Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 5. Scraps.

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Posted 1/28/2010 by ~crisann~ in General Scrappin'
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AvonPooh
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Posted: 1/31/2010 8:38:12 AM
So I understand the color sorting method, but it doesn't seem to work for me for patterned paper scraps. I guess I can do the whole stripe, dot, holiday, etc sorting categories but that still doesn't guarantee I will find them when I need them. Anyone have an excellent way to sort patterns in their scraps. I do great using up my cardstock colors but patterns are just so frustrating to me! I had the same problem with my whole sheets too last week during the paper challenge. I like the idea of storing with the whole sheet (use the scrap first) but what if I have left is the scrap? UGGGH!!!

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Posted: 1/31/2010 11:59:26 AM
I actually use my scraps all the time.
Right now they are all in a huge canvas bag under my desk. Looks like an overflowing garbage basket. Really need to sort them out, but I've been using these scraps like this for a couple yrs now. Sometimes I'll pull out a whole pile and sort it out by size. Too small pieces go in the trash and bigger ones I find a use for.
I'm comfortable with this 'look', so I'm keeping it for now. There's many other things I should be sorting and purging right now.





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Posted: 1/31/2010 12:05:17 PM
Nantini, I am still on paper also, so do not feel like you are alone! I have pulled out 9" so far and still have 2 more piles of paper to get through. I should get that done this week.

Susiesnufflupagus, Thanks for the link to your scraps. I was inspired by your method, and may think about doing something similar.

Back to my Week 4. Gotta finish that! I am determined to get through the paper challenge this time.


~june

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Posted: 1/31/2010 12:10:34 PM
congrats Julie on that Iron will! (I couldnt do it...)

Crisann- WoW! Definately clean slate! I don't think you need to change the wall color (now that it is empty), the carpet has plenty of color for the room!

I was surprised at the cropper hoppers too...in the past, I'd always gotten the one with the little folders inside, and it came pre-assembled...and there were no directions for the solo boxes! (I know it isnt rocket science, but where exactly does the little tab go?...inside,in between...)

good luck everyone! Off to sort and pla keep away from DD!


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Posted: 1/31/2010 2:38:38 PM
Scrappnbee-totally wasn't kidding when I said I was going for broke...

Scrap are done. Still have to go back and do paper. I'm afraid of paper. I think I'm going to keep my black wire paper rack, for the time-being, simply because I'm going to need quite a few more cropper hoppers. Also, on my list of things to buy: a label maker...

Scraps

Will post another update, maybe, tomorrow...



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Posted: 1/31/2010 3:30:46 PM
Phew. This is an easy week for me so I can concentrate on paper still

I have 2 3 drawer Sterlite drawers on my shelf. They're labelled:
Red and Orange
Blue and Green
Black and White
Pink and Purple
Patterned Paper
Brown and Yellow

If the PP is easily classified as having a dominant colour, it's wit the colour. If not, it's in the PP drawer. Easy peasy!

I also keep a basket on/near my desk when I'm working so I don't have to file scraps right away. Sometimes to get myself going if I have a block, I dig out 3 random scraps and try to make a card or something.

I do (but soon to be did) have a basket of just SU scraps, but I don't use them enough to keep the separate basket anymore. So I'm either going to add those scraps to the general population or keep those scraps with my SU paper ... I'm leaning towards option #1 as I'm not as SU exclusive these days...

I don't typically keep anything smaller then 2x2 unless it's a long strip or PP I absolutly LOVE.

I do use my scraps fairly often. I don't watch much TV but if I'm hanging out with hubby, I'll grab a drawer that's getting full and crank out as many cards as I can with the scraps.

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Posted: 1/31/2010 4:21:52 PM
So obviously still procrastinating from the dreaded paper pile
Great.

Nantini,diamonds, you're definetly not the only onea. I think my goal is to go through a minimum of 2 inches worth tonight. What I purge, I purge and move on tomorrow.

Crisann - Congrats on a guest free home. The room looks GREAT!!

Nice work Julie!!! It's tough to do, but if you can't visualize using it/fitting it into your space it only makes sense, right??

Maritine - LOL. THAT is my exact issue with paper. I don't have any suggestions, but I can understand the overwhelming-ness of it all

Scrappin Bee - Girl Friday sound slike a hoot!! That's one way to keep the pile of scraps manageable.

