Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Craft Room Organization - Studio Calico Kit Club

If you are like me you belong to at least one Kit Club.  I love my Studio Calico kits.  They give me a chance to get a few of the new released products all coordinating together.  SC also gives you the option to purchase add-ons, extra cardstock, and extra patterned paper.  The cardstock is American Crafts and Bazzil, so I always order extra.  I don't normally buy cardstock in bulk unless I need it for a particular project and that is normally neutral colors.  I do a lot of double page layouts so I always order the extra patterned paper.  Plus they are usually double sided so even if I don't make a double layout, I have a different piece on the opposite side.   I don't always buy the add-ons unless there is a specific product I like in it.   So on any given month, there is usally the main kit, one or two add-ons, extra cardstock and patterned paper in my box.  It's like christmas at the beginning of each month.   Because I use SC Kits I tend to not shop for scrapbooking supplies unless its something specific I need.

With all this coming in each month, How do you store it you ask?  Well Studio Calico also has Crop Bags in their store.  FYI....Anything bought between the 27th(if you are a subscriber) and the 2nd of the following month all ship together.  These bags are very sturdy and come in a pack of 6 for $8.95.  I keep my kits together in the crop bags, till I have used up majority of the contents.  I tend to crop on the go or in random places.  So its basically grab and go.  This works great for weekend or friday night crops.

Also, this takes the guess work out of choosing coordinating supplies.  When I find time(which has been a great challenge lately) to create a layout, I usually pick a kit and find the coordinating pictures.  I use to spend hours trying to find paper then embellishments for a layout.  By that time, I am tired and frustrated and have lost the creativity.

My crop bags are stored in a basket (found at TJ Maxx) with the newest kit in the front. 

I am a huge fan of American Crafts and Studio Calico includes many of their products in their kits.  I do remove the AC contents once I feel they have been used enough with the kit.  They are then stored on their own by AC Line (papers) and by type.  More on this to come in a later post.


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