Handmade Card Organization

Handmade Card Organization

– [Voiceover] Welcome,
this is Jennifer McGuire. I have been getting a
lot of questions about what I do with my cards
after I’ve made them, so I thought I’d share a video showing the organization
of handmade cards, and also the organization of the mailing supplies that I have. I make a lot of cards for my job, and I send them all out to loved ones, so I like to have everything organized so I can send them out quickly and often. So in this video, I’m gonna start with organization of envelopes
and mailing supplies, and then I will talk
about the organization of the cards that I have made that are ready to be sent. I will have links to all the supplies that I talk about here in my
YouTube description below, but I really encourage
you to go over to my blog, I’ll have a link in my description, because there will be much
more information there. I thought it would be best to first start with envelope organization. I go through a lot of envelopes since I send so many
cards, and I just recently replenished my supply. I mostly use A2 envelopes. That is the size envelope you need for four and a quarter by
five and a half inch card. That’s what I send out the most, so that’s the most envelopes I have. These are all A2 envelopes in this drawer. I have some other specialty size envelopes in the drawer below which I’ll show you. Now in here I have three brands of envelopes that I’ve
found I like the best, and then some specialty envelopes. In here, I have a container that is the Interdesign split container that I use for my clear stamp storage. I’ve found it works great for envelopes. These envelopes fit in here nice and snug, but they fit perfectly, and I have different lines on each side here, and then I have additional envelopes in the back of the drawer behind it since this drawer is so deep. There are three brands in here, and each of these envelopes
are a little bit different, so I’m going to compare them each, and sorry that Foxy wanted
to make an appearance. You’ll see her throughout this video. Okay so all of these envelopes
are very high quality and again, they’re A2 envelopes. The first one I wanted to show you is the Gina K Designs. Thanks to my friend on Instagram, Richard, he told me about these envelopes. I didn’t know they existed,
and I really like them. This is what I’ve been
reaching for the most. I like the Gina K envelopes
because their square flap, so you have a straight line flap, so you can stamp a sentiment along it, or put a strip of washi tape
for a very quick accent. They come in beautiful colors. I have all the colors over on my blog so you can compare them. I went ahead and bought them all. I just had to have them,
and I’ve ordered more since, and they match the card
stocks that Gina K has. There are lots of them,
they come in packs of 10, so you can replenish
easily and the packages come labeled, so you know
what color you’re getting. Not all companies do this. I find that these are
high quality envelopes in good colors, for a
good price, and again, I like that the envelope flap is straight so I can put a strip of
washi tape across it. Now another brand of
envelopes that I’ve been using lately but not as often are
the Cards & Pockets envelopes. One of my blog readers told me about this, and it has this euro flap,
this deep V shape flap. They’re very high quality,
and they are available in a gazilion colors,
in many, many colors, and you can order one of each, or as many as you want of each. Unfortunately when you get them, they do not come with
the color labelled to it, so you have to try to
figure out what it is, and that’s kind of tricky. They are also very high
quality, a solid color, and I do particularly like the ones that have a metallic shiny finish to it, kind of a shimmery look. Some of the colors come that way, so be sure to check those out. I did order a bunch of these, and you can see them all
on the right-hand side of the container. So my Gina K are on the left, and the Cards & Pockets are on the right, and a few of the Cards & Pockets envelopes are in the back of this container, the silver and gold,
which I particularly like. I also have stuffed in here some Avery Elle Vellum envelopes. These are some specialty envelopes that I do like. These are fun because you can see through the envelope to the card, and you can mail them this way. They are a lot of fun, I
like to use these also. Okay, now the third brand of envelope that I’ve been using for the longest time, and I just think are so much fun are the Hero Arts envelopes. These have a white core. They’re available in beautiful colors, and they have that fun decorative flap that is completely different. I’ve been using those forever, and I will still continue
to use those also, but these are basically the
three brands I use the most. I also like memory box envelopes. They have a rounded flap, but I don’t have many of those and they’re kind of hard to find, so those are the basic
solid envelopes I use. I also mentioned the Vellum envelopes. I do also like to use wood envelopes, and craft envelopes, and
I’ll link to those below. The wood ones are kind of a paper wood that are fun to ship cards in, and then craft envelopes from Hero Arts. Okay, so there you have
envelope organization. Again I think this container is great. However, you could get a
smaller sized container if you need less envelopes. Be sure to go over to my blog to see a closer look at some
of the colors of envelopes. These are the metallic
ones from Cards & Pockets. I’ll have some pictures there. I went ahead and took one of each color, poked a hole in the corner
and made a ring of envelopes that are labeled, so I know
what I need to order more of. Okay, so now I wanted to talk a little bit about mailing organization. I have some of my mailing
supplies in the same top drawer. One thing that I use
often is mail padding. This comes in big rolls or big sheets, and I cut them down into a