Great work everyone!!! I think we're all really making progress!
So enough prcrastinating for me ... back to the dreaded paper pile.


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Posted: 1/31/2010 4:26:58 PM
okay, paper wasn't as bad as I thought... i noticed when i started going through it, that it was already pretty much organized by color (well, all of my older paper, atleast, which i pretty much left as is). as far as all the newer paper, it went into a cropper hopper. all of my "packs and stacks" went into cropper hoppers as well, by manufacturer.

somehow, i managed to "allow" myself to continue working on this instead of doing dishes and laundry. oops!

Paper

sooner or later, i'm going to figure out exactly what i want to do as far as furniture... eh...



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Posted: 1/31/2010 10:23:07 PM
Nantini, j*scraps, and Kris74 you are not alone and I am thrilled to know I have company in not completing this paper adventure yet. I am paying for years of neglect and procrastination but I am envisioning the end result and cannot wait to get there.

vdiamonds, you were so smart to get a two week head start on paper week.

Crisann, your room is looking wonderful. You have made great progress since the company left.

Julie, I went to Michaels on Saturday with a 40% off coupon in hand and walked out empty-handed. I bet the cashiers were as shocked as I was. All I could think about was having to make decisions once the product(s) came home with me.This challenge may be the best thing to happen to me in a very long time. Seriously.

After reading about everyone's scraps, I am rethinking how I just throw mine in regardless of shape. Sometimes my scraps are so irregular that they are hard to work with. I may start cutting them into 8x8, 6x6, 4x6, 3x5 pieces like cherrypicker.

Avonpooh, could you store miscellaneous, left-over scraps together somewhere? I know it is hard to know exactly what to do, which drives the OCD part of me insane.

I want everyone to know how much I have enjoyed gaining great tips from their posts!

Oh, and lylacfey, you are very welcome to join our group!

Angie

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Posted: 1/31/2010 11:37:46 PM

Question of the Week: Do you actually use your scraps?

I found out that the best way to organize scraps is in two boxes. I put larger scraps in one box and really small ones (up to 3X3) in a smaller one. I try to look through my large box before cutting a new paper and chose from there. I use my small box when I am looking for paper to punch or create paper piecing or other embellishments.
I need it all "out" in order to find the right scrap.
Sorting by color never worked for my scrap to be used.

Mmmm have to admit that I do not have large stash and my scraps are not too many as well.




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Posted: 1/31/2010 11:45:01 PM
I use the Cropper Hopper sticker folders for my cs scraps---blues in one, pinks in another, everything else in a third one because most of my layouts were blue for a long time (that's changing). I also have a sticker folder for my blue pp scraps.

I do a lot of art journaling/altering, so I have been putting all the scraps that work for that in a sterilite case (I think that is what they are called---plastic, snap closed, buy them at M's). I find I am almost always using those scraps and rarely the others.

I also have started keeping scraps that go with particular paper lines together with those lines. My BG scraps are in the front of the BG section of my paper holder. I have a K&Co. stack I am trying to work my way through, and I now have that in a CH folder with the scraps.

So far, this seems to work for me and yes, I really do use my scraps. I think as long as I limit my scraps so they fit in those folders (and I purge regularly), this will continue to work as I know where to look for things.



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Posted: 1/31/2010 11:52:08 PM
I am so glad to see that I am not the only one still on paper
I also use my scraps. all the time for flowers, tags, etc. But I don't have a ton.. so I can do this one and get back to the tower of paper!!
I am going to store my scraps in an expandible file.. label the tags by color. Should work for me. I can keep it close so it will be easy to get to. . have a great week everyone.. Bonnie


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Posted: 2/1/2010 5:01:54 AM
Well, I didn't get to IKEA and am currently no further forward with sorting my a4,8.5x11,8x8, 6x6 & scraps, but I know what I want to do when I get the containers I need which must be a bonus!

On a positive note, my 12x12 is all sorted & I'm happy with the way I've got this



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Posted: 2/1/2010 8:24:55 AM
ScrappnBee, Yes I also still have that, quote, cool block of paper from 2002 Qvc. Wonder what happened to it? It used to be so great, and now it's not! Well, mine is gone now. Somehow I don't think I will even miss it.

