I usually organize my supplies by color, including my paper. Recently I have been buying more paper stacks and am wondering if I should leave them or take apart. For those who use paper stacks, do you take them apart or keep together? If you keep them assembled, when you need paper do you look through all of your stacks for something to match?
I typically leave them together. The solid-colored stacks (like the Neutrals stack below) go on one shelf of the metal rack where I keep my solid cardstocks and one-predominant-color papers (though stripes/dots/plaids go elsewhere, regardless of color). I pull those stacks out when my search for a specific color elsewhere has failed me.
The themed stacks go on a shelf in a different rack with the rest of my paper in that theme. For example, the Snack Stack below would go with the rest of my food and cooking papers, while Tattered Time sits on one shelf with the Timeless Type stack, as they coordinate decently together and make up the entirety of my vintage-style papers. The major exception to this for me is the DCWV Photo Real stacks, in which the papers aren't meant to coordinate with each other, so those I do take apart and categorize to be filed with the rest of the papers from the various themes.
I buy lots of stacks and leave them together because they are already matched by theme and are coordinated to go together. I've seen other people say they tear them apart. I don't think that would work for me. Mine are standing like books on a shelf where I can rifle through them easy. My single sheet paper and packs are in two of these cropper hoppers on the same shelves. I also do not pull apart coordinated packs.
Currently, I am working from two milk crates of paper, sorted by ROYGBIV, then by theme. Most of the stacks are themed anyway, Holiday, Food, boys, dogs, Romance, etc. I keep them together until they are falling apart (as I rip the pages to use) and then they get sorted by color. But since implementing this system in November, I have bought about 6 more stacks, and some don't fit any category so far. I will just put them in "cardstock" for now!! When I am searching for a particular paper, I go to color first, then look at the stacks individually. Since I am a Got-a-little compared to some on this forum, I still have a general idea what is in each stack and can find stuff pretty easily!
I keep the stacks together because the papers are all coordinate, plus many of them also have coordinated tags, borders and frames. Once a stack has been used to the point of still having only a few sheets, they can be separated and incorporated into the rest of my cardstock using the ROYGBIV organization system.
Speaking for myself, I don't really adhere strictly to ROYGBIV - I combine orange and yellow into one group and eschew indigo as a separate group entirely. I also typically keep pink with purple instead of red, and put vellums, glitter papers, and other specialty papers in a separate section regardless of color. What I do adhere strictly to are the categories I keep my themed and patterned papers sorted by.
I keep everything together in it's origional packaging. If I buy by the sheet, patterned paper is sorted by theme. Cardstock I always by loose by the sheet and I seperate that by color.
I'm not great at matching patterned papers from different lines yet so when I buy a patterned paper stack I keep it together so it's easier to keep that line of paper together and am assured those patterned papers will match each other.
But eveyone is different and I hope you get some good ideas and figure out a system that works for you.
My stacks stay intact too. It's just easier for me to co-ordinate the colours and patterns, since they are already designed to work together.
My single sheets are by colour, kind of, but not in rainbow order. Rainbows don't have brown or pink, metallics, black or white. I put them in the order that the colours tone. Many are hard to categorise. The papers which don't have a predominant colour are all together in a different bag.
I keep mine together because they're already coordinated and I tend to mix a few different patterns on a LO so having them color coordinated is a great plus for me. Also, when I have scraps left over, I put them in a page protector with the paper pack so when I need just a little piece to coordinate, it's easy to find instead of having to cut up a new 12 x 12.
If I buy single sheets of paper, I make it a point to buy a few sheets from the same collection for the same reason.
When I first started out, I bought single papers and now they're all in a cropper hopper and I almost never go there to get paper. That just doesn't work for the way I scrap.
Guess I don't have that problem because I don't purchase the stacks. I tend to have too many pages "left over" that I don't like and won't use when I get stacks. I do like the idea of the colors being pre-matched, but after weighing how many sheets were ending up never used, I decided it wasn't really money-wise for me.