Stash Secrets Every Pirate Should Know

Ahoy there Mateys! Ruth “Parrot Charmer” Pimples ‘ere with a special LOAD post for ye.

By now ye no doubt got a pile o’ paper scraps from all yer layout makin’, right? Arr! Not a problem! Cast yer eyes on the video below for some ideas on corralin’ that mess!

Alison here as I can’t possibly keep up the pirate lingo!! Let’s recap:

1. 12×12 Paper Storage

12x12 paper storage racks

I scooped up these racks from a friend when she got out of the paper scrapbooks and went 100% digi. Can you say ‘score’?!

Not everyone has access to something like this I know but separating your 12×12 papers from your scraps can help you keep track of what you have to use up! For me, arranging them in rainbow colour order makes me happy and makes it super easy to grab the colour of paper I need.

2. 8.5×11 Paper Storage

8.5x11 paper storage

I make a lot of card so like to have a stash of 8.5×11 paper on hand for card fronts and bases. The easiest way I’ve found to store them so far is standing upright on a shelf. I can easily see what colours I have and grab what I need.

If you’re worried about them curling or getting bent, try putting them in those cardboard magazine holders places like IKEA sell.

3. Paper scraps

I’ve got two main places I keep my paper scraps.

paper scraps drawer - card stock in a separate bag

First up – this is my paper scraps drawer. It sits under my work surface so I can access it as I work. I’ve separated the card stock scraps from the patterned paper ones to make it easier to find exactly what type of scrap I need.

paper scraps drawer - patterned paper close up

I do not organize these scraps at all. Last used will be on top unless I’ve just been hunting through it then it’ll be completely random. When I can no longer close the drawer it’s time to sort through it all and get rid of scraps I know I will no longer use. They usually go to my three daughters (and then end up all over my family room floor but that’s a story for another day!)

Gossamer Blue kits paper scraps

The other place you’ll find scraps in my Scrap Cave is here – my Gossamer Blue paper scraps. To be honest, I’m not sure why I’m continuing to keep them separate like this. I guess when I get a new kit I prefer to reach into this stash if I need extras for my projects that the latest kit hasn’t supplied. That way when I post the layout to Flickr I know that all the products on it originally came from Gossamer Blue, even if they weren’t in that months kit.

4. 6×6 Paper Pads

6x6 paper pad storage

I think this is my favourite!

When I purchased my desk (Pottery Barn) back in 2008 I did not envision storing my 6×6 paper pads here (mostly because that was before I started scrapbooking) but when I went about re-doing it this past summer I knew these cubbies would be perfect for them! I can sit at my computer watching YouTube videos and work on some cards.

And every time I look at all those little pads of cuteness I smile! How can you not?

Okay, that’s it. That’s how I keep my Scrappy Stash corralled and working for me. How do YOU store your papers? Share in the comments. I’m always on the lookout for new ideas!

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4 Responses to Stash Secrets Every Pirate Should Know

  1. Roxy says:

    You make such a cute pirate!!! I have a similar style of storage, only I don’t have a room anymore, so my paper stash is in three different places around the house. Definitely not ideal! Hope you guys had a great Halloween!

    • daydesigns says:

      Thanks Roxy! Dressing up is very much outside my comfort zone! Oh the things I’ll do for my online sistas!!
      We had a pretty good Halloween, you? Marley -at 11- was “too cool” to trick or treat with her little sisters so she went with two friends. Sigh. I figure she’s only got one more year and then she’ll be one of the gang of roving teenagers setting off fire crackers!!

      • Roxy says:

        Haha, I tried to convince Nolan that Grade 8 is too old to trick or treat, but apparently it’s not! He went out around our neighbourhood with the girls on their own, but he got frustrated with the inefficiency of Ailis’s costume and ditched them! Then we all went to the Pumpkin Walk – it’s this big community event at the local campground where businesses decorate their site and hand out candy. It’s pretty cool, the whole place is lit up with jack o lanterns and you don’t have to worry about your kid getting hit by a car. Then they do fireworks at 8. By 9 we were absolutely done!!! We had the wine out and were watching a show in our PJs when a bunch of teenagers came to our door! I was like, seriously?! We’ve got nothing, go away! We had a lot of fun though, it was a good one!

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