Friday, August 28, 2009

Paper scrap organization

People have requested that I post pictures of how I organize my paper scraps, so that’s what I’ve done in this post. I apologize for the poor quality of the pictures. I don’t get much natural light in my craft room and the artificial light helps only so much.

This first picture shows how I file my card stock by color family, with the coordinating scraps above. I bought those white cubes from Michael’s. It is better to store the paper horizontally rather than vertically so that the paper doesn’t warp, but I don’t have room to store the cubes horizontally. I tend to go through my paper pretty quickly so a little warping doesn’t hurt it :) Since I don’t get much natural light in the room, my paper doesn’t fade.

Here is a close up of my scraps. The black jumbo magazine holders were bought at Wal-Mart but I haven’t been able to find them there recently. You may need to go to an office supply store to buy similar magazine holders.

The bags are zipper type bags I received for free, but Ziplock bags would work just fine. The best size is 12” x 12” or whatever you can find at the store. Keep in mind that if the bag is any wider than 12” x 12”, it won’t fit properly into the jumbo magazine holders.

I created charts in Microsoft Word for each color family and punched out the card stock using the smallest heart from the Stampin’ Up! Heart to Heart punch. I adhered each heart with a glue dot, and used double sided tape to adhere the chart to the front of the magazine holder.
I printed card stock information on regular mailing labels (1” x 2 5/8”) to identify the color and to make it easy to order more card stock.
Separating all my scraps was time consuming but it can easily be done while watching TV or talking on the phone. This filing system has saved me time searching for scraps as well time spent cleaning up after a project. It’s very simple and inexpensive to do.

I hope this post has been helpful. If you have any questions, please ask me. Have fun stampin’ and organizin’!


Anonymous said...

I love your idea. It gave me some ideas of what to do with my stuff.

debinicol said...

Ladies, isn't this a fabulous idea? love the idea and will be doing the same in my area of creation. Thanks so much Michelle for the complete clarificaton!

TN Granny said...

This is a great idea and seems to be easy to even me to handle.
Thank you so much for sharing it.

God Bless,

Anonymous said...

Hey Michelle!
The photos are great!
Clearly shown & well explained!! Thank-you so much for your trouble in show casingt his for us!
I am enjoying your blog & am so happy to be a follower!
Keep up, you give me hope of one day being organized :]
I think I have seen these Black storage things at our local Wal Mart & will check the next time we go...
Won't be for a month I hope...we just dropped $445. there last night buying groceries & school undies, socks the like y aknow???
Take Care.

Micki said...

That is a great idea.... I always have the best intentions just never turns out that way, lol.


Anonymous said...

Michelle, I like the way you sorted your cardstock. The little heart chart is really a cute idea!
Doris B

Chipchick said...

Thanks for sharing!