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10 ways to use our 8.5×11 Fab File

Our Fab File line of products has crossed over from crafting storage to general home and office storage.  If you've been following along you've seen Fab Files used for everything from craft supplies to cord and cable storage.  This 8.5x11 paper organizer is no exception.  Included with this Fab File are 5 tabbed file/divider pockets and 5 labeling tabS.  The white label tabs work well, but I love the flexibility of using repositionable, SYF label tabs instead.  I also love the "pop" of color they provide.

The 8.5x11 Fab File is on special this week (Oct. 16-22) - learn more.

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Here are just a few ways to use the 8.5x11 Fab File; some in your craft room, some in your office, some in your kitchen...even in the garage.

Cardstock, of course

Organizing 8.5x11 cardstock was the original use for this Fab File. The divider pockets are ideal for labeling different colors or themes, and also work well for storing scraps or “special” paper. This Fab File is 2" deep – it will hold about 100 sheets of cardstock and about 175 of paper. The thickness of both paper and cardstock varies quite a bit, so you may be able to store a few more sheets or a few less.

Grab & Go File - Important Papers

With the recent storms and flooding, we’re all a bit more aware of keeping important things together. Create a "Grab & Go File" using an 8.5x11 Fab File. Use the pockets to organize your papers by type of document. Don’t forget to include vet records for your pets. Passports, vehicle titles, wills, etc.  Check the internet for all the items recommended for this type of emergency file.

Coloring Books

While there is some variety in the size and shape of coloring books, I’ve found that the majority of mine tuck nicely into the 8.5x11 Fab File.  I've even got room for a box of colored pencils and a sharpener.  The File pockets are a perfect storage solution for pages in progress, completed pages, and Zen doodling projects, too.

Monthly Bills and Budgets

When we talk about organizing craft supplies, one of my mantras is "keep things together you use together".  This is true for organizing other things as well. Combine all your bills and budgeting materials together.  Include a calendar. Bills to pay, receipts, EOBs, budget plan, etc.

Owner’s Manuals and Warranty Registrations

While more and more warranty registrations happen online, most home equipment still comes with an owner’s manual. Organize all of them together in one Fab File. Ours is stored in the garage where most of the tools & equipment are stored (keep things together you use together).
I also noticed that my husband had added the paint chips for our home to this file.

Mementos by Event

If you’ve got important events coming up like a high school senior year or wedding, you know keeping track of all the mementos can be a chore. Start a Fab File for each event and then add things to the file as you receive them. When you’re ready to scrap the event everything will be together.

Small Gift Bags & Tissue Paper

Smaller gift bags can disappear in your gift wrap stash. Tissue paper gets wrinkled and folded.

Try containing these smaller items in and 8.5x11 Fab File. It will be fast and easy to grab the right sized bag when you need it.

Planner refill pages and past planner pages.

Planners have evolved into a wonderful combination of calendars, to-do lists, scrapbooks and journals. I use a Create 365 Planner, which means there are lots of add-in pages available. I store my extra large planner pages in the 8.5x11 Fab File .  I also have a smaller Create 365 planner, and I store those pages in the 8x8 Fab File.
If you’re like me, your previous planner pages are almost as important as the current pages. They contain your recent history, important dates and events, some photos, and a lot of other great stuff. Having these available to refer to later will be priceless. I pull these out of my planner for 2 reasons:  the first, to protect them, and second, to lighten the weight of my planner, which I carry everywhere. The 8.5 x 11 Fab File is the perfect storage container.

Copier paper storage

If you buy copier paper by the ream, chances are it’s taking up a full 8.5 x 11” footprint in your desk drawer or on a shelf. After you open a ream and load what you can into your printer, put the remaining stack of paper into an 8.5 x 11 Fab File and stand it vertically on the shelf. Don’t worry about the paper curving a bit, it will lay flat as soon as you take it out of the box and put it in the printer.

Magazine Storage

I love cooking magazines!!! They are my “reward” for getting things done. The problem with storing magazines is that they don’t stand up on their own. The 8.5 x 11 Fab File is ideal. I can label the edge so I know which magazines are in the FabFile and then slide the box on the shelf next to my cook books.

The 8.5 x 11 Fab File has countless uses.  If you're using one in a new or different way we'd love to hear about it.  Please do use the comment box below to share your ideas with me/us.

The 8.5x11 Fab File is on special this week (Oct. 16-22) - learn more.

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Take a look around my studio #7 – Organizing dies, stamps, embossing folders, & stencils.

In this post I’ll take you through the method to my madness for organizing dies & stamps (as well as stencils & embossing folders) using our Die, Stamp, & Supply Organizer. In this studio tour post, I’m working on organizing dies, stamps, brass stencils, plastic stencils, and embossing folders.  Because I’m using a catalog, I can… Continue Reading

Kids Crafts ORGANIZED!!!

