For some reason I can't stop buying paper that I will never use...I have a stack of paper a foot tall now and I started scrapping a few months ago. How can paper stack up that fast? And I know there is no way I am ever going to use it all, so why do I feel impelled to buy it? Are all scrapbookers like this?
I scrap a lot (goal - 8 pages today, 5 done) and I do not like to stop to go for more paper or supplies so I keep a huge stack of paper on hand - if I stacked it up it would probably be close to 5' of patterned and 3' of cardstock.
I love having that much becuase I scrap every day I'm not out of town - sometimes all day every day for weeks at a time and I always have the perfect paper in my stash. I like that a lot. It is so convenient.
I shop on line a lot between 3 places but only for things I like. What I need to scrap most of the rest of my life is right here!
Henri, I only just made it to my M's and they were sold out of the atg refills, but they were $9.99 for 2 rolls!!! Not sure how my hubby got them so cheap the last time, even with the coupons they would be close to what you pay with that other site...
And, it just keeps piling up, and up, and up! I FINALLY went through all my papers-have stuff from the 1990's I made an effort (hard thought it was) to ask myself "will I ever use this" Needless to say, I have a mound of paper, embellishments, etc that I KNOW I will never use. Now, what to do with it???? I gave it to a local grade school! They were over joyed! With budgets being cut in the arts it was a great gift. I loved seeing the teachers that were in the office when I deliverd it going through it!
Oh that is what it's all about...there will never be too much paper.
Ok - I know that isn't true in the rest of the world but in Scrapland that's what it's all about.
What do you call a foot high stack of scrap book paper?
A good start.
I completely agree... its not easy to get rid of the need to buy the pretty paper... lol I probably have 6-7 feet of patterned paper and that is without touching my cardstock both 8 1/2 by 11 and 12 by 12... shoot I have 4 1/2 crates of paper pads... then there is all the individual sheets... oh and i am waiting for an order lol
That's the price for the ATG refills for my Michaels too. I have to find out if the frame shop is now one or two rolls per box and that will make the difference of whether I order from there again. If the price is comparable I'd rather order 24 boxes or 48 rolls at once.
I have mine sorted into themes and then 3 huge bins of misc. patterned paper. I just take out the right pack if I want theme like flowers or holidays.
If I just want a nice paper that looks good I can grab any of the misc. bins and take 5 minutes to find one I like with it. Once I find one I really like with it I quit looking and move on to something else so its not much of a task matching papers to the layout.
i have this really cool expander thing that my mother in law bought me in 09, so i'm converting it back to paper, i was using it for pics, but now that i'm getting a bigger stash again, i'll be using it for my paper again. that will make it so much easier for me. I'll probably try to find a few more of those and do them by collections, colors, then other patterns will go by color and in a print only expanding file. in fact, i think i might even do one just for holiday theme papers LOL here i go gettign crazy.... then i have smaller ones that i will do my 8.5 by 11 papers, and another one for 8 by 8 and 6 by 6.
I have 4 of the 12x12 plastic 3 drawer storage things from walmart... then I have 3 portable paper carriers and 2 paper racks from a scrapbooking store that closed for 12x12 then I have one rack for 8 1/2 x 11
How do you file way that much paper? Getting my paper out to look through it is now a backbreaking task.
You'll want to break it into categories that make sense to you--by theme, pattern, color, whatever. Base it on how you think when you're looking for something; do you say, "I need some blue here," or do you say, "I need a stripe here"? and go that route.
And, as scrappy addictions, go, at least paper isn't the most expensive one you could have!
True Story Gem Girl... my most pricey scrappy addictions is die cutter... I have a cameo, a vagabond, and a grand mark and no shortage of cutting files or dies... it would be the most pricey part of my habbit... i mean hobby
I don`t have nearly as much paper as others on here, I don`t think....although, maybe it would be a foot tall if I stacked it all up.
But I NEED that much....some is halloween, some Christmas, some birthday, some kids stuff, some summer themed, winter themed etc...and then there`s all the pretty cs....
Once a year, I purge all my supplies...if I haven`t used it or no longer like it, it gets put in the purge box. Some things I take to our local children`s hospital for crafts, some I give to my friends, some I sell at a LSS garage sale...
I never keep stuff around if it is really old and I haven`t used it or if for some reason, I just don`t like it anymore and don`t think I will use it....
