Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Organising My Cardstock - A4 Size

Hello, Crafters.

I frequently get asked about sharing how I organise my studio! 

I've decided to share the details here on my blog rather than making a video - it's easier this way! LOL!

Today, I'm sharing how I store my A4 cardstock.

Photographs 1 - 2: I purchased a small trolley from a stationery company that was designed to provide a small filing unit to be used next to a desk.

It holds enough suspension files that allow me one file for each of our A4 standard colours, ten In-Colours, Whisper White Thick Cardstock and Shimmery White Cardstock.  

I keep them all filed in alphabetical order.

As soon as a set of In-Colours retire, I remove what's left of them from the trolley so I have room for the five new In-Colours. 

I try using soon-to-be retired colours in the last couple of months of their lifespan, which means I don't normally have too much leftover.

What leftovers I do have, I use for future test projects, unless asked if I have any retired colours for sale - which I'm happy to do.

Photograph 3: Inside each suspension file there is a plastic wallet that holds full sheets. 

Occasionally I go through all the wallets to topping them back up to ten sheets!

Photograph 4: There is also a plastic wallet in each suspension file for all my offcuts in that particular colour. 

The wallet originally had a line of punched holes down the side so it could be filed in a ring binder or a lever arch file. 

I cut the line off taking care not to damage the actual wallet!

Photograph 5: I also have a Ziploc bag in each suspension file for any bits and pieces that I've punched, stamped or die cut for a project but never used. 
I frequently find inspiration and ideas when I go to a colour wallet and see something in the Ziploc bag! 

Photograph 6: Some colours also have very small sealable plastic bags that hold small stamped and/or punched, or die cut flowers, anything small. 

There may also be a small bag that contains die cut letters or numbers, or hearts or stars that are from having used my Confetti Heart Punch or Stars Confetti Punch. 

I save these for my shaker cards.

Photograph 7: These are all the contents of my suspension file for Bermuda Bay. 

Occasionally I find that I have something in Ziploc or smaller bags that have been created using a product that has since retired.

I don't dispose of these as I may use them for my personalised cards but I do have to be careful how and where I use them!
I also have a supply of extra A4 sheets in all the colours, so it's easy to go through all the folders occasionally and top the whole sheets up to ten in each folder!

I hope you've enjoyed today's blog. I'll be interested to hear your views. ☺

Until tomorrow, happy crafting.



  1. Great way of keeping your card Jan


    1. Hi, Anne. It took several different tries before I settled of organising like this but I think I'm settled now! LOL! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.

  2. I love your organization. I do similar with my A-4 cardstock. I have them in hanging folders separated into Brights, Neutral, etc. and the colours in each group are alphabetical. Also put my scraps right in front of the matching A-4 colour. It all fits into a plastic bin made for letter size folders. A trolley would be ideal! I will have to look for one. Thanks for that idea.

  3. Hi, Joeytipping. Great minds think alike, eh! Hope you're able to find one of these little trolleys. ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.

  4. Hi Jan,
    I love how you keep track of your A4 card stock, it's now time for me to go and do the same.Great idea about using the plastic sleeves, I've got mine in a hanging folder in a small filing cabinet...Ann in Canada

    1. Hi, Ann. Not massively different from each other then. I certainly think hanging/suspension files is the way to go! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.

  5. Wow now that's organized lol, great ideas xx Wendy

    1. Hi, Wendy. Glad you like these. More ideas to follow! LOL! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.