Last fall, I finally found a perfect + inexpensive box to hold all of my Project Life cards. Not just my 3x4 cards, but all of them. While browsing the aisles of Michaels, I ended up in the aisle were they have unfinished wood boxes and craft supplies. Up on the top shelf, I spotted a photo box for 4x6 photos. I almost smacked my forehead as I had an 'ah-ha' moment right there. Perfect! Add in the 40% off coupon and I was sold.
I've kept my cards in this box for some time now and love having everything in one spot. It's a great size in that I have plenty of room to add more (as I usually add a dozen or so leftover cards each month once I'm done with my Studio Calico kit work) and when it starts getting tight, I can easily purge.
Last month though, I decided it was time to revamp and divide up my cards into more specific categories. I had them loosely organized by manufacturer or designer, but wanted to start separating them by material too. You know, wood veneer, watercolor and of course, letterpress. I also wanted to add a seasonal / holiday section.
Today I want to share a step-by-step photo tutorial on how I did it :
Mayfield, Midnight, Seafoam, Jade, Becky Higgins grid cards. Middle row : Studio Calico, seasonal / holiday, Studio Calico grid cards, letterpress, wood. Bottom row : patterned paper cut down to 3x4, Ali Edwards, LifeLovePaper, watercolor, bags and envelopes. Because I don't have as many 4x6 cards, I divided them a little more loosely and those are only separated into three categories - Becky Higgins, Studio Calico and patterned paper.
While I was at it (and because my piles aren't that extensive), I also organized them by color. ROYGBIV to be exact. When I'm looking for a card, I usually have a color in mind. Having them in this order made sense to me but you can do what works for you. I think it all depends on how large your stash of cards is and how quickly you work on your layouts.
tab craft die from this set to create tabs for my dividers. You could also use a tab punch or something like these index tabs. Trim cardstock (I used kraft) to 3" x 3" - just a bit larger than the metal die.
Cuttlebug die cutting machine.
stamp from the set (I chose the small dot tab stamp) and stamp the tabs you just cut in the color of your choice.
Coral Bay from the Color Theory line.