How to Tame & Organize Your 6×6 Papers

Happy Wednesday!  Today I have a tutorial for you at Catch the Bug.  How many paper hoarding readers do I have?  C’mon — you know you’re one of them!  Now, I’m still using up 12×12 papers from years ago, but I’m incredibly addicted to 6×6 paper pads.  You practically have to wipe the drool off my computer screen around CHA releases.  I have a wish list a mile long right now and am really trying to be very good about it and not buy any knew pads.

One of my crafting quirks is that I almost always color my images prior to picking out papers.  I don’t go in with a plan of what supplies I will use. I  color and then have to search for the right papers to go with the image.  It can be difficult.  Especially if you find out that you don’t have the perfect paper to go with the image.

I remember reading a tip on how to store your paper pads and the scraps last year and it was brilliant.  If you ordered from PaperTrey Ink in the past, you know you received your stamp set in a 6×6 clear box.  I had saved my boxes, sure they would come in handy for something.  Well, they are perfect for storing paper pads and their scraps.

Over the past year, I had started storing them, but in no particular order.  Within the past few weeks, I decided my paper pads really needed to be organized and organized well.  So I sat down with all of my clear boxes and any my crafting friends supplied me with, all of paper pads, my paper trimmer (for those paper pads that give you that extra 1/2″ or so at the top without design) and my label maker.

I grouped my papers together according to manufacturer first and then by similarity.  For example, Echo Park’s Splash and Summer Days are in the same box.  Holidays are grouped together, first by holiday and second by manufacturer.  Each pad of paper is removed from the binding, keeping the cover. Between each pack is a cut divider from my Cropper Hopper paper holders.

As you can see below, there is an image I colored and the cardstock colors I was looking to use.  That tall stack is all of the paper pad covers — it’s about 4 inches high to give you an idea of how much paper I have. I sorted through my covers, which will be further organized to be alphabetical or by holiday.

After sorting through my covers, I determined that I wanted papers from the Echo Park Splash pad.   

After pulling the papers, I could just put together my card.

I’ve used my new system a few times and it really is handy to look through the covers and see what pads would work with my color scheme.  I’m in the process of putting the covers on rings. I  have one that will be holiday specific packs only.  I also intend to label each box with a number or something so that it will be even easier to find the paper I want — especially since my label maker tape was clear and the boxes are clear.  LOL!  I already have a little red circle on the Christmas papers and orange for Halloween/Fall.

So this just goes to show you — never throw anything away because you could always find a way to repurpose it LOL!

Challenge Submissions
Anything Goes Challenge — #73 Summer Days (card)

Ava Mermaid
Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps Ava Mermaid
Paper: Gina K, Echo Park Splash
Other Stuff: Nesties, rhinestones, Stickles, Glossy Accents

Thanks so much for stopping by today!


4 thoughts on “How to Tame & Organize Your 6×6 Papers

  1. I love your system…but I would end up with a pile of covers, and an even bigger pile of papers in no particular order! I could see it now! Your Ava mermaid is gorgeous!


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