DIY: Corral the Chaos: The Pattern Paper Files (and a giveaway!)

March 6, 2013

Corral the Chaos: The Pattern Paper Files | Damask Love BlogBack when I posted the baker’s twine storage solution, lots of you offered awesome suggestions of craft supplies that could use a little organization in your craftroom. Cheryl Hutcherson must have been reading my mind when she asked about storage fo 6×6 patterned paper pads. Up until recently, my storage solution for patterned paper has been a pile…in the middle of the floor. Classy.

No mas! My patterned paper pads are all cozy and organized now, and I’m here to show you my system

Like most other crafters, I am a patterned paper hoarder. I just like to look at it and touch it. And now that I sound like a lunatic, let me show you how I organize this stuff.

Patterned Paper FileSince I am not a scrapbooker, 6″x 6″ patterned paper pads are ideal for me. Often, I even cut my 12″ x 12″ sheets down into quarters so that they’ll fit into this filing system.

This silver mesh DVD bin from the Container Store is perfect and inexpensive! It fits two rows of paper pads across without being to snug or running the risk of marring the paper.

I use a rainbow of die cut tabs to divide the paper pads by manufacturer/collection name. This way I know what I have and can access it quickly. I find that having this visible system encourages me to use my patterned paper more.

Creating Tabs for Patterned Paper

With the paper pads all tucked in their bed, it’s nice to have a system for seeing what I have – without digging through the file.  Enter: my beloved swatchbooks. Super cheap and so worth the extra 15 minutes it takes to create the

Patterned Paper Swatchbooks

I have three swatchbooks, that I divide into “Blah,” “Basic” and “Bold”…making it really fun and easy to combine patterns. To create these, I reached for my Fiskars Fuse! Remember how it can cut through 10 sheets of cardstock at once? Well – it only takes a few cuts to create a patterned paper swatchbook like this.

Fiskars Fuse Die for Tag Swatchbook


And with all this talk of patterned paper, it only makes sense that I would do a giveaway for the upcoming Online Card Class: Pattern Play

In the class, I’ll be sharing my “Blah-Basic-Bold” approach to patterned paper in action – so I hope you’ll join me!

If you love pretty patterned paper, grab your favorites and make the most of your stash. You’ll learn tips & tricks for discovering clean & simple as well as advanced techniques. Pattern Play includes tons of card ideas…ALL with videos! The class runs March 18-23, but you’ll have lifetime access to the content. Sign up now – only $16!


134 thoughts on “Corral the Chaos: The Pattern Paper Files (and a giveaway!)”

  1. Great storage solution for those 6×6 pads of paper I have so many of. I love the container store too. My fav is definitely polka dots.

  2. Already signed up! See you in class, Amber. OCC is how I found your blog to begin with, 4 classes ago!
    Patterned paper: I love it all unless it is cutesy/ cartoonish.

  3. Ooh that’s tough. I love polka dots but also stripes in the form of chevrons. This sounds like such a great class. I need to go check it out 🙂

  4. Great storage solution Amber! I love patterned paper and I love the online card classes so can’t wait for this one.

  5. I love ALL kinds of paper and am definitely a hoarder! I love polka dots, and have lots, but rarely use it!
    The hardest part of making a card for me is picking what goes together…

  6. Great idea for store the 6×6 paper pad. I love all pretty patterned paper. It”s the color of the paper I really care about. Thanks for the chance to win.

  7. This is great Amber! I have been wondering how I was going to organize my patterned paper too. It’s just piled one on top of another and has fallen like bricks one too many times already! Great post and great giveaway! 🙂

  8. I love florals i guess it is because i have grown up learning the names of flowers and flowers trees and bushes which has been hand down for four generations. my mother and grandmother and greatgrand mother taught i have always had a love for florals.and i have been teaching my daughter.

  9. I love patterned paper, especially florals but really all types of patterns. Your storage solution is great! Thanks for a chance to win the class.

  10. I have a towering pile of these pads–I like this idea! Did you adhere the tabs to a regular sheet of cardstock?

    I love all types patterned paper, but I usually am most drawn to florals. Just bought the new Maggie Holmes Crate paper pad this morning!

  11. When it stops snowing I’m heading to the Container Store!!! My patterned paper is out of control and you have inspired me to get organized. I LOVE LOVE LOVE polka dots. They make me happy:-) Thanks for the chance!

  12. I love plattreed paper and own a lot of 6×6 pads but I am affraid to use them!!! The patterns are overwhelming and I can’t make it work. When I see cards from other crafters I love them!! Question about the tags: if you die cut every pattern you only have one sheet to use, or do you buy more than one pad?

  13. Great storage idea! Too bad I’m out of US so no Container Store. I have lots of 6×6 pads and I’m mostly hoarding them. Not sure why. They are really pretty but I just find it hard to use them on cards. I don’t have any preference but I’m into the Basic and Blah designs as per your swatch. Bold designs are just too challenging for me. Thanks for the chance to win.

  14. this is the class for me – am like all the rest of the pp hoarders – love to look at it and sometimes can’t bear to cut it up! thanks for a chance to win.

