I have many people ask me what I do with scraps but more importantly how I store them. There are many ways to organize them but the one that has worked best for me are plastic bins.
So, once you narrow it down to what to keep them in – then there is the decision of how to break them down: by color, paper type, weight, style. manufacturer, two-sided ? There are so many ways. Just think of how you want to use these scraps and make sure they are accessible. It is like an appliance in the kitchen – if it is hidden, you probably won’t use it.
I have so many scraps and I use specific manufacturers that I decided to put them by color for solids and by manufacturer for designs.
If you view many of the papers that are out there, many companies have a “look” or “Signature Vibe” that as soon as you look at it, you pretty much know who it is. Because of that, I like to separate those looks so I can quickly reach for something that fits what I am doing.
As an example, many years ago, Basic Grey was very unique in their look and design and although I can still spot their stuff pretty accurately, many designers/manufacturers have taken that look and made it their own – so it is not as easy to separate that look anymore because it is everywhere.
Graphic 45 is very unique and distinct so I separate those as well when I want that nostalgic, rich color project.
So I have 18+ drawers separated by solid color cardstock (green, blue, black, whites, etc.) and I have several others like Basic Grey, Quick Quotes, and Ideology and Co’re dinations. I also have ones that are generic cardstock other which are usually my lower cost cardstocks to draw from or practice on.
This has really helped when I needed that little tag or border, especially if I am using my Vagabond or dies. Of course, no scraps are worth it and just take up space if you forget to use them.
So…. here is your challenge, create an embellishment or tag using only scraps. You will be amazed the inspiration that will come when you remind yourself of some of those papers you bought that still have life left.