Username Post: Get Organized Week 4: Cardstock and Paper        (Topic#1587227)
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  • Kels on 04-22-13 09:48 AM

Will your paper supply wallpaper the entire Smithsonian?


 
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I got my email earlier, but luckily for me, my paper is all good. I have it stored in craft carts from the container store. I like them because the "drawers" have lids and keep my paper dust free. It is also all sorted by color!


 
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Email arrived right on time.

My CS and PPs are all organized also. CS and individual PPs are stored in a metal vertical tower and "stacks or pads" are stored on a horizontal shelf standing on edge. I am satisfied with this for now.


 
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E-mail received - thanks! I've just read through it.

I have a question. If I separate my card-stock stacks into ROYBGIV, it won't work for my monthly crops when I have to grab a stack to pack. How do you people manage with crops? Just prepare page kits?

I'm not very good at page kits. When I go to use them, I always have a better idea, or wish I'd chosen a different colour, or remember a perfect paper that I haven't included in it.

My paper and card-stock is pretty organised, I just don't have the containers and proper space. Should I wait until the Kits section in Week 8 before I make changes?


 
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My paper is a mess. I have to figure out how most people sort paper, since I share my room with so many on a weekly basis. Tonight is club night so I guess I will take everyone's opinion and go from there.


 
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Most of my paper is already organized Roy G Biv; cs and pp combined. It's working for me. The only paper I've separated for theme is Christmas/winter. Mainly, that's because I have YET to complete my December Daily from 2012.

The only time I have an issue is when I'm digging through for the right pattern in X color.... only to see the flip side of my pp would have worked perfectly on another project if only I had seen it when I needed it! I was hoping to find a fix for that. Admittedly, I scanned the email at first, so I'll go back and read again. However, it's stopped me from sorting the paper I've acquired in the past couple months. I'm afraid I'll lose it again.

For now, I'll suck it up, re-read for this week and get going on sorting what's out.


 
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I am pretty happy with my paper storage, but I have discovered that how it is sorted is a problem, I have discovered I scrap more by color and right now I store by manufacturer. I still plan on keeping some lines together but most pps I think I want to store by color.

I plan on sorting by the most prominent color on the page (for double sided going off my favorite side if I don't have two pieces) but some have several colors that could be the most dominant color. So my question is For those who already sort that way, how do you sort pps that have several colors that it could be stored under?


 
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I read ahead (at beginning of the week for current week) as I don't get the emails until Friday night. I'm not working ahead as I can't keep at it long before my work table calls to me and I start scrapping, then I read with my left brain, while my right side brain ponders where/what my scrap page needs next. Besides, my back has gotten very sore after spending a whole day at the kitchen table working with my DGD on a school project.

Not that you need to know all that just to lean that my paper is half and half......half messy and half organized. My card stock is horizontal by color, while my PP is vertical by theme, like brights, girly, manly, texture, heritage...., I know by the way I label it what colors and styles will be in there. The papers I do have organized have been working well for me when it comes time to pull for a layout. Of course I do come across a paper that I forgot I had or think, wow, that will work perfectly for......

I have several areas of paper that need to be sorted and put in their proper place, some of it is very new the other is very old. I also started a recycle pile that I will give away.

Back to the stacks!


Edited by Sewflake on 05-22-13 08:53 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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Since I am just unpacking my stuff after three years being boxed up. I am still going to use my CH's BUT not have them lined up along a long table I had purchased some Ikea Expedits in the birch tone and the plastic CH's were a turn OFF.

So, I did what Jill did and spray painted them black (special paint for plastic.) I have ten of them done at a cost of 20.00, but I am off to get more paint to finish. I am trying to think ahead when I purchase or paint as to how I want the room to look. I have two sets of black clothed file drawers and I needed more black for accent

Then find some bookplates.


 
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I really like my patterned paper storage. I keep most of it in file cart. Mostly, it is sorted by color with random themes thrown in.

I also have a few Art Bin Super Satchels in which I store a few select collections that I am planning to use on specific projects.

I do think my pp could stand a bit of purging and switching around but the overall system is great. When I scrap I can take a whole file folder out and search through it until I find the sheet I want and easily return what I don't use for later. That works nicely.

