Shhh. Dont tell my husband I am talking about organization-he would laugh at me. Seriously one of my biggest challenges-not for lack of desire or organization sense, but rather because of lack of time, a serious messiness while I work and the oversupply of products I buy. So most of the time it all adds up to "ONE BIG MESS". But we have to keep striving for a goal right... :).
One of my biggest organization dilemmas is finding a workable solution for my patterned paper supply. A system in which I can easily find what I need- whether it be by color, by pattern or by manufacturer. Sometimes I just need a red pattern, sometimes I need a certain line of paper for an assignment. I tried for a while to keep each coordinated line together-afterall it looks so great together with the matching patterns, stickers and accessories... but then I found that I would tuck that line away somewhere and eventually forget about it... then weeks later would find that it actually held a perfect red patterned paper that I could have used somewhere else..
what I do now is this.
I use my handy Cropper Hopper Paper Holder to organize all my newest paper. For example right now I have the Scenic Route Appleton, Surprise and Sonoma lines in there together with all the coordinating stickers etc. The same for my Making Memories Passport line and some miscellaneous patterned papers that I recently purchased. I keep adding all my new papers here-easily accessible and organized.
Then when I have either filled up the holder, or I feel I have completed as many coordinating layouts as I desire to- I go ahead and sort the paper by color and file in my horizontal paper trays. Stickers and acessories then go in other organized bins where I will mix and match them with other lines. My paper trays are divided mostly by color although I do have a few trays I keep for specialty paper, transparencies and themed paper.But eventually all my lines are mixed up together and this truly makes them more usable for me. Just dont ever ask me to pull together coordinating KI papers from 2 years ago... that I couldnt do :).
On another note ..I have to give a little shout out to my latest organizing adventure.. the Clip it Up . I seriously love how much product can fit on here and how easy it is to see everything. I am not finished filling mine up but am happily clipping all my new goodies on there when they come in. Fun product :).
I would love to hear how YOU organize your patterned paper too...