Card Stock

I usually use 8 1/2″ x 11″ and it’s stored in wooden file drawers on wheels. I store it alphabetically. The file tabs have the color name printed on clear labels stuck on pieces of that color card stock. Scraps go in front, full sheets in the back. I’ve been trying to design cards to make the best use of the paper for fewer scraps and try to use the scraps whenever I can.

Card Stock Sampler: I used the Note Tag punch for my 16-17 sampler, but previously I used the Decorative Label Punch.  Any punch or Framelit will do. Punch each color you own and apply the label. Punch a small hole at the same location on each piece. A Crop-a-dile works great for this. Keep them on a key ring and hang nearby. If you want to match a color or see what colors look great together, just reach for your sampler.  You could also use these labels for your card stock storage.

Or you can order a Paper Sampler here. Order the current colors now. But I will soon be offering a totally revamped Paper Sampler soon.

Coming June 1, 2018, a Color Revamp. We will be keeping 27 colors, but 13 colors will be going away. We will be adding 10 new core colors and 6 colors will be returning as core colors. See more here.

Be sure to download the files and then print them for a better fit.

Designer Series Paper Sampler

DSP (Designer Series Paper) Sampler Print the DSP Sampler files on white card stock and then cut them up. Cut samples of your Designer Series Paper and add a key ring. Print the DSP Labels for your tabs if you store your DSP in folders.

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Color Families

Color ChartPrint this chart for yourself. You can keep track of the colors you own or just see how the colors look in paper, ink, and embellishments.

Click below to download and print your own chart.

17-18 Color Chart with all Core and In Colors

16-17 Color Chart with all Core and In Colors

15-16 Color Families one page

14-15 Color Families

Color Family Products

17-18 Colors with all coordinating products

15-16 Color Families with all coordinating products in table

14-15 Color Families with all coordinating products in table

I used Evernote to make this low-tech tool. Every product that coordinates with all the colors.

Color Chart16-17 Color Chart with all Core and In Colors Add a 1/2″ punch of card stock, stamp with a small solid image, then color and write with the Stampin’ Write Markers. The chart will compare the colors and show the ones you own.


Have you seen the Color Lab website? They have a widget that helps you find coodinating colors.

Sponge Daubers

20140514_092235I keep my Sponge Daubers organized in this box. Then just print out the file and fold it at the top line of the color box. Cut around the color box through both layers. Adhere the layers together and adhere to the top of the box.  The top right dauber will match the top right color, Real Red.

Be sure to store your daubers with the sponge side down so they don’t color your chart.

16-17 Sponge Dauber Box Insert

Blank Dauber Box Insert to customize your own colors.

Dauber Box with In Colors and Recently Retired Colors with RGB Codes

Dauber Box with Older Retired Colors with RGB Codes

(See the video on AutoCorrect and RGB Codes below for further explanation.)

The Dauber Box charts can also be used to compare the older colors.  Be mindful though… the colors may not be true.  Most are from My Digital Studio, but every computer prints slightly differently.

Color Wheel with SU Colors 2014 scan (2)Color Wheel

Custom Color Chart:

Color Chart with RGB CodesI keep this chart posted nearby. Have you ever typed in Word and the computer fixes your typos? You can add to that list! In Word 2010, go to Options> Proofing> AutoCorrect Options to add these corrections. Now when I type “MMAM” my computer automatically changes it to Melon Mambo and if I type “SU” it changes it to Stampin’ Up! You’ll see those AutoCorrect codes on the chart. I’ve also got the RGB codes so if I want to color a shape or text to match Stampin’ Up! colors I just go to More Colors and Custom Colors and enter those RGB codes. I’ve added the HEX codes this year too. Using custom colors can be quite cumbersome, but if you’re just using a few they will show up as recent colors.


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  1. Love your work. It is a lot of help. Thank you! Loy

  2. Thank you so much for all your work on these charts. They will be invaluable to me. I have already replaced my hand-written dauber box chart with yours. Would you by any chance have one for the In Colors for say the past 4 years?

    • BevAdamsStamps

      You are quite welcome Paula. I probably need to update that Dauber Box insert with the new catalog pages. I haven’t done one for the In Colors. Since the Core Colors haven’t changed and fill my box, I usually just pick a color that’s close to the In Color I want to sponge and use that. Would you like a separate box for the In Colors? Look for that coming soon.

    • BevAdamsStamps

      Paula, I have created your Dauber Box with the In Colors. Since there were a lot of unused spaces, I added the recently retired colors. While I was going through all the older colors, I decided to go ahead and make a dauber box for all the older retired colors. Since I included the RGB codes, it might be a good resource for those who want to compare older colors and/or use the colors for digital work.

  3. bonjour
    j’apprecie votre travail,votre organisation.
    c’est une source d’inspiration fantantastique.

    Merci beaucoup

  4. Thank you so much for doing all of the hard work for us. I too like “neat and tidy” drawers and shelves and your method and labels help me do that.

  5. Hello Bev,
    I’m new to craft and a new Stampin Up Demonstrator in the UK. I’ve just stumbled across one of you YouTube videos and have now looked at your website.
    I just wanted to say how useful your methods and tips for organizing are… I’m still getting used to the different colours and names for everything. I’m sure your hard work will help me.
    I wanted to say thank you for your generosity and willingness to share what you’ve done, you’re a star!

    • Thank you so much Tracy! Welcome to the Stampin’ Up! family!!! I too thought I’d never learn all the names for the colors. I can barely remember my own name sometimes. But as I worked with them, the names came easily and I can usually recognize the colors I’ve used on a project. (But I definitely still use my Paper Sampler to check.)

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