Unfortunately, my cardstock doesn't work for me nearly as well. Most of it is currently in three cute green magazine holders. There are stacks elsewhere though. I like the look and the location (on my big bookshelf) but I don't like the fact that pulling a sheet out and then trying to put it back in when I decide I don't like it) is a hassle.

And although I like them, I don't think I can locate any more space for another file holder either. I even contemplated using portable ones. I don't think expanding folders will hold enough, and the I don't like paper towers because of the bottom of the stack issue. So, I am kind of stuck. They don't make the green magazine holders (I think they were We R Memory Keepers - or something like that.) any more (of course I want the holders to all match) and I can't seem to find anything big enough that isn't plastic. I really don't want to go with that look for this area.

I am beginning to think that I either should invest in different magazine holders (and just deal with the disparity in appearance) or maybe I can find a pretty basket or box that is the right size. I don't know. I guess I am stuck on this project.... for the time being.



 
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  • MommaSaid Said:
Most of my paper is already organized Roy G Biv; cs and pp combined. It's working for me. The only paper I've separated for theme is Christmas/winter. Mainly, that's because I have YET to complete my December Daily from 2012.

The only time I have an issue is when I'm digging through for the right pattern in X color.... only to see the flip side of my pp would have worked perfectly on another project if only I had seen it when I needed it! I was hoping to find a fix for that. Admittedly, I scanned the email at first, so I'll go back and read again. However, it's stopped me from sorting the paper I've acquired in the past couple months. I'm afraid I'll lose it again.

For now, I'll suck it up, re-read for this week and get going on sorting what's out.


^^ That. I never know with double-sided paper how to store it. I've seen some people say to sort it by the dominant side, but it's nearly always the plainer side that I miss, that I would use. I'm not a big pattern girl.

All my paper is stored by collection pack, except for three bags of single sheets. One of those is Christmas, one is ROYGBIV by dominant colour, and the third is for those patterns that don't have a dominant colour, or picture papers.

That works except that I forget to look in the bag of single sheets.

Maybe my system is not so bad after all. Maybe it just needs tidying up and one more box so that it isn't all jammed in together.


 
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  • stick on 05-22-13 01:44 PM
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I'm good with my 12x12 - Cropper Hoppers, patterns by theme, everything else in ROYGBIV order. But what do you all do about 8x8, 6x6, and other small pads and specialty papers?


 
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I have 3 of those decorative photos boxes that hold my 6x6 paper pads. What didn't fit I in those boxes gave to my DIL. I bought a half dozen 8x8 pads a few years back and find I didn't use them as often as I thought I would. They will probably go to my DIL soon.


 
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I haven't found a good way for patterned paper right now it's sorted into lines. Card stock is all in color order


 
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I currently have a 1-cube Expedit (the wall shelf which I put on the floor in the corner next to me) with one box and all my papers and cardstock inside (as seen on the left on the pic of my scrap space).


The problems are:
- the box is really heavy, so either I take it completely out to grab the paper (and then it stays next to the cube, on the floor), or I take it out as much as possible to grab paper without damaging it (doesn't always work). At the moment the box sits next to the cube which bothers me (I bought the cube afterwards so that the box wouldn't be out in the open) and it's right behind my chair so I keep rolling back into it.
- the box is only half full (I don't have that much paper/cardstock) and the thinner packs are "bent" because they have too much space. I put most of my pp in a plastic bag, that stack is big enough not to bend, but the rest does, especially when the paper is thin.
- the other half of the box is mostly empty: only my 2 AC knock outs value kits to avoid the papers sliding and bending too much, but I would prefer to have them with my other punches.

I thought about removing the box entirely and use the Cropper Hopper system instead (easier to take out one holder/pouch at a time), but I have some questions.
- Do the holders/pouches go into an Expedit cube? I think I read somewhere that they were a bit too high and had to be cut a little.
- Can you use only the pouches with dividers, or do the pouches have to be in a paper holder so they hold better? I thought of buying a value pack with 1 holder and 4 pouches, that should be enough for everything (I have about 120 cardstock and 250 patterned papers). I would put my cardstock and Christmas paper in the holder, and divide the patterned paper into the pouches (by brand). Or just use pouches for everything.

What do you think?

