I thought I would talk about organizing a bit more since it is one of my favorite subjects. :)
As I watched tv Saturday night and cleaned off my desk, I tackled a task I do every so often.
I took my entire plastic folder of patterned paper scraps and cut them all down to 4" x 5.5"!
I have been doing this for several years and I LOVE IT!
The card bases that I buy are this size so once my scraps are cut down, it is very easy to pull a card together.
Here's the stack that I cut down Saturday night.
I store these in a cute little bowl I bought at a yard sale at Jenni Bowlin's house. (She has the best yard sales!)
I keep it on a lower shelf of my trestle desk next to a huge pail of ribbons that I have thrown in together.
As you can see, the front half is cardstock, organized by color, the back half is patterns, all mixed in together.
I try very much to only keep the scraps that I can cut to 4x5.5.
The exception to that is white, cream, kraft and black cardstock.
I use those colors constantly to punch things out so I keep them if they are a bit smaller.
But 75% (or more) of my scraps are 4x5.5. I do have a few beloved papers that are like 4x4, 3x3.
What do I do with the rest? I toss them!
In addition to this stack, I have a very small stack of papers I've cut to 6x6.
Just a few papers that I love so much, I did not want to cut them all the way down.
Now, here's a tip: If I had to do this again and start from the beginning - I would cut them down to 4x6 because I love 4x6 mini albums and these would be perfect for that!
I'm thinking that my future 4x6 albums will be 4x5.5 because I need to use this stash and because the photos I get developed are never perfectly 4x6 anyway and this is still a good size for a mini album.
I like my mini albums very small and easy to hold. I can always trim a tiny bit from my photos.
Any questions? I'd be happy to answer them!!
I have one! How do YOU store your scraps?