Jul 29, 2011

Scraps....HELP!!!!


PLEASSSSSSSSEEEEE somebody help!! I've been trying to organize my scraps today and ugh, I'm just about ready to throw in the towel!!! If you have followed me for a while you know I have mentioned several times I don't throw away ANYTHING!! I am now paying for my sins!!! I'm ashamed to admit this but I have 11 bins FULL of scraps! The above picture is about 3 inches high and not even half of the bin I started working on today! I took my bigger pieces and cut them all to 6 X 6 and I have NO clue what to do with all the little pieces. I have chunked alot of them that were really, really small (and having to fight myself not to rescue them from the garbage can hee hee) What is wrong with me???? I'm beginning to think I should be turned into the show Hoarders! I'm confessing right now I'm a paper Hoarder!! I started this craft in 2007 and no scraps have been thrown away since then! So......I know this has been asked a trillion times (and really wished I would have taken the time to listen and I wouldn't be in this mess) but what's the smallest scrap size you keep? Or just any advice that you have to share with me I would SO much appreciate it! I've got to get a handle on mine. The way it is now I won't dig through them when I'm making something. I always use a new sheet :( I really don't want to throw them away if I could get them organized I think I would use them more! If you have the time please leave me comments I'm BEGGING for help!!! Hugs, Leanne

17 comments:

CanadianScraps43 said...

Leanne I hear ya. Going through the same thing here, well not maybe so much paper has what you have.. Lol. So I have been determined to get mine done this summer. I have started and the thing that is helping me, is that I bought a filing container with dividers and file folders. Every folder is label by paper company. For my cardstock scraps they are labeled by colour. It really does help. I am actually gonna share about it on my blog sometime this month. So be sure to check in. I will be doing a before and after shot too. You will be shocked. Lol. Been thinking about you and wondering how your doing. In my thoughts & prayers. We really need to chat again. Hugs.

LUV2SCRAP said...

OK I've tried the 10 Steps for paper Hoarding and it doesn't help....LOL So now I sit in front of the tv load a good movie and cut flowers and tags ect. out of all my scraps. I've also challenged myself to make quick & easy cards to give out for whatever occasion is coming up and just to give to get rid of them....LOL I had bins to but now even though the task of cutting flowers is a bore it has helped me and now I have one little bin :) Hope this helps

Rachel said...

I recently wrote a blog post about what I did with my scraps. You can check it out here: http://loveandsushi.blogspot.com/2011/06/waste-not.html

I HATE wasting paper too. What I have found helpful is that after I make a cut, I throw the rest on my floor. Haha, I know that sounds weird, but after a while, it gets too aggravating for me so I sit there and decide to cut them down into usable pieces. I have needed pieces to cut on my Cricut that are 1x1 inch, so I keep anything that that's size. As you'll see on my post, I have my small pieces in a basket. I personally don't have time to organize it by color. If I have them all in file folders, I most likely won't even go up to get them. The basket is just always around, and I place it on the table or on my lap as I figure out what colors to use. I actually ALWAYS reach for that basket first when making cuts. I haven't cut into new paper for small pieces in a long time! Of course, that's only made possible now because I have a Gypsy. That helps me conserve a lot of paper.

My suggestion to you is to get a square punch for the really small pieces so you can make those cards that have different colored squares for a quilt effect. Haven't done it yet, but I have squares if and when I choose to do so!

Elizabeth said...

Hi Leanne,
Here's my fast and easy way. I bought the 12 x 12 plastic envelopes from Cropper Hopper. I store them in one of carts on wheels. I have one envelope per color and one for multi-colors. I also separate whites and off whites.
If it is smaller than my hand it goes in a box of scrap that I give to the local elementary every couple of months. They are EXCITED to hae it and I don't feel it is being wasted. But it also keeps the scraps under control. I then tell myself I have to check the scrap envelope before I can pul a full sheet od paper. I have used this system for 4 years now and it is no longer an issue for me. Fast and easy. But you also have to tell yourself you have to put the scraps away properly before you can start a new project. Hang in there. We are moving my scrapbook closet to my son's room. (He's leaving for college and what a MAJOR project.) So I understand how overwhelmed you feel right now! LOL LOLhttp://visionsofpaper.blogspot.com/

Cheryl said...

I put all my smaller ones in gallon zip lock bags by color and donated to my daughter's school craft club and our local 4-h scrap book club. That way I didn't feel guilty about getting rid of them.

Did you see the post on papercraft connections about scraps this week?

Kate said...

Good Luck Leanne. I have the same problem. I always reach for the new papers and never use my scraps. I usually give mine away to my son's before and after school program. but right now my oldest has been making rosettes out of them. They said the smallest to keep is 3 x 3.

How's your peepers. Have a great weekend.