bunch of little pieces like this and keep them in my drawer. This is a little bit of padding that you can put on top of your card anywhere you have embellishments and then slide it in the envelope. That will help to protect
your card in the mail, but you do want to put on extra postage. I also have these little Post-it notepads that are fun to put inside cards. What you do is you write
your message on this, and it encourages the
recipient to take this off, and then they can pass that handmade card onto somebody else, so it kind
of continues the kindness. Those are really handy. Now I have many return address stamps, but I keep my favorite,
the one that I use the most here in this drawer along with an ink pad so I can quickly stamp
this onto envelopes. I also like to use stickers
which I’ll show you in a moment. I do love the personalized
stamps from bossy Joscie. I can’t recommend them enough. They are wonderful high quality. In here I also have gift cards that I can add to any cards if I need to, and I have lots of washi tape. This is the only washi tape I have. I never use them on my cards, I actually only use them to
seal my envelopes closed, and I really like the glitter tapes a lot. I think that’s a great way to kind of add a little bit of interest to your envelope. These are older but I will link to some that I do use often. This three compartment container
that I have in this drawer is an older model, but I’ll link to the newer model also, but any kind of little
compartments would work to hold all these mailing accessories. I do also use padded envelopes, but I have those stored
in a different place, so if I have an extra special card, I like to use those padded envelopes. Now a key thing that I keep
in this drawer is this pouch. In this pouch I have my
return address stickers, various stickers that I
like to put on my envelopes to decorate them, postage
for the US and international, and this is super handy. So this pouch lays right
on top of my envelopes, so when I open the drawer,
this is actually what I see, so I have everything in here. There’s no digging around
in other places for postage. I have a lot on hand, so
I can pick some postage that matches the envelopes. I’m kind of crazy like that, but it’s nice to have
this right here on top, so that I can quickly
pull together some cards, stamp them, address them
and get them in the mail. I really like to send a
lot of handmade cards. I hope this little mailing drawer inspires you to kind of
get your supplies ready so you can send all
your handmade cards out. Okay, so now let’s talk about
the handmade cards themselves. I like to keep a bunch on hand so I have them ready whenever needed. This is in the drawer right below it. I have my handmade cards organized. Again, I have one of those
interdesign containers, the same one for my envelopes,
but I use it for this. These cards fit in here nice and snug, but I do find that it works just fine. I do have my cards in sleeves, so in each sleeve, I have a
card, and a matching envelope ready to go. Sometimes those envelopes
I stamp to match it, sometimes I already stamped
my return address on it, so it’s ready to go,
but I have each of them in a sleeve so I can be
sure they’re protected. I cut apart some plastic folders
that I found on clearance, and I rounded the corners and put a label with the occasion on it, so I could divide these up into categories, however you could use
maybe recycled chip board or laminated card stock if you wanted to to create these little dividers. This system has been an
absolute game changer for me. I always have cards ready
with the matching envelope. I can easily find
whatever occasion I need. I can’t recommend this system enough. You could use a different
type of container, but I do find that this
one fits them nicely. So this is what I do when
I’ve completed a card, I go to the drawer above and I pick an envelope that matches. Sometimes I stamp the envelope to match, sometimes I don’t. I go ahead and I put them
together into a clear sleeve, and I will link to the ones that I like. I remove the release paper and
fold the flap over tightly, and there it is, the card
is completely protected and it is matched up with
its matching envelope, so I can take this and put it right into the category of occasion in my container. This has really saved me a lot of time. Now sometimes I will stamp the envelope to match, and this is a great way to make sure that the card and the envelope don’t get separated. I used to not keep my cards
and envelopes in sleeves. Instead I just kind of
tucked the card into the flap of the envelope to keep them together, but I was finding that sometimes I would stuff a card in and mess with the embellishments or whatever, so I find that the clear sleeves really help me to kind of keep everything safe. In this drawer I also have some of the other envelopes that I use, some larger envelopes and some like 4 Bar card envelopes
over here on the right. I also have some fun colored
envelopes in odd sizes that I found on clearance at Target. Always be sure to check
out clearance racks. Sometimes they have some
stationery you don’t want, but the envelopes are excellent. Here I have the clear sleeves
for my cards in the back, so I can quickly grab them. There you have it, a closer look at my envelope mailing and
handmade card organization. I hope you found some tips
that might be helpful to you. I think it’s really important
to have everything ready so you can send some handmade love out to some friends and family. Now, I do have links below
in my YouTube description, but so much more
information over on my blog, so be sure to check that out. Also, I have two other videos that might be interesting to you. The first one there shows
my stamp storage system using the same kind of containers, and the second video there shows some other organization
that I find helpful for craft supplies. Be sure to hit subscribe
if you haven’t already, and you want to see more videos. Thanks for watching. I hope you have a great day
and I’ll see you again soon.

