organize your stuff challenge (round 4). week 4. paper.

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Posted: 4/17/2011 9:59:43 AM
morning ladies!


this week, we're organizing our paper - so much fun!

here's the link for wookiemouse's blog.


question of the week: horizontal or vertical?

i learned, during round 3, that i like horizontal paper storage - i bought a bunch of cropper hoppers and went for it...

here's my paper organization from round 3 - for what it's worth, i haven't changed it...


happy organizing!


organize your stuff challenge (round 4).

organize your stuff challenge (round 4). week 1. space audit.
organize your stuff challenge (round 4). week 2. brainstorming.
organize your stuff challenge (round 4). week 3. clean slate.


Organize Your Stuff Challenge (round 3).

organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 01. space audit.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 02. brainstorming.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 03. clean slate.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 04. paper.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 05. scraps.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 06. photos.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 07. ideas.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 08. projects, unfinished pages, and kits.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 09. embellishments.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 10. alphas.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 11. non-alpha stickers and rub-ons.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 12. ribbon, thread, and fibers.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 13. stamps.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 14. crop supplies.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 15. inks, ink pads, and embossing.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 16. paints, glitters, and stickles.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 17. punches.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 18. tools and adhesives.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 19. chipboard.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 20. die cuts.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 21. pens and pencils.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 22. dies for die cutting machines.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 23. templates.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 24. memorabilia.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 25. negatives.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 26. new items and keeping it neat.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 27. fonts.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 28. cards and card-making supplies.
organize your stuff challenge (round 3). week 29. room and space decor.


Organize Your Stuff Challenge (round 2).

Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 01. Space Audit.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 02. Brainstorming.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 03. Clean Slate.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 04. Paper.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 05. Scraps.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 06. Photos.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 07. Ideas.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 08. Projects, Unfinished Pages, and Kits.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 09. Embellishments.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 10. Alphas.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 11. Non-alpha Stickers and Rub-ons.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 12. Ribbons, Thread, and Fibers.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 13. Stamps.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 14. Crop Supplies.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 15. Inks, Ink Pads, and Embossing.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 16. Paint, Glitter, & Stickles.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 17. Punches.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 18. Tools and Adhesives.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 19. Chipboard.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 20. Die Cuts.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 21. Pens & Pencils.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 22. Dies.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 23. Templates.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 24. Memorabilia.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 25. Negatives.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 26. New Items and Keeping it Neat.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 27. Fonts.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 28. Cards and Card-making Supplies.
Organize Your Stuff Challenge (2010). Week 29. Room and Space Decor.


Dewryce
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Posted: 4/17/2011 10:01:40 AM
This is a big week for me, time to get cracking!

AOTW: I am definitely a vertical paper girl.

mebarnet
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Posted: 4/17/2011 11:28:48 AM
I started my paper last week. Unfortunately I am out of order as it is going to take me at least a month just to get the paper organized!

Thanks for your pics, shows it can be done!

Characterfan
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Posted: 4/17/2011 12:00:01 PM
Vertical.

Right now my paper is sorted via manufacture which I love, but I keep moving them around..when I buy new paper that paper company gets moved to the front. (Expect BG I have so much of it it always stays in the back) Right now Echo Park is always in the first slot and others behind it. I'm thinking Alphabetical with a "to sort" or "brand new" file in the front. Then some other system for the others...Faves and then alphabetical or just alphabetical. I might need to do a good purge as well.

rnhmom
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Posted: 4/17/2011 1:11:20 PM
QOTW: My paper organization has a split personality. My cardstock is organized by color in horizontal trays, on my desk. I have a separate tray for edged cardstock. But, all of my patterned paper is in CH vertical files, organized first by theme, then by major/favorite manufacturers, and then by color with what's left over. Vertical files are labeled with what's in them. At the moment, I have themed stickers and rub-ons stored in the vertical files with the paper, too... I need to change that, just not sure what I'm going to do yet.

My organization is ok, I think, but I really need to sort and purge. When I moved the PP back into the cabinets, I did sort the themed sections and purged that, but I know that I can do a lot more purging in the favorite manufacturers...

