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Paper scraps. . . . . we love our paper and we don't want to waste it so we tend to keep our scraps, but with so many different sizes and types, how do we organize it and keep it at hand so that we will use it. Now I know i often forget about my scraps, especially the pattern paper scraps. i have a couple accordion folders that i use for my scraps one for smaller ones and one for larger and i have a 12x12 one for large scraps. i need a better system. here are a few tips i found online.
Tip # 1 - don't keep anything smaller then 2x2
Tip # 2 - Gather a bundle of strong, clear, plastic bags - ziplock bags work a treat! Separate your scraps by individual colors, color groups or designer, whatever works best for you. Keep the system you use for storing your papers if that works well. With everything in see-through bags it's very quick to find what your looking for.
Tip #3 the next best tip was to keep these in an easily accessible container on my desk, or at least within arms reach. like a large, food storage box, about 4 inches deep, and the bags stand upright in it. This is shallow enough to see in, yet high enough to keep papers upright. Being so close at hand it's very easy to reach for scraps, as well as to drop papers into the bags immediately so your desk is less cluttered - another bonus.
Tip #4 good labeling is a key as well, try this
good labeling is a must as well to use them, try labeling like this
Green Solid and so on
now for some storage ideas, i apologize if this is all disjointed, but it is late and i'm a little tired
1. If you have a clip it up system, you can use clear page protectors one for each color and hang it, that way you can see them all and just spin it around to find the color you want. this would work for their wall mounts as well, maybe even better for the wall mounts Clip It Up || Simply Renee Clip It Up || Simply Renee
2.use a large binder filled with page protectors, you can get one that zipper closed as well as the traditional top loading ones and then they are all close by as well.
Scraps, I have so so many. I started out keeping them sorted by color in ziplock bags and then in boxes 1 for solid, 1 for pattern scraps, but soon just got lazy and they got all bunched together. I have them in a sterilite 2 drawer container right now. 1 drawer for solid color, other for pattern scraps. I forget what i have though and constantly use a new piece of paper for the cricut or matts, when I should be hitting the scrap drawer first. (bad bad Bek) - so this is a definite area I'll be working on organizing better. (drop the whip, Carrie, I WILL get to it . . . one of these days )
I do love that clip it up system, but just knew it could be done cheaper. and before I even decided to play myself, I knew another crafty lady has probably already thought of that, So I googled "make you own clip it up system" - I really love google Check this link out ladies - Paper Pastime: "El Cheapo" Clip it Up!!!!