There are so many ways that you can organize your mail art supplies. I have so many illustrations, stickers, papers, etc. I’ve always struggled with finding a great way to organize everything, especially in a way that would make me use it often.
For a long time, I collected books that I could cut up and use in collages. I would keep buying them from thrift stores and store them out of sight. Occasionally pulling them out, when I would remember, and sort through them to find the perfect image. That got old!
I wanted to have more space and get rid of the actual books I had. One day, I pulled all of my books out and went through them, one-by-one, page-by-page. I ripped out each page and cut out the bits that I thought I would use someday. I recycled the rest. Of course, this took me waaaaay longer than a day but I got it done.
After I had everything I wanted to keep, I had to figure out a way to sort it all. I had a little filing cabinet that I picked up from the thrift store that I thought would work perfectly. I sorted through all the pages and images, coming up with different categories. I created a little file folder for each category and stuffed them into the cabinet.
This system is especially nice because I can simply pull out the folder of the images I want to sort through!
In addition to my filing cabinet, I have two little IKEA boxes. One for embellishments and another for paper scraps.
In my embellishment box, I keep basically everything. All of my stickers, tags, journaling cards, mailing labels, doilies, alphabet stickers, die cuts, you name it! The paper scrap box is for all the little pieces of paper that are left over when I cut up big pieces of paper. I try to use these up as much as possible.
How do you store your supplies?
2 thoughts on “mail art diaries: storing supplies”
I enjoyed this post! I am always interested to see how people organize their things. It can multiply quickly! I have enjoyed traditional scrapbooking for almost 20 years and have had my supplies organized a certain way for a long time. But I am new to collage and mail art and recently ordered a rolling cart with 10 drawers from Amazon. (They have a similar one at IKEA.) So far it works great! I try to limit what I buy and use what I have, so I’m hoping not to out grow the drawers. 😉
I love seeing how other people organize their supplies, too! It’s always great to see different storage solutions. The rolling carts are a great idea!