Username Post: Paper Sorting... Impossible!        (Topic#1593329)
Frau_Cooney
Diva
Posts: 5238
Joined: 07-13-05
Frau_Cooney

Ok, so I need to sort my paper. It used to be sorted by color, but then I started buying more stacks and I sort of like keeping those together. But then I also thought I should separate it into boy, girl, and grown up. And separate out certain holiday/event/season things. And then....

Well, as you can guess, I am pretty confused right now! I did review the lesson on paper and cardstock from the scrapbook organization course. They make it sound easy, but I am completely paralyzed!

I would love to hear how you organize and why it works for you.

Thanks, Jane (Frau)


 
CrimsonMama
Mayor
Posts: 14536
Joined: 07-17-11
CrimsonMama
In response to Frau_Cooney

We discuss this a lot because it's something everyone struggles with. I buy a lot of pads, so since those are collections, I do not separate. I find those easy to flip though to find what I am looking for. I do have them arranged by, vintage, holiday, etc. so it's somewhat arranged by topic.

My single sheet paper, I have arranged some by topic like, motorcycle, football, dog. I have all of my Graphic 45 together. I keep kits all together and I like to put those in a big ziplock to keep it all together.

I know this is crazy, it probably sounds confusing.

Then I keep all of the solid cardstock together.

Ok, I'm probably just confusing you! LOL

I have three of these cropper hoppers for my single sheet.
Products Referenced in This Post:


 
3LittleLadies
Resident
Posts: 139
Joined: 01-19-11
3LittleLadies
In response to CrimsonMama

I keep my 6x6 pads in a wire basket organized by designer, and keep the basket on top of my desk.

I keep my 12x12 paper in an armoire. The pads are kept together on the top shelf. The single sheets are sorted by theme (Halloween, Christmas, Cardstock, ect) or designer (Crate Paper, Basic Grey, October Afternoon, ect) in Iris boxes. Then I stack the Iris boxes in the armoire.

I even keep my paper scraps in an Iris box and stack it in the armoire.


 
scrapchica
Guru
Posts: 2524
Joined: 09-29-06
scrapchica
In response to 3LittleLadies

12x12 I have my solid cardstock sorted by basic ROYGBIV and then patterned cardstock sorted with same basic colors. I do set aside "special" paper so it's easy to find. I keep it in a cropper hopper and made dividers for each holiday/schooltime/birthd ay/wedding etc. I do have a few paper packs I left intact to keep the color blend right. I just wrote what they were on the glue side. Good luck. I've been rethinking paper storage a lot lately too.


 
aquabunny
Idol
Posts: 4137
Joined: 01-10-10
aquabunny
In response to scrapchica

What CrimsonMama describes is basically how mine is. My solid cardstock is sorted by color (not ROYGBIV, because I don't separate out indigo as a separate color, and because I also have sections for brown, black/white, etc.). Any patterned paper that isn't part of a stack, doesn't have a theme, and has one largely predominant color (blue with dark blue stripes would go here, but blue with prominent green stripes would not, see below) is sorted the same way and goes on the same racks. So all my cardstock and paper of a particular color goes together on the same shelf. This rack also has spots for vellum, specialty papers, and DCWV cardstock stacks, which for some reason I don't take apart and sort into the colored shelves.

Then there's my patterned and themed paper, on a different rack. I'm not exaggerating when I say I sort this into about 20 different categories - baseball, nature, travel, hobbies, science, Christmas, food - all kinds of stuff. One of the categories on this rack is "patterns" - that is, papers without distinct themes, and also without predominant colors. Stripes, plaids, dots, gradients, anything like that.

I typically don't take stacks apart, but just stick them with the rest of their theme, if they have one.


 
Sneezy1956
Guru
Posts: 2904
Joined: 01-10-06
Sneezy1956
In response to aquabunny

I totally understand and right now my paper is a disaster....my whole room is I had it cleaned up ocne upon a time but after the christmas crafting forget it it's totaled.


 
New Kid On the Block
Posts: 11
Joined: 05-29-11
In response to Frau_Cooney

Right now ... I only have my 3 favorite kinds of papers ... lots of Graphic45 and Tim Holtz and some Gina K papers. Each of these in their own folder stored in a clear Iris box file. I can't see buying large paper pads because when I look at them, I only see about 7 or 8 pieces that I really like and then figure the rest would be a waste.
All my textured solid color cardstock is standing up in one pink 'locker crate'.
This seems to be enough paper for me to make my journals.