Thanks a lot for your feedback


 
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Vanilaa -

I don't have the Cropper Hopper storage system but it seems there is a new style of paper holder out that does fit into the Expedit (or so the product page here says). However, when I checked out the value pack (the paper holder and the pouches and dividers set) they seem to be the older style still. I don't know if the company is planning to make the paper pouches in the new size or not.

I have seen photos somewhere (in my internet searching) of someone using just the paper pouches and saying that they absolutely loved them. Of course if they don't fit your shelf, that won't help you much.

I have included product page links to both the new paper holder and dividers and the older system. You can see that the top is at a different level (lower) in comparison to the paper inside. In addition there seem to be some nice extra finger holds in the newer version for removing the paper holder from the shelf.

Hope that helps some... and that someone with more experience with this product can help with any other answers. Hope you find something that works better in any case.

P.S. I was thinking a box might be nice for storing my cardstock, and now you've got me rethinking it again.



Edited by KatieJo on 05-23-13 01:39 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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Oh... how about a letter sorter or dishwashing rack sort of thing for smaller paper packs?... I suppose it would depend on how many a person has but it was just another idea. I have definitely been thinking out of the box in the storage area lately.

Of course in this case Sewflake's in the box(es) idea sounds good too.


 
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vanilaa I've heard the cropper hoppers will fit the expedite but only just, the shelf height is 13" and the cropper hopper file folder is 13". So with the tabbed dividers it might be an issue.

I sorted through my patterned paper today-only purged 10 sheets! I feel like I should do more, but I really didn't see much I didn't still really like. So now my patterned paper is sorted by color in two of the stacking 3 drawer bins from target. I also sorted out certain themes (baby, holidays, animals, seasons etc) which will go in cropper hoppers I purchased to keep in my closet since I don't access those papers as much.

Cardstock will be going on a slat wall as soon as it is put up in my room so for now that is just living in a pile until it is up.

Having problems figuring out what to do with my 8x8 paper pads, but I'm sure some idea will surface!

So now it is back to clearing the room out and getting ready to paint! But I know exactly where paper will live once I am ready to start putting things back in my room


 
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KatieJo, I really don't think you can tell from the picture. If you are still considering them I would go to a store with a tape measure (I keep one on my key ring) and measure. I hope you find a solution.


 
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Vanilaa, Yes the 1/2in pouch can be used by itself BUT it won't stand by itself. You need something to brace your paper, a bookend like thing. I too would not like my paper on the floor so I understand, is there anything you can put it up on or attach to a wall?

The "new" CH do fit into the Expedit when in doubt measure.


 
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Wow, sorting paper is turning out to be a much bigger job than I had anticipated!! I didn't realize all the little nooks and cubbies I had 8.5x11 papers stored. I am making room in a 4 drawer filing cabinet so at least all my 8x11 papers will be organized into one spot.

12x12 papers are coming along slowly as I had a portion of those organized already and I can still scrap. I will need a few more cropper hoppers, or something similar, to store the 12x12 in a book shelf, that is after I find a new home for the bins of stamps that I have not used this year. A new home within my home for the stamps. Lets not talk about the SU stamps in my bedroom closet that have not seen the light of day for 2 or 3 years. It looks like there is more purging ahead for me!! Lucky DIL! And she will sell on ebay what she does not want.


 
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  • RedSquirrel Said:
  • MommaSaid Said:
Most of my paper is already organized Roy G Biv; cs and pp combined. It's working for me. The only paper I've separated for theme is Christmas/winter. Mainly, that's because I have YET to complete my December Daily from 2012.

The only time I have an issue is when I'm digging through for the right pattern in X color.... only to see the flip side of my pp would have worked perfectly on another project if only I had seen it when I needed it! I was hoping to find a fix for that. Admittedly, I scanned the email at first, so I'll go back and read again. However, it's stopped me from sorting the paper I've acquired in the past couple months. I'm afraid I'll lose it again.

For now, I'll suck it up, re-read for this week and get going on sorting what's out.


^^ That. I never know with double-sided paper how to store it. I've seen some people say to sort it by the dominant side, but it's nearly always the plainer side that I miss, that I would use. I'm not a big pattern girl.

