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Posted 3/5/2013 by capegina in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 544,425
February 2012
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Posted: 3/5/2013 5:28:08 PM
What do you keep - most every little scrap or those bigger than a certain size? How do you organize them & how long do you keep them?

I've been following some others advice and keeping them all in a bin & just going through them when I need a scrap. It has been a good way to come up with new combos.

I used to throw away the little pieces but after watching Shimelle & Glitter girl, I've been trying to use those little scraps by layering.

My bin is about a shoebox size and about 3/4 full - it's getting to be a lot of paper and a lot to go through so I'm thinking about cleaning out...but oh so hard to throw away!

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PeaNut 70,644
February 2003
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Loc: Southern California

Posted: 3/5/2013 5:30:38 PM
I am a scrap hoarder, but I am getting better. I now will throw away anything that isn't at least about 3" x 3". In the past, if I could punch a punchie out, I kept it.

Also, I have the scraps sorted by color and each color has its own page protector, a big Zip-loc bag also would usually work unless you are putting 12" scraps in it. After my most recent round of organizing, I decided to keep all the page protectors in a basket.


PeaNut 14,286
April 2001
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Posted: 3/5/2013 5:31:32 PM
Well, I just threw out over 14 years worth of scraps, when we moved a few months ago & I already have a big scrap collection building up again. I only keep larger pieces.

I keep larger cardstock scraps, loosely sorted by colors in memorabilia files by Generations.

My printed paper scraps, are in a large wooden tray, next to my table. I like to look through the printed scraps first, when I am working on a layout & like them out in the tray.


PeaNut 147,333
May 2004
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Posted: 3/5/2013 5:36:04 PM
I have mine in a box. If that box ever gets full I might donate the smaller ones to my daughters preschool to make room for the new ones. I haven't had to do that yet since I use even the small odd shape ones with my quickutz.

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PeaNut 578,104
January 2013
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Posted: 3/5/2013 5:37:08 PM
I admit it, I keep the tiny pieces. Recently I have been trying to learn layering and have discovered that the small pieces come in handy for that. I do plan to go through the scraps and run them through a die cutter of some type and then use them as embellishments.

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PeaNut 395,153
October 2008
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Posted: 3/5/2013 6:48:31 PM
I keep most that aren't teeny-tiny, sorted by color in an envelope. I trim the edges so I don't have pieces with odd-shaped edges or pieces punched out of them. When I feel like my collection is getting too big I'll use them on a card or find a LO design that uses a lot of scraps. If I need to test a stamp or new technique I'll also grab a scrap I think is ugly and use the white side on the back (most of my scraps are from paper pads that had single-sided papers).

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PeaNut 12,636
March 2001
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Posted: 3/5/2013 7:05:24 PM
I have mine stored in two plastic milk crate type containers. They are sitting over in the corner of my scrap room. I have file folders in them and have everything sorted by color. It's so handy. I use my scraps every time I scrap.

I save everything but real small scraps.


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PeaNut 52,171
October 2002
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Loc: Froogville

Posted: 3/5/2013 7:10:46 PM
Mine are sorted in 2 containers. One is an accordian file for pieces larger than my file box I made. It doesn't have a lot of sections so I have 2 or 3 colors per section. The smaller pieces I have in a cardboard box I covered and made little file folders to sort the colors. This is my scraps box. but it doesn't show the files in it.


PeaNut 149,537
May 2004
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Posted: 3/5/2013 11:57:53 PM
I sort all of my scraps by color in gallon size plastic bags and because I make a lot of cards I admit to keeping lots of small pieces.

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PeaNut 23,809
October 2001
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Posted: 3/6/2013 12:36:11 AM
I cut all my scraps down to 4x6 which is perfect for a mini album or I can cut them down a bit for a card front which is mostly what I use them for. Anything smaller - I toss!! I don't like clutter or something in my way and I like how neatly these stack in a bowl. I use them constantly!!