Thanks for the entertaining blogging. You made my day.


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Posted: 2/1/2010 8:35:53 AM
I've been working hard on this challenge. As I've stated on here before, my Mom passed away a little over a year ago, so I have all of her supplies also.

I'm finally thru all the cardstock.

BUT

The pp is in bins and cropper hoppers, lined up side to side and I have over 6 FEET of paper to sort!!!!!

I may never get past this point in my organizing!! Tempted to just grab arm loads and donate to the women's shelter or schools! However, as I've gone thru some of her stuff, I've found finished pages or partially finished pages mixed in.

Good luck to all and hopefully I'll catch up.

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Posted: 2/1/2010 8:52:25 AM
Crisann you must get a label maker. It's my favorite organizational item! I'd label just about everything if I could.

I'm slowly getting thru the paper stack. I'm not sure I like the way it was done, I may have to tweak it some. I had such a hard time sorting stripes, dots, etc. I wanted to still keep them by mfg, but I can see the value of sorting them in generic catagories.




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Posted: 2/1/2010 9:37:47 AM
I agree! I got mine out last Sunday, for the first time, and it changed my life!!! ...ok, that may be a little much...but label maker is a must have!


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Posted: 2/1/2010 9:38:14 AM
I agree! I got mine out last Sunday, for the first time, and it changed my life!!! ...ok, that may be a little much...but label maker is a must have!


-Amanda-
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Posted: 2/1/2010 10:01:21 AM
I used to not use my scraps at all, but then I sorted them, and now I use them all the time.

I bought two 3-drawer sets from Office Max. They hold legal sized paper, so the longer scraps fit in there, which is a big help. I sorted by colors:

Red/Pink
Orange/Brown
Yellow
Green
Blue/Purple
Black/White/Gray

After sorting, I punched out some Mickey heads and glued the corresponding color punch pieces to the front of the drawers. Patterned scraps and anything too big for the drawers goes in a separate drawer with all my full sized paper.

It's much easier for me to use now that it's not all thrown randomly in one bucket.

susiesnufflupagus
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Posted: 2/1/2010 10:52:30 AM
Susiesnufflupagus, Thanks for the link to your scraps. I was inspired by your method, and may think about doing something similar.
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You're welcome! And just call me Susan, I can barely spell my own screen name, I'd hate to put others through that.

Crisann - love your system, looks great!

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Posted: 2/1/2010 1:29:41 PM
nantini-awesome pictures posted in the gallery...

what categories did you sort paper/embellishments into? you have quite a few iris cases.

thanks.



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Posted: 2/1/2010 2:13:52 PM
Monday Blog is done!

I*scraps-why did our tastes change from QVC?...I blame Basic Grey et al. for coming out with too cool stuff!

Kris74-Girl Friday is a hoot…when she behaves…you know the saying when she was good she was very very good, but when she was bad, she was awful!

Crisann-for some reason I pictured you as one of those 40 cropper hoppers full of paper people. But I love the organization. It looks great.

Scrapper16-6feet! Wow. You can do it! Just 1 inch at a time!

Susan- thanks for sharing your scraps. Once DD grows up *sigh* I may have to upgrade to something like that!

Everyone else, Keep going! you can do it! I know I'll need cheering next week (photos), so I am actually goint to see if I can start early!


-Amanda-
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Posted: 2/1/2010 2:18:24 PM
scrappnbee-not quite... i wish!



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Posted: 2/1/2010 7:03:35 PM
Sort of ...could you imagine having to sort 40 CH's worth!


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Posted: 2/1/2010 7:12:59 PM
I use my scraps, so I don't have many of them. I have them organized in cropper page envelopes by color.

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Posted: 2/1/2010 10:38:59 PM
I can't see anyones siggies - what happened? And the real question how will I get to scrappnBee's Blog!?


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Hey Wookie girls - I just uploaded my room after graduating from W's first challenge round - wanted to share it! So proud and wanted to encourage you - all the little decisions DO add to one bit of happy at the end! Good luck! my studio


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Posted: 2/2/2010 8:14:53 AM
Pennyscraps, thank you so much for showing us your fabulous room. It is the perfect motivation at this stage of the challenge. It shows perseverance does pay off as evidenced by your amazing organization. Love it!!!