All my paper is stored by collection pack, except for three bags of single sheets. One of those is Christmas, one is ROYGBIV by dominant colour, and the third is for those patterns that don't have a dominant colour, or picture papers.

That works except that I forget to look in the bag of single sheets.

Maybe my system is not so bad after all. Maybe it just needs tidying up and one more box so that it isn't all jammed in together.



I'm considering ignoring most patterns, now. I told DH last night that there are some patterns in my stash that just make me angry. Some companies shall remain nameless, but their ideas of what makes for a good striped paper -- and dotted -- just don't make sense to me. I like my stripes to stick to solid colors; NOT pattern strips. Those, and REALLY tiny dots, make my eyes hurt, and sometimes nauseate me. However, the solids on the other sides work well and make me happy.


 
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Yes, Claytonrk is probably right about the best thing being to measure. But, the only pouches I could find in a store (yes, I've looked at them) were in a box unassembled. I bet someone here would know and be willing to measure if asked. I am pretty sure customer service would be happy enough to do so if asked nicely. They are pretty good like that.

And she is right too about the pouches needing support. I forgot about that. That one image I mentioned seeing did indeed show the use of a metal bookend or something of that sort. I have so many of those floating around my shelves that I forget that not everyone does.

And Momma Said I am so surprised at you... being prejudiced against tiny dotted paper. I am sort of drawn to all polka dotted paper. Since you say the little ones are making you ill, I am now wondering however, if there is just some sort of hypnotizing effect going on causing me to like them and you to feel woozy.

And Mrs Annie S and Sewflake great to hear that you are some progress on your paper stashes!

Hope my chattiness doesn't offend anyone. Just trying to get some conversation so I can here all the great ideas. And find the one I like best for scattered cardstock stash... still a lot stuck on it....


 
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  • vanilaa Said:
I currently have a 1-cube Expedit (the wall shelf which I put on the floor in the corner next to me) with one box and all my papers and cardstock inside (as seen on the left on the pic of my scrap space).


The problems are:
- the box is really heavy, so either I take it completely out to grab the paper (and then it stays next to the cube, on the floor), or I take it out as much as possible to grab paper without damaging it (doesn't always work). At the moment the box sits next to the cube which bothers me (I bought the cube afterwards so that the box wouldn't be out in the open) and it's right behind my chair so I keep rolling back into it.
- the box is only half full (I don't have that much paper/cardstock) and the thinner packs are "bent" because they have too much space. I put most of my pp in a plastic bag, that stack is big enough not to bend, but the rest does, especially when the paper is thin.
- the other half of the box is mostly empty: only my 2 AC knock outs value kits to avoid the papers sliding and bending too much, but I would prefer to have them with my other punches.

I thought about removing the box entirely and use the Cropper Hopper system instead (easier to take out one holder/pouch at a time), but I have some questions.
- Do the holders/pouches go into an Expedit cube? I think I read somewhere that they were a bit too high and had to be cut a little.
- Can you use only the pouches with dividers, or do the pouches have to be in a paper holder so they hold better? I thought of buying a value pack with 1 holder and 4 pouches, that should be enough for everything (I have about 120 cardstock and 250 patterned papers). I would put my cardstock and Christmas paper in the holder, and divide the patterned paper into the pouches (by brand). Or just use pouches for everything.

What do you think?

Thanks a lot for your feedback



I had all of the old cropper hoppers and I had to cut down my hoppers to fit in my expidit. I have all of my cardstock in them.


 
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Yes, Claytonrk is probably right about the best thing being to measure. But, the only pouches I could find in a store (yes, I've looked at them) were in a box unassembled. I bet someone here would know and be willing to measure if asked. I am pretty sure customer service would be happy enough to do so if asked nicely. They are pretty good like that.

And she is right too about the pouches needing support. I forgot about that. That one image I mentioned seeing did indeed show the use of a metal bookend or something of that sort. I have so many of those floating around my shelves that I forget that not everyone does.

And Momma Said I am so surprised at you... being prejudiced against tiny dotted paper. I am sort of drawn to all polka dotted paper. Since you say the little ones are making you ill, I am now wondering however, if there is just some sort of hypnotizing effect going on causing me to like them and you to feel woozy.

And Mrs Annie S and Sewflake great to hear that you are some progress on your paper stashes!

