Sunday, 17 May 2015

Scrap paper storage

My craft room re-arrange is still ongoing. Lots have happened, the Ikea storage unit has gone up and most of my crafty stuff has started to find it's new home. I have organised my papers and dies. Next, I'm waiting for some storage bags so that I can re-arrange all my clear stamp sets into a more aesthetically pleasing display. I'm also so tempted to buy some ink pad storage for my Tim Holtz inks, but I can't really justify the expense, so I think I will try to see if I can create something myself instead. After all, the whole point of crafting is that I should be able to create things myself, right?

A while ago I created a desk organiser from the very glorious raw material of TP rolls. As part of my re-arrange, my crafting desk has moved and it's now in front of the window. When I arranged all my things onto the desk again I realised that the little box that holds my leftover scraps of card and paper looked just horrible. So I decided to make a nice scrap paper holder to match my desk organiser. I also went through all my leftover scraps and threw away the slivers that were way too small to ever get used again and now I'm only keeping scraps which are a reasonable size and might see some use one day.

I started with a box that I happened to have lying around. I started by covering the box in a layer of gesso. Then I spread Mod Podge onto the lovely Tim Holtz Wallflower paper and covered the box with bits and pieces of the paper. I also clad the inside, not that it's ever going to be visible but I just felt like I wanted to finish the box appropriately. Once dry, I inked all edges using Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink and added the lace washi tape on the top. I created the dividers from white 300 gsm card and again inked around the edges with Vintage Photo. I store my paper scraps according to colour: yellows and oranges, pinks and reds, purples, blues and turquoises, greens, neutrals, whites/creams and last multi-coloured patterned papers, so I coloured the tabs using Copics to indicate the colours. It most certainly looks better than my old tattered box, and I will try to keep my scraps organised in my new box. I only store small scraps in the box, larger scraps are stored together with each appropriate cardstock or paper. I can't wait to show off some of my other storage solutions as I finish things. 

I would like to link up with the following challenges:
A Vintage Journey - Spring Colours
2 Crafty Girls - Vintage 
Not Just Cards - Anything Goes


AO Creations said...

Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at 2 Crafty Girls, good luck!!! Amy

Astrid Maclean said...

Wow what a beautiful make over and such a clever way to use those paper bits we all seems to collect :o)
Thanks so much for adding it to our latest challenge at A Vintage Journey!

Ewelina said...

lovely :) Thank you for joining us at 2 Crafty Girls, good luck!!! Ewelina DT

Julia Aston said...

What a lovely box to have on your worktable to store all the little bits of paper - the paper you used is so pretty as well as the vintage lace! thanks for joining us in the A Vintage Journey Spring Colors challenge! Julia xx

Angela said...

Wonderful idea! I need one of these badly. Love the paper and how you distressed the edges. The lace trim is perfect.

Thanks for taking part in the Craft for the Craic Challenge.

Henryka Kowacz said...

Very good idea! Thank you for joining us on Craft for the Craig. Henryka DT.