Quick Tip: How To Organize Scrap Paper

Scrapbookers, card-makers, and other paper craft creators can relate…

After finishing a project or two, you find yourself left with miscellaneous strips of paper in all sizes, shapes, and colors. You no longer have full sheets of paper, just bits and strips of leftovers. How can this mess be organized??

Well, I had the same struggle too. I figured there must be a better way for me to stay organized and streamline my crafting organization. So, I came up with a method…

I had to figure out what the top 5 sizes of paper were that I used most often (aside from 12 x 12″ paper). I tried to think of the most standardized sizes, also, to help me when it is time for crafting. Also, it’s nice to have standard sizes so that if I get a new paper pad, I can just add it to the stack of the same existing size.

20160915_213004The top 5 sizes I use most often (apart from 12 x 12″) were:

*8 1/2 x 11″ – This is a standard size of copy paper and a lot of cardstock paper will come in this size also.

*6 x 6″ – Many cardstock paper pads will come in this size. That way, when I get a new 6 x 6″ pad, I can easily add the new papers to the stack which I already have cut to size.

*4 1/4 x 5 1/2″ – This is the standard A2 card size that most card-makers use. This makes it easy because I can decorate this size of paper and simply adhere it to the card base – and I’m done!

*2 x 6″ – This is a good size to cut the long, skinny strips of scrap paper down to. It makes a great bookmark size! It can also be trimmed and used to stamp sentiments on or cut to use as a banner.

*3 x 4″ – This size is great to use for journaling cards (Project Life card size). It can also be altered and cut down for making gift tags and/or inserts for Pocket Letters!

Once all of the papers are cut to a standard size using my Fiskars Paper Trimmer, I can neatly stack them on my bookcase shelf for easy access. At this point (with limited space), I find that stacking the paper by size works well and saves room since I don’t have the space for a large paper organizer. I put the largest 12 x 12″ paper on the bottom and go from there.


Organized by size

But, I found myself in another quandary… What about when I have an odd size paper that doesn’t exactly fit any of the standard 5 measurements I have?? That’s where my color-coded file folders came to the rescue! I had these scraps of paper that were too small to fit any of my sizes, but too large to waste by throwing in the trash. So, I put my smaller scraps in the color-coded file folders that I made. I just taped 2 pieces of 8 1/2 x 11″ paper together and rounded the edges with my corner punch to form a file folder (in various colors). There’s probably a much nicer way that I could have done this – but it didn’t really matter how fancy they looked since they weren’t going to be on display anyhow.

Color-Coded File Folders

Color-Coded File Folders

I store my all of my color-coded file folders in a 14 x 14″ storage container. If I need a small scrap for something but don’t want to cut into a fresh sheet of larger paper, I will reach for my scrap bin… my ORGANIZED scrap bin! I’m not up to fishing through a sea of scraps for the right color of paper while I’m mid-project, that’s why I love organizing by color! 🙂 It streamlines the whole process. I can do what I love (crafting) with more joy and ease when things are organized.

I hope this helps with your craft organization! Enjoy the companion video below! ↓↓↓

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