LoveRibbons
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Posted: 4/17/2011 1:15:33 PM
HI QOTW: I have almost all my paper in CH sorted by color and manufacturer although I do keep lines together. Some of the CHs are on my desk so that I do not have to lift them off a shelf. Basic Grey is off by itself at the moment though not sure if it will stay over there. My SC kits are in IRIS boxes and will not go into the stash until they are scraps. Cardstock is sorted by color. However my papers for stamping are off in another set of CHs. I think I have this week under control which is good since I think it took six weeks to get it under control last round. I just had to move it all because I got a new "used" Bernina and needed to make room for that on my desk. The move was pretty easy since it was all organized.

Kris74
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Posted: 4/17/2011 1:39:34 PM
QOTW : I prefer vertical, but I have some paper stored horizontal as well. It depends on what it is, how often I use it and where it's home is...

I just counted what I have and it's scary!! This is AFTER the purges from rounds 2 and 3, and I really haven't bought too much lately ... BUT all my paper can be found really easily and it IS organized. I'll probably purge a little more this round, but I'm (surprisingly) not stressing about it this time ... maybe because I know it's corralled

So this is how it's all organized ... it mainly sits on 2 large shelves, plus I have one JetMax cube filled and most of my cart.

**All counts are CH's/IRIS cases:
4 CH's - cardstock by colour. Warm, Cool, yellow&purple and neutrals.
9 CH's - by manufacturer. 4 of these are BG Although I will admit I keep cardstock with certain BG lines so it is worse then it looks ... but not by much
2 CH's- pp sorted by colour
2 CH's & 4 IRIS - monthly paper kits
2 CH's - paper packs
3 CH's - themes **I don't keep Christmas stuff in my room, it lives somewhere else ... I have no idea how much I have there!! LOL

Horizontal:
3 (IRIS) 12x12 SU

In 3 portable plastic files, these sit under my desk so they're out of the way, but handy when I make cards:
8 1/2 x 11 SU paper

Also for cards:
1 CH (8x8 size) - more cs for cards
1 magazine holder - white/cream cardstock for cards

In a drawer - the 3 up drawers by Sterlite??
1 - CM
1 - Paper Packs
1 - misc, the paper I pull out for something and don't use. It sits here until I clear it out and put it away.

So while it IS a lot of paper, the only paper I'm ever surprised at finding is what I still have from my various kit clubs.

~crisann~
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Posted: 4/17/2011 1:59:17 PM
susan and kris and all the others that have been here for a few rounds - are you finding that as we go through the weeks, you have very little to do other than, maybe, tweaking?

just curious - i have a disaster to clean up from soul restoration, but the actual organization itself is fine...

the one thing that i have changed since round 3 is i started stacking my studio calico/little back dress kits on the shelves in the closet.

oh, and just for entertainment, s/o about maimed me when he realized i signed up for a second kit club - told me to pick one. in my defense, what if it keeps me out of the stores? he said that wasn't going to happen. i said what if i were using them? he said that wasn't going to happen... so, it looks like i have to stay out of the stores and have about 12 pgs a month to show for 2 kit clubs - and quick, before he really does make me cancel one. lol...

mebarnet
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Posted: 4/17/2011 4:30:34 PM
At present, I have 9 vertical CH organized as follows:

#1 Disney & Theme Park - I live in FL and go to the parks a LOT - this one also has stickers which I rarely use so I throw my theme stickers in here

#2-9 The following are split between solid card and PP - Black/White/Foils - Yellow/Orange - Purples - Blues - Reds - Browns/Neutrals - Greens - Pinks (this is my favorite and I have a ton)

There is no rhyme or reason to my CH above, I do not internally sort by theme or by manufacturer as I do not purchase like this.

Horizontal - I have three of them that I use for various stacks that I like to keep together even when they are falling apart.

Problem is, I literally have three - 12" each stacks of paper that contain a mixture of solid card, stacks and PP that I do not have room for currently! This is just my 12x12.

This organization system actually works for me with one exception, I would like to get another CH NOW and start sorting out "holiday" papers separately like I have the theme park.

Then, I need to find room for a few more but I want to find containers that I can use for other things because I am on a paper purchasing sabatical and have just ordered a sketch book #7 to try to get my speed up and start using this stash of paper. So, I will not need all of the containers for paper (hopefully) soon!

I believe the best solution to this - short term for paper and then long term for other supplies - is more horizontal storage.

Thankfully, my 8 1/2 x 11 which is 99.9% solid card is already neatly organized in a shabby chic looking mail holder. This also holds my 8x8 which is about 50% solid CS and 50% stacks.

