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Collecting scrapbook paper is addicting but do you have a good way to store your paper?
I love to make handmade cards out of scrapbook paper. This Halloween card I made last year for our card club has many different papers. Halloween has the best colors to work with…don’t you think? I was busy making this card and became so frustrated because it was taking twice as much time to make because my scrapbook paper was so messed up. I was literally sifting thru 100’s of pieces of paper to find the one I wanted. I knew I had bought Halloween paper but I had so much paper I had collected I couldn’t find a thing. Usually what happens at that point is you go to store and buy more. I knew things had to change.
It took most of the day but I went thru every piece of paper and divided it up into colors and holidays and I then found these 12×12 clear bins at JoAnn’s. I then labeled the front with the color so I could easily grab the color I was working on.
I can’t tell you how happy this made me. It was so wonderful just grabbing the bin and sifting thru a small stack of paper instead of 100’s. It has worked so well.
I also came up with a simple way to keep scraps to use. So many times I was cutting a 12×12 paper for something small and wasting so much paper. I now keep all my scrapes in a folder at the top of each bin. I go thru it first to use up the scraps and not waste more paper.
It works like a charm. It is a pretty simple concept but it has simplified my life and now the time I have to create is a lot less stressful.
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