Is your craft room a hot mess? Are you struggling with organizing patterned paper? Here are lots of awesome ideas for getting your patterned paper organized once and for all! You’re definitely going to want to check it out! #organizing #craftroom #organization #creativespace
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Welcome to week six of the 52 Weeks to an Organized Workspace challenge. I’m both nervous and excited about this week’s challenge. This week, we’re focusing on organizing patterned paper.
Don’t forget to join us in the 52 Weeks Facebook group where you’ll find lots of insight + inspiration for getting your craft room organized and using your stash!
Let’s face it. Most of us have entirely too much paper.
This is going to be a make it or break it week for a lot of us. You either have what it takes or you don’t. And yes, that’s definitely a challenge. Are you ready for it?
Here’s how I organize paper.
IRIS Scrapbook Case* – If you look closely, you can see seven of these. Each one holds a different category. Valentine’s, Halloween, Christmas, etc.
Cropper Hopper Paper Holder* – These hold all of my patterned paper organized by color. I also separate some of my newer paper into a few of these.
Cropper Hopper Tabbed Dividers* – These separate my favorite brands within each Cropper Hopper. There are three dividers in each Cropper Hopper.
Wire Storage Cubes* – The wire storage cubes are configured quite a bit differently than they usually are. I used zip-ties to create the extra shelves. I use these to store all of my unfinished pages and projects and kits & collections I’ve opened.
13×15 Plastic Clear Storage Bags* – All of my kits and collections that aren’t in the manufacturer’s packaging (those clear plastic sleeves) are in these 13×15 Clear Storage Bags. Kits & collections are then stored standing up in large baskets.
More Ideas for Organizing Patterned Paper
I’m sure by now you’ve noticed I sort paper in a few different ways. I sort some paper by color and some by collection. Basically, if there’s a little – I sort it by color and if there’s a lot – I sort it by collection.
There are also two basic ways to store paper – horizontally and vertically. Again, I do a little bit of both in my space. What you do will probably depend upon how much paper you have versus how much space you have.
How do I decide where to put each piece of patterned paper, especially when most of it is double-sided? That’s somewhat intuitive. For example, if I have one piece of patterned paper and I love one side and the other side is just okay, of course I’m going to organize it with the same color as the side I love. If I have two pieces of the same patterned paper, I’ll probably put one in each color. And if I have a piece of patterned paper that’s multi-color, I tend to go with the dominant color. If there doesn’t seem to be one, I think about which color I’m most likely to use and that’s where I put that particular sheet.
That’s just what works for me. Over the course of the next two weeks, 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.
If you’re interested in seeing how I organized my entire creative space, you can check it out here.
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
Thanks so much for visiting. See you next week!