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Scraps Escape - Think Green

What do you do with your scraps of paper - cardstock and decorative papers?

Being a fairly progressive "green" person, I save most, if not all, of my scraps. Now before you gasp and think that I am nuts, I actually use all of them. I am not a hoarder, but apparantly a prolific stamper. Any scraps that I do not use, go into the paper recycling bin right at my feet. My post earlier in the month shows just how much I do use. I ran out of white CS scraps earlier in the month. The horror! giggles... Before I grab for a new sheet of paper, for something other than a card or scrapbook base, I look in here first. I am always surprised when I find no color match for what I need.

I purchased an inexpensive kitchen drawer organizer from Target (it was longer than 12", long enough for all types of scraps), created dividers using (what else) scraps of kraft CS from an old project and just wrote the section name in a sharpie. I keep it just to the right of my art table where I do all my crafts, on a shelf. I have had this art table since 1988, still even have the original receipt. I bought it when I was in design school at the University of Minnesota. Yeah, those were the days! just kidding.... Some of those classes required 2 to 4 hours of work each night. Made some of the writing and some of the IT courses I took seem like a walk in the park. I am quite close to finished said degree, and hope to do so before my children graduate. Honestly!But I digress - a lot!

These are the sections I have (in order): white, black, neutral, vanilla, green, red, blue, pinks/purples, yellows/oranges, oddballs (metallic, shimmer, vellum, etc). All Stampin' Up! papers. I ordered them by what I use most frequently. It is a simple system, and saves me a lot of paper and headache.

For decorative (Designer Series Paper) I have an old 12" school box my kids had used a few years ago that I keep right underneath my CS scrap bin. I don't end up with a lot of DSP scrap. I also have a small box/tin/something that I keep ribbon scrap in. Again, I tend to use it all. And I have a small plastic box that came from some purchased deli meat (cleaned of course) that I put my unused punched out shapes of all types, and extra stamped images.

Again, in trying to think green, not gorgeous (there are some very nice, and expensive, systems for dealing with this stuff), I have repurposed several containers to contain all this stuff. It works for me.

How do you handle your scraps? Toss, save, or horrible mess?



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