My 6 x 6 and the 8 1/2 x 11 I have cut in half for cards is in a heavy duty cardboard display boxes (each their own box) that I rescued from the garbage pile at Target and covered with scraps of my favorite papers sort of like a quilt, that were too small to do anything else with.

While my entire space is a shambles as it is half packed up because of home renovations, this time has allowed me to make a list of supplies I will honestly use and supplies I will never use and will try to purge or sell when I can get to them such as my rubber stamps. With the exception of some sentiments that I do use, the remainder while beautiful or cute, have to go. I never use them and have barely over the years.

Although I cannot keep up with these challenges, I love referring to them all of the time, they have helped so much!! I just work at my own pace!

Dancingfish
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Posted: 4/17/2011 5:10:49 PM
Thought I would jump in on this one! (I store cardstock in CH and store pp horizontally in a cube that DH made with sliding trays)

Quick tip for those of you who are happy with your pattern paper: I have found that if once a month I "shuffle" the pattern paper I end up using more of the older stuff that I forgot about because it got buried under or behind the new stuff.

Using old stuff = its ok to buy more new!

Kris74
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Posted: 4/17/2011 5:22:43 PM
I totally agree with you Vicki!!! Sometimes when I'm in need of inspiration, or want to do something scrappy but would rather watch TV, I go through paper instead.

Because I keep so much BG and cs handy together, every so often it makes sense to go through it to see if I should separate/consolodate any lines or add different colours of cs to the pile. Or with my paper kits, I HAVE to rotate those every so often otherwise I'd have no idea what I have!!

Cristi - Too funny ... I guess you're really going to have to get busy!!

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Posted: 4/17/2011 5:36:13 PM
QOTW:both

Cristi-I am finding that each week is easier this time around, today I looked through my paper and realized I have conquered this one even though I still buy paper it stays organized. The only thing that I need to do is use it faster than I bringing it in. I also just joined a kit club. I quit the stamping kit of the month club and this paper kit club I chose the send every other month option so I didn't drown in kits I'll never use but I am excited to get my first one

Here is my paper storage.

amr806
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Posted: 4/17/2011 7:23:25 PM
QOTW: My 12x12 paper is stored horizantally, and my 8 1/2x11 paper is stored vertically.

With my 12x12 paper, I sort plain cardstock by color, and then I store my other cardstock by theme--family, birthday, seasons, etc. I put a wire cube unit together and added extra shelves with zip ties. It fits perfectly under my table, and it is within easy reach. I like this type of organization, and it really works for me. My 8 1/2x11 cardstock is sorted by color in a vertical paper holder under my E.

I have bought some new papers recently, and now I need to go through and purge the paper I don't like. So, I guess I am off to purge!

Till next week......

thenancyrd
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Posted: 4/17/2011 8:13:36 PM
QOTW: Both. I have 12x12 and 8 1/2x11cardstock in ROYGBIV order in CH vertical holders. Then I have a 6 drawer Iris cart that has papers and supplies that match according to theme: Winter/Snow/Christmas/New Years/Valentines; Spring/Easter/Flowers/Wedding/Graduation; Summer/Patriotic/Beach/Camping/Scouts/Animal/Zoo; Fall/School/Halloween/Thanksgiving.

My patterned paper is a mess, I can never figure out how to store it - by main color, by manufacturer, kept together in kit???. I do have a separate basket that I have monthly kit clubs in, I've kept them together in the bag they come in so that way everything coordinates.

So I need to figure out the patterned paper, and also go through the solids just to get rid of some of the strange colors I have.


paperpauper
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Posted: 4/17/2011 9:28:54 PM
I store my paper vertically in hanging file folders. My SU cardstock is all in one rolling cart file (alphabetically) and it works great. My PP is in two "milk crate" cartons in hanging file folders. It used to be organized, but not so much the last couple of months. I've been bad about putting things back after crops.

I have the PP organized by color, except for the Basic Grey because I have so much of it. But I've got to reorganize! And figure out what to do with the Bazzill, Coordinations, and DCWV cardstock. I also need to figure out what to do with a couple of paper packs and the PP scraps.

I want to keep things organized by color, but as I collect more by certain manufacturer's I'm pulled toward keeping them all together. What to do!?! I also have such trouble figuring out what to do with a paper that has two colors in it in equal amounts. Like the paper I bought yesterday that is blue and pink. Does it go with the blue or with the pink??? (Honestly, this shouldn't be this difficult to figure out!)

Looking forward to read/see others paper organizing schemes.