Hugs
Kate

char52 said...

okay... As a kindergarten teacher I know that the kiddies always lover paper scraps in the art area that they can cut into what ever they want. So my suggestion is when you have saved what you treasure find a local day care, head start or public school/private school that could put these treasured pieces of paper to use. The other option is I have a friend that runs the crafts at the local senior center. You can contact them and see if they can use them.. Also girl scouts!

Micia said...

Well I would say If you can cut with it on the cricut keep it. If it will fit as a boarder on a card keep it if its something sooooo small that you really cant do anything with it throw it away. If you cant really part with them sort them by color or by theme? I hope this helped you some. Good luck :)

Micia
yellowbirdcreation

Barbara said...

I am aiming for a scrap hallway upstairs. Right now I have something everywhere and craft on the kitchen table uck... I have been putting my small scraps in a plastic envelope that is divided into several sections. To make it simple I used the season to sort and one for babies/wedding. That means valentines, christmas etc is in winter. I always go there first and try to use up some of the outstanding scraps. I like the idea of cutting flowers etc. out of scraps too. We are all with you hun. Hugs

Stacey G.- 2 Craf-t-4u said...

Always a problem! I put my solid colors in those plastic drawer organizers by color. I only put whole pieces in the drawers. If I have used a punch or die I trim that part off. Size is always a question. You won't miss the tiny pieces. Some are OK for punches and dies, but the rest I ditch. As for pattern, I organize them by colors too in 12x12 file folders. They are getting a bit full now though. Hope that helps!

Leanne said...

Thank you sooooo much for the feedback I'm loving them all! Keep em coming!! It makes me feel better I'm not the only one with this problem!! Hugs, Leanne

Pamspaperpassion said...

Hi, i guess this is a common problem as I went through this a few months ago. I spent a whole Saturday sorting my scraps into plastic shoe boxes by color families (i.e. reds, blues/purples, etc...). I try to go to them first when I need to cut something. I also use my cardstock mostly for card bases and try to make a card with the other half as soon as possible. I do like the idea of donating the paper as well. Hope this helped.

Pam of pamspaperpassion.blogspot.com

Got2BCrafting said...

Just recently I went thru my boxes of scraps and organized them. I am using a filing box with folders, which are sorted by colors. Within each color folder I have them sorted by smooth and textured paper. I hate to say it, but I keep anything around 1" or bigger, cuz I can still use them with my Cricut. Now, for pattern paper, I am still throwing it into a box until I figure out what to do with that!! One step at a time!!! :)
Lori

Tamara Bennett said...

I have a pretty good system that has worked for me so far. I put all of my patterened paper scraps in a bin that has three little drawers. I separate them by size. If I need a piece for a card, I will check the small size paper drawer, and always check the drawer before using new paper. I can almost always find a scrap piece to use instead of cutting into a new piece of paper.

Then all of my cardstock is separated by color in about 10 different 13x13 ziplock bags and are sitting in a plastic tub. when I need a small piece in a certain color, I alway check the bag first to see if there is one the right shade and size before cutting a large piece of paper.

I don't save any pieces unless they are 2x2 or larger. I also always cut my scraps into squares (like you did) to make them easier to measure and place on my cricut mat.

Hope this helps!!

Scrapin Kat said...

I keep 3-4 in scraps _ I gave all my scraps in a fb/blog comment when I closed the store - started over-- I keep them in a file storage thing and totally un-organized-- You going to CK Nashville? FYI I am having a garage sale Aug 13 if you can plan a day to shop!

thefrugalcrafter said...

OK LeAnne, there is help for you. Saving is great but only if you use them. So here is what I di and I alays turn to my scrap stash before cutting into a full sheet;)

I have a crate (wal mart has them right now for 3.47 each, the grean is relly pretty!) that is meant for hanging file folders. I got about a doven hanging folders and labeled them by color and in go my cardstock and pattern scraps. Since I always look to the scrap bin first and is is by color it gets used up. That said I will never use all of the full sheet paper I have LOL!

anything larger than 12"x6" I keep with my full size sheets. Smaller scraps of cardstock smaller then 3"x3" I die cut into oft-needed shapes and toss in a die cut drawer to use as gift tags.

I tend to use ulglier paper for envelopes so I don't save those scraps;)

Since you have so many scraps I'd sort them by color and set aside the paper you will not likely use and give that to a local library for their story-time crafts and file the rest by color. Just get in the habit of looking at your scraps before you cut into a new sheet;)

Paper Memories4u said...

I use alot of my scraps for cards but when I get to many or I don't want to mess with them anymore I give them to the school my daughter teaches at. They LOVE them! I give solids and patterned paper. They don't care about the size or color they are just so thankful to get free paper. So many of the teachers have to buy supplies out of their own pockets. I also give them old stickers or anything I don't want. It does your heart really good to help others!

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