 
bonprof
Queen
Posts: 28701
Joined: 02-18-13
bonprof
In response to Frau_Cooney

I have 50% of my paper sorted by maker: Bo bunny, Echo park, Creative memories, Graphic 45..and so on. This paper is stored in an iris case rack that i got from target. My stacks also go on this rack. Everything is labeled with a label maker. With this paper goes matching brads, die cuts, etc. My kits and other collections go in a large basket. All of them are in their own plastic bags. Card stock goes in file folder (cm), and misc loose paper also goes in a file folder , but when I move in 3 wks, it will go in a Cropper Hopper mentioned above.


 
olleharr
Mayor
Posts: 13526
Joined: 06-05-08
olleharr
In response to bonprof

After many tries and much frustration like you're having, I have found kind of an odd way of sorting my single sheet of paper. I actually have them in categories that normally come to MY mind when I'm searching for the right paper for a project. Small print, Medium print, Large print, Stripes, etc.

Like I said, it works for me. May not work for others. I think you just have to ask yourself when you do a layout what's the first thing you think of when you start searching.


 
AmyWho
AmyWho 
Mayor
Posts: 14591
Joined: 03-05-09
AmyWho
In response to olleharr

I sort mine by the main color and a few categories but I always get stuck when it comes to the double sided ones that I really like both sides of.

I gave up a long time ago since I usually end up going through just about all of my paper every time (unless I have a specific one in mind).



 
Vae
Vae 
Diva
Posts: 9788
Joined: 07-14-07
Vae
  • Vae on 01-05-14 12:12 AM
In response to AmyWho

  • AmyWho Said:
I sort mine by the main color and a few categories but I always get stuck when it comes to the double sided ones that I really like both sides of.



I have this problem too. Still haven't come up with a good solution for it.


 
Rosita
Rosita 
Governor
Posts: 18949
Joined: 03-27-06
Rosita
In response to Vae

I agree, it's an impossible task. Lisa is right though. You have to organize it the way you think.
When you create a baby girl page, do you think 'baby', 'pink', or 'doodle bug sugar and spice'?
The first answer: organize by theme, second: by color, the last by company.
75% of my collection is organized by company, the rest is by quality. I have the thin pp I bought when starting to scrap together, the specialty pp (flocked glittered embossed) together, and then there are the pp by companies that I don't have many by.


 
scrapperbee
Angel
Posts: 99758
Joined: 10-24-04
scrapperbee
In response to Rosita

I have three sets of paper:
1. Cardstock, sorted by color.
2. Pattern Paper sorted by vendor, in sets
3. Pattern Paper sorted by theme.

It seems to work for me!


 
Frau_Cooney
Diva
Posts: 5238
Joined: 07-13-05
Frau_Cooney
In response to scrapperbee

Thank you all so much for helping. The first thing I have learned is that most of you don't have an absolute organization but a combination menthod and that is probably what I will do.

I also love the suggestion of a "pattern" category that holds papers that are not of a particular theme and don't have a dominant color.

Now off to try again!


 
dwelch
dwelch 
Diva
Posts: 6892
Joined: 12-01-06
dwelch
In response to Vae

I "solve" the 2-sided paper conundrum by always buying at least 2 pieces. Then I file one sheet according to the first side, and the next sheet according to the second side. Once I pull the sheet, I can readily see it's 2-sided, and can always find the other sheet if I need more than one for a project. Confusing enough for you?


 
Expert
Posts: 1369
Joined: 02-09-09
In response to dwelch

My paper storage keep evolving...because I keep buying...and my buying habits keep changing! And since I try to store my regularly used paper in such a way that it's easy to travel with it means I have lots of different ways to sort and store.

My CS is first divided by Bazzill vs. Non-Bazzill and then each of those are arranged by color, generally ROYGB and then neutrals--every color going from light to dark (I don't use or have a lot of pink & purple so I just put those wherever I have room.) I also have a lot of 8.5x11 CS that I keep around for diecutting and that's sorted by color.

My PP is all over! I have two Iris file folder-type carriers--one is for all things sports (papers and flat embellishments), the other has most of my paper packs (Echo Park, Basic Grey, Simple Stories, etc.) The PP that is not part of a pack is sorted by color and put into one of two paper holders based on whether or not the paper has that extra half inch of a tab (because I was finding that if I kept it all together I was missing the shorter papers in between the taller papers). Any PP that is themed (holiday, food, etc.--not stripes, dots, etc.) goes elsewhere. I have Iris boxes with themes like school, seasons, Cmas, birthday, that hold all of the theme's papers, stickers, embellies, etc. Some of the other themed PP just goes in a paper holder (sorted somehow) if I don't have an Iris box for it.

If I don't have a specific theme I'm looking for, then I look for paper based off of a color I want to use--if I do have a theme, I find that then look according to color/style.