Some pics here: PaperPauper blogspot scraproom pics

Dewryce
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Posted: 4/17/2011 9:36:02 PM
GOAL

When I am finished this week I want absolutely all of my papers sorted ONLY into the following categories by hierarchy:

  • Solid Cardstock & Specialty paper ~ in hanging files
  • Themed Paper ~ in accordian files
  • Patterned Paper ~ By manufacturer's line or Color Schemes in 13 x 13 envelopes.
  • Patterned Paper that doesn't fall into any of above categories ~ By main color in CH vertical files.

I want everything that isn't kept in the hanging files on one easily reachable lower shelf, well organized and labeled.


CARDSTOCK



Thoughts: Only 12 x 12 paper here, otherwise I consider it a scrap. This system works well for me, and is stored under my desk so it's easy to reach and dust isn't a huge problem. But it takes longer than I'd like to find the right color. I'm also considering adding solid color specialty papers here because when I'm looking for paper I think "I need purple paper here" not "I need metallic paper here."

TO DO:

  • Sort each color in order from light to dark
  • Add solid colored specialty paper to front of files


PATTERNED PAPER

1) First by theme in accordian files. I have 5 files: Sports, Holidays & Seasons, Baby & Children/Growing Up, Vacations, and Misc.
2) Also pictured here are a couple of paper pads and Misc PP by main color in the CH vertical files.



THOUGHTS
Overall: I don't like standing up to reach my paper, it should be within reach when I sit. Also, there are too many categories and places to look for patterned paper.
By Theme: Most of my themes work very well for me. The accordian files aren't as easy to get into as a hanging file, or in the CH files, but they keep the dust out and everything well organized so I want to keep them. I have some themes that don't fall into the main categories that I forget about constantly so I will need to decide what to do with them.
Paper Pads: Won't use entire pads, and don't like that it's just another place to remember to look for paper.
Misc by Color:I never think to look here, and I think a lot of papers end up here because I don't love them. Part of the problem is that I have to take the CH files down to look in them.

TO DO:

  • Purge! Purge! Purge! Mostly just paper that is not good for scrapbooking so I need to put it in my scrap drawers for cardmaking
  • Move all patterned to a lower shelf
  • Go through all themes and decide which ones aren't working. Is it because I'll never use it? Purge it! The theme isn't very strong or fit in a larger category (like Seasons)? Is it a theme I never think look for? Label the outside of the accordian file.
  • Break up the Paper Pads ~ Purge and sort accordingly. Put favorite paper from Asian pad into its own category.
  • The misc by color pattern paper stored seperately in the CH vertical files needs to be purged, see if it will fit into the color themes below, and labeled. Also, the paper needs to be turned the other direction so I can see it from my chair.



Patterned Paper by Line or Color Scheme in Envelope



Thoughts: This also works great. I only keep it by line if I have a lot of the line and/or a good deal of embellishments. Otherwise is sorted by Color Scheme into categories

  • Black & White
  • Neutral
  • Bold Primary
  • Muted Primary
  • Bold Sherbet
  • Musted Sherbet
  • Baby Pastels
  • Earthy


TO DO:

  • Label the Color Themes envelopes. (Those sorted by manufacturer's lines are obvious)
  • Label the bin the envelopes are kept in
  • Will probably need to add some color themes as I sort more paper

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Posted: 4/17/2011 10:05:21 PM
question of the week: horizontal or vertical?

Vertical for 12x12 papers. My 8.5x11 papers are stored in a portable file box. This week will take some time to get done. I have decided to sort papers by colors because that is how I think when I scrap.

Sorting card stock won't be so bad as long as I remember to purge.

Sorting PP will take some doing. So far this is what I have come up with:
stripes; dots; plaids; theme; then by dominate color. Thinking about doing floral.

Sorted papers will be put in closed paper holders then into my jetmax cubes.

daisymarie
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Posted: 4/17/2011 11:11:31 PM
QOTW: Some of my paper is stored horizontally on a paper rack I bought when a LSS went out of business. I also have some of it stored on shelves I made by putting together a set of wire cubes.

The majority of my PP is stored by manufacturer and collection in 12x12 plastic envelopes. I also have the matching chipboard and embellishments stored with the paper.

I'm going to go through all of my paper during this round and sort and purge. I even have some of it down in the basement because I ran out of space in my SB room.

