Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Looky Looky!!

In 2006, after I embarked on this stamping endeavor as a business, it became apparent that paper storage was going to be my biggest challenge. By this fall, I was in desperate need of proper storage for my 8.5" x 11" card stock and 12" x 12" designer papers. Everything I'd found in the marketplace had 2" inserts for holding paper, and I thought that was just too wide for my needs. Also, they were either made of cardboard, which made them unreliable over the long haul, or they were made of wood, which put the price point higher than my little business could afford.

Enter my husband and my dad. My father retired last March from the insurance business, and began applying his energies to his hobby of woodworking. Bob knew that my dad, given the dimensions and the specifications I had in mind for storage cubbies, could come up with something marvelous. At Christmas, I received a little note telling me that I would be getting storage for my paper! Yesterday when my parents arrived, these lovely beauties arrived with them!

Aren't they wonderful?! I had a stamp camp at my house last night, and I showed the gals who came. The first comment one of them made was what I told my dad would happen. She said, "Can he make me some?" Yes, my dad is a talented man, and yet he's not interested in being in "Santa's workshop" year-round! He will share the dimensions and the materials list, if anyone's interested.

They still need some finishing strips on the fronts, which you iron on and he didn't want to do until after the shelves were put in, but I couldn't wait to load them! All 48 of the colors in the SU! palette are in the one on the left, and the right holds the DP that I own. Before, these were stored in makeshift hanging file folders in a portable storage box, and in a shoebox in the closet! Now just the neutrals and specialty papers, like vellum, metallic papers, etc., are in the portable hanging file folder box.

Dad said he'd make me a second of the 8.5" x 11" size so that the card stock isn't doubled up in it, but I think I'm fine with it the way it is.

Today's the day Michael gets braces on his teeth! Oh boy, oh joy...I think he'll be a trooper about it, and I think my parents' presence will be a bit of a distraction. You better believe he's getting Tylenol and ibuprofen in advance, though! If he'll let me, I'll post a picture...for posterity, of course!


Alexandra said...

Awesome storage solution Jenn - I think we ALL can say this is our biggest challenge - LOL! Good luck with the braces! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

sandra said...

your dad is very talented!!