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Posted 2/7/2013 by zimmy85 in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 518,528
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Posted: 2/7/2013 1:20:19 PM
How do you organize all your scraps that you think you may use again? I have all my card stock in one drawer all my pattern in another but I find I don't really do a good on of sorting through to use them up. I was thinking of going through and cutting them all up to 3x4 or 4x6 so that I can just use them all up in my project life but I have so many scraps that are pretty big yet so I'm not sure if I would be better off leaving them and organizing them better or cutting them all. I hate wasting them but I'm so bad about just going for the new stuff that I have that i forget my scraps lol

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Posted: 2/7/2013 1:27:24 PM
I sort mine by color in Sterile drawers. I have them on my scrap table and I go to that first. I am bad about keeping all my scraps, I dont care about the size. I have been making a dent in them this year, well so far.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 1:28:12 PM
Glitter Girl inspired me to put them in a basket near the scrap table. That really helps to grab that first, then go for the bigger sheet if needed.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 1:32:32 PM
All of my smaller scraps are in quart-sized ziplock bags, by color, and kept in a basket on top of my work table. Larger scraps are also sorted by color, in Cropper Hopper paper files. It works for me.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 1:33:34 PM
I sort my patterned paper by collection, so when I have scraps of paper from a certain collection, I stick them in a page protector right in front of the leftover full sheets. That way, when I reach for those papers, I can easily pull out all the little bits and pieces that go with them.

I don't use a ton of solid color cardstock, but what I do I have divided into three groups: colors, neutrals, and white. The colors and neutrals go in Iris boxes in a cart under my desk, and the white is in a clear pouch thingy along with all my other white cardstock (to help me remember to not cut up whole sheets without checking for the right sized scrap).


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Posted: 2/7/2013 1:38:54 PM
if I were you i would cut up anything that is close to 3x5 and 4x6,and leave the rest. i would sort by color as well.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 1:39:19 PM
I use the scrap organizers from HL. they are sorted by color and labeled and they sit right beside my scrap table so i remember to use them. I works much better then the mess i had before.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 1:39:32 PM
I have them sorted by color in a file folder container. I have recently, per GG's inspiration, been putting the scraps in a basket on my desk. It seems to be working too! My old way may soon be repurposed.

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March 2002
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Posted: 2/7/2013 1:45:57 PM
I have them separated by color in drawers. It goes with the way I think. I think I need a blue color here and then go to that drawer. I try to go there first...especially if I need a strip or paper to punch shapes from. Every once in awhile I will do a page starting with scraps from the drawer.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 1:53:39 PM
I have two drawers in a container for scraps. With that being said I rarely use them so try to be prett ruthless in what I keep. When I have a new piece I cut into and have large chunks left I try to keep it on the table and use it up asap.


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Posted: 2/7/2013 1:53:58 PM
If I have more papers from that collection, I keep them with those. If they are misc. scraps, they go into a large ziploc. I don't have them organized, I just flip through them as needed.



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Posted: 2/7/2013 2:01:10 PM
Thanks for all the great ideas

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October 2011
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Posted: 2/7/2013 2:03:06 PM
Lots of great ideas here. I have open shelving in my scrap room and like the different textures so I have baskets for a lot of my embellishments and for my paper scraps I use metal wire bins. They are from Staples Supply store and cost me $4 I believe. I bought one and went back for another because I love them so much!

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May 2012
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Posted: 2/7/2013 3:12:20 PM
My process for scraps seems to be a bit different from other people's systems.

I have two places for scraps - a napkin holder for large scraps and a wicker basket for smaller scraps. I tried dividing them up further, but I found I never used them. For me, simpler just seems better.

Once I get to the point that I feel like it takes too much time to flip through my scraps I'll pull all of them out, toss the ones that don't feel inspiring to me any more, and challenge myself to use up my favorite pieces in a couple of layouts.

Once I am no longer feeling inspired to continue with layouts I will sort through and try to cut what scraps I can down into border strips (usually with a punched edge) and into 3x4 + 4x6 sized cards. At that point if there are any semi-big pieces left I might make a card or two. Usually, though, what is left is just small pieces so I will pull out my circle, square, hexagon, and butterfly punches and punch out as many shapes as I can. I like to take a bunch of those punched shapes and stack them up on glue or pop dots as premade embellishments (ala scrappy jedi -


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Posted: 2/7/2013 3:54:07 PM
I have a wheeled Iris unit that I bought several years ago. There are 7 iris cases on wheels. I use one of them to house my scraps (there is a large ziploc containing the cardstock in there also). I pull it out and put it on the desk so that I pull from there before grabbing full sheets of patterned paper. I like that it puts it right there in front of my nose and I use up way more of them than before. Thanks to Shimelle for the tip.

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February 2007
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Posted: 2/7/2013 3:56:23 PM
I have my solid cardstock scraps stored in a folder by color. My patterned paper is all together in a basket. I do keep the pattern paper near my scrap table to grab scraps when I need just a little something.

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July 2005
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Posted: 2/7/2013 4:01:03 PM
Unless it is from a precreated kit, for which i keep everything together until it is unusable, I immediately decide to donate or keep, I mostly donate them. Everything i keep is in one basket big enough to fit 12" across, and every now and then i try to scrap from it.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 4:55:31 PM
I use 13x13 pouches with flap over top that closes with Velcro (top will fold inside) it also has a tab at the top with a hole for hooking on a hook. One for each color -red-blue-etc. The brand is Generations.

Inside I place a 12x12 cardboard from the back of a pad or from a shipment and I use it to separate the solid from the pattern paper in the same pouch, handy dandy. I have them in a cart with wheels so I can place it where I am scrappin or move it under my table out of the way.