LonR
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Posted: 4/18/2011 9:16:04 AM
To store my paper I will be using what I have: Horizontal plastic paper trays, and a Cropper Hopper set.

I have discovered that I am a product inspired scrapbooker, so I keep my new stuff close and file it in with the old stuff after a month or two. (If I'm scrapping a lot. I'll be taking a break for the next few months.)

I'm all over the place for organizing. Cardstock is organized by color, new stuff is organized by manufacturer and "old" stuff is organized by theme: girl, boy, seasons, holidays, etc.

I just need to decide if I should purge and try to organize before the move, or after the move in 7 weeks. *Sigh* I'm not feeling very ambitious - it will probably be after.

I do know where I want to put it at the new house. I have the advantage of knowing what my new space will look like, so I can plan it. (moving into my sisters house) Like I said, I want to have my new favorite/new stuff close, and I don't want to let my paper stash to grow more than 12-18 inches. Am I weird or what? 12 inches. I'm freaking some people out right now.

Cristi- 2 monthly kits? that sounds fun actually. I enjoy getting the monthly kit but I feel guilty when I get stuff I know I won't use. I'm going to start my own version when my subscription runs out. Actually, I might have to wait until 2012 because my budget will be gone soon. Haha, I know - a budget. Why bother, huh?

skyoreo
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Posted: 4/18/2011 12:18:38 PM
Good thing I started organizing my paper back in January! I plan to finally have it all finished this week during the challenge. I spend some time this weekend pulling it all out and sorting most of it by color (within the color I then also have a section for American Crafts because I have a lot of their paper). If it doesn't fit into a color category then it's sorted by theme (however I am limiting my themes, because I never seem to look at them). I have a few sorted by manufacturer (Echo Park and Basic Grey) and then collections that have matching embellishments are separate too. As I've been sorting, I've been getting rid of a lot of patterned paper too, because like everyone else, I've run out of room! I sort all of my paper in Vertical Cropper Hoppers and only have a few areas that they can fit, so all my paper must fit in these areas.

Question: How do you purge cardstock? I probably have about 4 cropper hoppers full of it, but not sure I will ever use it all. How do you know what you can get rid of?

For those of you uncertain about how you will organize your papers, I've been through quite a few methods and have reorganized until I've found what really works.

I first started off by manufacturer, but realized I was wasting so much time trying to find a certain color of patterned paper, so I switched to all my paper being organized by color, with a few exceptions. I left a few categories of dots, stripes, etc and found that I never referenced these categories, so they are now all going into the dominant color group. I will then have a folder left over for any paper that is too multi-color to fit into a group.

I'll post pictures and my themes/categories later in the week when I finally have all my paper organized.

bethkk
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Posted: 4/18/2011 12:20:51 PM
Well, as I said last week, I started the paper challenge early! Got all my patterned paper out of its various hiding places and started purging and sorting (cardstock is already all in one place). As I was sorting, I discovered a TON of those plastic dividers from the CH "deluxe" sets...YAY! I am so excited to use those to divide all my colors/themes/lines...here comes the label maker!!

Oh, QOTW...I definitely prefer vertical storage. I love how horizontal storage looks...so pretty...but I can NOT do piles of paper! So I have CH files and some new black ones I found at HL that were cheaper and actually fit ON my shelves instead of on top. So the cardstock will be in the CH files and the PP in the black ones. I am sorting mostly by color, then pattern, and I do have some themes, too. And I will separate some lines, too, especially my BG. So, like wookiemouse, I'm using all three systems together!

Oh, and I blogged with a new LO!

scrappin_usmc
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Posted: 4/18/2011 12:48:33 PM
All of my paper is vertical.
Cardstock is in CH things and is sorted by color.
PPs are kept with their respective paper lines in "kit" bags with matching CS. They are stored in Jetmax cubes.
I have my 6X6 paper pads in a 4-drawer jetmax thing. They take up one drawer.
I'm actually thinking of purging my 12X12 cardstock. I only use dark colors or neutrals for backgrounds and I have a LOT of weird colors!!!

mebarnet
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Posted: 4/18/2011 9:49:45 PM
I got through another 6" of paper tonight. Yippee!!!

I have filled all of the containers that I have so now I just have to readjust, figure out my space and see what I have room for comfortably. The remainder will stay in a stack until I can start using other paper to make more space. I am almost out of dedicated paper space which is good because this caused me to realize I have way too much paper and to use more than I bring home!