 
ScrappyMama6
Mayor
Posts: 10308
Joined: 06-28-10
ScrappyMama6
In response to HuskerMom98

My solids are in Sterlite drawers by color groups red/orange/yellow, blue/green, pink/purple, brown/Kraft, black/white/grey..........

The collections/pads are kept together in empty page sleeves on a shelf in Iris containers....... And I have a small basket of 8x8, 6x6, 4x6 pads on top of the shelf. All my stickers/embellishments/T hickers are by category on clip it ups........ So a little of this and that to get it all organized.

And I did thin out and get rid of 8" worth of paper and a huge box of stickers. That has helped a ton!


 
terrihooper
Mayor
Posts: 10941
Joined: 07-06-08
terrihooper
In response to ScrappyMama6

My cardstock is sorted ROYGBV
My kits are kept together along with any embellishments I purchased with them.
The rest is sorted by season (fall, winter, spring, summer), holidays (Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving), football, travel, vintage/lace, steampunk.
Anything left is sorted by color.
I have paper racks I got when my LSS closed and I LOVE them!

Good luck. It took me years to come up with my system and fortunately it works so well I don't have to think about it anymore.


 
momtokatie
Expert
Posts: 1356
Joined: 01-06-07
momtokatie
In response to terrihooper

I have mine sorted:

1. Cardstock, sorted by color.
2. Pattern Paper sorted by theme.(family, Christmas, stripes, etc.

This works for me at the moment, but is starting to get out of hand again.


 
olleharr
Mayor
Posts: 13526
Joined: 06-05-08
olleharr
In response to Vae

  • Vae Said:
  • AmyWho Said:
I sort mine by the main color and a few categories but I always get stuck when it comes to the double sided ones that I really like both sides of.



I have this problem too. Still haven't come up with a good solution for it.



How much double sided do you have? Maybe "double sided" could be a category of it's own.


 
AmyWho
AmyWho 
Mayor
Posts: 14591
Joined: 03-05-09
AmyWho
In response to olleharr

I have a lot of double sided. I do usually buy 2 but I also do a lot of 2 pagers. That's why I haven't split them up like someone suggested.


 
Vae
Vae 
Diva
Posts: 9788
Joined: 07-14-07
Vae
  • Vae on 01-05-14 08:21 PM
In response to olleharr

lol..umm... do I have to answer that honestly? hehehe I think it might be easier for me to create a category for single sided papers. Almost all of mine are double sided.

I thought about doing what Darla does... I always buy at least 2 of each sheet and I could file them on both sides and then maybe put a post-it note on them indicating that there's another sheet elsewhere. I forget who said it but someone said they usually just end up looking through their entire stash and that's usually what I end up doing too. No wonder I don't get anything done! lol

Loving all the ideas here!


 
AmyWho
AmyWho 
Mayor
Posts: 14591
Joined: 03-05-09
AmyWho
In response to Vae

Lol, I said I have a lot of double sided but it is probably at least 90 percent. The sticky might work!




 
terrihooper
Mayor
Posts: 10941
Joined: 07-06-08
terrihooper
In response to olleharr

So far my two sided sheets are mostly in packs I have bought and keep together.

In the event I buy an individual sheet that is double sided, I file it with by the side I favor most.


 
CommaHolly
Angel
Posts: 69512
Joined: 01-30-09
CommaHolly
In response to olleharr

I separate by theme,,,,

Babies,children and teens
Feminine
Masculine
vintage
Christmas/Hanukkah/Winter
Other Holidays

Plain cs, however, I separate by color in ROYGBIV order,,,,,


 
RedSquirrel UK
Diva
Posts: 7653
Joined: 05-09-09
RedSquirrel UK
In response to CommaHolly

I keep the collections together, and those are filed by manufacturer (or if I don't know the maker, the name of who gave them to me - Amy and Mary!) alphabetically.

Individual sheets are in two bags, one sorted by colour, not really in rainbow order but they run into each other. The other holds the sheets that have no dominant colour, or are themed. I only have a handful of themed papers.

It works for me.


 
New Kid On the Block
Posts: 20
Joined: 09-11-11
In response to aquabunny

hi! So what do you guys do with double sided paper? I have mine sorted into solids, double and single sheet and then specialty paper... I'm also confused. Thanks


 
Resident
Posts: 128
Joined: 07-21-08
In response to igloodwellerz

I file my double sided paper with the side that I think I would most likely use. If I would use either side equally I file one sheet where each side would go and make a note on the margin that is cut off where more of that paper is located. If there is no margin I put a post it note on it with the information where more is located.


