Wednesday, January 21, 2015

5 Easy Steps to Organize Project Life Cards by Color AND Kit!!

    Todays Workspace Wednesday solves an issue I have noticed in the Project Life® Community, and Planner Community. Usually if you divide Project Life® cards by color, the thinking is they will be all smashed together, and you won't know what kit a card comes from, and that gets some people nervous, including me! So to solve this I did some brainstorming and came up with this simple system. 5 Steps to  organize your Project Life® Kits for good. Yay!

    Step one is simple, write down all the kits you want to organize. I usually won't mix creme background and crisp white background kits together, so this is my list. You can totally personalize this to the kits you have and the ways you want to divide your kits. I keep my Studio Calico Kits separate and they are also organized by color.

    Step two is simple as well. Personalize it according to how you design. If you love having black, white gray and brown cards divided, then write it on a Post-it as well.

     In step three, we sort out ONE kit at a time, and this goes pretty quickly, since we have one kit open at a a time.

    Step four is the key to the success of this system. For each color in a kit, write down the color and the kit title as shown above. I used a tab punch from a few years ago, but if you don't have a tab punch, a circle punch works as well! Sorting one kit at  a time ensures you won't get overwhelmed and mix up the titles. Use what you have for the dividers, I had 4x6 index cards, so one cut to divide them in half was all that was needed. You could also use chipboard, cute packaging, etc.

    Step five is where it all starts to come together. Place them in the desired containers. I carried around a 3x4 and 4x6 card in my purse to assure they would fit, and happened to find this container......

        at the Target Dollar Spot, two for a dollar!! And mint color! Swoon.

    Repeat until you are done. I was able to fit SIX core kits in this multi-purpose rolling cart from Michael's. The 3x4 cards on the second shelf, and the 4x6 cards and neutrals in a shoebox from Target on the third shelf. This is WAY easier to search for and mix cards together, than opening the boxes and searching through them one at a time. I could only store three of the core kit boxes on the second shelf and now there are SIX! Double the capacity. You could totally use the top shelf for more cards instead of embellishments, and I might start on organizing the creme background kits next.

    Happy organizing, and tag me on Instagram if you try this out! #organizePLcards or tag me @artfuleigh, thank you.


  1. Awesome...such an easy system to implement. This is exactly what I need to do...thanks for sharing your ideas :)

  2. Love your name, Leigh. My name is Leigh as well and I also scrapbook and use a planner.

  3. Love your name, Leigh. My name is Leigh as well and I also scrapbook and use a planner.

    1. Leigh,
      Ha that's crazy right? No one ever knows how to spell it, except you do !

  4. Great idea! Thanks for sharing. I've been hesitating mixing my kits together but I think I can do it with your idea! :) Also, I LOVE your cart and have been looking for something like this for a while, do you remember what it was called? Thanks!

    1. hi Jennifer,
      It is the Multi-Purpose Rolling Cart by Recollections from Michaels, thank you for commenting:)

  5. Great idea. Thank you for sharing.