Happy New Year! It's that time when we all want to get organized, right? So, I figured I'd share with you how I organize my scraps of card stock. As an SU demo, I always seem to have a lot of scraps left over after cutting projects for Stamp Club or a class, but I really can't stand to part with them.
I love the idea of hanging files or neat boxes with lids etc, but I'm so visual that I need to SEE what I have. So, I use a Sterilite Show Off box that measures 14 1/4"L x 9 1/2"W x 6 7/8"H, which can be bought at Target or Walmart. I've discarded the lid and have it open on my desk at all times.
Firstly, I sort the scraps into color groups and a neutrals pile (greys, black etc). You'll notice that Chocolate Chip cardstock has its very own pile because it's the color I seem to use the most. I include in my color scraps all the old Stampin' Up! In Colors, even if they are retired because I need to use them up. But that's a personal choice for each demo.
Any pieces that are smaller than 1" x 1" are tossed, so is anything that is damaged. Before filing I trim up the scraps to a square or rectangle shaped - no odd shapes or ripped edges. And if a piece measures more than 5.5" long, I trim it to either 5.5" or 4.25". This is because I'm a card maker and not a scrapbooker. If I scrapbooked, then I'd probably leave longer strips in my scrap box for layouts.