user friendly. Great job and thanks for sharing.
hugs,jen

Lisa Lara said...

Great organization Kim. I love IKEA.