Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010) Week 4. Paper

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~crisann~
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Posted: 1/21/2010 6:52:45 PM
Good evening ladies!

I made a "unique discovery" amidst the "ruins"... remember back in 2005, Memory Makers released a special issue: Organized Scrapbook Spaces? I found it. For some reason, I still have it.

Any one else find anything interesting so far?


Time for Week 4.

Here's the link to wookiemouse's blog.

Here's the link to the two peas thread from the original challenge.

Question of the Week: I definitely don't expect an answer to this one right away. Some of you may already know. Some of you may have to think about it...

How are you sorting your paper...horizontally or vertically? by color/by manufacturer/by theme?


This is the link to Organize Your Stuff Challenge. Week 3. Clean Slate. for anyone who still wants to join in or hasn't caught up yet.



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Posted: 1/21/2010 8:19:25 PM
My paper is pretty good to go...I store all cardstock in CH plastic file holder on my shelves. These are sorted by color.Plus I have a paper taker for on the go scrapping, sorted by color. All my patterned paper is in a CH file cart. These are also sorted by color,although I do keep all the paper in pads together in their own folder. I keep all Christmas, baby,& seasonal papers stored in their own folders also.

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Posted: 1/21/2010 8:24:35 PM
I had a day off today so started working on this today. I am storing horizontally...I have 14 drawers total.

I started working on sorting today. I've tried sorting by color in the past but that hasn't really worked for me. I find I think pattern first and then color. I am going to sort by a combination of pattern and theme. I am also considering separating out all of my "Love, Elsie" papers...I have a lot of those and they are pretty distinctive. If I'm looking for that look, I'll be able to find it quickly.

Categories so far:
Stripes
Dots and circles
Plaids and checks
Florals
Paisleys and flourishes
Babies and children
Holidays and Celebrations
Nature and seasons
Colors

I am not separating any cardstock that I have from other papers...I don't use that much of it and type of paper is secondary to pattern or color for me.

I am having a hard time deciding what to do with double sided papers. I've tried turning one sheet one way and the other the other way, but if the sides are very different, a dot and a stripe, for example, I would have to put them in different boxes. But I would like to keep 2 of the same papers together. Any body have any ideas on this?




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Posted: 1/21/2010 10:08:27 PM
I am not the most organized person but I have a handle on paper. Paper organization






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Posted: 1/21/2010 10:51:35 PM
Ok this week will really be a challenge.... I store vertically, I have 6 big drawers , and my hubby made me wooden seperators, so my paper really stands up good. I have my solid cardstock organized good, but I need to work on pattern paper, about 3 drawers full!!!! So I sort by color and now will sort by theme also. I am going to sort ontop of the table this weekend and then put them back in there homes... yahoo!!!!
thank you Crisan.... Bonnie


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Posted: 1/21/2010 11:05:33 PM
I have my paper stored vertically in CH style holders. DCWV paper stacks are next to the holders. I have them separated by colors for solid cardstock and PP by theme / patterns.
Floral
Food/ Kitchen for recipes
Baby
Birthday
Vacation
Dots
Stripes/ Plaid
Pets
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Christmas
Halloween
Wedding
Girl Scouts

I have to work on scraps.


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Posted: 1/22/2010 12:22:40 AM
Paper is one area I'm happy with, so this is an easy week.

My cardstock and visual-textured background paper (like Basic Grey) is in vertical Cropper Hopper containers, by color - one file for every two colors: pink/red, orange/yellow, green/aqua, blue/purple, brown/tan, black/white.

Stacks and kits are lined up vertically right next to them.

The rest of my papers, mostly patterned, are stored with the theme they go in, either in CH 12x12 envelopes or in Iris boxes, depending upon how big the theme is.

The one thing I'm thinking about is how to store vellum & acetate. I'd like another CH container for them, but I don't have enough room on the shelf with my papers for another full size CH container. I was just at J's online looking at the CH Paper Pouches - wonder if one of those would work? Anyone know how wide they are across?


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Posted: 1/22/2010 12:42:30 AM
Ive got my paper down already too! I think I need to ho back through my scraps but other than that this week is done! I store my paper in a combination of ways. I have pp in the CH vertical storage and my cardstock on stacking paper trays. My scraps are sorted by color in plastic box/envelopes that I found at the dollar tree... very similar to CH. My pp is sorted by colors...I only have about 4 CH full right now but if that grows I would probably go by theme instead but for now... this system seems to work well.

