Last week I received my 4th Story Kit, Magic, from Ali Edwards and boy, are these little envelopes full of good stuff. The class content is wonderful and I've been so happy with this subscription. So many stories told that I probably wouldn't have thought about on my own, without prompting. As I type this, I've created 6 "firsts", 3 "gatherings" and 1 "am/pm" layout. Not bad at all.
I love the envelope the kits come in. They are made of durable plastic with string closure and I've been keeping each theme together for easy access. I feel like I've got quite a little collection of kits going now and they were in need of a home. This isn't rocket science (duh), but ideally I would find a basket that was just the right height and depth to flip through the envelopes and grab the one I need without them moving around too much. Ideally, this basket would be something I had in my house. After scanning my scrap room, I found this old wire desktop organizer holding my roller stamps (which I relocated) to be the perfect size. How old? I think it was originally purchased to hold computer disks. Ancient.
I keep the envelopes unwound so I can access the contents quickly and I haven't had a problem with anything falling out. And since the envelopes are mostly clear, I can see what's inside and distinguish which theme is which. I thought about attaching a tab to the edge of the envelopes for the name of the kit, but I didn't want to damage or put a hole in it in case I end up using the envelopes for something else in the future. The "story sparks" cards are helpful as well, but I continue to jot down my layout ideas, along with my class notes, in my creative binder. I can likely hold 4 more kits comfortably in this organizer and will probably break down the contents of each envelope into my stash of stickers, Project Life cards, etc. as I feel "done" with the kit. I'm about there with "Firsts."
It's just a basket, but having a proper home for my supplies makes me very happy.
If you are a Story Kit subscriber, how do you organize your kits? Do you keep them together, or do you break up the kit into your stash?