52 Paper Crafting Organization Tips – Week 5

Welcome to Week #5 of my 52 Paper Crafting Organization Tips and StampinBuds Studio tour! Did you miss last week’s topic? I highlighted something called Paper Holders for storing my rainbow of Close To My Heart Cardstock. Be sure to check it out!

This week, I want to step away from my Kallax Cube and talk about how I store my Cardstock Scraps…

Week 5: Storing Cardstock Scraps

Cardstock Scraps - Paper Crafting Organization

When it comes to paper crafting organization, do you save your Cardstock scraps for future projects like I do?

Have you found a great way to store them so that you remember to use them regularly?

Let me share with you what I’ve found that works best for me – a regular hanging filing cabinet.

In the earlier days I would store paper scraps in 12″ x 12″ zip-top bags, but what I quickly discovered is that the bags would bunch at the bottom if I collected too many scraps of any color. I also didn’t like the look of the bags in my Kallax. So after some trial and error I found that storing my scraps in a regular filing cabinet worked well for many different reasons…

  1. Each file folder naturally expands to accommodate any pooling that may happen when I have too many scraps.
  2. The file folders I chose to use match many different accents in my StampinBuds Studio. You can pick there up HERE.
  3. I can easily file my scraps visually and alphabetically. I do this by writing on a 2″ x .5″ scrap of cardstock for each file tab, as shown. If I really wanted to make it look nice I could stamp or type up the lettering, but nah. Too much work!
  4. Because of the potential weight I made sure to store all of my cardstock scraps in the bottom drawer of the file cabinet.
  5. The best part? I can easily close the drawer when cleaning up my work area for a clean, organized look.
Cardstock Scraps

One thing I will note when looking for a file cabinet is that you will want a little space on each side of the folder so that large 12″ scraps have a tiny bit of room to hang out of the ends of the folder without getting crumpled. Most hanging file cabinets do this but most portable ones don’t.

Train your brain to check your scraps first!

Now that I have my scraps all set up in a filing cabinet I have trained my brain to always check my scrap cabinet FIRST before cutting into a new sheet of cardstock.

Fox example, when I purchase a Close To My Heart Workshop Kit that includes both patterned paper and cardstock I immediately add the full sheets of cardstock to my Paper Holders. Then, when I’m using the cutting diagrams for the projects I check my scrap drawer FIRST before cutting into a new sheet of cardstock.

One last thing I want to mention is that I typically do NOT save tiny pieces of cardstock less than about 3″. It just clutters up the hanging files which eventually would prevent me from storing the rainbow of Close To My Heart colors in one drawer.

Have questions? Please be sure to leave your questions in the comment section below. I’d also love to hear how you store your Cardstock scraps!

Have a great week!

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