Im soooo loving this organization thing! Its inspired me to get other areas in the home tidied up as well...

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Posted: 1/22/2010 5:26:26 AM
Oh the irony to find an organizing book buried in the stuff--too funny! I really think Paper Week was a turning point in getting organized: everything seemed easier once that plan was in place.

I'm so curious to hear how much paper everyone has in their stash. Last year, mine was taller than me: that is no longer the case.

To all who feel overwhelmed during the challenges: congratulations for undertaking this project. Keep at it as best you can. It really is a great adventure and it will be worth it!


Pelly





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Posted: 1/22/2010 8:09:28 AM
Thank you Andi for the encouragement! The vision I have of the end result is what is motivating me to push onward.

All my paper is stored vertically in CH paper holders and I utilize 4 systems. First, I keep the solid cardstock separated by colors. Secondly, the companies whose papers I like to use together, such as Basic Grey, have a dedicated holder (or two or three) labeled by the company's name. Third, I have my patterned paper that is very theme specific divided by categories, such as, baby, beach, birthday, Christmas, etc. Lastly, I have all the rest of the patterned paper divided by colors (it's hard sometimes when the papers are very multi-colored). Within the color groupings, I try to have some sort of organization and keep all the stripes together, all the florals together, etc. It may seem complicated but I have found it to work best for me.

This week I want to utilize my label maker and neatly label all my holders. I also unearthed a ton of paper which was hiding in the many boxes I had stored in the garage and have to incorporate all of those. I am going to make myself go through ALL my paper and purge. I have more paper than holders and I refuse to buy any more. This will be tough for me because I love it all, LOL!

Angie



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Posted: 1/22/2010 8:36:13 AM
I was originally planning on skipping this week. I store my paper vertically. One CH holds all my cardstock organized by color (except for die cut paper which is at the end). And I have a few little CH inserts for my "new" paper. New paper could actually be a year old but it's fresh and I like it still. I also have one of the vinyl envelope things that has my "old" paper. Paper that i bought that doesn't really fit with the way I scrap anymore but I'm holding onto it for pages that I do for my SIL and my Mom (working on a cruise album for her now and have been using a ton of paper from this file).

I'm happy with my storage and I don't have much paper so storing it willy nilly works fine as I can look through it all in less than 5 minutes. But I'm going to tackle the "new" stuff and organize it by manufacturer which is my preferred method. I figure if nothing else it will help me get reacquainted with my paper.

Oh and I made a purchase recently A friend was ordering from 2ps and so I ordered a bunch of MLS mini alphabet stickers. I use them on every single card I make and I'm running low on the ones I have. Didn't want to pay shipping for them so this worked out well.




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Posted: 1/22/2010 8:44:52 AM
leighanne-right before this challenge started, I ordered 45 packs of thickers and atleast 50 stickles (I wanted to know what all the craze was about)... I still haven't opened/used either.

I'm hoping to get some thing's situated this weekend, so I can atleast kind of scrap.



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Posted: 1/22/2010 9:24:17 AM
I have all of my paper stored vertically. The plain cardstock is in a cube, with separators, the pattered paper in cubes separated in files by function, i.e. Christmas, Easter, Fourth of July, Spring, Winter, School, Stripes, Dots, Glitter, etc.

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Posted: 1/22/2010 9:33:53 AM
I store almost all my papers vertically in 2 Cropper Hopper holders. I have one for cardstock, sorted by brand and then color. I have white and craft Bazzil cardstock, some Co'ordinations, Bazzil dot cardstock and Bo Bunny double dot. The other is for patterned paper, which I store by brand, alphabetically. I have a few small BasicGrey and DCWV paper pads, which I just keep in a drawer.


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Posted: 1/22/2010 9:45:12 AM
crisann - color me jealous I use thickers on every layout but am trying to use up several dozen open packages before I buy anymore and stickles!!!! open those babies up and start playing, I thought I was doing good with my 9 colors LOL




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Posted: 1/22/2010 10:47:50 AM
Question for all of you who use CH, the dividers that you can buy for the 12x12 holders, can they be cut down or are they made of a material that would be hard to cut? I use artbin satchel to hold my patterned papers and it barely fits 12x12 papers. I want to use the dividers to separate by themes/colors, but I don't think the CH dividers will fit in my satchel box. Any help is appreciated. My artbin came with weird dividers more for picture storage than paper. Thanks!