Hope my chattiness doesn't offend anyone. Just trying to get some conversation so I can here all the great ideas. And find the one I like best for scattered cardstock stash... still a lot stuck on it....



Haha! My eyes have been impacted negatively by a combination of mean meds and late night screen staring. On a bad day, I can't even watch my son go off to school, if he chose a bright red shirt.... or any bright colors/stripes/etc.


 
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Hmm, in the process of organizing all my paper, I took on the personality of my six-year-old son. I pulled out three sheets that could work with a set of photos I'd been holding onto. Now I'm scrapping instead of organizing. Ack! LOL!


 
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I have all of my paper sorted, all I need now is some organizers to put it in. Guess I will head out to the store with all of the Memorial Day sales going on to see what I can find.

I did learn a couple of things while sorting, 1. I have more Christmas paper than I have Christmas pictures. 2. Green is the main solid color I purchase then don't use! Wonder if I was saving it for all that Christmas paper??


 
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PS Anne, thats when I get my best scrapping ideas...when I'm suppose to be doing something else.


 
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Anne, I definitely wouldn't feel bad at all about scrapping instead of organizing... I think the whole point of this was to set us up so that we could and would scrap more. And you'll probably get it pretty organized eventually.


Edited by KatieJo on 05-27-13 07:07 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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I stayed sane during all of the organizing by scrapping layouts (while sitting at the kitchen table). I'd get relaxed, recharged and then get back to work.

My 6x6 and 8x8 paper (and packs) are in a fabric bin on the shelf with all of my embellishment bins. I think these paper sizes were the most frustrating supplies to find a storage solution for. I'm serious, and so interested in what you all find.

If you're into vintage storage I tried an old bread box (the kind with the hinged lid on the top) and it worked, though I didn't end up using it because of limited wall space. It would be fun so see one hanging on the wall--screwed to the wall with screws through the bottom so the lid would swing down when opened up.


 
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Thank you so much everyone for your answers and help! I bought paper pouches yesterday and will give them a go. If they don't fit the Expedit, I can store the pouches on another shelf (where my 8.5x11 cardstock is) or cut them a little. I'm really excited to try them!
I'll use a basket with my 6x6 pads or my BIA as book end. If it doesn't work, I'll rearrange a bit, I have another spot where they could fit.
Thanks again for your help!


 
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Okay call me crazy...after I realized how much of a Paper mess I really had...I couldn't go in the studio without wanting to tear it apart. So I did to an extent. I took every piece of paper out of my scrap room, including all scraps and put them in the middle of the living room floor. Found some cardboard boxes that I could cut to resemble the cropper hopper and started sorting by ROY G BIV and a few extra categories, glitter paper, sheet protectors, etc. Then I had to call in the reinforcements (my mother) and by the end of the day my aunt too. We worked for two days on this...didn't realize how much paper we really have. I am afraid my family might turn me over to a hoarders TV show soon. A few more tweeks to the paper wall tonight and I will post a new photo. I appreciate all the great ideas everyone is posting in here, it helped and inspired me!


 
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I'm happy to say all of my paper is sorted and stored! I'm searching for the perfect basket for my 8x8 and 6x6 pads but I know where they will be stored when I am ready to move back into my studio! Right now almost all of my room is pulled out and sorted I just have two more pieces of furniture to move but need DH's help for that. But for now two walls are painted and the rest should be done tonight! I'm hoping Thursday I can start moving furniture and paper back in and I will be all caught up to this week! Super excited to really get moving on this project finally!


 
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Ooooh! Great to hear about the progress being made!

I spent some of today working on my stamp inventory. I'm still stuck on cardstock sorting until I find the right storage pieces.



 
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I posted my paper storage in another forum a while ago, but thought I'd add it here too because it works so well for me, is cheap and easy to replicate!
My 12x12 paper is stored in old USPS postal boxes. I covered the fronts of the boxes with cute scrapbook paper and added labels. The cardstock is sorted by color. Patterned paper was a little harder for me to sort. Some of it I sorted by manufacturer, because to me, some manufacturers just have a distinct style and I will pull it for a particular layout I have in mind. Other patterned paper is sorted by theme and/or color. I also have 8.5x11 cardstock in a file cabinet. Smaller cardstock packs, like 6x6 or 8x8 and some mat stacks are in photo boxes. Here's a photo of my 12x12 storage.

