This past week, after watching videos on how some crafters were organizing their craft rooms, I decided to take one of their ideas to see if it would work for me.
For probably the last four years (maybe longer), I organized my patterned paper by manufacturer. This may be due to the fact that while I was teaching at a locally owned scrapbook store, the process of organizing in this way seemed to work best when I was creating classes. A manufacturer's current products always meshed and coordinated well with their other products, so it was easy to mix and match items for designing class projects.
Now that I am paper crafting for just myself, I was finding that many paper treasures I purchased would be forgotten and untouched. One thing I discovered about myself just recently is that I first and foremost pick patterned paper based on the colors of my photo(s) first, instead of choosing paper and then selecting a photo that can go with it. (Are many of you that way too?) As a result, I would choose the first paper I would see in my stash that seemed to work with my photo, and not take time to look at ALL the choices available.
After watching the inspiring craftroom videos, I decided to organize my patterned paper by color. It didn't take too long since I don't have an incredibly large stash. All my 12"x12" patterned paper is stored in one of these great bins from Target, which fits perfectly in my IKEA bookcase:
Cardboard is used to separate the color catagories. If I were REALLY organized, I would have have made tabs for each section, but alas, that may take awhile:
As I filed by color, I chose to file by the color of the "B" side, since I seem to use that side the most. As in this example, I will most definitely pick the navy before I would choose the floral:
And finally, for those papers that didn't have a "B" side, or just wasn't categorical, there is a section in the front with these few sheets of renegade paper who refuse to pick a team:
And yes, if I have patterned paper left from a project that is still 6"x12" or more, I still file it with the full size paper. Color scraps are in another accordion file. That is something I can share on another day. :)
The next question you may ask is: "Well, does it work better?" Absolutely -- for me it appears to work more efficiently. I finished two layouts where planning time was a little shorter, and I got into some stash I hadn't seen in awhile. One of these layouts I will share tomorrow -- I am submitting it for a sketch challenge at The Memory Nest that starts linking up at that time. I hope you will come back and visit me tomorrow!
How do you organize your patterned paper?