Here's another pretty card to grab your attention before we get down to the card base organization that I promised yesterday. The Petal Palette roses were in the Box o' Useful Bits, as was the Garden Trellis embellished cardstock. I cut the trellis down with Lots of Labels Framelits and added the Fresh Fig mat.
I thought the label needed more contrast from the background so I went with Sahara Sand, embossed with Simple Stripes. I love the subtle contrast of the colors and embossing! Products used are listed at the bottom of this post.
Okay, now, on to the card bases and how I organize them. First, when I cut a piece of colored cardstock to use as a mat, I like to turn the half I'm not using into a card base to save for later. I find the Stampin' Trimmer and Bone Folder make quick work of the scoring. I prefer to use a bone folder, because it gives a deeper score line than the scoring blade that comes with the trimmer.
When I open a pack of Whisper White Thick or Very Vanilla Thick cardstock, I'll spend a couple minutes scoring all of it, and then trimming it all with the Carl Cutter. Most of it is scored lengthwise at the 4-1/4" line (see above), and trimmed to 5-1/2" x 8-1/2". Occasionally I reserve a few sheets and score them at 5-1/2" and trim to 4-1/4" x 11". These are used for top-fold (portrait orientation) cards.
It is just so convenient to pull a ready-to-use card base out of the bin! In addition to card bases, I also have pre-cut card liners for inside of the colored cardstock bases, and 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" Whisper White and Shimmery White pieces ready to grab for stamping and coloring. Note: At the front of the bin are the free Sale-A-Bration Tutti-Frutti card bases, ready to grab and go!
This is the bin that I keep them in on a shelf under my desk. It is 16 inches long, 6 inches wide, and 3 inches deep, the perfect size for card bases AND the smaller Framelits dies envelopes (and embossing folders) as shown below! I keep the newest dies at the front. After carefully prying the dies off the sticky tape, I use the Carl Cutter to cut an adhesive magnet sheet to stick over the tape. Sure makes it easier to get the dies off again without bending them! I put them back in the envelope so I can see the dies, and with the name clearly visible at the top.
Tomorrow I'll share my awesome storage for Washi Tape/Twine and the PERFECT ribbon storage! I'll give you a peek at my craft room, too. It is truly my happy place!