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Posted: 4/18/2011 10:12:39 PM
Good for you mebarnet!!!

I still have about 4 inches to go and then I need to move on to labeling all my paper.

bethkk
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Posted: 4/19/2011 8:03:42 AM
Oh, ugh...I was a bad girl and bought two DCWV stacks at Marshall's yesterday. Luckily they are the smaller stacks, and one is cardstock, but it's still more paper to organize! But they were so PRETTY!!

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Posted: 4/19/2011 8:19:57 AM
Imho, Paper Week is the week that changes everything in this organizational challenge.

Before this challenge, I would leave new paper purchases in their shopping bags because it was too overwhelming to think of sorting, separating, and categorizing to put new goods away in their rightful place. Now I can easily locate a particular paper quickly and easily and realized I really don't need very many new papers. No more mystery purchases laying around: a place for everything and everything in its place.

QOTW: I used to store vertically but during this challenge, I switched to horizontally. For me, it's a little easier to sort vertically but I like the uncrumpled edges and flatness of storing horizontally. Two years later, I still use horizontal and still love it. I might not have tried a different method except for this challenge.

For those of you tackling this week: go for it. This is the week where all of your stuff really starts becoming cohesive and a lot of things start falling into place.

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Posted: 4/19/2011 8:48:48 AM

Question: How do you purge cardstock? I probably have about 4 cropper hoppers full of it, but not sure I will ever use it all. How do you know what you can get rid of?


I would start with getting rid of the colors I would never ever use! I use a lot of variety of colored cardstock, but I don't like Kraft, and rarely use black. Start there, and then how about texture? Do you prefer thick, do you need to sort the polka dot separate? . . .

That's what I would do. Hope it helps. Cardstock is a staple for me. It is hard to imagine having more than I need, but hey - I've only got about 3 or 4 inches of it.

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Posted: 4/19/2011 10:05:23 AM
I really love reading everyone's replies here and their ideas for sorting paper. I started on mine last night and still can't figure out quite what to do with it! My storage system is fine, it's just sorting it that's driving me crazy!

What to do with papers that don't easily fall into a color category???

And what to do with a line (say the recent cosmo cricket I bought) that is mostly pink, but has one coordinating sheet that is blue. Keep it together so I can remember they go together or separate by color and pray I remember???

Any thoughts? Anyone?

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Posted: 4/19/2011 10:47:46 AM
QOTW - My 12x12 paper is stored vertically. CS is in CH expo, PP in 3 CH Paper Organizers. Here is my paper storage photo from last round. It is pretty much the same.

My CS is sorted by color, PP by pattern/theme - dots, stripes, plaids, flowers, Halloween, Christmas, misc.

Since I crop mostly away from home, all the 12x12 plus my scraps is stored in a CM tote. The problem with this is that it is REALLY heavy to lug all the paper to a crop. My goal is to be so organized that I have pictures and matching paper picked out before crops so I don't have to haul all that paper around.

Cristi - I do find that I am just having to tweak each week (except maybe photos - I'll probably retreat that tropical island that week!) I plan on doing a mini purge of paper this round, but it probably won't be all that much that I get rid of.

Paperpauper - Don't over think what color the paper should be stored with. If a paper has more than one dominate color, I just take a quick look at it and whatever color comes to mind first, that's where I put it. Later if you're looking through your pinks and come across that pink/blue paper and wonder why that paper is in pinks, you can just move it to blues then.

Loni - I have less than 12 inches of paper - probably 6-8 inches now - a mere drop in the bucket compared to others. And my dh thinks I have a lot of paper. He would probably pass out if I had the stash that others have.

Skyoreo - Question: How do you purge cardstock? When I did a big purge last round, I purged any cardstock that I though was a weird color or just plain ugly. The colors that I love and use frequently, I kept, even if there was a lot of it.

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Posted: 4/19/2011 11:56:04 AM

And what to do with a line (say the recent cosmo cricket I bought) that is mostly pink, but has one coordinating sheet that is blue. Keep it together so I can remember they go together or separate by color and pray I remember???


In this case, I would keep it all together, because I know *I* wouldn't remember the one stray piece of blue paper goes with stash that's sitting in the pink section

BUT I tend to go through my papers often enough and move them from time to time. So intially, I'd put all of that paper together. But after awhile if the paper that's mainly pink gets used, and blue becomes the dominant colour, I'd move it all to blue. Clear as mud??

