Organizing 12×12 Paper Pads

I’ve started to accumulate a lot of scraps out of my 12×12 paper pads, and it’s getting difficult to keep everything together. I try to keep all my paper together by collection because it’s easier to coordinate colors by using papers that originally belonged together. My old way of keeping everything together was just placing all my scraps inside the pad:

12x12 Paper Pads
The problem with this is that it becomes bulky as you accumulate more scraps, and the pack eventually starts falling apart as seen above.

Soooo, I had an idea recently that has been working out really well so far! I cut up my full 12×12 sheets to a 6×6 size, then put all the scraps in an A2 cellophane bag that I usually use to put my completed cards in.

6x6 paper and scrapsOrganizing 6x6 papers
I cut down the cover and cardboard back of the original paper pack, and make sure to include the manufacturer and name of the pack. This one cut down perfectly to include both, but if it doesn’t work out that way I’ll write the information on the top sheet. Then, I will rubber band the front, back, and the cut down 6×6 sheets together.

The final touch is to tape the cellephane bag to the back of the pack with the opening facing out, and then place all the scraps inside.

Organizing Scraps
Right now, it doesn’t look very “pretty”, but it does the job perfectly! I’m going to try out this method for awhile, and if it continues to work really well, I’ll probably make the presentation look a little better.

Warm Thoughts Card

I wanted to challenge myself to use supplies I haven’t used from my crafting stash yet. The first thing that caught my eye was the “Warm Thoughts” stamp by Paper Smooches. My mind immediately went to weather, being that Wisconsin seems to have the winter that won’t end!

Once I had my Warm Thoughts inspiration, everything else fell into place. I had this fun paper from K & C Company with rainbow colors, arrow shapes, and airplanes that I never knew how to use in my designs. Well, it ended up being the exact look and feel I was going for with my theme.

Warm Thoughts CardSurprisingly, I also found use for a pair of my ancient fancy-edged scissors! I usually forget I have those tucked away, and it was nice to get some use out of them to give a little bit different edging than I normally use.

Supplies:
K & C Company Summer Travel paper pack
Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler stamp set
Kraft Edgers Grecian scissors
Spellbinders Ovals die
Recollections Oval punch
VersaMark Ink
Ranger White embossing powder
Georgia Pacific white card stock
Uni-Ball Signo white gel pen

Just a Note

I am participating in another online card class that will be focusing on patterned paper, and I thought I would post one of my recent cards that has a little more emphasis on patterned paper.

Just a NoteThis is very similar to a birthday card I shared a few weeks ago, but that’s ok! I still like it! ­čÖé

Supplies:
DCVW paper pad
Inkadinkado Tag Expressions stamp set
Fiskars flower punch
Fiskars Treading Water border punch
Sew Easy black bakers twine
Black card stock

Colorful Card Using Inks

I have a tendency to use a lot of patterned paper in my card designs, and then will forget about all the colorful inks in my crafting collection. Here is a simple, yet colorful “I miss you so much” card using many inks from my stash.

Colorful Card Using InksSupplies:
Inkadinkado Hearts stamp set
Paper Smooches Word Salad stamp set
DCVW Brights light pink card stock
Georgia Pacific card stock
Rose Coral ColorBox Chalk Ink
Tangergine ColorBox Chalk Ink
Butter Bar Hero Arts Shadow Ink
Olive Pastel ColorBox Chalk Ink
Blue Lagoon ColorBox Chalk Ink
Warm Violet ColorBox Chalk Ink
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink