Art/Craft Room Update: Organizing Paper, Rubber Stamps, and More


My  new craft room has a long way to go before it's finished, but I've been so busy with craft supplies organization in my efforts to finally get everything in place. I've been wanting more room to craft for a long time. So, today I want to share with you some of the progress I've made with organizing my paper, rubber stamps, and stickers that I use for journaling and paper crafts.



Craft Room Ideas



I've been so motivated by the creative art and craft spaces I've been seeing online.  My goal is to create a space that I'll  truly love being in and creating in, whether I am journaling, lettering, drawing, painting, or creating little books or other paper creations.  A space with an aesthetic that's warm and inviting and that will motivate me to create. 


So, of course, organizing and having designated places for everything is the first step!

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Before starting on the room, I  purged a lot of supplies, and it has been so incredibly refreshing to get a fresh start, before organizing. There were items that I would never use but was hesitant to let go.  I've learned that when there are too many supplies, it becomes overwhelming, and I actually become less creative. 




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Paper Storage


I love paper. All kinds of paper. Handmade paper, scrapbooking paper, watercolor paper, all the paper.


I had originally planned to store my paper vertically, in upright holders or horizontally in hanging files (I do have some 8 1/2 x 11 paper stored in hanging files, and I love that kind of system), but I already had some drawers that were the right size, and I felt that I'd be able to find what I needed easily enough, as long as the drawers were labeled. This has proved to be true!  I used labels that I could erase and change, if necessary. 


I put my watercolor paper, mixed media paper, and bristol paper in decorative boxes with the lids. (They're not labeled yet! When I get the entire space finished, I'll have photos of the finished storage, with the labels.)


I still haven't figured out a way to store my really big sheets of art paper, but for now, they'll be kept in rolls on top of shelves.  (I don't think big paper drawers are practical in my space right now!)



Paper organization in the craft room
This shelving unit is from Walmart.  It is sturdy and fits my needs perfectly.  I saw it first at Organized Planner Chic, when Lucinda was re-doing her craft room.



I keep my small pads of paper (6x6, etc.) in a little clear crate that allows me to flip through easily.


Craft Paper Organization



Rubber Stamps Storage


Years ago, I started collecting rubber stamps when I was somewhat obsessed with collage and mixed media techniques.  I loved making little books (and still do,), and I loved the beautiful images that could become wonderful elements in so many kinds of artistic creations. (Even if you love to draw, as I do, rubber stamps can be wonderful artistic elements too.) 


I had them stored in a jumble in a storage cart, but they were hard to find, and over time I wasn't using them much anymore.  Fast forward, and as I decided to start journaling again,  I began to love my rubber stamps again. I needed a better storage solution for them.


I fell in love with this glass topped wooden box that I first saw at Trinkets and Whimsies.  I have one now on the top of my workspace that holds my favorite stamps for journaling, making little books, etc. (I ordered mine in Brown.) It keeps the stamps dust free and has a pretty vintage vibe. 


Rubber stamp storage



How to organize rubber stamps


I also found these slim project cases that are also perfect for storing rubber stamps. I use these for the stamps that I keep on a shelf. (Note: There are 2 different sizes at the link, so be careful to order the SLIM project cases, not the thicker ones that are used for 12x12 paper. The set of 6 that are shown at the same link are NOT the slim cases. The set of 6 are the ones designed for 12x12 paper. These slim ones that I use for rubber stamps won't work for 12x12 paper, by the way.


I think the first time I saw these project cases used to store rubber stamps was at Aubree Originals. I bought the set of 10 of them on Amazon (they are also useful for storing photos and embellishments), but you can also buy them individually at The Container Store.  


Rubber stamp case





I  love having the single layer of stamps and the stackability of the cases. (You can do the same thing with clean pizza boxes!  I just really love the visibility of the project cases.)  



I have a lot of rubber stamps...  And, this is post purge!  Back in the day, I fell in love with their beautiful designs and would sometimes buy them in lots on Ebay.  (They can be really expensive when purchased individually. But, sometimes I did that too, with coupons.)



Stickers


I guess I've always loved stickers. As with rubber stamps, stickers can be lovely elements in your journal pages or other creations.  Years ago, I did a lot of scrapbooking and used stickers sometimes in those albums. My kids loved looking at those books, and the stickers were so colorful and fun.


I didn't really use stickers much over the last several years, but as I began to journal, I revived that old love of stickers, although in a more organic, natural form.


I went through my stickers from years past and purged a lot. I then stored the ones I loved in this mini-binder that I picked up in the Target Dollar Spot a couple of years ago.  The stickers are easy to slip into the small page protectors (that I purchased separately),  and the pages are easy to flip through. 


Sticker storage








Well, that's the start of my art/craft room.  I hope some of these ideas have helped you.  I'll be posting more as the area evolves!


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  1. Oh, I loved those slim cases! Being the tightwad that I am, I have organized some of my rubber stamps in 1 gallon zip-lock bags with a sheet of cardboard to firm it up. Let's me keep categories together. I have also used grocery shopping bags with handles to keep each holidays supplies together (I used to take stuff to Sunday school for my kids to make holiday cards). The Halloween bag has a fall motif, Valentine's has a heart, etc. I have bought numerous notebooks and binders thrifting to organize stickers and clear stamps. It's not perfect...but it's a start!

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    1. I love your frugal ideas, Kathy! Organization is such a challenge, and frugal ideas are often the best!

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  2. The kids have a room that is sometimes an arts/crafts room and sometimes a LEGO room and sometimes both. I love the paper storage you've done. The kids' paper looks.. ridiculous.

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    1. Oh yes, when my kids were growing up, our basement was the "everything room"! It was pretty messy but lots of fun!

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  3. I love the slim cases. They are perfect for the stamps. I still have a lot of scrapbooking supplies in my craft room and would probably use them more if I was more organized. Thanks for the inspirations. #HomeMattersParty

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    1. Yes! Now that I'm organizing I know what I have and where everything is (mostly!), so I know my supplies will ge more use. Thanks for hosting the party.

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  4. Wow, great ideas, and it looks like you've already done a ton of organizing...I started purging in my art studio, thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Thanks, Jenna! Yes, this is probably the first time in my adult life that my supplies have been this organized. I'm pretty excited about it!

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  5. Wow it looks great! I love getting organized. My art room is in various stages of "a bomb went off" I'm sorting and purging so I only have shop related things in the art room. Then I will tackle sorting everything that is left. I LOVE that thin stamp with the angel, I like how her gown is twisted at he bottom. I may need to use that idea ( wink). Awesome job my sweet friend, enjoy the results of your hard work.xox

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    1. Thanks, Katherine! I know the "bomb went off" feeling very well! I love that angel stamp too. xo

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  6. This looks really great! I like the idea of the clear drawers for the paper. I have mine in one of those large paper storage boxes, but had to see what I have in there without going through it all.

    I also really like the idea of the sticker binder! Mine is all in a drawer, but I am a big fan of using binders for easy access and storage (takes up less space on a shelf). I will be setting one of these up for sure.

    Alexandra
    EyeLoveKnots.com

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    1. Thanks, Alexandra! That sticker binder makes me so happy. It's the little things, right? :)

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  7. I love it all, my craft stuff is a mess. One day I will have a craft room LOL. We will feature your good ideas in the next Blogger's Pit Stop.

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    1. Thank you so much, Kathleen! I appreciate it!

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