I HEART AMERICAN CRAFTS! Sorry I just had to start with that. This is a recent obsession. About a year and a half ago, I found AC's Metropolation Paper Pack at Tuesday Moring. Up until then the last time I had created a scrapbook layout was back in college (nearly 6 yrs ago). I guess I just got bored with it and had moved my focus( and money) more to Art Work. But something about that paper struck my creativity. I was in awe at how much scrapbooking supplies had changed. It was no longer cutesy character themed papers. It was grownup, more versitale! I felt with that paper i could create home decor and many projects.
That was the start of it all. I started noticeing AC paper packs at Tuesday Morning, TJ Maxx, and Marshalls. (If you haven't figured it out, I am a bargain shopper, nothing at full price, always have a coupon kinda girl). So I took a trip to my local Hobby Lobby to see what else this AC had. Oh and I found THICKERS. That was it for me...... For the next couple of weeks, I shopped Hobby Lobby's sales and bought all I could in the current AC lines: "Travel", "Craft Fair" (one of my all time favorites), "Teen", etc. I will admit my collection grew quite quickly. That jumpstarted my scrapbooking again. I was producing 5 to 10 layouts a week plus home decor and gifts. Unheard of in my world.
So now how to store this extensive obsession.
Well you may have already read my previous post about AC Thickers, Remarks and Stamps. If you haven't its located here: http://moleskineadventures.blogspot.com/2010/10/craft-room-organization-thickers.html
So for the rest here we go.....
I currently keep the AC lines together in Paper Studio clear envelopes. All loose patterned papers (not the ones in paper packs), remarks, mini-marks, dimensional stickers, flair, ribbon, etc are stored this way. That way when it comes time for a layout, everything is all together. Thickers are included in the envelopes if they are specific to that line. These envelopes are then stored in a second basket (from TJ Maxx) just like the one that holds my SC kits.