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Posted: 1/22/2010 10:53:44 AM
I'm good for this week as well. My paper is CH vertical by solids and patterns/themes and one or two brands that I use a lot. I purposely purged at least half of my paper last year so I'm really at a comfortable level. 4-5 CHs.

Categories
Solids - separated by light/medium/dark for each color
Patterns - geometric, floral, theme
Vellums/textures
Brands - BG, CTMH

I'm fully impressed by those of you that have yards of paper! I'm reminded of the quote "She who has the most _______ when she dies....WINS!"


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Posted: 1/22/2010 11:13:47 AM
I think this is where I got stuck last year.

While most of my paper is organized by manufacturer, I still have lots more paper filed away in multiple Iris containers and ArtBins. I guess I should do something with those. Who knows what I may find?!

My LSS is having a garage sale next month. Looks like I'll have lots of paper packs to sell, depending on how this goes.





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Posted: 1/22/2010 11:35:32 AM
AvonPooh,

I cut the dividers with my paper cutter (I have a Genesis) without any problem. They are fairly thin and flexible so they could easily be cut with scissors, too. I used my paper cutter just to make sure my cuts were straight.

HTH,

Angie

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Posted: 1/22/2010 1:46:36 PM
My paper is in fairly good order, except my vertical storage, I really couldn't tell you whats in them, because I hate rifling through it. My husband brought home a binder type thing from an auction sale one time that was used for parts catalogs, This is what I use for my patterned paper, its organized first by theme, then brand, season and lastly color. I like it very much because I can thumb through it and see what I have. Unfortunately I broke my rule of having only what fits in there, hence the vertical files. My 8.5"x11" cardstock is in the lateral file, which I also love, its organized by brand and color. My 12"x12" cardstock is on my jetmax paper shelves which is new for me. so far this works, we'll see. So what I really need to work on is my vertical file stash plus some other 12"x12" file boxes which are not shown in my photos (they are just sitting on the floor waiting to be tripped on).

Paper Storage



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Posted: 1/22/2010 2:01:59 PM

I made a "unique discovery" amidst the "ruins"... remember back in 2005, Memory Makers released a special issue: Organized Scrapbook Spaces? I found it. For some reason, I still have it.



LOL...I still have mine, too....but if you look near the back (I wanna say page 80-something???, there's actually a picture of my pegboard storage in there! Back before I was trying to cram an entire store into a 12X11 room.

OK, as for paper, I'm fairly happy with mine. I actually store both ways; horizontal and vertical. Most of my name brand paper is in the horizontal trays....I have one tower for patterned, separated by color, along with trays for Christmas, holidays, Canada/hockey, glitter (like the Doodlebug glitter; not just anything with glitter), specialty (like handmade and other crazy types), vellum, transparencies, and die cut (all the stuff with edges and the paper lace type stuff).

My dad built my other tower for me...it holds my Bazzill, separated by color, along with my collections of Chatterbox (yes, I still have some), KI, Basic Grey, and SEI.

I have a wire shelf that holds some of my other, older stuff (slab type patterned paper along with the thinner, cheaper cardstock), separated by color, stored in the plastic envelope Craft Keepers from M's. I also have a plastic milk crate turned on its side holding some of my newer slab/pads/packs that I haven't dived into yet.


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Posted: 1/22/2010 2:25:25 PM
Abeatt-
Thanks for the help! I haven't actually seen the dividers in a LSS so I wanted to know before I ordered here. Thanks!

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Posted: 1/22/2010 2:51:38 PM
paper is always so tricky with me - i struggle to keep it organized but i buy too much of it so it quickly gets messy.

i've never tried organizing by color - i feel i would get thwarted with the number of papers i have the defy the one-color organization - that part would be bigger than all of the rest. so what's the point, i think, and consider organizing by manufacturer, which i vaguely do.

right now i only have about two stacks of 12x12 about 6" tall or so, which for me is nothin'. i really cleaned house. and of course i have halloween and xmess separate. (a big halloween bin holds all of my halloween things and a set of smaller containers hold my xmess stuff.)

i've tried the upright cropper hopper thing, but i find that i can't see it all as well as having it all in one big horizontal bin. that way i take it out and dig through it...

paper organization is my nemesis!

