Purging Papers

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Purging Papers

I just went through ALL of my scrapbooking papers. It was mostly sorted, but it was still hard to find things.

I ended up pulling about 2 inches total of papers out. They were either papers I've had since the start of scrapbooking, hideous, or I have more then 2 copies of that paper.

I then sorted it again. I have a Christmas folder and a Valentine's/love folder. Those are pretty specialized and I work on just that at a time. The pirate pack, fairy pack and church/stain glassed packs stayed in their original wrapping and were put together in a folder. The 3 cardstock specialty paper packs stayed together. Then I put all the solid 12x12 in a folder. Finally I sorted all the rest of the papers by color. Red, pink, orange/yellow and browns went into one folder, separated by color group. Blue, green, purple, black/white went into another.

This is the second time I've done this and I'm now down to one milk crate of papers and there is PLENTY of movability space to find things (a little less then half is empty). I can find things, am not overwhelmed by a sea of papers that are nice, but I've never managed to use and I have a refined system to use.

Now to finish sorting the scraps, then the stickers and all the other random bits that got delegated to my desk and I can start card making again. This is actually getting me excited to do so again. I guess there really is such thing as too much of a good thing. It was bogging me down.

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good for you! isnt it a little early for nesting? Wink I'm sure it feels good to get that taken care of

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that's great! I need to do that. I have such pack rat syndrome, ya know? I don't want to let go of anything, even the ugly stuff. I actually gave a bunch to a girl scout troop over the summer, but it didn't put a dent in what I have. So what are you doing with the 2 inches of paper?

I have a drawer of scraps, and I try to use them on layouts and cards. But it's getting out of control. I need to have a full day dedicated to using my scraps. Sadly, that will never happen here. I don't get full days to do anything ...

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it feels good to organize, doesn't it? when DS was napping the other day, I went through my hanging file folder that I keep all my partially cricut cut paper (if that makes sense). some of the pieces didn't even have a useable portion of paper left for making any cuts...and some I trimmed down and put in my small scraps folder (coupon sorter, basically, that I keep small pieces of paper in) I have basically banned myself from buying paper lately, unless I need a special pattern or color for a special LO...I have SO much paper.

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Gwen- I totally understand. I'm the same way.

My scraps are getting out of control too. I'm letting only full sheets be in the milk crate. The rest go in the scrap folders and I'm trying to use those up before touching my "whole" paper. Those scraps get sorted by color families and are in hanging files.

See, my other problem is my local scrapbook store has "paper by the pound" where you can buy a pound of scraps for $2 or 1/2 a pound for $1. Um, yay! I can get all types of specialty papers for cards without paying the price. The pieces are usually at least the size of a card. But now I have all those scraps.

The first thing I'm going to do with the 2 inches of paper is let the kid's town grandma sort through it and take whatever she wants. She's such a help to us, and is babysitting the kids on Friday so hubby and I can go out. So anything she wants is hers.

After that I haven't fully decided. I have a couple cousins who scrapbook that I might offer it to, and an aunt who runs a daycare. Otherwise, some of it is really nice paper- I might save some for prizes, at least the patterned, glittered or flocked cardstock.

This purging all started because we were possibly going to be moving. Hubby and I decided that as packratish as we both are, we need to keep going with the purge even though we're not moving now. So we've kept sorting and purging and the more we get cleaned out, the happier we're finding ourselves. We're finding stuff we forgot we have, we're knowing where things are again, and we have space to move. We've found that we haven't missed this stuff we were keeping "just in case".

It's still coming and going in spurts and we have a lot more we can do, but it's nice to getting working on it, at least here and there.

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Yay for purging! This has been my life for a couple of months with the move and all and I find that I am still totally in this mindframe. If I can't think of a particular spot in the house that it will go and be used, it doesn't come into my house. I've been organizing and putting together my scrap space and finding all the stuff that I've had and haven't even opened is shocking. Good for you for continuing the purge and discovering things once lost.

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I've been in a purging mood lately too. We just have too much junk!
I still don't ahve my scrapbook/sewing room anywhere near organized but I did get a new storage cabinet filled. That helped alot!

I still can't get to my table and can barely walk though:rolleyes:

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Well for all you ladies purging, you could always you know pass it along. Smile I have not bought any paper in almost a year, or should i saw designer paper. Because I bought some from teh Target dollr bin. One of my local scrap stores is doing a garage sale where i get store credit for whatever i sell, so I hope to get some cute stuff after that.

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Glad to hear you found some time to do that Michelle and hope all that time stays with you. I know it's hard to let things go sometimes. Luckily I am quite the opposite of a packrat, my house is very bare. Many say I am an extreme minimalist. I pitch EVERYTHING!! LOL

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"Princess Leia" wrote:

good for you! isnt it a little early for nesting? Wink I'm sure it feels good to get that taken care of

That is TOTALLY what I was thinking - nesting alert! Smile And that sounds awesome, to have all that organized. Did you take a picture? Smile

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That's awesome that you were able to go through all your paper and organize it. I did that with all my 12X12 cardstock but I have yet to do anything about my single sheet pattern paper and all my stacks. Eventually I will get around to it.

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you go girl!!! sounds like a great system!!

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"slurpeegirl13" wrote:

That is TOTALLY what I was thinking - nesting alert! Smile And that sounds awesome, to have all that organized. Did you take a picture? Smile

You gals are too funny. It's just residual "we might have to move" vibes. That and FINALLY feeling healthy (which I know, at almost 24 weeks of pregnancy seems like a contradiction).

I haven't taken a picture because I haven't finished cleaning my desk yet. Wink

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PAPER TIP if you have old papers that you don't like, use the white paper on the back Smile

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I don't have the strength to throw any out right now. I went through all of my and DH's clothes today and pulled out 5 large garbage bags worth of clothes to donate. So I am drained from all that purging so my scraps file will be severely in need of refreshing for a while to come. I can't imagine how bad it would be if any of the stores I go to had paper by the pound, yowza! WTG on cutting back.