As card makers and paper crafters, we love to purchase pretty paper. And when we actually chop those pretty papers, scraps happen! In order to diminish the stress that can come from card making and paper crafting, we need to have a paper organization system to store our papers and to take advantage of those scraps!
Over the last twenty years of stamping, scrapbooking and paper crafting, I have tried various methods for organizing paper and scraps. Because I invest in quality paper to obtain the best paper crafting results, I like to use those scraps! I want to get the best value from my purchases. I do not like to feel guilty or to be wasteful. And, I really, really do not want to deal with chaos or clutter in my crafting space!
Interestingly, once I learned how best to store my cardstock, designer paper and scraps, I became more resourceful. Instead of feeling guilty, I accepted the left-over bits and pieces as part of the creative process. And by storing whole sheets and scraps TOGETHER, I regularly use my scraps first!
No matter how many sheets of paper or scraps that you hope to use one day, you will be happier in your crafty place with a paper organization system. After all, paper hoarding is an occupational hazard that every paper crafter must face.
If you would like a better paper organization system and to regularly use your scraps, follow these simple steps for a solution:
Step 1: Purchase a label maker, Job Ticket Holders for storing 8.5”x11” cardstock and large Ziploc bags for storing 12”x12” paper. Label and sort each holder and Ziploc bag. Some people sort their cardstock alphabetically (ABC), by color family (Regals, Brights, Neutrals, Subltes) or in rainbow order (ROY G. BIV). Do what works for you
Step 2: Sort your paper deciding what to keep and what to toss (or donate/recycle). Recommend applying this rule of thumb – toss pieces smaller than the size of a 3”x3” post-it note, and toss (or donate/recycle) anything bent, discontinued or ugly. Trim “used” pieces to useable sizes (those extraneous pieces get caught and mess up other pieces that you’re trying to save). With this system, you see how many scraps you want to keep or to use up really fast!
Step 3: Store whole sheets and scraps together in labeled job ticket holder or labeled Ziploc bag. I love coordinating products, so I made the decision a long time ago, you use exclusively use Stampin’ Up cardstock and designer series papers. So while I could store all my red cardstock together, my preference is store each color separately! Now when I want Cherry Cobbler, I simply pull that paper holder from my shelf.
Step 4: Decide how best to store those Job Ticket Holders or Ziploc bags. Consider various storage container options from your favorite big box store: baskets, crates, totes and shelving/cubbie systems. Consider what works for your crafting need, your crafting space, and what complements the room decor. Consider options that will support growth and that are easily expandable. You know that you will purchase more paper, so plan for it. LOL!
Multi-Color Paper Scraps
Typically, I purchase coordinating paper packs from my Stampin’ Up cardstock. Therefore, I store whole sheets and scraps of those 6”x6” paper stacks or 12”x12” paper packs in Ziploc bags. Note: For easy reference, store the label packaging which lists the coordinating cardstock colors inside the Ziploc bag.
To order 9″x12″ Job Ticket Pockets from Office , use this link.
To order 13″x13″ Ziploc Bags (4 mil) from Clear Bags, use this link. Note: for durability, I recommend ordering a thicker plastic such as 4 mil so that it lasts, and the wider bag to more easily slide your cardstock or DSP in and out.
To order 7″x7″ Ziploc Bags from Clear Bags, use this link. Note: this bag only comes in the 2mil thickness, but it
This is exactly how I store my paper and scraps. By maintaining this paper organization system, I know that you will be able to tame the paper chaos, regularly take advantage of those scraps and recognize when you are getting low on a particular favorite color of cardstock.
Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!