100 thoughts on “Handmade Card Organization

  1. That was the most entertaining video I have ever watched, and I have watched many. Foxy just rocks 🙂🙂🙂

  2. Thanks for the organization tips.  I love tips, and in my heart I know I will get organized soon!   It helps that you have a 4 legged friend to help you keep things straight!  Cute as can be!  Hugs, Pat

  3. Loved this video! Great ideas and inspiration. Shared immediately on Pinterest & sent directly to my sis so she wouldn't miss it. Thx so much!

  4. I love that Foxy made the video!! She's adorable!! Thanks for all of your great ideas. Love the Craft Friends section of your card storage!!! such a great idea 🙂

  5. Do you have any problems with the post office not liking the darker colored envelopes? Due to their machine not able to scan them automatically? I know that has been an issue for us card makers for years. :>

  6. What a system, and so many cards ready to go! Wow!! Can't decide which I enjoyed more, seeing your super organization or watching Foxy check things out and run back and forth playing! Foxy is always welcome on your videos

  7. Thank you for you envelope comparison. I have been curious about the quality of the different companies. Your dog is a hoot!! They are so a part of our daily lives!!!!

  8. This is a great video. Your organization is wonderful. Thank you for Foxy being there! I'm now inspired to get my things in order.

  9. I was wondering if you have any text or other stamping inside of all of those cards you have waiting in your drawer? Do you put any kind of hallmark on the back of your handmade cards? I also keep a variety of postage stamps on hand so I can send just the right one! And of course a good supply of the additional ounce(penguin) stamps as I assume my card is either too heavy or bumpy so will require extra!

  10. Awesome organization on your handmade cards, envelopes, and supplies! I loved seeing your adorable dog pop in and out 🙂 I need to get some of those Inter-design fridge binz those would be a life saver since my new place is so much smaller then my previous house. Thanks Jennifer for sharing your videos they are always Inspirational!

  11. Amazing organizational ideas Jennifer!  Other than Christmas cards (which I try to make all year long) I'm usually only 1 or 2 cards ahead of what I need, but hopefully, someday, I will have a drawer full made in advance.  I also make cards for my mother to send, and the cello sleeves will really help keep the cards fresh-looking during delivery to her and until she decides to use them.  You're a lot like Oprah – the minute you recommend something, it sells out instantly!  I've also had my eyes on those corner chompers you've listed.  They're so heavy, it looks like you could build a house with them…

  12. Great organization video as always Jennifer! I tried to look up the Memory Box envelopes but it was impossible to find anywhere to buy them, unless I'm doing something wrong. It's really a shame I love their products, the colors are gorgeous and I like the flap. Thanks for all the tips and inspiring.

  13. Loved this!! But I have a little OCD so I love organization LOL. I've been watching your videos for a while now and I never noticed that you are in Ohio!!! I'm a bit north of you in Englewood, just north of Dayton. Who would have ever thought that one of my favorite crafters would be so close!! Anywho, TFS!!

  14. I am VERY interested in the comment you made about the one note app for keeping an inventory of your stamps and dies. I have WAY TOO MANY and it's hard to remember them all when I'm making a card. I would love to see a video or blog post on how you use that app to list everything! As always, great video and thanks for taking the time to share your tips and tricks!

  15. Love how you are so organised! Great ideas and tips for us and if you can I'd love to see a video on the thank you card please:)

  16. I think Foxy really wants to create or just bring a smile to ppl faces, he/she did for me, lol, thanks for sharing these awesome organizational tips.

  17. Thanks for another great video. I keep my cards with the envelopes that go with them, just never thought of the clear pouch. I don't know why, that is how I keep my scrapbook pages I make up. Thanks for un-mudding the muddy waters!

  18. Kind of an unrelated question but, my daughter and I love to watch your videos. She is about to be 8 years old and I was wondering if you could recommend a brand or card making product/package for beginners that would be child friendly or simple?

  19. Oh Jennifer! The card you were showing when you were talking about the finished clear sleeves is stunning! I'd love to see a video on it. Great video!

  20. i keep my cards in clear sleeves as well! i have always felt like i was being to over protective when storing them, but now i feel better knowing im not alone! haha thanks!

  21. Your organization videos always inspire me. I have so much craft stuff and when it's disorganized and I can't find what I need and KNOW I have it makes it so hard to get things done. I'm definitely not at your level yet, but I'm trying to get there! I think your clean, well organized craft room would make crafting when inspiration strikes so much easier!

