Okay CraftyStealers, it’s time for another round of
: Organization! We’ve already organized our punches , our scraps, and our clear stamps. Today, I’m tackling the big dog. That's right folks, I'm taming the patterned paper. As some of you may remember, when I first introduced myself at the beginning of the year, I admitted that I am a hoarder of patterned paper. Try as I may, I just can’t resist a pretty piece - and working at CraftySteals hasn’t helped matters much. :) Mission
Now, we all know that organizing paper is very personal. What system works for one may not work for another. We all work in different ways, right? What kind of scrapper you are determines the best way to organize your paper stash. What kind of scrapper am I? Well, I tend to be a person that buys paper I love even if I have no project in mind for it. Down the road, I might take a picture and think “Oh, that Bella paper would be perfect for these pictures.” But chances of me figuring out exactly WHERE that paper is, didn’t used to be so good. In fact, many times I have lost my mojo because it took me so darn long to find the right paper (or I spent the whole 30 minutes of spare time I had and have zero left to get any actual craft work done!). I wasn't getting any real paper crafting done and something needed to change. Since I knew I wasn't going to be able to control the patterned paper hoarding beast inside, I could at least figure out how to control how the paper is stored.
Before I embarked on this paper project, I had paper stashed all over my craft room. In drawers, under my desk and even crammed in clear plastic storage boxes in random rooms in my house. See?
Here’s where it gets personal. You can sort by color, by theme, or by manufacturer (I’m sure there are other ways too, but these are the ones I thought of). I did a little bit of everything. If I had a lot of papers from a specific line, I sorted by line and manufacturer. I sorted some of my papers into themes: Holidays, School, Sports, Travel, Characters (Thomas the Train, Disney). Then whatever was left over was sorted by color (I sorted patterns by choosing the dominant color in the pattern). My cardstock was all sorted by color. Stacks were left in stacks to be dealt with as a group.
Choose your containers carefully AFTER you see what you need and how you will use it! (in other words, don't just buy pretty boxes because they are on sale!)
As you can see in my photos, my storage was mainly horizontal storage. I didn’t like that at all. I find it soooo much easier to thumb through paper that is stored vertically. Making the decision to store all my paper vertically made it easy to get rid of some organizers I already had (that weren't doing their job). I sold my wire paper organizing rack that was under my desk (It was doubly hard to look through paper when I had to crouch under my desk!) and emptied my drawers.