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Posted: 1/22/2010 3:43:40 PM
I organize paper by color except for collections, which I keep together. Store 12x12 paper vertically in the CH plastic organizers, lined up in storage cubes. Smaller paper is in hanging folders in mesh file boxes from Target, also lined up in storage cubes. Keeps everything fairly visible and accessible.

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Posted: 1/22/2010 4:30:41 PM
OK, this is my biggest challenge.

First, I do not have a dedicated room. I have a desk in my family room and storage in my laundry room and some upstairs, in various corners, etc.

I have purged about 250 sheets of pp in the past few weeks, and I have used about 30 sheets up doing layouts in that time too. So I have made some progress.

What is working:
I have changed my system from organizing pp by color to organizing in the way that I think when I am doing a layouts, so I know where to find things:
a. ledger paper
b. words and music
c. vintage type florals (anna griffin, melissa frances, etc. )
d. kids papers
e. basic grey
f. mme

My problems:
I have a bunch of pp that doesn't fit into any of those, old papers that I bought six years ago or so and I am trying to use it up

I have way more cs than I can fit in my desk area. I had been using a lot of blues, so I had blue in my desk and everything else upstairs. Now I use more browns and blacks and kraft, but I still use blue. I am thinking of keeping two of each shade in my desk and then everything else upstairs. Do you think that would work?

I also know that I have to move my specialty paper out of my desk area because I only use that for bookbinding, etc on occasion. I also have several small folders of papers that I pulled for projects and never put away (and I will have more after tonight's crop)

My challenge for Sunday will be to sort it all---it is mostly sorted, but I have to get it all sorted. Then decide about what to keep near my desk and what to move.



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Posted: 1/22/2010 5:31:20 PM
Paper isn't that much of an issue here. I'm happy with my storage.

I keep my patterned paper in old record cases... From the '70's I guess? They used to hold records... (You know, those black, vinyl, grooved plates with a small hole in the middle that contained (mostly) music.)
As it happened to be that recordsleeves were 12"x12" those cases are perfect to hold my paper.
I've found mine in several places, like secondhand stores or garage sales. It is important to look inside, to see if the paper accordeon inside is still there and in good condition. I know this might not be 'archival safe' but I don't mind.


In those accordions I alfabetical sort papers by brandname, each slit contains a manufacturer. When I don't have much papers from some brands, they go together in the sleeve for that letter. Basic Grey has it's own case, all papers seperated by line. My Christmas and winter themed papers have their own case also (except BG). I like it that way, I'm a little addicted to Christmassy things.
I have one of these cases altered, I will take pictures next week to show you. The other two will also be altered some day...

I love it that I can take this case on my lap and flip through all those papers to see what works best for my project.


My cardstock I have stored vertically in a wooden record holder. As I don't have much I don't bother to have it sorted by colour so far. But now I see all those pretty pictures of colour sorted CS, I will do that this week. In this holder also stands my cheap patterned paper that comes from budgetstores. No well known brands, no brand it all mostly. It occured to my lately I don't use this cheap stack, so I'm getting rid of it. It will go in the box labeled: has to go.



SO that's for week 4, I will working on week 3 this week. Due to my flu-days I've not been able to work on that much.

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Posted: 1/22/2010 10:04:46 PM
Martine-peatime- hope you get better soon! Drink some tea and honey!

I am taking Saturday off to go to my church's monthly noon-midnight crop. Solid colors are ok. the rest is...well... that is why I am taking the org challenge. I store vertically, what I have put away in cropper hoppers...

good luck!


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Posted: 1/22/2010 11:49:02 PM
I have been saving my priority mail boxes forever! I have a bunch of Target cubes that I painted black and then decopauged paper on the front of the drawers. So I have about 12 of the paper slot ones and I'm painting the last of them now. I'm cutting my mail boxes down and adding paper to them to make them pretty and then I'll slide them into the slots.

So 40 or so of the boxes? Once I get done with that then I should have plenty of boxes to seperate all my paper, kits, etc, into. I can't wait to have it all done!


