Are you still searching for the perfect way to store your 12 x 12 glitter cardstock and the scraps? I’ve found the best solution to keep your full sheets and scraps of glitter cardstock well organized and at your fingertips.
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Let’s be honest, when you pay up to $3.00 for a sheet of 12 x 12 glitter cardstock, you want to keep every scrap and piece you can. I was tired of losing the little scraps of cardstock and not knowing what I actually had. I found myself just cutting new sheets and not realizing I had scrap that I could use.
I tried those acrylic stacked shelves where the paper is stored horizontally. This worked okay with my full sheets, but the little scrap pieces were a mess. They kept getting lost and would fall out. Some of my full sized sheets would get bent going back in. I often just sat everything on top because it wasn’t easy to use. Which of course defeats the purpose of an organization system.
I knew there had to be a better way, and I finally found a system that worked for me. I’ve been using it for about 6 months and it still brings me joy every time I reach for my glitter cardstock.
Scrapbook Paper Organizer Sleeves
The first key piece to this system is the 12 x 12 scrapbook paper organizer sleeves. This is the answer to my scrap problem. I put all scraps in these. One color per sleeve. I do not put unused full glitter cardstock sheets in these sleeves. They are just for scrap.
The 12 x 12 scrapbook paper organizers come with tabs that you are supposed to write on. I used my Cricut to cut out two pieces of cardstock in the color of the sleeve and glued those pieces to the front and back of the tabs. I then glued the tab onto the sleeve. This way I could quickly identify which color is in each sleeve.
Wooden Paper Organizer
Next, I needed someplace to put these amazing sleeves filled with color coordinated glitter scrap cardstock. I found this beautiful wooden 12 x 12 paper organizer.
I think the key to this system is finding something where you can stand the sleeves and unused pieces of glitter cardstock up instead of laying them on their side. It’s so much easier to see what you have and pull the cardstock in and out if it’s vertical and not horizontal.
This is a sturdy quality piece. I can carry it around my craft room without fear of it falling apart. It will never tip over. I found mine on sale during Amazon Prime Days. It can be pricey if not on sale. If it’s not in your budget or you cannot find it on sale, here are some cheaper alternatives:
First, I put all the sleeves with scraps in the slots, tabs facing out.
Next, I slide the full size unused coordinating glitter cardstock pieces behind the scrap pieces of the same color.
And you are organized! It’s as simple as that. All your valuable glitter cardstock is now at your fingertips and easy to see.
I always pull out my scrap sleeve first in the color I want. I take a quick look to see if there is anything in it I can use, and if not, move onto the full sized pieces. This system has definitely saved me time and money. I find I actually use my scraps first, which stretches my glitter cardstock purchases further.
I love this system, but if you have one that works for you, drop me a comment and let me know.