If you’ve ever stumbled across a piece of stash you’d forgotten you’d bought, or you’re just starting out and are looking for some simple solutions to your storage woes, then read on as Lindsey Hopkins-Westbrook shares her top tips
torage is an issue all crafters have to contend with. How big should it be? How many compartments? Where can I put it once it’s filled? These and many more are the questions we often subconsciously ask ourselves when eyeing up some new solutions to the age-old problem of storage. S
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There are so many expandable and static paper organisers available, so here are a few choice cuts:
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Let’s take a look at some of the storage options available today, from the bargain buys to the more expensive items on the market.
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Quite simply your cheapest option for the in-home storage of paper and cardstock is to pile the papers out in the open. If you tend to buy products from online craft retailers or mail order companies, you’ll often be sent your products in 12x12” bags. Keep hold of these and organise your stash by paper, pattern, theme etc. Use these 12x12” bags for storage of your scraps as well – store scraps of the same colour scheme together to save space, eg purple & pink; green & blue; red, yellow & orange. For 8x8” and 6x6” paper and card, visit your local supermarket and see what size ziplock bags they sell, as these can make a smaller and better-fitting alternative for smaller backing materials.
Chatterbox Gifts Ltd stocks a Paper Holder Value Pack (above) for £19.99. This product has the capacity to hold up to 200 sheets of 12x12” cardstock (so would probably hold 200+ sheets of paper) and includes four paper files and 12 dividers. That’s a considerable amount of paper/card stash secured in one place, coupled with the fact that you can label the dividers, making it possible to split your papers into colours, etc. You can find the similar Vertical Paper Hideaway at Storage4Crafts for £15.25. These have a drawer-like structure to them, and as a result can be stored upright on a shelf or horizontally on a work surface. They also feature fitted magnets, so that multiple Hideaways can be stacked securely. The Super Satchel (above, right) is perfect for compact and secure storage of backing materials. These are again designed specifically for 12x12” materials, but of course smaller papers can be stored in them as well. You receive four sturdy tab dividers with the Super Satchel and the depth is around 9cm, so again there’s plenty of space for a bulk of paper and card stash. These are available from Storage4Crafts for just £11.95.
BBiigg ssppeennddeerr For those with more space and a slightly bigger budget, you’ll find a fabulous organiser at your local Argos store for £24.99. These four-drawer storage units are slightly larger than 12x12” and, being 37cm deep, each drawer could probably hold at least 500 sheets. I have one of these at home and it’s been a godsend for keeping everything looking tidy! Although you’re limited to four drawers, I’ve found splitting the stash into plain and patterned papers and cardstock has done wonders for my organisation. A second very useful option would be to invest in some stackable trays. These stand sturdily on any surface and – as the name suggests – are stackable. You can pick these up for £7.75 each from Storage4Crafts, so a stack of six would cost you £46.50.