I have my patterned papers stored in drawers sorted by theme, my cardstock is in a paper box, my large patterned scraps are in another box and my small scraps, patterned and cardstock are stored in three ring binders sorted by color and then each color broken down into patterned or cardstock.
I sort by manufacturer because that is how I think about my pattern paper.
I started out sorting by theme because when I first started scrapbooking that's how I scrapbooked -- Christmas, Halloween, Boy, Girl, etc... But after awhile my style changed and I started scrapbooking more every day life stuff so I switched to sorting by color. That was OK but I found that I always gravitated to the same color families and wasn't using a range of paper.
When Basic Grey came along and introduced "lines" of paper and embellishments I started thinking about all my supplies in terms of brand. I switched to sorting by brand and it's worked for me ever since.
I have 4 Paper Racks...one is solids, the others I have my Packs (like DCWV MME PS etc) and the other one places where I buy them bc I buy alot from Big Lots, Tuesday Morning and Dollar Tree etc. I actually use alot of their paper and it is super cheap. I also have a 12 x 12 rolling cart that I keep all of my holiday paper in.
I use the vertical storage and have mine separated out in solids and patterns, then by color or holiday/special occasion. However, as I now sometimes buy lines of products with the embellishments to match, I want to store those items together, so I don't forget that I have ribbons, brads, stickers, etc. to go with that particular paper. So I'm going to have to expand my storage a bit as well.
I store my collections (matching paper & embellies) in Slim Cases from Joann's; they're clear, about an inch thick and hold quite a bit, but there isn't so much room that all the embellies are moving around. I keep ten of these upright in a basket, and it's so easy to flip through them and have a whole "kit" at my fingertips...
The rest of my paper is stored with the stack I bought it in or by color in 1" thick clear plastic sleeves, also vertical, in baskets, one for solids and one for patterns.
I am having the same problem. My papers are in Iris containers right now,but my DH is making me a paper shelf,which will hopefully be done soon. I am fine with solids but when it comes to prints, my OCD kicks in and I have a horrible time sorting. A lot of good ideas out there tho!
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I use several different ways - my cardstock and pattern papers are sorted by color in Cropper Hopper vertical storage. For paper collections - I use Recollections or Cropper Hopper paper envelops so I can keep embellies with that paper collect. For stacks like DCWV/MME, etc. I use my Jetmax cubes that has the 3 dividers which makes 4 openings for storing paper!! I hope that helps!!!
i have a rolling file cart with hanging files for my pp. the files are not the 12x12 ones- that way i can just flip through the file without having to take it out and open it and all that. it's just letter size file folders. most of that is sorted by color, but i have a few manufacturers that i am partial to so they get their own special folders.
all my sc is in those cropper hopper vertical storage things.
I keep most all of my solid cardstock in the cropper hopper vertical storage but my patterned paper stacks( like dcwv) together with the matching cardstock stacks and the scraps in 13x13 clear bags next to them. For me it cuts down on the amount of time i spend searching for the matching cardstock. Hope it helps!
i have the white storage container from m's the one that has 4 open shelves... i am VERY slowly creating a whole workstation from that collection... my next purchase will the the big shelf that holds ribbons and containers for flowers, buttons, brads etc... i also use an accordion file for excess paper if needed... i have so much paper right now that it doesn't all fit in the 4 shelves... so i really need to figure out a new way to store it all so i can be satisfied that i am using it all...
I've gotten so much paper that I've just been keeping it in boxes. Recently I found 2 gallon ziploc bags and started using those so I can flip through different catagories to find paper I want, instead of flipping through each different page. It also helps protect the papers. I do the same thing with my photographs. It works for me since I don't have room to have lots of storage.