I buy a lot of prepackaged paper packs. Originally I found this to be the most efficient way of building an coordinating inventory quickly. Since beginning scrapbooking, I've collected over 27 of these paper/card stack packs and try keeping them together as the intended collection. I'm wondering, however, if others find other filing methods equal or better than this.
What's prompted this question is primarily the incredible weight the stacks add up to. At this time they're managed by placing them on top of a flat 13x13 inch flat surface, but that will at some point collapse the sturdy bins below. The last thing I want to do is sit these on the floor! So I'm open to any and all suggestions.
The same does not go for individual "I must have the pattern/colour" or clearance papers picked up along the way. Fortunately, we had enough rolling bins around the home to accommodate most of this type of purchase by theme, colour, and size. Unfortunately, my closet is filled to the brim, and the drawers will not accept any more weight already being demanded of them.
Angel, i find when I have these packs I don't use them, I want to keep them together for the perfect picture - it never happens.
I've split all my packs in to colours now, and mixed them all up with my normal papers, and I now use them all the time. As I scrap by colours anyway it does take away the ''preciousness'of the packs....
Not sure what others do, but I hope somebody can help, I suggest you try doing loads more scrapping to empty your drawers, so you can buy some new stuff !!!
My advice to you (and I need to follow my own advice) is to integrate your paper packs with however you organize the rest of your paper. I have a bunch of paper pads in smaller sizes that I keep separate from my 12 x 12 papers, and I find that I don't use them that often because I forget. I did have some 12 x 12 pads and packs that were stored separate and the same thing happened that I neglected them. Once I put them in with the rest of my papers, I started using them.
ETA: Doh! Just saw Elaine's advice! I guess great minds think alike! :D
You have far more paper than me, it sounds like, but I've got most of my stacks together too, and the rest of my paper (cardstock and patterned) on shelves sorted by color, as well as some of my older stacks.
mmm sounds like good advice...maybe I SHOULD MIX MINE UP TO0!!
Mine are sorted by manufacturer and I sort thru them pretty regularly... I too use to shop like you did. Now I buy what I love, I know my "go to brands"..
Sounds like you just need to start SCRAPPIN girl and use that STASH!! LOL