Wednesday 21 March 2012

How I Organize and Store My Paper Scraps

I save all my paper scraps.  That may seem crazy, but I have my reasons:
  1. Scraps are perfect for making cards.  Almost every card I create is made from scraps in my stash.
  2. I can not even count the number of times that rummaging through my scrap stash has revealed the perfect colour cardstock for an embellishment on either a layout or card.
  3. It saves me money.  I don't need to buy an entire sheet of paper, I can just use what I have leftover from a previous project.
Of course, the downside of all of this is that I have a lot of scrap paper that I need to both organize and store.  

I used to keep my scraps in large expandable folders, but the folders soon got incredibly bulky and the small pieces of paper fell to the bottom where I could never see them.

So I changed to a drawer-unit storage system.

I bought 4 of these 2-drawer units at Walmart a few years ago for about $10 each.  Lucky for me, they fit perfectly onto the shelves in my craft cupboard.

I organize my paper scraps by colour in the eight drawers: blue; pink; green; red; orange/yellow; brown; purple; black.  
The green drawer

This system works perfectly for me.  
  1. The drawers open completely so that I can see what I have.
  2. I can easily look for a specific colour of cardstock to match a layout or card.
  3. Selecting patterned paper and coordinating cardstock for a card is a breeze. 
  4. It is neat and organized.
So, while keeping every scrap of paper may be crazy, at least I have them stored and organized effectively....

What do you do with all your paper scraps? 

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