Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Organizing Your Card Stock Scraps

We all have the problem of not wanting to throw-away scrap pieces of CS....but what can you do with them? ...other than throw them in a box or envelope to go through later...

Perturbed

Well, yesterday I came up with my solution...and I hope it can help you as well.

I recently bought a photo storage box at Target that was on clearance..I got it for only $2! To brighten it up a bit, I took some leftover Afternoon Tea DSP and covered the box and lid using Modge Podge. I then put Chocolate Chip 5/8" Grosgrain and Wild Wasabi Double-Stitched ribbon around the box with Sticky Strip. The "SCRAPS" label was made using my Dymo Label Maker...love that thing..

Here's the finished box...


Here is the inside of the box...


I made the dividers using 5" x 8" Index Cards...unfortunately, my local office supply store only had colored Index Cards. I cut the Index Cards down to 3 7/8" x 7 5/8" so they would fit inside the box and still leave room for the tabs to clear the lid.

To make the tabs, I used my Rounded Tab Punch. I punched out each tab using that particualar color, to make for easy filing. That way when I have a scrap of Pixie Pink, for example, I will be able to check the color to the name before filing it. I attached the tabs to the Index Cards using snail adhesive.

I hand-wrote the color name on each tab and put them in order of color families....starting with Neutrals, 07-08 In Colors, Bold Brights, Earth Elements, Rich Regals, and Soft Subtles. I will of course make new tabs for the 08-09 In Colors once I receive the CS.

Here is a close-up of the dividers with my scraps filed...


As you can see I don't have enough scraps to fill the entire box. That is mainly because I only keep CS scraps that I could punch a 1" circle out of. Any smaller, I find it doesn't get used. *Although, when it comes to DSP, I do keep small strips....you can always add a strip to a card in place of ribbon.* Winky

Card Stock: Afternoon Tes DSP, Scraps of every CS color for Tabs
Accessories: Chocolate Chip 5/8" Grosgrain ribbon, Wild Wasabi Double-Stitched ribbon, Sticky Strip, Rounded Tab Punch
Non-Su! Accesssories: 5" x 8" Index Cards, Modge Podge, Dymo Label Maker

I hope you can now make your CS scraps more easily acessible. They really come in handy!
I can't believe tomorrow is already the 4th of July! Flag Wave
...2008 is really flying by....

1 comment:

carolyn said...

Emily Neat idea, I love that you are always making it easier to use supplies and that you share your ideas with us. I didn't want to throw again any of the left over paper that is so pretty but the more you save just in a box the harder it is to find what you can use. Your box is pretty too! :-)
Thanks for another great idea!!!