How To Make Your Own Patterned Paper Storage System

Is it funny or is it pathetic that I’m still using my Money-Saving-Monday graphic for a post on Tuesday night?!  Hmmm! Well, here’s another oldie but goodie that I’m dusting off.  This shows you a great “How To” on storing your patterned paper scraps.

So, a while back I showed you how I store my solid cardstock scraps in this post.  I’m pretty sure I could do something similar for patterned paper too, and I’ve seen a lot of people who file theirs away according to color.  This has never worked for me though, because I get thrown off when there’s a bunch of different colors on one page.  So here’s an idea I saw a really long time ago (and I’m SO sorry, but I don’t remember where I saw it…if anyone recognizes it, please let me know so I can give credit where credit is due) where someone had used this system for their 6 x 6 paper pads. I’m thinking…why not do this for all of my 12 x 12 paper pads too?

I found some packages of mailing envelopes at my local dollar store.  I bought both sizes, 9 x 12 and 6 x 9 inches. Not a bad price for $1…!

I cut the tops off of them and then, with my ATG gun, I attached a 9 x 12 envelope to the back of one of my 12 x 12 paper pads, making sure to glue the clasp-side down so that it wouldn’t catch on anything.

I now have a pocket on the back of my paper pad, to store any scraps that came out of that particular pad.  I do the same thing with my 6 x 6 and 8 x 8 pads.  I just use a 6 x 9 inch envelope, and cut it down to 8 inches tall for an 8 x 8 in pad, and 6 inches tall for a 6 x 6 inch pad.  That way, I can keep all of my patterned papers with their coordinating brethren!

And just an FYI, when I’m using a sheet of paper that didn’t originally come in a paper pad, I still store the scraps the old fashioned way…in a plastic drawer.  I find that the drawer stays neat and tidy though, with the majority of my scraps going back with their paper pads.

Do you have a different way of storing your scraps?  I would love to hear about it!

Happy Scrapping!
~Amy E

Amy England

Creator of the Scrap This Save That blog and Youtube channel and curator of a ridiculous amount of paper crafting supplies!

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  1. Vicki says:

    I love this idea. Thanks so much for sharing. My current method is to put scraps into page protectors in 8.5×11 binders, divided by color or theme. Only I get lazy and throw into a basket to be sorted later (and later never comes). Your method seems so much easier and quick.

  2. Ruby says:

    Thanks for sharing this. I agree with you. This is really useful, especially for people who produce lots of scraps, but tend to get really disorganized or just lazy to do the sorting. It surely lessens the stress of having to sort the scraps later.

    Ruby Badcoe

  3. Amy E says:

    Thanks Ruby! It's worked well for me for a long time!

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