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Posted: 1/22/2010 11:59:34 PM

I keep my papers in 12 x 12 Sterelite drawers. I have to flip through them to find what I need, but it's no real bother. The nice thing is that I can pull the whole drawer out and sit down in a comfy chair to flip through at my leisure instead of leaning over to peek inside a shelving unit. (getting old ~ bad back!)

I have 4 drawers dedicated to cardstock and 3 drawers dedicated to patterned paper. Beyond that, I have a couple drawers for specialty papers and scraps. Easy week for me.

Check it off: done



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Posted: 1/23/2010 12:26:29 AM
My paper storage is one area that does work for me. I use a variety of storage methods. For 8.5x11 - SU cardstock is stored in filing cabinet in computer desk. All other 8.5x11 cardstock is stored in one drawer of my plastic bins. This paper is used primarily for making cards and stays at home.

For 12x12 cardstock - stored in CropperHopper 12x12 Expo - expandable, 13 tabbed sections.
For 12x12 pp - SU pp is stored in CH 12x12 paper organizer - like the Expo, but not as deep and no sections. All other pp is stored in CH 12x12 paper organizer.

All cardstock is sorted by color. All pp is sorted by theme.

I think I need to get one more CH 12x12 paper organizer for pp that comes in a kit. I got some Coke paper that came with a sheet of fabric stickers. I don't really want to break these sets up just yet.

Really, my only problem is finding an easy way to tote the 12x12 paper to a crop. All of my 12x12 paper is about 6.5 inches high. This problem may solve itself as I clear out some of my totes and get other areas organized.

I did come across paper that I've gotten at crops and retreats in several different areas of my storage closet. These I will need to sort and then I'm doing a major purge of all my paper (except SU).


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Completed 2011: cards - 16; los - 70
Completed 2012: cards - 26; los - 36
Completed 2013: cards - 13; los - 20
Completed 2014: cards - 0; los - 14
Mar goal: cards 0/4; los 14/4


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Posted: 1/23/2010 9:21:09 AM
Now I know that I've been thinking about this challenge way too much. I dreamed about sorting my paper last night. My alarm went off this morning and I turned it off in hopes of returning to my dream. I really wanted to see if I had any brilliant ideas that I hadn't thought of yet.


Leisa - GO VOLS!

Completed 2010: 85
Completed 2011: cards - 16; los - 70
Completed 2012: cards - 26; los - 36
Completed 2013: cards - 13; los - 20
Completed 2014: cards - 0; los - 14
Mar goal: cards 0/4; los 14/4


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Posted: 1/23/2010 9:44:07 AM
LOL! ...is it good or bad when dream of paper?

Despite my crop, I (DH) decided that paper should start last night. between 9 and midnight, I got through 15 inches! (ish)

I have decided this week is harder than last week...because my decisions have consequences...

good luck sorting today!!


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Posted: 1/23/2010 9:59:27 AM
Almost done with sorting through my paper. When I'm done, I'm going to go back through each category and purge a bit more. I'm also going to cut down to two more more than 2 sheets of the same paper.

Has anyone come up with a solution for sorting double sided papers yet? That's my one big road block at this point.




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Hey! Where's my theme music?!?


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Posted: 1/23/2010 11:46:12 AM
OK--I was going to do this challenge "unofficially". Maybe I do need to officially join in. There are a lot of good ideas here! Unfotunately, I am one of those who has a problem with my paper. I thought I had a handle on it but it is spread out all over. I'm thinking I am more of a vertical storer, at least for patterned paper. My main problem was how to separate it. I like the idea of general categories: dots, stripes, etc. I'm still working on week 3 though but this gives me something to think about.

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Posted: 1/23/2010 3:21:38 PM
Probably not very helpful, but I sort my double-sided pp based on which side I like better. I don't have a lot of double-sided pp , so this works for me.

Most of my SU pp is double-sided, but that has it's own container and it is sorted by paper pack. Or you could have a section for double-sided paper. Or maybe you could sort by brand for your double-sided paper.

My paper sorting dream was a good dream - I just wish I could have finished it!


