Scrapbook Paper Organization

Scrapbook Paper Organization

I need to create a poll somewhere on a scrapbooking forum to find out how much paper other scrapbookers have.  My family seems to think I have a lot.  I know I am a bit of a paper hoarder, I LOVE paper.  That’s why I could never go totally into digital scrapbooking – I love to feel the texture of the papers as I’m working with them.  Ok, so as I was getting my paper out of their homes (mailing boxes from the USPS, more info coming) I had it all stacked up on my table and decided to measure it just to see……..I had my family guess how many feet or inches.  I got answers ranging from 16″ to 54′.  No, the answer is somewhere in the middle, actually it’s 3 feet and 5 inches.  Cardstock is on the right, Patterned Paper is in the middle and specialty papers are on the left.

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I’ve had my paper stored in mailing boxes from the USPS for years.  I know you aren’t supposed to use them for anything except mailing – but some of these are left over from way back when I owned the scrapbooking website and would ship stuff all the time.  Others are boxes that I received scrapbooking goodies in and recycled.  They are easy to make and are the perfect size to hold 12×12 paper.

The cardstock is all together in several boxes, sorted by color.  The patterned paper was a little harder to sort.  I decided to sort first by brand name since sometimes I just know a brand has a particular style I want to use for a layout.  After sorting out the brands, I still had a lot left over that were miscellaneous brands, or I had no clue which brand!  These I sorted by color if there was a dominant color or by theme (Heritage, Travel, Baby, Sports etc)

The boxes and my paper have been living in their cube cabinets for years and I have been meaning to add some pretty paper and labels to the front.  Finally, I did it.  I love the way they turned out!!

I also have quite a bit of 8.5×11 paper that I didn’t figure into the measuring!  I honestly forgot about it until I was taking the pictures of all the 12×12 paper.  The 8.5×11 cardstock is in my file cabinet and the 8.5×11 patterned paper is in binders organized by color or theme.

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Finally – all scrapbookers face the dilemma of paper scraps!  Since we have already established that I am a paper hoarder you can bet I don’t throw away the bits of paper that are cut off and cast away while I am creating a layout, oh no!!  I put the small ones (anything not large enough to journal on or mat a photo) in a huge class jar and the big ones go into one of those fabric covered boxes.  I got mine at Target.  The paper scraps are divided by type and/or color.

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