 
RedSquirrel UK
Diva
Posts: 7653
Joined: 05-09-09
RedSquirrel UK
In response to igloodwellerz

  • igloodwellerz Said:
hi! So what do you guys do with double sided paper? I have mine sorted into solids, double and single sheet and then specialty paper... I'm also confused. Thanks


The double-sided paper often has a dominant colour, so I file it with the other papers that are around that colour. Paper that is really random gets stored by itself. That doesn't work for me because I don't use it. But that might be because of the randomness of the paper rather than my not finding it when I go through my system looking for a matching colour. I'm not sure. Maybe I should make it my challenge to use those few pieces up and not buy any more.


 
New Kid On the Block
Posts: 3
Joined: 04-13-16
In response to RedSquirrel UK

I keep the papers sold in packets where they're at, I dont even take the plastic off the ones sold in them either. I just open the top and take what I need. I have two 3 ring binders that keeps my individual papers stored in page protectors. I have them by category such as:

Wedding/Love/Hearts
Family/Baby
Travel/Hobbies
Easter/Spring/Flowers
Halloween/Fall

and etc etc. If I have a lot of papers of just one category then they get their own divider. Like Christmas, I have TONS of Christmas papers.

I also put all my patterns together, such as plaids, dots, stripes, etc.


 
ppilgrim
Guru
Posts: 2420
Joined: 04-18-11
ppilgrim
In response to emberxashes

This problem makes all scrapbookers crazy, from time to time. There are so many sorting options and what works for one person may not work for another.

Mostly, it comes down to the question of how you like to scrapbook. If you're photo-driven, there's a lot to be said for sorting paper by colour or by season (these categories often overlap). If you're product-driven, then it makes sense to sort by manufacturer and collection.

Give some serious thought to what inspires you to scrapbook and what would make that easier and more fun. For most people, a combination of sorting systems seems to work but it's highly individualized. I'm a cardmaker as well as a scrapbooker, so I have different paper-sorting systems depending on the size of the paper, but that might not work for you.

The only "two cents" I can contribute is the suggestion that any "loose" papers not associated with seasonal or manufacturer categories be used to make page kits or scrapbook kits. Check out the Scrap Stash Kit Club at useyourstash.com (or on Facebook) for ideas about how to do this. I've found the process of making my own kits really helpful, not just for sorting my stash, but for actually using it too.

Good luck and happy sorting.


 
Frau_Cooney
Diva
Posts: 5238
Joined: 07-13-05
Frau_Cooney
In response to ppilgrim

I am amused to see this thread resurrected since I am the original poster from about 2 years ago. Sadly, I have to admit that I still don't thing my paper is organized in a way that works particularly well for me. It is OK, but just OK.

I have Iris bins with categories - Girl, boy, seasons, elegant, holidays. If a paper pack/stack fits into one of those categories, I put the entire pack /stack into the bin. If not, the stack is in a crate. The crate also has solid cardstock stacks.

One of my problems is that I don't scrap regularly at home and once or twice a year go to a crop. I pack up for the crop, bringing a selection of papers, but don't always get them filed again when I get back. And i got an influx of inherited papers that have not all gotten filed. So lots of piles.

Hope others are having better luck!


 
jaxxan
jaxxan 
Mayor
Posts: 14084
Joined: 06-24-08
jaxxan
In response to Frau_Cooney

This topics comes up so much perhaps it would be good to have an ongoing thread about this topic. People could add their best practices and storage finds.


 
bonprof
Queen
Posts: 28701
Joined: 02-18-13
bonprof
In response to jaxxan

Lol! This topic makes me laugh.
I have 3 different types of paper storage going on at the same time. It's not a perfect system at all, but I do ok.


 
Kimberly Rae Cole
Diva
Posts: 6882
Joined: 01-14-06
Kimberly Rae Cole
In response to bonprof

Paper organization.... the bane of my existence some days.... 8 years ago when my husband and I moved into the townhouse and I set up my studio upstairs I organized all my paper and labeled it according to brand (Basic Grey, Graphic 45...yada yada) in the Cropper Hopper paper keepers. Speed up to now, and I have acquired at least 20 paper pads and Cropper Hopper is no more. I know they have the equivalent in the store here, just not sure if I want to go in that direction.


 
Joanie R
Guru
Posts: 2600
Joined: 01-26-15
Joanie R
In response to Kimberly Rae Cole

This is something I need to get a handle on myself. I've started letting myself let go of the little scraps as I'm crafting, now I just need to organize the big stuff. Right now my patterened paper is sorted by theme and I need to get it sorted by color; then I need to get my colored cardstock scraps sorted out because if I haven't touched it in a year, I allow myself to recycle it. And my craft room is a hot mess right now, so it's the perfect time to dig in, right?! It's gotta get put away some how!


 
Permissions Topic Options
3110 Views
Recent Topics