PeaNut 12,690
March 2001
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Loc: Minnesota

Posted: 3/6/2013 12:39:09 AM
I too am doing the 4x6 thing and for the first time in 20 years of scrapping, I'm using my scraps every time I play. I save mostly the cardstock, and the 4x6s are great for cutting Cricut bits.

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October 2003
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Posted: 3/6/2013 3:18:41 AM
I sort mine by size and I divide them into strips, blocks, and pieces. I use lots of thin strips of paper, so I keep those together. I have blocks that are between 2.5x3.5 to 4x6 that I can grab for use in divided page protectors. And I have bits that are smaller bits for layers, banners, tags, etc. Anything bigger than 4x6 is kept with the regular paper supply.

I don't subdivide scraps by colour because I use my scraps all the time so I don't have that many scraps to sort through.

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PeaNut 576,706
January 2013
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Posted: 3/6/2013 3:49:40 AM
I only keep pieces bigger than about 3x3 and I just lay them all in a small rubbermaid tub with a lid that I keep on one of my scrapping tables. I have used paper out of there on many occasions and it works out really well!

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PeaNut 413,587
February 2009
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Posted: 3/6/2013 4:44:16 AM
I keep them in a hanging file sorted by colour. I have the CS separate from the PP. I don't keep anything really small. It has to be at least 3 - 4 inches.

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PeaNut 578,606
January 2013
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Posted: 3/6/2013 5:22:28 AM
I cleaned my scrap room and reorganized a few weeks ago. I took all scraps and cut them into squares and rectangles, sorted by color, and put the scraps into sandwich baggies. I have a basket now equipped with ready to go pieces for cards. When I need a small piece for a tag, etc, I just grab the bag and find what I need. So far this system is really working great!


PeaNut 565,904
September 2012
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Posted: 3/6/2013 6:45:00 AM
If its a paper I love, I will save even the smallest scrap and find a way to use it-but I also make sure they're all cut into squares/rectangles, so that they don't get caught on eachother. I love layering, so its easy to work those pieces in. I just have all of my pp scraps in an Iris box, and won't allow myself to outgrow it. I need to make some projects strictly from scraps though as I have some really lovely stuff in there!


PeaNut 204,709
May 2005
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Posted: 3/6/2013 7:56:59 AM
Tracie, I love your perfect bowl of 4x6 scraps!


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PeaNut 563,248
August 2012
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Posted: 3/6/2013 8:43:41 AM
the 4x6 idea! May have to borrow that idea, hope its ok.
I donated my scraps and paper that I was not using last Oct or Nov.
I put my scraps with my pattern paper in a large zip bag until all of the 12x12 are used.
Then I will cut them 4x6 or 3x4 for PL.
Right now I am using my 6x6 paper pads for PL.


PeaNut 273,602
August 2006
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Posted: 3/6/2013 1:12:06 PM
my PP scraps are stored in a 12x12 Iris case with a lid (I bought a whole boatload of them last time they were on sale at a place near me), and I put ANY pieces of printed paper in there that are less than 12x12 (also ala Shimelle). If I've punched a lot of odd-sized pieces out of something, I'll cut off the 'hanging chad' weird shapes, but other than that, I leave them the way they are, with chunks cut out of them. I don't do any trimming to 'standard' sizes, or anything else like that.

I have a smaller case- an Altoids tin, actually- that holds the tiny, tiny pieces I still want to keep, like 1x2 inches, 1x3, something like that. This tin is also kept inside the 12x12 case. One more thing in this 12x12 case is an 8.5x11 page protector that corrals thin 12-inch long strips (branding strips, anything cut less than an inch or two wide, things like that- as long as it's 12 inches in length).

I sift through this box when I'm making layouts or cards. The last couple layouts I've made, have been all out of this box, other than the base paper.

I am committed to not letting my PP scrap stash get any larger than this case will hold. It's more than 1/2 full right now, but once it gets too difficult to navigate the scraps, I'll go through it and purge some of them.