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While we were living in our trailer I loaned my paper shelf to a friend I get it back tomorrow. So I will be sorting my paper again. i can't wait.... It is so nice having the shelves. I got them from a scrap booking store.


 
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I just finished reading the week 4 email and perusing this forum thread for eveyone's input. I don't have a lot of paper to sort through, it's just that I keep scraps with it in "page planner" thingies. I don't have any other storage for paper yet so I'm hesitant to even start.

I think I have some boxes I can at least separate the scraps by size, then I can always keep the 12x12 paper in the current holders until I can move it permanently. There are several really good ideas here and in the email so it will just be a matter of making a decision and looking at the budget.

My 8x8 and 6x6 pads are currently in a basket. That works ok for now, not ideal, and I want to change the location. I like the idea of a metal or wire letter sorter for those, sounds like it would work very well.

I'll post again after the big sort, which should be done over the weekend.


 
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I've sorted my paper! That feels sooooooo good.


 
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Yay Rosie!


 
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No my paper and cardstock won't wallpaper the whole Smithsonian but it might do a good start.....

I did a purge a while back and got rid of alot of my paper.

I gave 3 iris paper containers full to my daughter and another good size stack to a friend. I still have a bunch.... I really didn't think I had that much left but as I am standing in my craft room sorting all the paper I am finding I stilll have a ton....

I love paper and with the cricut I know I will go through a lot of paper. I have gone through alot since Christmas. I thought I had used more then I have though.


 
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In response to Kels

So, life happened and I fell a bit behind. The end of the school year always seems so busy.

I just got my pp and cs sorted, I decided to put the cs with the same color pp. I don't know that will be the final decision, but until I have some time to play in my room, I won't know how it works.

I still have it stored horizontally in a wire paper rack that I found when a scrapbooking store was rearranging it's displays. It works for now, but when I can work it into the budget (or piece it together from good sales) I would like to move to a vertical system using the cropper hoppers in the cube shelves as some others have been using (and it will fit in the same spot my paper is in now, so I don't have to rearrange the furniture again).

I didn't realize it until this class, but I basically make kits to put together when I have time later. So when I am working, I will pull out the same stack of paper 4-5 times as the 7 kits I am working on evolve into the final color scheme. If the papers are not exactly lined up or if I am not careful, I catch the corners of the paper on the wires as I put them back in.

Now to see if I can catch up on the lessons, or at least keep pace from here.



 
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Well, most of you are miles ahead of me, but in the last 2 weeks I have been working on cleaning off more shelves, bagging things up and working on current hot messes, that includes this week's CS and PP. So, I had all my CS in a CM paper tote, but I wanted to be able to use that for toting my paper to any crops, events (if and when I ever get to go to one again) and vacations that I think I will actually get scrapping time during :). So, all my pp was in the one and only cropper Hopper system that I own. I took everything out of both containers and started making piles of color regardless if it was CS or PP it went in its color pile, the exception to this was my collections that I have together, I wanted to keep those separate. I don't have anywhere close to the amount of paper I have heard people talk about, obviously if I only own 1 CH right? After doing my ROYGBIV piles I added white, crèmes/browns, grey, pink, black, vellum (which I have plain , colored, and patterned) and multicolored. Then I took my CH system apart, giving my self 5 hoppers. I took 2 of the smaller "pouches" and divided them into sections red and red patterned, orange and orange patterned in 1 and yellow, yell. pp, green & green pp into the other. Then I took the main hopper since it was bigger and put in the rest of the rainbow with dividers between the CS and that colored pp. I also had room for another divider and my Colorbok collections. I still had 2 more small pouches, in the first is my K & Co. & Bo Bunny collections, In the last one I have DCWV, all my Vellum and lastly my multi-colored PP. Now, my only problem is that I was not able to organize the PP by theme after sorting by color because I ran out of space and dividers, some colors at this time, like red, it doesn't matter because I only have 2 pieces of pp, but I'm hoping that will change soon. So my goal when I can go shopping again is to purchase more cropper Hopper systems. Also for lack of organizing materials I did not pull apart my New Tim Holtz collection, I have it standing at the end of my last hopper Pouch along with a pack of 8x11 white cardstock that I did not feed in. I don't have many 8x11's except for this pack of white I bought and a few loose sheets because I don't use them, they were given to me (the colored ones) I usually stick to 12x12.At this time the only other thing I put on the shelf was a clear plastic basket that now holds the 3 8x8 stacks I have and a few 8x8 kits that were sent to me in swaps on here. So for now, until funds change my paper is done! Whew!!