Then, I buy more supplies, yay!
I always thought that I could never have to much paper....well now I have approx 15 ft of paper in bin stored upright, I think someone side 1" is equal to 100 sheets and maybe half that much at our other place.
I have finally got to a point where I rarely buy paper and I don't mind cutting any of it up and using it. I used to hoard all my awesome paper til I realized that it was all awesome and I wasn't getting anything made.
My new goal is to actually use it and hopefully see some of my stock go down but that is gonna take a while.
I am not neccessarily over the stingy it's all mine stage where I would ever consider sharing a piece with a friend from time to time as I am still attached to each sheet.
I store my pp in like colors and paper collections that I purchased together. Cardstock is store same all blues, greens, etc.
Not to back breaking they are stored in 3 ft latchable totes that slide out fairly easy on the carpet.
Staying away from the Scrappy store for a good part of the year has helped some and because I have way to much it hasn't been to hard. My selection is actually better than the stores. Love shopping my own store.
I would probably do things a little different if I was just starting out now.
your off to a good start, alot of us have loads of paper, its part of the scrapping addiction. I know I have way way too much paper. Me and mom have even purged our piles. I believe we have about 5 to 6 feet of paper 12x12 wise. Then we have a foot or so of 8x11. then there is smaller paper packs, 8x8, 6x6 and 4x6 stacks. We have like 2 feet of those smaller packs....lol.
I totally understand. I periodically go through and stuff I really hate and will never use I give away but I keep most of it. I like shopping here instead of having to go out and buy things. I only like to shop when I want things but don't like running out when I have to have something.
My dh built me a paper shelf using wire cubie thingies and zip ties...approximately 24 shelves each about 2 inches thick.. and each shelf is getting FULL of paper. all 12x12...and then I have about 6 of those clear plastic 12x12 containers full of paper by brands...Bo Bunny, Basic Grey, Graphic 45, cardstock, DCWV pads, and one just of Christmas papers...
and then I have a stack or two of 8x8's and 6x6's...
as the saying goes..
"The more...the merrier-I AM!"
I've only just started scraping and I alread have an insane amount of paper. I Love it! I will say, I think I have done a pretty good job of buying paper I will actually use. Not just because it's beautiful, but because I want it for a specific project.
Sometimes, when go shopping, I am actually happy there is nothing new that I want! Is that crazy?
I just put some paper on my wishlist. I even put the new farmhouse paper on there too. I know some of them will work great with my heritage albums some are 12x12 and one 6x6 pad of paper. I might buy them but just might wait not sure yet. I saw a layout of heritage page. Using some basic grey pattern paper and really liked it. So looked it up I guess it is a paper pack and put in my wishlist too.
I guess everyone right when you buy paper you can't stop, lol.
Wow...I don't feel so bad about my paper stash anymore!!! My scrapping buddies give me such a hard time...so I am gonna send them a link to this thread...LOL!! I have about six feet of paper on one shelf, four feet of cardstock on another and a couple of crates with paper pads. Mainly I am paranoid about not having the perfect match of cardstock when I need it and we don't have a LSS...so I tend to buy lots when I am in Joanns or there is a good sale online of cardstock pads. And I can never resist beautiful patterned paper!! One good thing...if we are scrapping at my house and someone needs paper..I can almost always find what they need in my stash!! Sometimes I have to hunt for a while to find what I need, but then while I am looking I always discover something I had forgotten about. I am also nuts for flowers and butterflies...so I have a lot of those too. My goal for this next year is to start making my own flowers. After seeing the flowers and tutorials on this blog.."What a Beautiful Mess"...I am determined to use some of her techniques. My pages will never look like hers...but at least I can add some of her ideas.
I shopped for paper for many years and developed a great stash! Now I have not bought much paper or cardstock for about 2 years---with the exception of white or off white when needed. I have swapped with other scrappers occasionally. My stash has shrunken but I still have plenty and am scrapping, cardmaking and other paper crafts as well as have giver away a fair amount to people who needed something or local school or daycare. I like to be able to help somebody else like that so they can create cool things too!! It is really fun to not need paper, but if I had $ to spend I would not hesitate to shop for some new and different paper! I also do love to take a sheet of plain paper and make my own patterned paper with rubber stamps or stickers too, just depends on my mood at any time I definitely LOVE paper and cardstock!!!