  22. Jennifer! Should you ever decide to no longer make cards, you would make a fortune as an organisor for other people. Pleae come and get my stuff organised!!! Foxy,,,,,good for you for entertaining yourself while Mum is busy! 😉

  23. Hi Jennifer… Love the way you organize your things. Everything is so neat and tidy. For store porposes is it easy do make cards the same size all the time? Which size is your favorite ones? xx

  24. thank you for this video. I got some great ideas. I am starting to reorganize so this video really helped me.

  25. If you have a large volume of cards it becomes expensive to store every card with an envelope, Hence I don't store envelopes with my standard sized cards unless they are a one-off. Oddly sized cards are stored with their matching envelope. I keep sufficient standard sized envelopes in white, off white and kraft on hand so I'm never without if I need to mail a card. Also, I was storing my cards in the cello bags, but that is expensive too; I find if they are contained adequately they don't need a cello bag for protection. If I were putting them on display for selling purposes, then I would protect them with a cello bag. I'm sharing this for those on a limited crafting budget.

  26. I am so glad you did this video this week. I recently purchased card storage boxes and will be returning them this week. Your idea is much more simple and easy! I didn't realize you were in Ohio. I though you were in Utah. May I send you a holiday card at this address? P.S. Foxy is too adorable!

  27. Love the organization of the cards you have made. Thank you for sharing! Love the Thank You Card that you showed.

  28. I was ordering Gina K Envelopes and Paper to match, but they don't have all the colors of envelopes listed. Is there another place I can order them?

  29. Jennifer, can you tell me what color and brand of the white envelopes you use with the neenah solar white cardstock? Thanks

  30. Loving this! Thanks for the link to the sleeves, definitely need those! Many of my cards have gotten ruined 🙁

  31. Hi, the links on your blog: (My dividers are made from cut-up plastic folders, with a label (I love the new model of my label maker!) and rounded corners.) Don't work.

  32. Thank you so much for sharing Jennifer. I really love this way of organizing. I was just wondering if you stamp the back of your cards that you send out with something like: "handmade by Jennifer"? I like the idea of putting the sticky inside saying to pass along. Thanks again for everything you do! I really appreciate you! Hugs!! Cherie

  33. You are the ultimate organizer! You always share the best ideas (I'm sure it's due to lots of practice….. lol) I really appreciate your tips – I'm trying very hard to get organized myself. Thank You Sooooooo Much!

  34. Thank you for all your organization videos! I'm just starting again with paper crafts, and it's driving me crazy having stuff everywhere! I took notes and am looking to see how I can incorporate some of these techniques. Thank you, again!

  35. Jennifer, I loved your video and your furbaby was an extra bonus that made me laugh, especially when he/she was running back and forth over the rug and when helping you in the drawers.

  36. I love the increasing level of participation by Foxy .. first, just a quick in and out appearance .. then, a linger a bit longer, sniff the drawer .. and, eventually an "if I run back and forth with my toy, will you stop filming and just play with me?!" LOL

  37. Sooo my favourite crafter like EVER, when are you coming to my house to organize my studio. I can fit you in anytime you are over this way.. Donna from Down Under..

  38. 💖👍 Excelente sistema !!
    💗😂🐕😂💗 Me divertí mucho con tu perrita!!! Jajajajaja Mi perrita también se llama 🐩 Foxy!!

  39. I love the idea of putting the cards in clear sleeves. If you use washi on the outside instead of sealing them, you'd be able to use it again after you send that card. I know how those sleeves get ruined when trying to open and reuse them. =)

  40. Wow Wow Wow. Bravo for your organisation and thank you for sharing all these tips and informations. Foxy was simply watching his mistress and he was making certain your cards were safe lol

  41. I order from cards and pockets all the time, and had that problem as well. I usually had to buy several shades of white at once and trying to figure out which is which can get confusing. So I ordered their swatch decks (like a deck of business cards) and I keep them in business card binder sheets for easy access. Each swatch card has handy info on it, like the color name, paper weight, if they are printer-friendly and if they carry matching envelopes. Since then, I’ve made similar swatch binders of my Neenah, bazzill and stardream papers. I label those with return address stickers.

  42. Can you please elaborate on how you “seal the envelopes with washi tape”? I understand using the straight flap envelopes and putting a strip of washi across, cutting it off at the edge and sealing, but I can’t figure out how you use them on the other envelopes. I also can’t believe I didn’t think to put washi on my envelopes until I saw this video. What a great use of washi!!!

  43. Wow! How do you have time to stay so neat and still brainstorming new card ideas! Love your ideas!

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