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Posted by on Feb 19, 2013 in Tools and Tips | 9 comments

How Do You Organize Card Stock?

How Do You Organize Card Stock? is a common question asked by crafters. Some people prefer to have it out in the open, while others prefer to have it out of sight.  We all have different ways of organizing and so you need to find what works best for you.  Today, I am going to share some tips on a system that works for me.  I have limited space and so this method helps me keep it out of sight and reach of my children while using my space efficiently.

How Do You Organize Card Stock?Honestly, it took me a while to find a system that worked for me.  I tried using different systems and found that as my supplies grew the system I currently was using no longer worked for me.  In addition, prior to having children I would leave my card stock visible.  Well, that system quickly changed as I had little ones running around the house wanting to get into it.  After four years, I finally came up with a system for organizing card stock that works for me. 

 3 Main Things You Need

1. Two Filing Cabinets

2. Hanging Files (2 per color)

3. Labeled Tags


How Do You Organize Card Stock?I decided to file my card stock by Stampin’ Up! Color Families. The color families are: Brights, Subtle, Regal, and Neutral.  In addition, I added Stampin’ Up! In-Colors.  To begin, I created a label for each card stock color and attached it to the hanging file folder.  and placed another hanging file folder right behind it. So, in the labeled hanging file folder I place my 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheets of card stock and the corresponding scraps in the hanging file folder directly behind it.  As you can see, I don’t use a fancy method. Just a plain and simple while keeping it out of the reach of my two year old.

How Do You Organize Card Stock?

 How Do You Organize Card Stock? 

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If you have any questions you would like answered, please leave a question below and I will answer it in our “Question of the Week” segment here at Add a Little Dazzle.  Are you wondering what is in the 3rd filing cabinet?  Come back next week and I will share that secret with you.


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  1. I keep mine is cubes with hanging file folders. works well for both sizes of cardstock. The scraps are kept on my desk in a bin. I look there first for the paper I need. I like the idea of making the tabs the color of the paper. I keep them in alphabetical order.

  2. I too organize my CS in a file cabinet utilizing a zip lock to store scraps in – found it is easy to pull out and sort throug.

    For my 12×12 I purchase the stackable cube drawers made by Recollections™ they have 12×12 hanging and file folders to go with them so that I am able to store the paper in the same manner as the 8.5×11.

  3. I do the exact same thing as you do Monica, only I don’t have an extra file for scraps — I have a zip-lock baggie with scraps that sits in front of my 8 1/2 x 11 CS (I always pull this out first unless I am doing a card base or scrap book page). I use IKEA file drawers, with a lock on each one (keeps the kiddies out). I love them because they also have wheels, 3 extra drawers (2 of them lock), and you can file 12″ x 12″ card stock in them also. They were also cheaper and better made than Walmart, Target, Meijers, etc.

  4. I would love to find some kind of hidden storage system that would work for 12″ x 12″ card stock. Does anybody have any solutions they would like to share? Main thing is that is has to be hidden so my 2 year old can’t get into it. Thanks! Can’t wait to hear everybody’s feedback.

    • I bought a plastic shelf rack similiar to those ones for magazines that holds 12×12. I have several on the shelf in my craft closet. Very safe from kids.

      • Roberta, can you please send me a picture so I can see what you are talking about?

    • i do my paper in alpha order….using a color dot for the ones that are retired…i still use these for cards that are just for me.

  5. Do the file cabinets hold 12 by12 I love this method also have used it even before I was a demo. But the 12-12 I still issues finding a way to organize.

  6. I actually do it the same way except for the extra hanging file folder. I use an envelope with a window in it to put my scraps in and keep in front of the card stock. Bigger scraps just stay in front of the actual card stock. I have an antique lateral draw cabinet that I keep my Whisper White, Basic Black, and Very Vanilla scraps in. The Whisper White takes up one one draw. These drawers have a divider in the middle so in another drawer is my Basic Black and Very Vanilla scraps. In time Crumb Cake may join them! It works great for me. 🙂

    I just bought a File Holder Organizer Cube from the Craft Storage Collection at Hobby Lobby. It holds 12 x 12 papers!! I would love to have an actual filing cabinet that would hold 12 x 12 papers though! Thanks for sharing how your organize your card stock!

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