Again, thanks for sharing with our group.

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Posted: 2/2/2010 10:46:07 AM
i need to look into this thread. i have been contemplating a serious organization, simplifying, purging of my scrapbook/crafts stuff and any tips, guideline, encouragement woule be great.

as for using scraps, i use mine a LOT. right now i am down to little bitty scraps. i mean like 2-3" pieces and 1/4" strips, and i still use them. it is killing me lately to have to "make" scraps from full sheets of paper.

for any one who just lets theirs accumulate, or yikes, throws them out, please contact me if you would like to get rid of them. i recently got cut from 40 to 21 hours at work so my budget is almost non-existent for crafts. but, i would be willing to pay a nominal charge and/or postage for any one's scraps and/or leftover embellies, especially newer ones .


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Posted: 2/2/2010 7:10:14 PM
Hi ladies!

2 days until we get a new challenge. Next week, it's photos. Anyone looking forward to it?





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Posted: 2/2/2010 7:42:04 PM
Wow! Everyone is doing so well! Thank you, everyone, for all your great ideas, I now know what to do with my scraps and I think it will fit my system perfectly. I went back to school so I am behind but I will catch up on other weeks. I have 9 more Target cubes being painted black out in the garage so I am geared up!

I can't wait until I can post pictures of my finished room!

Thank you everyone, especially Crisann and Wookie!


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Posted: 2/2/2010 8:27:03 PM
I've been scrapbooking for almost 14 years an I think my scrap paper box has shred of paper leftover from my very first page. I've spent a very (very) long time saving anything and everything that might be useful...and while I know every idea there is about how to use scraps...

and yet, I don't do it. I almost never use scraps. Like I could count the number of times I have use a scrap of paper from the overwhelming box of scraps on one hand.

So, today, the box went to the recycling center. I didn't look thru it. I didn't rescue a single piece. I closed my eyes and dumped the whole dang thang into the bin.

I feel like my space lost 40 pounds.

No more guilt. I'm throwing them out.

Scraps-- checked. Handled.






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Posted: 2/2/2010 8:46:59 PM
Sdeven- I am SO proud of you!!!

Scrap insomniac- here is the link to the blog if sigs are still missing for you http://scrappnbee.blogspot.com

Crisann-I am looking forward to the nostalgia of photos week, but the procrastinator in me is dreading the organizing part....I have A LOT of predigital photos...ok, not as much as my mom


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Posted: 2/2/2010 9:04:14 PM
SDeven, way to go!!!!! How very liberating and I, too, am very proud of you!

Crisann, photo week already? Are these weeks flying by or what?!

Angie

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Posted: 2/2/2010 9:10:09 PM
im working on a scrap project that uses mostly scraps (how many ways can i say yay???!!!)

i dont have a huge stash of scraps to begin with because earlier in the summer i purged 95% of my scraps and kept only some very precious scraps (some i used in my current project )

i've been in a scrappy slump lately, so thats how i know its time to reorganize i've gotten a lot done so far, the only thing thats stopping me from finishing is needing another book shelf and another bedroom

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Posted: 2/2/2010 9:39:58 PM
Crisann,
I do have a lot of those Iris cases. I sorted them in the following catagories along with the embelishments I bought specifically for them.

Valentines Day
Easter
Spring
Summer
Fall
Halloween
Winter
Christmas embellishments
Christmas Paper
Misc Alphabet letters (not collection specific)
Travel (latest trip goes in here)
Paris
France misc
Prague
Switzerland
Danube cruise
Maui trips
Birthday
School
Dog's stuff

I've really found this helps me keep some sort of organization!
I have seen a lot of great ideas on these threads, can't wait to see more!

Oh my pictures are a MESS. Next weeks not going to be pretty I tell ya.



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Posted: 2/3/2010 7:20:41 AM
Nantini, jascraps, Abeatt, adriansmom ... please tell me I'm still not alone in the paper challenge!

I'm somewhat combining the paper and scraps weeks to get caught-up to everyone else. Bare with me while I work through the two weeks together.

I've always keep my bulk cardstock scraps with the rest of their full-sheet friends, just kinda in front of the rest of the stock, by color. Seems to work for me, for now. Bulk cardstock is in CH verticals.

