Organizing Paper Scraps

We crafters keep everything because we know we’ll find a use for it…someday. While I’ve gotten better about my hoarding tendencies, I definitely keep paper scraps. When I begin a project, that’s the first place I go instead of to my new card stock. Unless I know I need a whole piece.

I have some of what I call “drawer towers.” These are from Best Scrapbook Organizer. I have these. I have them stacked three high, so there are six of them. (I got mine about ten years ago when I got a big tax return.)

I’m using the 1″ drawers for scraps. (I have 1″, 2″ and 3″ deep drawers for various items.) I used the Small Oval Punch (120908) to cut a piece of each color card stock, then adhered the pieces to the drawer fronts, along with a label stating the color name. I have mine in color order, but you may prefer alphabetical, or even color families (Brights, Subtles, Regals, Neutrals.)

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Another great way to organize your scraps is in a file box/drawer, with a hanging file for each color. When I was thinking about doing it this way, I planned to run a sheet of 8-1/2 x 11 card stock in each color through my printer, printing the color name on each sheet. Then I would cut them out and put them in the clear file folder tabs. For the dark colors, I would probably write the color names with my White Uni-Ball Signo Gel Pen (105021.)

For DSP, I have a clear bag with each set to hold scraps. The DSP Stacks each have a 1″ drawer in which I keep the stack and the scraps.

When I have useable scraps of ribbon, I put those in the same drawers as the paper scraps.

How do you have your scraps organized?

Thanks for stopping by today, and Sweet Stamping!

Die Storage

I’ve been working on my new Stamping Studio for a while now. For my dies and embossing folders, I’m using an old dresser/buffet I already had. It’s very sturdy, and has large drawers. I’d prefer something prettier with smoothly gliding drawers – these are just wood sliding along wood and very heavy. Whatever I get must be as sturdy and functional as this.

The top is perfect as a Big Shot Station.

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(Those are some still to be assembled Kallax inserts underneath.)

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I’m using the Big Shot Die Storage boxes to organize everything within the drawers.

At left are my embossing folders (TIEF) and thin dies (Thinlits, Framelits, Edgelits.) In the center two boxes are my Bigz & Originals Dies and Embosslits. At right are my platforms and clear plates.

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I’d love to hear from you! How do you organize your Big Shot items? 

Thanks for stopping by today, and Sweet Stamping!

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