Patterned Paper & Cardstock Organization Challenge

Challenge #8 Week #2 PART 1 – Patterned Paper/ Cardstock

Every single one of us has it… but is it working for you the way you have it organized?

THE KEY TO GOOD PATTERNED PAPER ORGANIZATION IS TO: have it organized to match your train of thought.

HORIZONTAL OR VERTICAL?(from http://www.creative-scrapbook-layout…

Scrapbook Paper Storage Idea #1: Horizontal Paper id=257936…

Most scrapbook stores will store their paper horizontally because they
have the room for rows and rows of shelves and racks. Now, most of us
don’t have room for all those shelves, but horizontal storage is still a
possibility with 12″ x 12″ plastic snap top cases. You can buy them
individually or as part of a three-drawer or six-drawer cart, so you can
make the most use out of your vertical space.

Racks: id=257017…

Wire cubes: id=226956…

Cubes: id=251533…

Scrapbook Paper Storage Idea #2: Vertical Paper id=258040…

Depending on your preferences, you can use traditional magazine storage
files for 8.5″ x 11″ paper (or on your scrapbook table to store scrap
paper), but you will have to get special storage files for 12″ x 12″
scrapbook paper. Vertical paper storage is best for cardstock or other
papers that you will be accessing frequently because you can just slide
the storage file out and pick the paper you need.

These paper holders also come with dividers, so you can store multiple
colors within a singe file! Just one thing to keep in mind is that you
will need very tall shelves if you plan on using these vertical storage
files in a bookshelf.”

Baskets: id=250118…

Cubes vertical: id=250438…

Files: id=888475…

HOW TO ORGANIZE IT – Now that you have thought about WHAT to store them in lets talk about HOW…

Cardstock – seem simple enough, by color right or
brand? But what about those patterned papers? Do you Separate your
cardstock from your patterned paper? Or would it work better for you if
you had all the pink patterned paper then pink cardstock together?

Patterned Papers

    1) By color – Are you the type that reaches for the
    color first when you need something in your scraproom? Within each
    color do you organize it from lighter to darker colors?

    Cropper hoppers by color:
    Scraproom Re-org – Photo 5 By Deend31 id=130054… id=210448…

    2) By Brand – do you have a great memory for brands. Do
    you think to your self when you are scrapping…”that rust and white
    flourish paper from the Everafter line that Cosmo Cricket put out would
    be perfect!” If so they by Brand and collection would be the way for you
    to organize.

    Great way to organize by collection and brand if you like to keep them in their stacks…
    Paper storage By Missqueen

    3) By Theme and Pattern – Are you a graphic scrapper?
    One who knows they need a stripe or a polka-dot paper to balance out the
    floral you just picked as the background paper. Or do you scrap by
    theme a lot. Maybe you create a lot of mini albums or you prefer ballet
    shoe paper for your little princesses recital page.

There ya go… these are the best ways to organize it… now you can do
it in sub categories… say you want to organize it by Brand but within
each brand you want it by theme or color. Maybe it is by color first and
within that color it is by pattern and theme. That works too but one of
these three will be the Main way you will organize with a possible sub

Consider size – do you sort the scraps (if you
separate these from your full sheets we will go over how to store them
latter this week) into your full sheets or maybe you buy 6×6 paper. Do
you sort it into your 12×12? That is up to you. Just keep in mind that
when you are working on a 12×12 page you can’t always use the 6×6.


    1) never store in direct sunlight preferably a cool, dry place

    Store it completely separate from other supplies. If you mix them you are undoubtedly asking for creasing or tearing.

    3)When looking for storage make sure that you choose a
    container that fits a 12×12 piece of paper or a 8×8, if that is your
    size preference. Keeping the paper fitting snugly will keep it from
    getting bent or damaged.

    4)If you keep it organized it will lead to an easier scrapbooking experience. So make sure you keep it organized.

You can store them on shelves without organizational units. Keep in mind
though that they will slip easily and have a chance of making a mess.
Storing horizontally with out organizers creates the same problem. When
you need one near the bottom all the others will begin to fall and it
becomes one large balancing act.

**** Don’t have the cash to fork out for these organizers? Try these almost free solutions –

Horizontal: id=65087&…

Vertical: id=123371…

Step by step instructions: s/tutorials…


Scraproom Challenge By Ande

 Here is my patterned paper and cardstock. I organize by “P(pink cause I have a girl) ROYGBIV N(neutrals such as black, grey, white and shades of brown)” Patterned paper on the left of the divider and CS on the right in each cropper hopper. 12×12 on the top, 8.5 x11 on the bottom left and scraps and chipboard in the binders on the right.

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