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PeaNut 407,397
January 2009
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Posted: 3/6/2013 2:12:26 PM
I also keep a box of 4x6 arranged by color

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PeaNut 446,722
November 2009
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Posted: 3/6/2013 2:34:43 PM
I have two long flat plastic bins on my floor. One is for cardstock scraps, the other is for pp scraps of any size smaller than 12 by 12. The paper pile is at one end of the bin and the extra space at the other end makes it easy to sort through. The only thing I don't have in there is Christmas themed scraps.

The really tiny pieces are in box on my desk but those are mostly leftover die cuts or extra punched shapes that didn't make it onto a layout.


PeaNut 508,466
May 2011
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Posted: 3/6/2013 3:07:18 PM
Just wanted to say thanks for all the great ideas here. My scrap situation isn't great at the moment and could really use a new method.

I keep all of my scraps, including the tiny ones (I do actually use them). Currently they are in two bags - one for larger scraps and one for small. However, I don't always take the bags out when working and if they're not accessible, I'm obviously less likely to use them. And then when I do think to take them out and look through them, the bags don't make it particularly easy to do so.

Last autumn when I was working on a particular album for several months, I was putting all of my scraps into a basket and that seemed to work much better because they were out with my other supplies and I could paw through them at will. I'll have to see if some of the suggestions here will work better.


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September 2012
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Posted: 3/6/2013 3:30:39 PM
i keep mine in one of those 10 drawer carts that you get at M's by colors... i keep all sizes because the tiny one are great for those $1 punches to make confety

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December 2003
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Posted: 3/6/2013 3:36:30 PM
my scrap pieces are almost non existent...I don't hang onto anything smaller than 3x3

my philosophy is, "i have sooo sooo soo much pretty paper...I need to move on"

if I hang onto to everything, soon I'll stress because I'm not SCRAPS on my newer projects. That thought process seems counterproductive to me.

That's not to say I don't get happy when I find that perfect small piece of scrap to integrate...but that happens few and far between for me and it's simply not worth my time to constantly chase something that happens seldomly for me.


PeaNut 555,886
May 2012
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Posted: 3/6/2013 3:39:45 PM
I keep all my scraps. I do use them a lot, even the teeny tiny pieces, mostly in embellishment clusters or with punches.

I keep the really small pieces (around 2x2" or less) in a shallow box which I keep right next to me on the desk.

Larger pieces are in a 12x12 box which is also kept within reach.

*Unless* it's a collection which I've bought a lot of in which case, all of the scraps go into a 12x12 ziploc bag with the full sheets.

When I've chosen background paper/cs and photos, I go to my larger scraps and pull things out before I start looking at full sheets. None of it's sorted in any way, so I'm happy to just pull out anything that might work and throw whatever I didn't use back.

I do keep cardstock scraps separate and usually use these either for matting photos, due cut alphas or testing cricut cuts.


PeaNut 273,602
August 2006
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Posted: 3/6/2013 4:23:19 PM
however, I don't always take the bags out when working and if they're not accessible, I'm obviously less likely to use them. And then when I do think to take them out and look through them, the bags don't make it particularly easy to do so.

^^^^^ this was my situation, exactly! I used to have a very elaborate system involving multiple zipper bags sorted by color, with each color in its own bag, and they sat on my shelf for YEARS collecting dust- I never used them!! The iris box of mixed scraps sits right on top of the Cropper Hopper that holds all my 12x12 sheets of patterned paper. This clues me in to look in the scraps container first.

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August 2004
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Posted: 3/6/2013 5:24:07 PM
I will keep papers no smaller than 4.5x5.25.
When I finish a layout I make cards and tags with leftover scraps. Sometimes DGD and I will make new paper with it in the blender.
Anything that's left after that gets tossed.

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PeaNut 46,332
August 2002
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Posted: 3/6/2013 8:20:17 PM
I only keep 4x6 or larger - I've found that I really don't use the smaller pieces often enough to justify the space.

I sort by colour and store in gallon zip-locs in an open plastic bin on my desktop.
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