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Posted: 1/23/2010 5:51:24 PM
Well, it seems I am different than most of you. I store it vertically but I sort my 12x12 printed paper almost exclusively by manufacturer. I have an Expidit and I had my DH cut me some 2x4 pieces that fit in the back behind the paper to take up the unneeded depth. For dividers I use the chipboard sheets that the manufacturers use on the bottom of the stack of pp when it is shipped. I got a ton of it from my lss. Then I used those little plastic tabs used for on the top of hanging file folders and taped them on the chipboard sheets. Then labeled each one. I do have one category labeled Misc. for those companies I only have a few sheets of and one labeled Kits where all my kits go but otherwise it's all by company. Well, there is actually an exception to that because I have my Christmas and Valentine's papers separate. Those are really the only 2 holidays or themes I tend to use.

My cs is loosely divided by colour but I'm thinking I need to divide and label it all cause sometimes I just shove it back in where I think it might go! LOL! 8.5x11 is right next to the 12x12.

Smaller sized papers in pads I store in a separate Expidit space kinda willy nilly. I'm going to get a basket or bin of some kind to store it in though.

So this week is kind of easy for me.

Paper storage

sorry- forgot to mention that lat year I purged a ton of my papers. I only kept 1 of each kind unless it is 2 sided. I have a group of older ladies over once a month to make cards. They don't scrapbook so I do have some papers that I have duplicates of or slab type papers that arn't my style but are still lovely for cards. These papers I keep in a 12x12 flat container to pull out to share with the ladies.



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Posted: 1/23/2010 6:27:11 PM
Oh I wish I had al least my designated spot ready and I could do more. I've been tackling the basement to get to the point of beginning to really make everything come true. My DH now knows what I wish to do and is even sort of helping me. Every now and then we talk and he comes up w/ something. Budget is a real problem. I am looking for ideas that won't break the bank and keep cost at a minimum. I wish I could get all plastic-clear containers but budget says NO. So I am going to use dancingfishes paper holder idea- my husband will collect boxes at school as shipments come in. I have enough paper to organize it shouldn't take me that long.

I am overwhelmed by all the stuff I do have and no place to go. What containers I did put things in has grown and its all a mess. I may not get done with this until the end of the year.
I just wanted to keep up with everybody else, but I am realizing everyone else has a DS and that makes it easier. Are there any P's that are just starting w getting /finding a spot?
Encouragement needed. Take a look at my pics in the gallery you'll se what I am up against. I will put pics up as I make headway.
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Posted: 1/24/2010 8:46:52 AM
cknoozer, Encouragement being sent. Keep working on it!

As far as having a designated space... I technically had a space but my space was also where we put stuff when we didn't know where else to put it, so my space was really over run by stuff that had nothing to do with crafts. I realized that I just needed to claim my space back. I moved everything out of there and it made all the difference in how I am looking at organizing. So, I really want to encourage you to do the same...claim your space. If you only have a little space, that's o.k. as long as it is yours.

I too, have budget concerns at the moment and can't buy a lot of storage stuff. I already have drawers for my paper, so that is one big issue that I don't have to worry about. We bought our house from my in-laws and they left a lot of shelving behind...not perfectly suited to what I want but workable for now. Look around you house for things like that that you are currently using for something else. Some of that may serve your purposes for now and then you can purchase more suitable things a little at a time. Other than these things, I don't have a lot of anything else.

Also, search the message boards for storage ideas. I know I had a thread about this earlier this month and the ladies gave me lots of great ideas. I'm sure you will find many ideas that will work for you.






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Posted: 1/24/2010 9:54:40 AM
cknoozer- I hope you will still be with us in this adventure. It's more difficult for you maybe, but keep looking forward to the end result! Your personal scrap walhalla...

Take one stap at the time. Try to get your hands on the largest boxes you can find at your grocery store. Label them temporarely with a marker or post-it notes. Follow the steps wookiemouse profided, start with the first pile you come across when you enter the room. Try to put the stuff that don't belong in your future place on their right spot as you come across it.
When you're done wiht that pile, move on to the next. Don't try to do it in one day, baby steps is much more copeable.

It seems overwhelming right now, but when you have gone though even 2 piles, you can see result and evrey pile you've done brings more space...


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Posted: 1/24/2010 11:24:17 AM
CKNoozer- I feel your pain! Seriously... My "new scraproom" is also the dining room and has only 2 walls-open to the front door and the main downstairs hallway. Any deconstructing (like sorting paper) needs to be picked up at the end of the night so that my DD won't "help" in the morning & I won't be embarrased to answer the door. (Yes, if you have seen my before pics from my blog, you know that I have no shame and that is not a valid excuse...)