And Cristi - I forgot to answer your question earlier ... I'm really finding more tweaking then anything. I was all geared up to "deal with paper", but I walked in and counted the CH's instead because there was not ONE piece of paper out of place!! So I cleared out my crop bags from a few weekends ago instead and had room for EVERYTHING! Are you shocked?? I sure am!!

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Posted: 4/19/2011 12:10:58 PM
Thanks Janet & Leisa, that's really good advice about just deciding on the color quickly. I'm definitely overthinking this!

And Kris, yep, clear as mud!

I think I will keep some lines together within color categories for now. If it doesn't work out I can separate them again later.

Tonight more sorting and then some purging. And then to deal with the scraps!

~~Sandra~~

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Posted: 4/19/2011 12:17:49 PM

What to do with papers that don't easily fall into a color category???

And what to do with a line (say the recent cosmo cricket I bought) that is mostly pink, but has one coordinating sheet that is blue. Keep it together so I can remember they go together or separate by color and pray I remember???
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For me when it first comes home it stays together and then as it gets used it may get moved. As for papers that don't have a dominate color: When you purchased it how did you describe it? Did you say I just got the cutest pink paper with green flowers?? if so Put it in Pink!!


ohh and for those of you who don't have ALOT to purge you might consider saving that paper for other things: Wrapping paper??? You can do trial cuts on it for die cutting machines, you can use it as scrap paper when stamping or painting.

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Posted: 4/19/2011 1:40:11 PM

What to do with papers that don't easily fall into a color category???

The most important thing, for me anyway, is how do you think to look for your paper? I will think "I need an orange background here", so would look in my solid cardstock/specialty paper category.

But, when I'm looking to add detail, or wanting to use patterned paper, I look for one that will coordinate with the solid paper I'm already using. Most colors fall into color schemes. Black/White, Bright Primary, Muted Primary, Pastel, Earthy, Sherbet, etc.

Some examples:



These papers fall into what I consider sherbet colors. So if I were using a solid that I felt was a sherbet color, say the orange, I would check out this envelope. If I had seperated these only by the main color (It would have been either the pink or blue for me), then I probably wouldn't have come across this paper to use.

These might not be "sherbet-y" colors to you, so file them as you would think of them.

The paper below is part of the same collection. It could easily be filed under pink, but I like to keep it in the sherbet colors.



If I had a large quantity of paper from this collection, and/or embellishments that matched, it would be filed as it's own line.

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Posted: 4/19/2011 7:37:32 PM
why ,why did I think I needed all the stacks I have? Where the papers in them really that cute? Am I really going to use all the papers in them?

Well back to work on papers. I guess this is where I will do most of my purging?

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Posted: 4/19/2011 8:16:12 PM
love it here on the island! been here for 2 1/2 weeks!

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Posted: 4/19/2011 8:27:19 PM
Does anyone else have this difficulty, differentiating between shades of colors? I am organizing my solid CS in ROYGBIV order. So I pull out papers that are in the purple category because they look blueish. But then when I put them with the blues they look purpley! Or blues that look greenish until I put them with the greens... I don't know, maybe it's my 50 year old eyes

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Posted: 4/19/2011 8:55:33 PM
look at them in daylight! good daylight!
but, yes, I know exactly what u mean.

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Posted: 4/19/2011 9:08:01 PM
Dewryce, that's a very interesting way of sorting and using your paper. I don't know if that would work for me though. I don't think I go looking for paper that way. I usually am looking for the color itself and not a category. I think I may try adding a few categories to my colors that are like that though, just to see if I like it, so thanks for the info!

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Posted: 4/19/2011 9:17:40 PM

I don't know, maybe it's my 50 year old eyes


LOL......I know exactly how you feel. My 50 year old eyes were getting crossed sorting those colors. So here is what I did I put the bluish/purplish ones with the purples and labeled them indigo. The bluish/greenish ones are with the blues labeled teal.

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Posted: 4/19/2011 11:03:41 PM
Already Judy!! we've only just begun You're too funny

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Posted: 4/19/2011 11:38:05 PM
I am vertical all the way! My 10 larger cropper hopper organizers, with all of the smaller (40) help keep me organized. I did this when I moved into my new room. Cardstock of course is ROYGBIV, some is by collections, others by theme. I've never really done my PP by colors, as I think more in themes and collections than by color. Plus then I wouldn't know which coordinates well with which! I also have my page kits stored vertically in 11 storage boxes, all labelled on the edge. From when I first started scrapping my non-textured CS is in a paper carrier, and early PP also in a paper carrier. I am happy with how it is organized and will probably keep it this way.

