A question for those who store paper by colour

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Posted 2/23/2013 by stwa in General Scrappin'


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Posted: 2/23/2013 1:45:59 AM
If you store your paper by colour:
- What if it's a multi coloured paper?
- What about double sided papers that are different colours on each side?

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Posted: 2/23/2013 1:51:58 AM
Multi colored paper usually has a dominant color so I file by that. I tend not to buy paper that is equally multi-colored.

For double sided paper I file it according to the side I am most apt to use based on the pattern. Some of it I can't choose so I do have a file of "everything goes" to put the double sided in.

My paper stash is relatively small however (less than five inches compared to some people's that measure in feet) So it isn't hard to look through for those odd sheets.

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Posted: 2/23/2013 6:35:25 AM
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Posted: 2/23/2013 6:44:46 AM
I have a category for multi for papers with many colors.

Otherwise I put the paper with the color that stands out most to me. For example, a floral with pink flowers, green leaves and touches of yellow would say PINK to me.

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Posted: 2/23/2013 6:58:52 AM
I sort my pattern paper scraps by color and I use the background color to sort. So if it's a floral pattern with pink, green, yellow and orange flowers on a blue background, I put it in the blue drawer.

Using the background color has always worked for me. I just don't get too hung up on how much color, how many different colors, I just look at the background. I have a drawer for pink, red, orange, yellow, blue, green, brown and black.

If it's a striped paper or the colors are otherwise equal I go by the white or cream in the paper. All the cream based papers - that don't have a dominant color background - go together and all the white papers - that don't have a dominant color background - go together.

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Posted: 2/23/2013 7:51:19 AM
For the few pieces I have that don't fit, I have a miscellaneous section. It's relatively small though

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Posted: 2/23/2013 8:30:18 AM
The dominant color. If there isn't a clear dominant color, I'll put it in with whatever color I'm most likely to pick out of it.

Double sided - I will choose whichever color I'm most likely to use or which side I like better. Sometimes, if I have more than one sheet and I like both sides I'll split them between sides.

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Posted: 2/23/2013 8:32:39 AM
I pick the side I'm most likely to use. If multicolored, I choose the dominant color or background color. I also have a section just for 'rainbow' or multicolored papers.

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Posted: 2/23/2013 8:36:04 AM
I go by what is the majority of the color. If its pretty equal I pick what color speaks to me first. My color categories also house more than one color so often it ends up working out. For example, I keep my blue and green papers together and a lot of those papers have both colors on it. Also lets say the paper is blue, green, and orange stripes. I would put it in the blue/green file because there are two of the colors. Those would be the majority.

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Posted: 2/23/2013 8:48:53 AM
I have this dilemma too I store by the side I like best to solve it!

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Posted: 2/23/2013 8:55:50 AM

Why not have a double sided section!!! Don't know how you store, I use the CH's vertical and I store by color, pattern by dominant color, double sided, theme, even have one for sets/brand that I know I will use that way.

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Posted: 2/23/2013 9:24:50 AM
I tend to file it according to either the predominant colour, or the side I'm most likely to use (I'm a B-side scrapper for the most part). I do have a file for 'multi colour', but I don't often put paper in there. I think there are currently only 4 sheets in that section. I don't tend to buy a lot of paper without a predominant colour.

When I buy new paper, I keep it together as a 'kit'. I break this 'kit' up into stash when I purchase my next batch of paper. It is very rare for me to have full sheets left over by the time I buy more.

In fact, I think I only have 3 full sheets of patterned paper in my stash. Most of what gets filed are large partial sheets (at least 1/4 of a page). I keep my small scraps in a box that I rummage through.

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Posted: 2/23/2013 9:52:30 AM
Let me start out by saying that I'm one of those people that can measure their stash in feet. I really love paper--the patterns and the colors. It's my thing!

I store mostly by color. Cardstock definitely. For PP paper, I sort by the dominant color for how I'm going to use it. For example, if I bought paper because it has pretty pink roses on it, I will store it in the "Floral Pink" category, even if the background color is blue. But if I saw it and thought, "I love that blue paper with the flowers," I will put it with the blue florals.

I store my papers by color, in 4 categories. For example, for the blues, I have:
Blue Geographic
Blue Floral
Blue Stripes

The geographic category is for plaids, patterns that have a strong repeat (like dots, grids, etc). Floral and Stripes are pretty self explanitory, except that "floral" can include leaves--paper that just has a botanical feel. And "blue" is just everything else!

The system grew over the years, and I use it because that's how I work. I may be working on a page with a predominantly floral paper and decide that I want to add a stripe in there. Or dots.

For double sided paper, I store by the side I'm most likely to use. Or if I bought it to go with a floral/stripe/print, I store it with that PP, because that's how I will use it.

I will also store collections together. I do a lot of paper craft projects, not just scrapbooking. So I really tend to use a lot of papers from the same collection. Those groups will stay together until I'm done with the project, then I will break them up if there isn't much left. If I have a lot of paper left, I will just leave them together and make a mini album or something.

There are no hard and fast rules and I've changed my storage over the years as my collection has grown, and to fit the way I scrap. If you have a lot of paper, try sorting just one color to begin with. See how you use it and if the system works for you. Then you can adjust the storage before you sort your entire stash.

ETA: I should add that I also sort by theme. So Baby Girl, Baby Boy, Girl, Boy, Christmas, Halloween, Animals, etc all have their own categories. I have a lot of paper and I can find what I need very quickly. As I buy paper, I keep it all together until I have time to sort it out. That usually when that Paper Keeper is full! But I often use new stuff first, so it's fresh in my mind and I can go right to that new file.

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Posted: 2/23/2013 10:57:14 AM
If I really can't pick one color then I look at the background and if it would be more appropriate for black/white/grey that's where I put it and if it's more appropriate for brown/tan/cream/kraft, that's where I put it.

Those are two of my color categories, along with purple, blue, green, yellow/orange, and red/pink.

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