Tackling 12 x 12 Storage and Beyond

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Today's post highlights a bit more of my Stampin' Pretty Stamping Zone and hopefully inspires a few ideas to make your own stamping space more organized and efficient. 

NOTE:  My designer paper and ribbon look a little sparse right now.  I just cleared out most of the retiring accessories and the open spaces are ready to welcome the beautiful new options in Stampin' Up!'s Spring/Summer 2009 Idea Book and Catalog, available Jan. 19.  It will be ready for download on the 19th on my right sidebar as soon as it's released.  Need a copy delivered? CLICK HERE.

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Once and for all, I wanted clear and open 12 x 12 storage for Stampin' Up's Designer Series Paper and 12 x 12 card stock.  However, it doesn't come cheaply.  These stackable, lipless, clear storage bins run $60 for 10.  I purchased them for $49.99 (per set) on sale at Scrapbook.com.  If you can get past the price tag, they are wonderful combined with Stampin' Up!'s 12 x 12 Dividers (105528, sold in packs of four).  Perfect for additional organization and labeling.
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I divided my 12 x 12 Textured Card Stock by color family (108697-Earth Elements, 108695-Soft Subtles, 108696-Rich Regals, 108698-Bold Brights).  Stampin' Up!'s Die Cut Blooms (111376) are tucked in below.  The stackable trays keep both my paper and open storage shelving looking neat and tidy.
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I use lots of In Color Textured 12 x 12 card stock (111345, currently on sale as part of Stampin' Up!'s Inventory Blowout) so each color gets it own little home.  TIP:  On a budget?  Stampin' Up!'s 12 x 12 Paper Holders (115528, one is featured on the right) are a less expensive alternative.  They hold up to 200 sheets and accommodate the 12 x 12 dividers (105529).  I'm using mine here to keep paper scraps organized.
Stampin up ribbon storage and organization
Stampin' Up!'s Ribbon Keepers (107634-Small, 107635-Medium, 107636-Large) turn ribbon storage into a little grosgrain and taffeta library.  I love how they stack and are sized to coordinate with three different sized "wheels."  With the three sizes stacked (large, medium and small on top), they are approx. 12" high, 6 3/8" wide and 4 3/4" deep.

Stampin up marker storage

These Rubbermaid X-Cube Shelf Savers are divine for marker storage and much more.  The top box divides the markers by Stampin' Up! color families (105539-Bold Brights, 105539-Earth Elements, 105540-Rich Regals, 105537-Soft Subtles) and the lower holds the neutral markers (Neutrals, 109126), my blender pens (102845, right) and gel pens (non-SU, left). 

Stampin up cargo storage
These dusty blue magazine holders by Cargo are luscious to look at and keep my magazines and catalogs ready for duty.  I purchased many different Cargo storage options (to be shared soon) at 50% off (plus free shipping that particular week) HERE.  The colors choices are delightful.
Stampin up forget me not keeper
I use Stampin' Up!'s Forget-Me-Not Keeper (105525, in the background) for organizing and storing my completed cards.  It includes perfectly sized dividers which I label by occasion.  I plan to get another as my valentine collection expands (and it was overflowing during the holidays).  Since Miss Isabel (my aging pug) kept wanting her belly rubbed every time I got down low to take the picture, I allowed her in the shot once she willingly "struck a pose."

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  1. It all looks so clean and lovely! Wouldn’t it be nice if it could stay like that when we are busy creating?! It will be a lot easier with all this nice storage. Love how the cardstock all has it’s own rack, even the DSP! I’m so jealous! Love your pug, too. Enjoy your new space! Hugs, Monica

  2. Mary, Your space is coming along beautifully! Keep those pictures coming, they inspire me as much as your cards do. It pained me to by those clear paper trays too (same source) but I got three sets on sale last summer (thought if I didn’t use them all I could sell to a friend, but of course I needed them all ;))and never regretted it for a minute!

  3. I’m soooo envious! It looks amazing and wonderfully organized!

  4. Love the storage ideas and I love that puggy!

  5. Looks great! Just wondering if you put your stamps on the wooden blocks they come with or if you use a different method. It does take up quite a bit of storage space and I would like to know what you do. Thanks:)

    Hi Sonda:

    I mount my stamps on blocks and leave them that way. I like them ready to go. I manage to fit all of them in the hutch cabinet (over my Big Shot work space). Fortunately, I clear out the retired stamps and make way for the new every six months. My retired stamp sale will be cropping up in the next week or two. This keeps my stamp space needs under control and helps me finance my new purchases!

    Hugs, Mary

  6. Great ideas, Mary. I love the Xcube for the markers. The lovely aging pug was a bonus!!!! I am in the process of formulating the expansion of my crafting area and your photos and ideas have been quite helpful! Thank you!

  7. I just love what you have shown us so far. I don’t know why, but it is always fun to see someone else’s craft space. You are a lucky girl to have such a nice space.

  8. Wow may, your studio is awesome!!!
    Great organization, one day I will have a room like yours 🙂
    Thanks for sharing it with us.

    God bless

  9. Your storage of papers are great thanks for all the paper candy..Also your pug is the cutest. SHe must be a delight to have. TFS

  10. WOW! Your stamping zone is so impressive. I’m inspired to organize my space too.

    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  11. OMG, I’m so glad you updated on the new space, lol! I was starting to hyperventilate waiting for the next installment! Absolutely beautiful job, Mary…I wish mine could look even 1/4 as nice!


  12. Where did you get the storage cubes? I love them!

    Hi Deborah: Thank you for your question. The storage cubbies actually are puzzle bookcases from Crate and Barrel. Here’s the link: http://www.crateandbarrel.com/family.aspx?c=1154&f=8318

    Hugs, Mary

  13. Can I just say….WOW! Your space is fabulous. I have a friend that is going to IKEA today (I don’t have one close either and you were right, shipping was crazy) and has offered to get me those bars you used for your punches. Great idea! Hopefully they will have the 6 I need.

  14. I love how that cubby system fits your storage so perfectly! Definitely an inspiration on divine organization 😉

  15. Looks great! I especially like how the markers are stored and enjoyed seeing cute Isabel.

  16. colleen kramer

    Love the paper stackers! The whole unit is so very well organized. Easy to find, no moving something else to get to it…I bet it works so well for you. Thanks for sharing more pics. I know I’m not the only one who gets so much pleasure from seeing newly re-organized spaces.

  17. Hey, if you’re ever in Virginia, you can be my “stager” for my little corner of the stamping world. 🙂

  18. Beautifully organized space. Sure wish I had space like that!

  19. Wow, Mary.. wish my room was so organized! Where is the rest of your paper??
    🙂 Sharon F / Created By U

    Hi Sharon:

    Thanks for asking. My 8.5 x 11 paper storage can be found at this earlier post: https://www.stampinpretty.com/2009/01/hitting-the-jack-pot.html (be sure to scroll down).

    Hugs, Mary

  20. wow. Your room is so great.

  21. It’s not cheap to be organized but it sure does look nice when you’re done. I love the X box for your markers. Everything looks so nice and everything is at your fingertips. Love It! Thanks for taking the time to share your organization tips with all of your fans in Cyber Space.

  22. Miss Isabel is so adorable. She looks like she enjoys having her picture taken. Glad you scratched her belly!
    Your Zone…oh it just makes me drool! But I dropped my jaw with the price of the paper stackers!

    Would you privately send your home addy to me? Thanks!

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