 
RedSquirrel UK
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In response to Scrap Chica

Yay for you Laura! Have you tried scrapping with it in that system yet? That will be the proof of the pudding.


 
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In response to RedSquirrel UK

Not yet, I do have a challenge due, so I will be working on it tonight, we will see


 
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In response to claytonrk

I just bought at Lowes a small low to the ground white wooden shelf Two shelves. FOR NOW that is where I store all of my paper and it sucks sort of!!
REALLY want a cropper hopper or scrapbook.com's clear 55.00 dollar paper holder!!!


 
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All good ideas!!!
I have about 10 pads of pp and that is IT!!!
I am super low on paper right now bc half of that big stack is halloween, winter, christmas (2).
I am on a tight budget now so I need affordable ideas. Thinking of getting the display dynamics from this site (clear and lipless) suggestions??


 
snoflake517
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In response to mindygail

I love the look of cropper hoppers, but they are way out of my budget. Someone suggested getting free Priority Mail boxes from the US Post Office (I got these: Priority Mail Box O-1092, size: 12 1/4" x 13 11/16" x 2 7/8"). Free to have them shipped to my house.

I created a template to cut them to be shaped like the cropper hoppers and then cut them down using a razor blade. It was actually pretty easy, fairly quick (creating the template was the hardest part) and I got ten free paper holders!

They are pretty sturdy and I think will work quite nicely. And if they don't work for me, then at least I didn't spend lots (or any) money. Now I just need to make them pretty.


Edited by snoflake517 on 07-12-13 01:04 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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  • rimes on 07-24-13 03:44 AM
In response to snoflake517

I am loving this 'Get Organized' course. I am actually feeling excited about scrapping again. I am doing the week by week (ok maybe fortnightly rather than weekly lol)and seeing my 'Studio' of my dreams (ok still in my head but its happening).

I have one Cropper Hopper 12x12 paper holder and have decided this will be the best thing for my cardstock. I cut off 2cm from the top to make it fit into my Expedit shelving.
I have just ordered 4 more Paper holders online which each include 6 plastic dividers. They are not 'Cropper Hoppers' but are the same price with an extra 5 plastic dividers (better value).

I have mainly Creative Memories card stock and I have opened every pack and put all of the colours in their own pile. I have so far only sorted Blue, Yellow and Orange (green next). I have put the corresponding scrap pieces of cardstock in a ziplock bag and paper clipped it to the plastic divider in the cropper hopper. I think this will work for me as I always forget where my 'scraps' are. This way they are WITH the 12 x 12 cardstock.
I will sort my Bazzil and Kaisercraft cardstock in colour order ROYGBIV and keep them in a separate Cropper Hopper.
Hopefully my 12 x 12 paper holders arrive this week.
I hope people keep posting on these boards as I love reading what everyone else is doing

Edited to add ... Most of my patterned paper is bought and filed in themes - ie Horses, Motocross, Fishing/Camping, School Days, Girly Stuff so it is already filed in drawers with embellishments and memorabilia that goes with it. Any other patterned paper will be sorted in dominant colour ROYGBIV in another 'Cropper Hopper' paper holder.
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Edited by rimes on 07-24-13 04:06 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
teresatjp
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In response to Kels

Help... I've been on vacation a while and now realize I should have saved the organizing emails from earlier and did not. How can I go back and save this material?
I deleted the email while gone.


 
RedSquirrel UK
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Have you any of the e-mails left? Check your Trash? If not, when the next e-mail comes through, at the bottom of each is a link to the complete class material. Click on that and you can download the complete class and save it to your computer.


 
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  • RedSquirrel Said:
Have you any of the e-mails left? Check your Trash? If not, when the next e-mail comes through, at the bottom of each is a link to the complete class material. Click on that and you can download the complete class and save it to your computer.



