Oh, how I adore that fabulous scrapbooking kit that arrives conveniently on my front porch every month. I wait with bated breath for that bit of happiness in a box!
I have been ordering from a monthly scrapbooking kit club (Studio Calico) since July of 2009. That's 18 months of kits. (wow, how does the time go by that quickly?) Most months, my goal is to completely transform those yummy scrapbooking goodies into my pages, cards, and projects before the next month's kit arrives. Sometimes I am successful at that goal, and other times...well, not so much. So, I needed a method and a bit of space to store those kits that were making a mess in my space.
So, for today's Kit Storage (Part 1), I will share how my kit is organized from the time it hits the front porch steps until it is ready for use in a project. This is what my front porch looks like right now. Crazy, huh?
So, when that fabulous Studio Calico box arrives, first I wait until I have some quality time to unpack it. I have a little rule-I won't unpack my box until I have time to organize and enjoy its contents.
Here's what my box o' goodies looked like this month:
Fiskars Cloud punches, how I have waited for you! I already loved you before I ever even met you!
So, I take everything out of the box first and set it aside as my new misting/mess-making box for that month. Then, I get to the task of integrating the items into my current systems of scrapbooking storage.
First, I began by removing all of the packaging from the punches. Man, those things are like Fort Knox! Or a small child's toy packaging, haha.
Then, I punch the images from a piece of kraft cardstock and cut out a white tag so that I can include them on my punch reference ring.
Rockin' the Silent Setter! HA.
Cloud Punches go into the appropriate "shape punches" bin and I'm ready to use them at a moment's notice now.
Next, I open the "shop items" bag.
This month I got a couple packs of rubons and alphas (I promise I will show you how I store both of these items later in the series). I also purchased some extra little star pins (into the Metropolitan kit they go) and some stamps. Since I knew I had some stamps coming my way this month, I made extra room in my new stamp binder one night during my scrapbooking time. In they go!
Next, I open the main kit itself:
Finally, I open any add-on kits I have picked up that month. In January, I purchased the add on patterned paper and Studio Calico paper.
Then, I smell everything. No, really-I do.
Once I have lovingly gazed at, thumbed through, and smelled everything to my heart's content, I put everything in a big Hefty Bag. I can usually find these at SuperTarget or SuperWalmart. They are the 2.5 gallon size-perfect for 12 x 12 paper and embellishments!
I hope you enjoyed the first installment of my kit storage!
Next up in the storage solutions series is how I store these large bags until they are ready to be used either at home or at a crop.
How do you store your kits? Do you organize everything as it comes in, keep it in the box, or somewhere in between?