It CAN be done, and you can get free boxes from costco or sams club or bjs or whatever big box store is arround. You may also be able to get free cardboard paper holders from Ms or js....it is what they use to hold those slab stacks in...and if empty it is one less thing that they have to break down for recycling...


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Posted: 1/24/2010 12:03:35 PM
Uggh... the gallery seems to be down for now. Please everyone post some pictures of your paper storage. I really need help.

I am very visual, so I like to be able to see everything I have.

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Posted: 1/24/2010 12:12:31 PM
Jen, I got a quick glimpse of your organizer. I need to look for one of those, it just might be what I need.

I've also picked up some more Iris cases. Love those things!

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Posted: 1/24/2010 1:15:56 PM
clip it up

I hope this shows up ok. This is what I need for my paper!

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Posted: 1/24/2010 2:39:45 PM
Papers/cardstock are now officially overwhelming me!

I primarily work by color & have had my papers sorted like this for a while in a bunch of artbin boxes. It works sort of ok, the paper in the boxes is fine, it's the 6" stack that isn't yet in the box that I'm stressing about ... and the fact that there's so much & a color is no longer fitting in one box!
I love the idea of vertical storage,but I don't like the cropper hopper 12x12 storage file thing that I have - It feels really flimsy for the price ... I have been looking but haven't found anything else suitable here in the UK ...





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Posted: 1/24/2010 4:01:44 PM

it's the 6" stack that isn't yet in the box that I'm stressing about ... and the fact that there's so much & a color is no longer fitting in one box!

I've got the 12x12 Sterelite drawers that Ms. Liz mentioned...2 sets of 7. I am having the same issue with some of my patterns/themes not fitting in one drawer any more. I've decided that if one pattern doesn't fit in one drawer, I am going to purge from that until it does fit. I mean, if it doesn't all fit, can I really be that in love with that much striped paper? It's tough but I'm making myself do it.




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Posted: 1/24/2010 5:04:38 PM
I purged paper a few weeks ago and gave away 2 huge storage bins of it! (I had a TON, I gave away 8 bins of supplies in all! Totally went on a simplify spree)) I stopped counting the paper I gave away after 700 sheets and I still had a lot to go. I included a ton of Bazzil that I bought years ago in big batches. Too many colors I would never use. I now tend to stick with 2-3 reds, a couple blues etc etc. I hoard a ton of white, black and kraft cs though as I use it the most.

I store my paper vertically in CH holders. I store all my cs by color. Patterned paper is by manufacturer (I tend to scrap that way). All basic grey is seperated by line and each line has it's own thin CH holder (I have a lot of basic grey)

I have a few stragglers that are seperated by theme (ones that are not by a major manuf.)

This system works great for me. it was really great to purge all that stuff though. it made me go through each and every sheet of paper I owned and that helped jog my memory a lot. I also got rid of almost everything glittery/pink etc. I'm the only girl in my house and although I love pink, I really don't use it that often.


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Posted: 1/24/2010 9:00:31 PM
Nantini-should have pics up tomorrow afternoon for my blog, if you are looking for visuals. Also the wookiemouse blog has dozens of fabulous scrap rooms and their storage options on it (week 2) and other paper storage links for week 4.
Hope that helps!


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Posted: 1/24/2010 10:00:31 PM
eh... so much for paper week... i have to "share" my studio w/ my best friend this week. she's staying with us. right now, i have a queen-sized air mattress crammed in there w/ all my stuff. can't even walk in there at the moment. lol...

maybe, after i get some house work done, i'll pull all my paper in our room and start going through it. that could work...

oh, and also worth mentioning: so much for not shopping. stopped at michael's yesterday and picked up a 100-count pack of cardstock. oops.



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Posted: 1/24/2010 10:17:14 PM
I have had a GREAT organizing day... all the cardstock and halloween, working on Christmas , only have 4 more drawers to go Yahoo!!! I had to stop and watch the New Orleans Saint WIN!!!!!!! Geaux Saints!!!!I took pics and will put them in the gallery.. I wish I could remember how to put pics right on the post... anyway I feel good...


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Posted: 1/24/2010 10:55:08 PM
Ok I posted in the gallery, take a look at my paper storage in progress..


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