PP is a different story and needs to be adjusted. I only have two categories of PP right now: CTMH paper packs that include pattern paper and coordinating cardstock, plus some stacks/slabs purchased when I first started scrapping. I donated 2 stacks to my girls and fit the remaining three in 1 CH, still in the order from the cover sheet. That way, I can just pull out the cover sheet and now exactly where a certain paper is located. Guess I'll make some sort of tab for the 3 cover sheets so I can find them quickly.

Not sure what to do with my CTMH stuff. I considering pulling out the cardstock from each paper pack and merging it into my bulk cardstock. The individual paper packs have a reference sheet that lists the coordinating cardstock, so it would be easy to re-match down the road. Although my cardstock CHs will fill-up, my main PP will shrink and maybe fit in a pretty basket that can be left-out for easy access (and motivation).

Please help me see the pros and/or cons to this before I actually pull all the cardstock out and regret it!

I think I'm going to use the smaller CH Paper Pouches to hold specialty papers like vellum, twill, linen and mullberry, and some bulk PP. The paper pouches came with the CH Value Packs I purchased, but have been sitting empty for a few years.

I'm hoping to get this finished today and put everything back in the Expedite. I need a few days off to prepare myself for next week's challenge. Photos and their storage are "not my friend". `

Lisa


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Posted: 2/3/2010 8:16:57 AM

Question of the Week: Do you actually use your scraps?
If it is smaller than 4x4, I toss it most of the time. I found that I just did use them if they were smaller than that and I'd finished the layout they came from. It has been very freeing to have them gone!



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Posted: 2/3/2010 8:25:28 AM
McLisa, I don't know if this will help, but I did a similar thing with some manufacturers lines, Basic Grey patterned paper with co-ordinating cardstock.

I chose to keep them together until I had used most of it. I made a separate file in my file drawer. But you could also keep them together in a big Ziploc Bag like a Kit.

Hope that helps.


~june

AvonPooh
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Posted: 2/3/2010 8:30:07 AM
MClisa- I would not separate your CTMH. I have several "kits level 2" from CTMH and I keep them in their little ziploc bags in their own CH. That way if I want to scrap with a specific kit, it is all there together. I think it would be a big hassle to have to locate the matching cardstock/patterned papers if they were separated. Also I think that it makes for an easy crop fix, I just grab a kit and go. Works great for those crops I just don't have time to prepare for. Just my opinion. Hope that helps!

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Posted: 2/3/2010 10:04:02 AM
McLisa- If you have read ahead in WookieMouse's blog, you could always move those to kits week... then do the popsicle thing to scrap with it. That way you can file the level 2 kit together, scrap, then file any leftovers back into pp/cardstock.

I had so many CTMH kits, I just sorted them as CTMH patterned (and took up an entire CH...), but that is because I am a consultant, and have bulk pp as well as kits.


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Posted: 2/3/2010 10:24:44 AM
Thanks for the input j*scraps, AvonPooh and ScrappnBee. Still not sure what I am going to do, so I'm spending more time sorting/purging today in hopes of stumbling upon an answer.

ScrappnBee - I sent you a Pea-mail. I'm also a CTMH consultant and have been struggling trying to keep things separated during this challenge.

Back to the Cropper Hoppers, paper and scraps!

Lisa


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Posted: 2/3/2010 11:22:38 AM
OMG! So now I remember why I only had 1 CH stored in my Expedite and the others were on a shelf in the desk bookcase. My type-A, anal perfectionist personality can't deal with cutting down these things!

The lines aren't perfectly straight and the edges are somewhat ruff. But I shall trudge on ...

One down, 10 to go. Thank goodness the dividers are shorter and don't need to be cut.

Lisa


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Posted: 2/4/2010 12:05:48 PM
McLisa, know what you mean. I had purchased vertical storage paper boxes at J's, all in green, my fav color. I wasn't able to get enough to store all my stash. Oh dread, even with all the paring down that I have done with this challenge. I had to get three in another color. They are all sold out and I really could have used another three more but am out of vertical storage room anyway and have to store the remaining paper horizontally, I guess. It's remaining stacks/slabs anyways.

I still have tons of scraps to deal with. We have a big snowstorm coming between now and Sat night, so I will be able to trim down some scraps into photo mattes and such over the weekend.