I also have one pouch just for long narrow strips of all colors that I tend to use a lot.

I tried the baskets didn't like digging & hated ziploc bags.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 5:07:45 PM
I have two of the iris plastic boxes from Michaels. One holds patterned paper scraps and the other holds the Cardstock scraps.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 5:11:11 PM
From 12x12 to scraps I organize my pp in 2 gallon zip bags by color families or theme. This has workwd for me for a long time though I always love reading up on how others organize!!


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Posted: 2/7/2013 5:15:39 PM
I used to sort everything by color but found I wasn't using up scraps. So now I have a 12x12 box that everything goes into and I find myself using up scraps much more.

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February 2003
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Posted: 2/7/2013 5:21:55 PM
I have the scraps stored separately from the whole (and largest cuts) of paper. They are sorted by color, but each page protector (turned into a clear bag) is in one large basket. I am keeping everything larger than about 2 x 2. Which means I have a lot of scraps, but there are three reasons why this is OK for me. 1. Ever since I sorted them by color in 2004, I have felt able to contain them. 2. About a year ago, I decided that even though each color had its own well-contained bag, I needed to redefine what a usable size meant, so I actually am throwing away a few more small scraps than I used to, and that's making a dent in the scrap supply. 3. I art journal, and when I collage scraps onto one of those pages, it uses up a lot.


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Posted: 2/7/2013 5:30:40 PM
I, too, use ziploc bags but different sizes depending on the scrap size. I store them in folders that stand up in a metal milk crate.

It's ROYGBIV on the folder tabs and then the neutrals each have their own bags and folders.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 7:02:34 PM
I sort by color. And in zip lock bags.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 10:10:51 PM
I keep mine in a A-Z expandable Mead folder from the office supply store. I loosly keep them in color order. I love it!

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Posted: 2/8/2013 3:38:38 AM
I keep cardstock scraps in ziplock bags by colour groups in a container underneath my desk.

I keep patterned paper in ziplock bags by range in a bookcase immediately behind my desk. All scraps stay where they came from.


PeaNut 555,199
May 2012
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Posted: 2/8/2013 4:21:21 AM
My scraps are kept in an expandable 12x12 file by color including patterned paper . I take my scraps with me to crops so I tend not to save scraps that are smaller than 3x3.

I use older scraps around the house for scratch paper, that helps keep the stash manageable.
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Posted: 2/8/2013 4:48:24 AM
I have been keeping my scraps in a 6 drawered holder in ROYGBIV sections. Then I reorged and divided them by patterns ie flowers, geometrics, stripes, etc. But I like that Shimelle idea - I am going to try putting them in a basket out on my desk. Maybe actually seeing them I will use them!


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July 2003
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Posted: 2/8/2013 5:35:37 AM
Sadly, not at all. They are in a huge heap in an overflowing picnic basket. I keep thinking I will work on it during a crop, but there is always something more fun to do, you know?

My vision for them, though, is this: Anything that has a 12" side, I will trim off any ragged edges and store in folders by color. Smaller than that, I will cut into 8x8, 6x6, 4x6, or 3x4. Smaller than that, I will put into a basket for punches and the like.

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Posted: 2/8/2013 11:17:11 AM
If it's part of a collection that I've still got some full sheets, then I store them with the collection.

For everything else, I keep them in 2 Cropper Hoppers (the bigger ones that are about 3 inches wide). I organize them by color, plus a spot for multicolors.

I did a big scrap-busting project about a month ago. I pulled out anything that I really didn't think I'd use (mostly papers from years ago), to either recycle or use as scratch paper (it was mostly 1-sided). I then pulled a bunch of older pastels that I really don't use any more. I'm working on a PL baby album for DS, so those softer colors are great for that! I made a few starting point LOs, following Shimelle's ideas. Then cut anything left that was big enough into 4x6 or 3x4 cards. Then took the smallest leftover bits and punched out basic shapes to add to my diecuts.

It really made my scraps much more manageable, and I'm thinking this might become an annual thing for me!

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Posted: 2/8/2013 8:28:48 PM
Thanks everyone, I decided to cut things into either 6x6, 4x4, or 3x4 and put them into a basket on my desk, the pieces that were really big I left alone and put ack in the drawer, if I ended up with long skinny pieces I left them for borders. I didn't do anything with my card stock yet because I was overwhelmed with the amount of actual scraps that I had of just patterned paper lol. I hope I can use some up now. I did end up throwing away quite a bit I just felt the need to not keep all the small ones

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Posted: 2/9/2013 7:31:54 AM
I started sorting mine by color, and I really like that system. Usually when I'm working on a LO I think "I need a little of [color] here" and I go grab a scrap in that color to use with a punch or whatever. However, if it is a scrap from a specific line I still have a lot of I'll keep it with that line. Previously I had them sorted by size and that didn't work as well for me.

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Posted: 2/9/2013 7:32:12 AM
I started sorting mine by color, and I really like that system. Usually when I'm working on a LO I think "I need a little of [color] here" and I go grab a scrap in that color to use with a punch or whatever. However, if it is a scrap from a specific line I still have a lot of I'll keep it with that line. Previously I had them sorted by size and that didn't work as well for me.

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Posted: 2/9/2013 10:23:13 AM
I have 2 plastic containers. One for cardstock and one for pattern paper.


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Posted: 2/9/2013 10:27:34 AM
I keep all my printed paper scraps together, in a wooden tray next to my table. I can look through them quickly when working on a layout.

My cardstock scraps, get sorted by color into plastic 12x12 memorabilia file pockets. I can pull the color I need fast & find a scrap easily with this system.

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