Saturday, May 26, 2012

storing handmade cards

Thanks for all the replies about my organizing with color.
I do think I'll talk a bit more about this topic soon. I plan to do a video this weekend and post it Monday.
I wanted to wait a bit until I had spruced up the main wall in my studio but I'll go ahead if I can get it straightened up.

Just a quick share today.....this is one of the boxes I cleaned out that caused me to start sorting yesterday.

I have used this box to store my cards we make in my class each month for one year but there were quite a few other scrappy items in it as well.
I made so many cards in the last year that the box was completely full and I was afraid they would be ruined as I kept smashing them in.
So I decided to take everything else out and only use this for my handmade cards.
Now it's all roomy and ready to store them.
One thing I like about it, is that it has a magnet in the flap and it clicks closed, securely.
I got it at Michaels very cheap on sale and have a smaller one that coordinates and sits on top.

The cards on the left are primarily 4x5.5 (standard size) with some small gift cards in front.
Then I have a pile for shaped cards, on the right and square cards.

Now you may be thinking, "Why don't you give these away?"

Truthfully? It's because I like them too much! Each of these represents hard work where I sat and designed the card, bought the supplies and then prepped them for my class. I like seeing all the cards we've made over the course of the months I've taught. It helps me when I get ready to do new cards for the class and it inspires me to know that I was able to come up with all of these designs.

I guess it's my little box full of happies. :)

Also, I do submit these to magazines when I see a call that fits them and I like to hold on to the original, in case a mag picks one up.

I guess when the box is full, I'll pick out some of my least favorites and give them away!
(That kind of cracks me up 'cause my poor friends will only get the uglies. ha!)

So there it is. The box that holds the evidence of my hard work for one year.

Where do YOU store your handmade cards? I'd love to know!


Tiffany said...

I like your storage box. I put my in a small plastic box with handles from the Dollar tree. I just went through it and did a sort last weekend myself.

Carrie said...

Lovely box. Just wanted to day that personally, I think it's GREAT that you keep your favorite cards. When and if you decide to use/give them, go for it. Until then, they are yours to enjoy!! You make gorgeous cards and I would have a hard time parting with them, too.

TracieClaiborne said...

Awww, thanks so much!!

Arlene said...

Lovely idea! Isn't it hard to give away some of your favorite work?! I have a similar decorative box from Sam's Club that I bought years ago with "handmade cards" that I kept on hand as backup for when I don't have time to make a card. I used those mostly for when my kids request a last minute card for a friend. Love your idea. :)

Briana Johnson said...

Those boxes from M's are the absolute best! I find I just collect them any time they are on sale and save them to organize or give a gift inside. I don't make very many handmade cards so I don't store them much anywhere but I have used these boxes to store my photo paper and ink and frequently worn hairbows for my daughter on our sofa table so that they are easy to get to but concealed.