Crisann, in your scrap photo I didn't see pp. It just looked like cardstock in there. Are you keeping them in another place? Getting a handle on pp scraps is taking a while for me!


Sherri

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Posted: 2/4/2010 4:16:16 PM
punchaddict-i put anything smaller than 12x12 into those little iris containers... that includes both PP and CS. I just chose the most dominant color w/ the PP when I organized it...



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Posted: 2/4/2010 9:14:00 PM
I decided to skip this week.....I'm not ready to deal with my scraps. they are contained and somewhat organized. I just can't figure out the best way for me to organize them yet. I think I need to make some cards or layouts to figure this out. Anyway that's my story and I'm stickin' to it. I know one thing for sure there is no way I'm going to cut them down - takes too much time and I don't really have that many. I do admire those of you that did that - if I had space issues I might consider it.


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Posted: 2/7/2010 6:53:21 AM
Almost done with my scraps. All solid colour ones (not CS) are in loose pageprotectors, sorted by colour. I kept the white sheet inside, and put the odd shaped scraps(or papers with punched out sections) on one side. Since I had chosen to consider all not 12x12 papers scraps, I did put all not-touched papers on the other side of the white sheet.
When I need a piece of paper, I will first try to use the odd shapes up.
I have sorted in blue/ green/ yellow/ orange/ red/ pink and purples/ black/ brown and naturals like kraft/
The white and cream ones are on my desk in a lettersorting bin, ready to go to when I need one to stamp or journal on. I know I use them often so like to have them in reach.

All the others are in a new acrylic box from IKEA that fits perfectly in my new Expedit. I will make filefolders to fit in and put in my other solid colour papers (like hand made papers and CS) with the according colour. Plenty of room in that box! All of those papers are already sorted on colour, so that won't take much time at all to file!

I've tossed all very smaal and bended/ smudged papers in the recycle bin.

Sorted all specials (corrugated, doilies, foils, flocked) on colour and put in drawers.

All not major brand PP what wasn't in the recordcases is sorted out and sits on one spot, together with the cheap no brand 12x12 I kept. Smaller scraps are vertical in a small bin on my desk, ready to use on some cards. Larger scraps I have in lettersorting bins on my desk.


I actually have some empty drawers now, so I can see a little progress.



Off to build that Expedit, so I can clean out the rest of my room soon!

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Posted: 2/8/2010 3:45:38 PM
I just cleaned out my "scraps" this week-end, and yes I use them. I sometimes make myself a challenge to not cut a new piece of paper, interesting sometimes. I also use the tiny pieces, I use my hand punches to make little embelli's and store them in sand. bags until I need some small items. I keep the full length pieces (narrow) to use for strips. saves lots of paper.

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Posted: 2/26/2010 9:12:03 PM

Question of the Week: Do you actually use your scraps?


Yes, in fact it's the first place I go when looking for paper. I guess that's why the paper situation is ridiculous and I have hardly any scraps.

For this week's work I went through them and got rid of bent and too small pieces then I sorted into 3 Cropper Hopper Scrap Storage pouches. One has patterned paper. I use the small pouches inside for smaller pieces and the full height one for almost full sheets. The other 2 are cardstock.

I had a hard time deciding what was too small. Is a 1"x6" piece too small or will I used it as a strip on a layout? I kept the strips but tossed the small irregular shapes. I kept some of the torn scraps since I sometimes like torn paper on my layouts.

The larger scraps from manufactures that I have separated I put back in the paper boxes. They are more likely to get used if they are with their friends, I think. I'm debating with myself on that. It might be that they (and the rest of that product line) will get used more if the scraps are in the scrap pouch. I'll have to see how this works.


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Carolyn

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Posted: 3/2/2010 2:17:47 PM
Just jumping in and trying to play catch up. Amazingly enough I actually did my paper and scraps already on my own and even posted it in the gallery, I just didn't know there was a whole challenge going on! I had a plastic drawer full of every scrap from the past 5 years and it was an awful mess. I sat in front of the TV one night and dumped it all out, sorted it by color and made a big pile of the UGLY ones to donate/sell.

Here is my link of the finished product and I LOVE how much easier it is now to access and use my scraps!

Super Cheap-O Scraps Storage
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