Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Paper Storage





Last week when I was cleaning up my craft area, Laurie asked what I did with my paper scraps. I thought that I'd just show how I store my paper, my paper "scraps" and my little cardstock color sampler I take when I go shopping. The pictures are pretty self-explanatory, but I like to explain things, so here I go. I love the desk I have for stamping / scrapbooking. It can fit hanging file folders in it and that is definitely one of my favorite functions. Also, it has one of those bars ( I have no idea what it's called) you can put in the drawer, so my folders are technically in there sideways. So that view is what I get when I'm setting in my chair. I like the paper turned sideways so that I can see all of the colors at once. And it's much easier for me to get paper out this way. I have a funny thing about alphabetizing, so that is how I ordered my paper, rather than by color families or some other method. And in the front of each file folder, is the sheet protector with any 8 1/2 x 11 sheet that has been cut into. So rather than grab a full paper, each time I grab the sheet protector to see what is in there first. Lastly, is my cardstock color sampler. I cut a 2 inch square piece of every color cardstock that I have, punched a hole in it, and added some twine to tie them all together. When I first started I added an eyelet, but this made the sampler too thick. This color sampler stays in my wallet so anytime I am shopping I can slip it out and find patterned papers, brads, etc. to match my cardstock collection. This way I don't get home with accessories that end up not matching anything I have. And, no, I didn't alphabetize the color sampler. I did want it grouped by colors so that it's easier to compare to any accessory I might be looking at.



8 comments:

Martha said...

oh thats a good way to store., never taught of it like that., right now i have no system lol ;)
but great idea!

Cathleen said...

This is a great storage system! Do you want to come over and organize my paper?

Susan (peebsmama) said...

This is how I organize my SU cardstock too. I find the folder system so much easier to get to and the paper stays much neater. I keep my scraps loose in the same folder as the full sheets. This works for me. And, like you, I check to see if I have a scrap large enough before grabbing a full sheet. I also have them organized by color and not family. I have so much cardstock that I have two of these file holders and they are both full to the brim. Good for you for getting organized.

laurie said...

Thanks for showing me your system. I did put all my scraps in the files with my full sheets in instead of a huge scrap box. I used ziploc bags for each color but that took too much time to open. {I'm lazy} So I did what susan does, I just put the scraps right in with the full sheets. This is working great for me. I like your idea of sheet protectors, and your color sampler. I think I will make one for my purse too!

fishlips said...

Wow oh wow thanks for sharing.....how totally neat and I need something like this too....Thanks bunches for sharing!!!!!

Tasha Hickert said...

I had been toying with the hanging file system and I think you have pushed me over the edge in favor. The part holding me back was how to handle the scraps--love the page protector idea! I am very good about using my scraps but they are all in one box so it gets rather tedious. The other thing that was holding me back was getting the files all labeled, but my kids can probably handle that for a small fee!!

Chris said...

and i thought i was organized??!!

shellpole said...

Very cool way to organise you card. I keep changinf systems and have yet to settle on something that doesnt constantly give me grief!