For the hard to determine shades . . . try a Color wheel! and in good daylight.

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Posted: 4/20/2011 9:13:48 AM

Does anyone else have this difficulty, differentiating between shades of colors? I am organizing my solid CS in ROYGBIV order. So I pull out papers that are in the purple category because they look blueish. But then when I put them with the blues they look purpley! Or blues that look greenish until I put them with the greens... I don't know, maybe it's my 50 year old eyes


Like a pp said, don't overthink it

It does depend what kind of scrapper you are though ... are you a "it must match exactly" or a "close enough" kind of scrapper??

Also, put the paper in the first place you think it should go (say blue), if it bothers you being in blue after awhile, move it to another colour. The more you "see" it, the more likely you are to use it

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Posted: 4/20/2011 9:13:49 AM
Double post

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Posted: 4/20/2011 9:52:12 AM
You girls are making me want to dig my paper back out and purge it! Especially "CherryPicker" Janet - you make it sound so fun, haha.

Well, I didn't seal the box yet, maybe I'll pull it out do it today.

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Posted: 4/20/2011 10:02:22 AM
My PP that is double sided (solid or almost on the back) goes into that color CH folder.

If it is single sided, like the dots another Pea put above, I ask my 11 year old daughter. "what color folder would you put this in?" I don't even question it, I just put it into that folder and am done with it.

Stacks I keep together.

For the blue / purple - blue / green issue. I just stick it in whatever folder I feel like at the time.

I am also bad with keeping paper in the bag thing. Not now though, it is all out!

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Posted: 4/20/2011 10:12:39 AM
Janet-You are really inspiring me right now. I need to just toss what I don't love - I really don't think I have that much so I don't know if I can do it! But you are talking me into it. And the thrift store - how liberating. I donate all the time, but never thought to do it with my scrap stuff. I need to get rid of that inventory that I never sold when I was a consultant, and not worry about how much it cost me. I think I'm gonna do it! . . .

Leisa- My hubby now knows I really don't have a lot of stuff! Because I show him the scraproom pictures here on 2peas. It works wonders. No, he is very supportive and understanding. He just gets jealous because he hasn't been spending his allowance on his own hobbies lately.

****I did it! I purged my inventory and 1" of paper. I thought I'd get overwhelmed and need to just spend an hour a day until it was done, but I got excited and finished it all.****

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Posted: 4/20/2011 8:26:44 PM

Dewryce, that's a very interesting way of sorting and using your paper. I don't know if that would work for me though. I don't think I go looking for paper that way. I usually am looking for the color itself and not a category. I think I may try adding a few categories to my colors that are like that though, just to see if I like it, so thanks for the info!

That's what I love about this place, so many different ideas! I hope you find something that works

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Posted: 4/20/2011 11:08:34 PM
Judy - save room for me on that island! I'll be there in a couple of weeks with photos.

Loni - maybe I need to show dh some of the lss size scraprooms on 2peas. Then he wouldn't think I have so much stuff!

Loving all the paper sorting ideas. I really like the idea of asking a kid what color a paper is. I know my dd would have no problem sorting colors. I really do think that however you decide to sort it - the key is to not over think it. You can always move the paper later if you discover that it doesn't belong.

Within my blues, I have green-blues and purple-blues. But since blue is the first thing I thought when looking at the paper, blue is where it goes even though it could possibly go in another color group.

I got another SU paper order in - including some red glitter paper (think Dorothy's ruby red slippers) - that I need to sort and file.

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Posted: 4/21/2011 4:35:22 PM
crap! for those from roun- 3, forgot to push my chair back & my keyboar- is now missing the 4th letter of the alphabet.

to rea- this message, insert the 4th letter of the alphabet for the '-'!

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Posted: 4/21/2011 9:10:00 PM
hey ladies - kris and loni, jen, amanda, mel, judy...

how's everyone else doing?

i promise i'll learn the rest of your names really soon.

i got my vinyl letters up finally: CREATE and INSPIRE in black vinyl above the windows.

yesterday was *officially* 4 years since s/o and i met - he got stuck at work 'til like midnight - go figure! lol...

loni - #4 should be due really soon, right?

kris - where are ya?

judy - the dog? lol...

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