I had been using a flat file system for all my paper, but after reading lots of posts about how much room a vertical system saved, I decided to give it a try. I had fourteen shelves of 12x12 paper organized by color and pattern and whether it was a holiday or not so I bought THREE of these value packs. It worked. I used all the little storage boxes for my colors, and used the three main holders for all my theme paper, separating it with the dividers. I found paper I'd forgotten I had, and was able to include exotic papers cut to odd sizes (9x11; 10x12; 7x9) in the theme areas so maybe I'll not forget about them when I'm working on a project. I do have these sitting in 13" wide and deep wooden cubbies so they'll stay standing up by themselves: I wouldn't try using them on a shelf without sturdy bookends because they get heavy!
But I now have easy access to all the paper and can pull a whole color or unit out to the table to use without dog-earing everything.
I´m so happy with this product. Now I have the perfect storage for my patterned papers. I store some papers by manufacturer, some by theme and some by style, and these has made it so easy! I´m specially happy about the folders I´ve created for Graphic 45 and Websters pages. I´ve used one of the small folders and diveded them into 12x12, die cuts and stickers and scraps, using the dividing sheets, and then sorted into them. I use these papers mainly for cards, so keeping my scraps with the papers will make it easier to use the scraps! I´m using the same system for ledger papers and such as well. Its a great system!!!
About a year ago I switched over from horizontal paper storage to the Cropper Hopper Vertical system. The change has not only saved me space in my scrap room but also time in searching for just the right sheet of paper. With this system it is very easy to simply pull out a bigger holder or the smaller one and thumb through the papers in it without ever having to remove them from the holder itself. The included dividers help to subdivide the papers further and make the process just that much faster. If you are looking for compact, easy to use, and inexpensive paper storage, I highly recommend this system.
I have 3 sets of these - the number of pieces of paper you can store in these is astounding! I keep all my patterned paper in these. Since I order most all my paper in sets - Daisy D, Basic Gray, and Cosmo Cricket are my favorites - I love that I can scan the tabs for the pattern name or the brand that I am looking for, and then spot pull the whole thing out. LOVE that. I keep 3 of these and 2 black ones filled with card stock only, on the top rack of my Cropper Hopper paper trolley. (Can U tell I love items I can roll into position when I am ready to scrap? LOL!!)
Okay, is it weird to be totally in love with a paper holder? My incessent need for organization has been quenched by this product. I love to find new ways to organize my growning stash, but my Cropper Hopper is my one constant in my studio. I love how much paper that it holds...and it is sturdy enough for all of my cardstock. You can stand it up or even put it on it's back to get a great view of what you have. Finding the right paper has never been so easy. Throw in some sturdy, plastic dividers and some great insert paper holders and you have a system that actually does exacly what it says...stores/organizes/protects your patterned paper, cardstock, rubons, stickers and even templates! Should you buy it? Definitely! Should you get more than one set? Absolutely! You will not be sorry!