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Posted 11/28/2012 by omallia in General Scrappin'


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Posted: 11/28/2012 10:04:08 AM
That's if you do!
The way my scrap box looks just isn't inviting at there a way around this?
By color, by size, and how do you store them?
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Posted: 11/28/2012 10:21:59 AM
I don't

nothing smaller than 2x2 gets all goes back into my cardstock stash


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Posted: 11/28/2012 11:12:52 AM
I cut the scraps to 3x4 or 4x6 size and file by white/cream/kraft, black/brown and then ROY G BIV. Anything by seasonal theme, I file separately.

I use them for PL inserts, layering on 12x12 pages, and for card making.

I have a couple of wood drawer organizer boxes that I got at World Bazaar. I would love a couple of library card drawers to use as well.


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Posted: 11/28/2012 11:14:03 AM
I wish I had a good method. The larger scraps get saved together and then the smaller ones separately. I am trying my hardest to not save scraps that are just too small. I like the 2x2 rule mentioned above!


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Posted: 11/28/2012 11:17:05 AM
I have 2 12"x12"x3" sterilite drawers for scraps. One drawer for cardstock, one for pattern paper.

If a drawer starts to get too full, I pull out paper to make journaling spots out of.

Or I stamp on it, then use a paper punch to make an embellishment out of it. (I have a great clock face stamp set for this, along with two circle punches in different sizes.

Sometimes I also only let myself use scraps to make a layout. It's a good way to make sure I use them.

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Posted: 11/28/2012 11:23:08 AM
Here's where mine go....

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Posted: 11/28/2012 11:34:50 AM
When I outgrew my color drawers for embellishments, I started putting my color scraps in the drawers. I store them by black, brown, blue, green, red & pink, yellow & orange, grey & purple, white & cream, and multi colored. Works great for me, because i often think that a LO or card or punch needs to be a certain color. Then I just go to the drawer. Sometimes I will start with a multicolor scrap and then pull more scraps from those colors from the drawers.

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Posted: 11/28/2012 12:33:34 PM
I have a series of photo-style boxes on my desk. Little scraps that fit in the littlest box go there. Medium scraps bigger than that size go in the medium box. And then guess what goes in the big (12 x 12) box?

Solid color scraps of any size.

And this is why my use of scraps is in the toilet.


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Posted: 11/28/2012 12:43:57 PM
I bought two plastic milk crate type containers. They are big enough you can put hanging file folders in them. I sort my scraps by colors alphabetic. It looks a little messy, but I stick them over in the corner of the room. Very handy.


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Posted: 11/28/2012 1:02:55 PM
I use file folders in an open bin. It's so easy to grab my folder and see what shades & sizes I have available. Here are a couple of photos...


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Posted: 11/28/2012 1:11:34 PM
right now, I have 2 totes, one is for any scraps. the other is for december daily scraps... once the new year comes, i want to try and get a larger file cabinet (one that can hold 12 by 12's) and then sort them by color. I think that will be a great system, I just need to get somethign going.


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Posted: 11/28/2012 1:13:36 PM
I throw mine in one of those Iris 12x12 plastic containers.


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Posted: 11/28/2012 1:44:26 PM
I have four cropper hoppers.

2 8x8 ones with the CH file pouches - I use these for all 6" and smaller patterned paper and solid cardstock pieces. Each pouch is a different color.

1 12x12 one for larger cardstock.

1 12x12 one for larger patterned paper.

On the larger CH's, I don't separate by color, as there usually not too much to have to sort through.

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Posted: 11/28/2012 2:01:07 PM
I just switched how I organize and I LOVE it.

I have several 8X11 page protectors and took about six of them, one for each color (black, brown, red, blue, etc. then a pattern paper).. I got some twine and strung them together. Love this method. Once and awhile I have a piece wider than the 11 inch and I either fold it our make a pile of the bigger pages (but that doesn't happen often)


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Posted: 11/28/2012 2:06:09 PM
I have one of the older 12X12 Cropper Hopper accordian file systems. When I first started scrapping years ago, it was how I stored my paper. I trim the odd edges off and store by color. Then I have a section for neutrals, brights etc for the multi colored paper. I keep it right by my scrap desk. I love it because I always go there first before I cut a whole sheet of paper and whenever I make a card.

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Posted: 11/28/2012 2:49:03 PM
In my crop in style pop up paper rolling tote. I labeled each tray with a different color. I collapse it when I don't need it.


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Posted: 11/28/2012 2:57:30 PM
Mine are stored with their collection. I use Cropper Hopper Page Planner envelopes to store all my paper by collection, the little pocket on the back is where the scraps go.

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Posted: 11/28/2012 3:07:17 PM
My scraps arent in a separate place, they go back where they came from. I can't tell you how many times I've been happy to find the scrap I needed along with everything else it coordinates with. Plus, this way I only have to ever look in one place!



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Posted: 11/28/2012 3:34:08 PM
I think I have them sorted by color in an expandable file folder with dividers. Now if I could just find them I could use them. Seriously! My entire scrap room is filled with stuff that doesn't live there but has nowhere to go.



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Posted: 11/28/2012 3:46:09 PM
Thanks to Shimelles classes on her own site and Glitter Girl, I am using my scraps more than I ever have. I pick a base page and maybe one other full sheet then go to my scraps and see what I have there I can use. I have cardstock in a ziplock bag, larger paper (one side has to be 12" in another and the smaller scraps in another. Altogether they fit in one of the drawers of my JetMax. It is put away when I don't need it but is at hand when I want to scrap. I just pull them out, pull the paper and scrap away.

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Posted: 11/29/2012 6:14:47 AM
My scraps are stored by color in a file folder tote that I got at Office Deopot or WalMart. Larger pieces (maybe 6x12, 8x8,etc) are stored with the collection they came from. I do find myself going thru my scraps pretty often looking for a piece to journal on or an accent piece or something to use a punch with. Hope you find something that works for you. Maria


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Posted: 11/29/2012 7:13:59 AM
Can't thank you enough for all your replies...I have more ideas now than I expected
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Posted: 11/29/2012 7:54:20 AM
I store mine in hanging file folder in the front of my crate for pp. Then when the file is full, I pick out my most loved and take the rest in to school for my students to use. I do this a few times a year, and they love when new paper is added to the class scrap box
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Posted: 11/29/2012 8:45:32 AM
i trim them, so they're squares or rectangles w/ no ragged edges, and toss them in my color bins - i consider anything smaller than 12x12 scraps...

i'm going to have to rearrange again soon, though - i'm running out of space. lol...


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Posted: 11/29/2012 8:54:32 AM
I have 2 of these Iris containers that I store all of my pp in by color family.

Behind each folder I have some of those large ziplock backs for all of my scraps. When I start a lo I pull out the folder and bag for the color family I am working with.

When I am done, all the scraps go into the zip lock bag.

I have found this works best for me and the way I scrap as everything is all in one place.

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Posted: 11/29/2012 12:01:21 PM
Scraps from a collection go with the collection in an envelope. Others are filed by color in a legal-sized standing accordian file (M's sells them, but you can also get them in office supply stores). I keep it at the left of my feet, right next to the trash bin, & decide when I'm finished my project whether a piece is big enough to keep or not. Having it so handy also reminds me to use them. When the bin gets too big to close, it's time to make some cards.

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Posted: 11/29/2012 12:03:18 PM
By color. I had some other categories, but I purged those and now it's strictly by color.


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Posted: 11/29/2012 12:31:56 PM
I incorporated Kathryn's tips and haven't looked back. It has kept my scraps to a minimum making them much more manageable and easier to use for diecuts, photo mats or punches.

You can find the method here:
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