Lately, I've been making an effort to clean up my studio. Ideally, I'd like it to be a place where I can actually create, as opposed to just a storage facility for all my stuff! And I have a lot of stuff, so it's completely overwhelming. So, I've decided to break it down into a bunch of little projects. First up: My Vintage Wallpaper collection.
I usually store my rolls of wallpaper in my collection of vintage toleware cans. I love how it looks, but it's not the best for the papers. Most of them are rolled with the patterns to the inside, so I have to unroll each one to find what I'm looking for. This takes time and also makes for unnecessary handling of the fragile papers. It also exposes them to sunlight, which is a major "no-no".
I needed a solution that was attractive, but practical. So, I settled on mailing tubes. My studio has a shabby chic color palette, so I really wanted white ones. I found what I needed at ULINE . They had a large selection and their prices seemed reasonable. I went with the 3" x 24" white mailing tubes - they are just long enough and wide enough for my papers. I ordered a couple of cases and got to work.
I wanted to easily identify which paper was in which tube, so I just cut out a small swatch of each paper and affixed it to the end cap of each tube.
Now all my papers are safe in their new homes. They are very organized (and look pretty, too). Of course, I still love how my papers look rolled up in their tole cans, so I've decided to leave out just the ones that I am using for current projects.
O.K., so one organizational project down, only about a zillion more to go…