Good organization skills are good life skills.  Make getting organized a fun and rewarding experience for you kids and grandkids and they’ll easily translate those skills over into other areas of their lives. Do you have children or grandchildren who craft with you?  If so, giving them their own craft organizers will help them stay organized… Continue Reading

Another reason to love Edna.

My husband is regularly scouring the back of his truck to find something that can be used as a makeshift leash.  I’ve seen Petey leashed with a piece of picture hanging wire, a motorcycle tie-down strap, and even a couple of t-shirts tied together. Park takes Petey with him everywhere he goes, but somehow leaves his… Continue Reading

10 More ways to organize craft supplies with the Spinder Binder

You may already know that the Spinder Binder was originally designed to help scrapbookers, card makers, & paper crafters who had bulging ScrapRacks, thin their racks.  But like most of our products, there are multiple uses.  In this blog post I talk briefly about 10 more ways to organize craft supplies with the Spinder Binder. … Continue Reading

3 ways to use the Spinder Binder.

This lightweight plastic “cover” is designed to hold 1 Spinder on its hook & loop spine. The zipper keeps everything contained. The Spinder Binder is oversized to easily accommodate scrapbooking supplies. Exterior measurements are: 16.25L” x  15″T x 2.5″D or  41.5cm x 38.2cm x 6.2cm The Spinder Binder was what we call a “popular demand” creation.… Continue Reading

Take a look around my studio #6 – 12×12 Paper Organization, and other sizes too!

It seems that I’m constantly pulling paper out of my “stash” to use for some type of demonstration. That, in and of itself, is not the problem.  The problem is I get in a hurry putting it away, soI just stuff it in an empty slot, thinking – “I’ll get back to that later.” You… Continue Reading

Customize your Hot Glue Gun Holder for yourself or for a friend

The Hot Glue Gun Holder, like all of the items in our Desk Maid product line, comes in a flat white finish.  There are two good reasons for this.  The first, white goes with everything.  The second, white is easy to change into something else.  I had a really great time transforming my plain white… Continue Reading

Use your good stuff!

If you’ve taken any of my classes or attended a lecture, you’ve probably heard me say USE YOUR GOOD STUFF!  As crafters we have a tendency to “hoard” our best supplies, waiting for the perfect project. Take a deep breath and repeat after me – “Every project is a perfect project!” Today I’m working on the itinerary… Continue Reading

Take a look around my studio #4 – Fjalkinge Shelves, 2 hacks to make them more useful

Craft Room Tour shelving hacks The shelves in my studio are called FJALKINGE.  You probably already guessed, they’re from IKEA. If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know I’ve got lots of IKEA products in my world. Why do I love IKEA?  The most obvious answer: great quality for a great price.  The… Continue Reading

Take a look around my studio #2 – What’s on my desktop?

Not Much!! My workstation is a simple “L” shaped desk from Office Depot. There are no drawers which makes it easy for me to work on either side. Great for big projects, but usually one side is my computer/“work” side and the other is the creative side. I don’t generally have other people working with me… Continue Reading

12 ways to use the 5×7 Fab File

Like so many of our products, the 5×7 (medium) Fab File was designed with 1 thing in mind – photos – but its uses expand almost daily.  The list of uses below goes from basic craft organizers to “out of the craft room” ideas.  (The 5×7 Fab File is featured in the 5×7 Organizer Bundle. It can also… Continue Reading

5×7 Organizer Bundle, let me tell you all about it.

As you probably already know, each week we feature different products. This week we’re featuring the 5×7 Organizer Bundle. In this post I’ll give you the details on the bundle including how all the pieces work together and why we decided this was a good combination of products. What’s included: 2 – 5×7 Fab Files, each… Continue Reading

A little more about my planner addiction

If you’ve listened to me over the last few months you already know I’m a planner junkie!!!! You probably also already know I carry my planner supplies from work to home in one of our Ditto Tool Bags. It’s a perfect option; small and compact, sits flat on the floor behind the driver’s seat in… Continue Reading

5 Ways to use your Ditto – Double-sided Desktop Tool Organizer

You already know the Ditto Bag is a great tool for organizing your basic scrapbooking, papercrafting and stamping supplies…. But did you know… It’s also the perfect way to organize planner supplies?  If you’re a planner junkie like me, you’ll love having all of your planner supplies together and portable.  Especially if you carry them… Continue Reading

5 Reasons to add cardstock to your Stamp & Die pockets – tips & tricks

You probably already know that using Stamp & Die Pockets with our Die, Stamp & Supply Organizer is the perfect way to organize your dies and unmounted stamps. But did you know that adding a piece of cardstock to each die pocket is easy to do, and has several benefits? Create a barrier A piece of cardstock can… Continue Reading

Stamp & Supply Stadium – Let me tell you all about it!

What little things do you have rolling around the bottom of your craft tote, or buried in a drawer?  There’s a good chance they’ll find a perfect home in our Stamp & Supply Stadium (S&SS) The Stamp & Supply Stadium was originally designed to organize wood mounted stamps.  If you’ve got wood stamps, you know they… Continue Reading