Today we are going to talk about paper. I have a long history with struggling with paper storage. I started off with one of these...
Yeah. I quickly outgrew that. Let's not dwell on it. LOL My next choice was this:
I really liked those (and still have them), but I just wasn't happy with it, so I tried these...
Which very quickly demonstrated that it was not sturdy enough so I then was EXTREMELY blessed to stumble into this:
Now, you may have stopped part way through this post and thought...those other storage options are great! Why did she keep looking?
Here is what my goals were for my paper:
1. Off the floor
2. Lots of categories
4. Displayed so I will use it
I finally have what is my ideal set up.
Putting my paper into categories has changed as I have gotten better storage, but the core of how I do it has stayed the same. My first exploration was how I scrapbook. I always start with a color scheme. Always. So sorting by color works well for me. I tried sorting EVERYTHING by color and soon realized that not all stacks/manufactuers can be put in that neat little box, so I started working on a secondary way to categorize my paper that can work with my color categories.
All of my cardstock (and many other of my supplies) are sorted by color in a specific order. Here is the color order that I use for my ribbon, paper, embellishments, paints, inks...
Red Pink Purple Blue Green Yellow Orange Black Grey White Brown Skintone
My loose patterned paper and the leftover paper from stacks/kits/paper pads get divided into that same palette. I look at each piece and choose the predominant color for my categories. If it is hard to put in category, then I do have a "multi" category for thos tricky papers with lots of colors.
All of my other patterned paper is divided into one of two categories: either by theme (boy, school, Christmas, Halloween, Valentiens, Nature...) or by Manufacturer. I have learned to NOT take apart my paper pads, unless it is necessary. They had experts coordinate the paper and it is so much easier for my process if I keep the paper together and use it together. I tend to buy paper from the same companies, so I do have some trays labeled for Basic Grey, Sassafrass, Cosmo Cricket... Those are some of my go to papers and I like to have them handy.
Let's not forget about the ever present paper scraps. I have my cardstock ones in a 12x12 accordian folder sorted by, you guessed it, color and the patterned paper scraps in a cropper hopper. Those are my go to places when I want to use my cricut, punches or make a card.
Also, I have learned to only buy paper I LOVE. When I first started scrapbooking, I would buy paper because it was on sale...or I liked a few sheets from a stack. I found that I wasted alot of paper that way. I have a few companies that I buy by the pad/kit, but other than that, I buy individual pieces. And...are you ready for this...it has helped me tremendously...When I buy single sheets of paper I also get the cardstock to match...sort of make my own mini kit right at the store. That way I know I have things that match and that I will use instead of just a random sheet of paper. Those 5 for a dollar sales are great, but half of that paper I never used. Now I do.
If you have any other questions, please post them here and I will be happy to answer them. Next up will be my stamps and inks so be on the lookout for that!