I haven't been able to figure out how to download the entire series. I have the first 2 mails but I don't see a place to download - help?


 
RedSquirrel UK
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  • Cherene Said:
  • RedSquirrel Said:
Have you any of the e-mails left? Check your Trash? If not, when the next e-mail comes through, at the bottom of each is a link to the complete class material. Click on that and you can download the complete class and save it to your computer.



I haven't been able to figure out how to download the entire series. I have the first 2 mails but I don't see a place to download - help?


I just looked back at my e-mails. The first two e-mails don't include the link to the whole course, but the third week onwards all do. Are you still getting them? Look right at the bottom of the latest, and it should say "(Want to jump ahead? Download the complete class)". "Download the complete class" is a link to the full course content.


 
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In response to snoflake517

What a great idea!


 
Cherene
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No I haven't received #3, that is the problem. I seem to have dropped off the email list and I am trying to get back on - of course I am ready for week 3 and chomping the bit to get going on things. Anyway you can send the link?


 
RedSquirrel UK
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Sure Cherene, if you PM me your e-mail address, I can forward the Week 3 e-mail to you.

But I also suggest you report the non-receipt in the Tech Issues thread that Megan set up, then they'll be able to investigate what's going wrong. Stupid question, but you have checked your spam folder, haven't you? Sorry - I had to ask!


 
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I read through this week and thought to myself "I really need to look at stuff in the SB store and decide what I want to do in the little space I have." Then my daughter helped me decide. Two of those cropper hoppers that expand look terrific and will probably fit on my shelf on my desk. I hope they will. I'm gonna ask my husband to do some measuring. Plus those containers for stickles and small embellishments will be perfect (but that's a different week anyway).

Now to the daunting task of figuring out how to sort all the papers and cardstock that I have. I try and then I get tired of figuring out the patterned paper. And then I realize I have some ugly papers from when I first started scrapping.


 
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In response to grandmamichelf

Can someone please forward Week 4 to me? I am unable to download Weeks 1-4 and really want Week 4. Thank you in advance. [email protected]


Edited by Susan C on 01-23-14 06:44 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
mroberts3
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Had a good week playing with paper - I LOVE playing with paper. Mine was already organized by color (card stock and patterned together, since that's how I use them) and a few themes (travel, sports, birthday, and a few more), using a Cropper Hopper. I had dividers (had saved all of the covers from blocks of paper, plus had some cardboard the right size) with tabs in the front showing the colors and themes, but they were always getting pushed back in and just weren't easy to see, so this week I moved all the tabs to the top - much easier to see! After reading these posts, I realize I didn't deal with my smaller paper (mat stacks and so on); they're not sorted and just dumped in a box. So here I go!


 
Livlaughnscrap
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In response to mroberts3

Soooo... I froze on this week 4 class about sorting paper! Need to do... but need more Cropper Hopper storage... so frozen here!


 
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In response to Livlaughnscrap


I thought I had my papers organized quite well and that this weeks challenge would be finished quickly.... Ha! I was sooooo wrong! I have also discovered that I need more storage. I am using this:

http://www.ikea.com/se/sv/catalog/product s/30151808/

I like it a lot. I have removed the top drawer since the 12 x 12 papers are to high, and I love to see the papers. Hiding is not for me!

Now I need another one, because I would like to sort by color with each color divided into three categories: cardstock, special papers (like papers with glitter on them) and patterned paper. Doing it that way takes up more space, since I am storing cardstock Cropper Hoppers today. I guess I will have to make a temporary solution since I cant afford a visit to IKEA right now....



 
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In response to Scrapprinsessan

Hi! I also thought I had my papers organized quite well but I was also wrong. I noticed that I had not organized all my cardstock from packs into my system thus not using it. I have my papers in plastic three draw cubes sperated by color.


 
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  • Kels Said:
Will your paper supply wallpaper the entire Smithsonian?



LOL


 
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In response to avidpapercrafter

I just need to organize it a bit more..Join some of the new paper with what I have already in Irises and cubes. Also to sort cardstock into colors with individual sheets. Put into one area. Working on this currently.

Mine cardstock and Printed Paper is pretty massive..it might cover a few rooms and hallways...lol.


 
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