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Welcome to week seven of the 52 Weeks to an Organized Workspace challenge. This week is somewhat of a continuation of last week and of course deciding how to organize patterned paper.
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We already talked about organizing patterned paper by color and now we’re going to talk about organizing patterned paper by collection.
If you read last week’s post, you already know I do a little bit of both. Basically, if there’s not all that much of it – I sort it by color and if there is – I sort it by collection.
All of the patterned paper and embellishments that go with each collection are stored together in one of the 13×15 plastic clear storage bags. I also keep all of my kits together at this point, including the kits I’ve made myself.
Unfinished pages and projects and kits & collections I’ve opened are stored in the wire cubes that I shared last week.
More Ideas for Organizing Patterned Paper
So, how do I decide what patterned paper I’m going to organize by color vs. by collection? Let me explain.
If I have a lot of something (for example, Valentine’s, Halloween, or Christmas), it’s more than likely going to end up in an Iris case labelled by category. There are even a few collections (Amy Tangerine Plus One, for example) that are organized the same way because there’s so much of it – far more than what I could feasibly fit into a 13×15 plastic clear storage bag.
If I have all or most of a collection, I like to keep it together. In which case, I’m going to organize it into a 13×15 plastic clear storage bag and put it in one of the baskets. The same goes for stacks and packs of paper that just sort of go together. Occasionally, I have some patterned paper that goes with a particular theme (the beach, for example), but I don’t have all that much of it. If that’s the case, I organize it just like I would if it were a kit or collection.
And then there are the few Cropper Hoppers I separate my newer patterned paper into.
Basically, after that’s all said and done, what’s left is organized by color. This is usually the last paper I’m going to choose and therefore I organize it in a way that makes the most sense to me for it’s intended purpose – by color. If I’m looking for a piece of patterned paper to use for layering or whatever, this is where I generally look. This is also, for the most part, the least expensive of my paper, so it’s usually my go-to for experimenting with techniques, etc.
Remember, this is what works for me. If you haven’t already, you need to decide what works for you. I’ll share some insight & inspiration a little later in the week, but for now – do some brainstorming and take some time to think about how you’re going to organize your paper and then get to it. Don’t forget to share before and after pictures.
Psst… If you haven’t already, you’re definitely going to want to come hang out with us in our 52 Weeks Facebook group. That’s where we’ll be chatting about the challenges and our creative spaces.
Just to review, here’s your to-do list for this week.
1. Answer the question of the week.
2. Decide how you want to organize your paper.
3. Buy whatever supplies you need to and get started.
4. Share before and after pictures.
Also, if you missed it, here are the links to the Creating Workspaces mini-series for those of us who are starting over or starting from scratch.
Creating Workspaces That Work For You – Part I
Creating Workspaces That Work For You – Part II
Looking for more insight & inspiration? Here are the top 10 most popular posts from The Keeper of the Memories. You’re definitely not going to want to miss these!
Thanks so much for visiting. See you next week!