Guest Post: Juliana Michaels
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Hello friends! It’s Juliana from 17turtles and I’m very excited to be here with you as a guest on the CardMaker blog. Today, I’m sharing how to organize cardstock on a budget. Even though I’ve had cardstock in my paper-crafting supplies for years, with my recent transition to card making I’ve been purchasing more 8 1/2 x 11-inch cardstock. I was finding that I needed a better way to keep it all organized.

In the past, I’ve used a hanging file folder method for my 12 x 12-inch cardstock and thought this might be a great way to keep my 8 1/2 x 11-inch paper organized as well. I mentioned this idea to my husband and he reminded me that we had an old hanging folder file box somewhere. I found it after a little searching and knew it would be perfect for what I had in mind.

To begin the organizing process, I pulled together all my cardstock. I wanted to start by making a little swatch book for easy color reference when creating. I selected one piece of paper from each color and die-cut it using a tag shape.

If I had a scrap that was the right size, I grabbed that and if not, I trimmed the paper down into a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2-inch piece. I then took that piece and die-cut the tag shape out of the center. That way I still have a piece of paper that can be used as a card front with another piece layered over the top.

Next, using my computer and word processing software, I created a table and typed out the names of each color. I typed each name twice in two different sizes: one smaller for the swatch book and one a little large for the file folders you’ll see below. After printing this onto white cardstock, I adhered a piece of Easy Cut Adhesive to the back side to turn them into stickers.

I then trimmed the colors apart and added the sticker to the corresponding cardstock tag. I love the rainbow of color they create when they are all together and it will now make selecting my color palette and paper choices so much easier!

To organize the actual paper, I used rainbow colored file folders and sorted the cardstock colors accordingly. The reds and pinks are in the red folders, the oranges in the orange folder, etc. I then labeled each folder tab with the stickers I had created.

I love that all my 8 1/2 x 11-inch cardstock is now organized, and that I did it in a budget friendly way. I also love that this is portable and will be easy to take with me when I get together with friends to craft!

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed learning how to get your cardstock organized on a budget!


Supplies: Cardstock from Gina K. Designs; tag die from Sizzix; Easy Cut Adhesive from Therm O Web.

3 Responses to Guest Post: Juliana Michaels

  1. Great idea. Does the paper buckle hanging like that? My question as always been is it better to store the paper flat or standing in a folder. I think I have tired everything but now I want to change. I think I’ll give this a try. I like the colored folders you used. I see now the stores carry pads of paper in the same color family you want. I think if I didn’t have so many sheets of paper I would buy a pad of each color family.

  2. Wonderful, thanks for sharing!

  3. Sue Nohl says:

    Have been putting my papers in a hanging file for years and they have never buckled. Really like the color swatches idea.

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