  15. Stripes. Postmark stripes, rainbow stripes, all kinds of stripes! I’ve been hoarding a lot of 6×6 pads these days too… because they’re just the perfect size for card makers!

  16. I do love dotty patterned paper, it always makes me smile but I also love papers with simple patterns that come in bold and vivid colours. Thanks for sharing your storage system and thanks for a chance to win a spot in the class!

  17. Aw, thanks for mentioning my name/blog in your post! What a treat! I’m so ordering me one of those bins! Love it! You’re not a lunatic for looking at and touching your 6×6’s…it only turns into lunatic status when you start smelling it and rubbing it all over your face! (Not that I’ve ever done that, of course!) 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway! I love polkadots!

  18. I love ALL kinds of paper and you can count me in as a hoarder! I love polka dots,and stripes.I too love and collect the 6×6 paper packs! The hardest part of making a card for me also is picking what goes together…so I just collect….

  19. I have started collecting more 6×6 pads – thanks for the storage solution. So when you make your swatches are these cut right out of that pad?
    I am usually more interested in color than pattern – guess I’ll go with stripes. Thanks for a chance to win this class – it sounds great!

  20. I can always count on you for humor. This had me literally laughing out loud. “I am a patterned paper hoarder. I just like to look at it and touch it.” Hilarious! Only because, of course, I can relate. Neat organization idea. I think I’m drawn to geometric designs right now: chevron, Greek key, stripes, etc. Thanks for the laugh & the chance to win.

  21. Love the old Memory Box patterns, lately Lawn Fawn’s and Fancy Pants. Truth is, I ahave a mega-hoard from lots of companies. My bad.

  22. I would love to win a spot but I truly like how you fixed the 6×6 pads b/c it is something I need to do. Thanks Tam

  23. aaaaaak!!! just ordered the bin from the container store, LOVE that store, thank God there isn’t one close to me 🙂
    thanks for the chance to win!

  24. I love your idea for your paper and especially cutting down the 12 x 12 pieces, I always have to cut in down to get it through the cuttlebug. Thanks for the fab giveaway, I would love to take one of these classes. I to (heart) waaay to much paper, I to am a horder.

  25. I love your storage ideas! I so need to organize my craft space. Polka dots and stripes always get me. I must check out this class!

  26. This is such a great tip on storing 6 x 6 paper pads! I giggled when you said “After sounding like a lunatic…” You’re not! I do that, too!! hahah! (: This is definitely a class I would love to take!

  27. Love your storage idea!!! My papers are just sitting stacked on a dresser. Very annoying to find what I’m looking for!
    Gonna try and hunt down the mesh bin this weekend.
    – loving stripes lately.

  28. I think dots and stripes are my favorites. I’m already signed up for Pattern Play but would love to get it for free.

  29. Great idea with using the tabs! I store mine in a shoebox. I like to rotate the PP I use and usually move the pad to the back when done and pick one from the front next time. I also store left overs in a seal bag with the PP pads. I love all patterns – florals for the girls and stripes for the boys and polka dots for both!

  30. love your storage and organization ideas! thanks for a chance to win a spot in the patterned paper class.. I need inspiration!

  31. Hi Amber,
    I love your new storage system for patterned papers and swatch tags…you are so clever! I’m definitely gonna do this, thanks!
    I’m a “Polka Dot” girl…all the way! I own every, single polka dot collection from PTI, and then some!!! Thanks so much for a chance to win a spot in this class…it promises to be fabulous!

  32. Great Storage idea, unfortunately I live where there is no container store.
    I love stripes, any kind!
    Thank you for your inspiration!

  33. Great storage idea!! I cut down some (there is plenty more to do!) and filled a plastic tub with 3 rows of paper!! I’m still on the fence with this class! Sounds like fun, but money is tight… and i;m going to be close to archivers tomorrow… soo… LOL

  34. I love patterned paper!!! Your idea is wonderful and I will have to do this. Would love to win this class!!

  35. I love your patterned paper system. I don’t have the FUSE, but I am going to give it a try with another die – I just won’t be able to cut as many at a time as you can. Thank you for sharing your idea. I am looking forward to the class and would love to win a spot in it.

  36. I love Polka Dots especially in Bright Colors! I usually like to make my own pattern paper with background stamps and different techniques, though. It would be awesome to win a spot in your class – you have such wonderful ideas with beautiful results!

  37. Oh my. Fantastic storage idea. I love 6×6 paper pads too and have just recently started cutting my 12×12 into the smaller size. Love your filing idea.
    Out of your three choices I would have to say polka dots. But may absolute favorite is PLAIDS. Great for any gender cards.

  38. I love that storage idea for my growing collection (obsession) of 6×6 pads. I think my favorite pattern right now is chevrons, but maybe stripes or maybe hexagons. Hows that for be decisive. (sp?)

  39. Tend to favor polka dots and then stripes. The florals seem harder to mix and match…at least for me. Sounds like this would be the perfect class for me to learn how to diminish my stash. Thanks, Amber, for the chance to win, and also for sharing your storage ideas. Congrats on being one of the guests in class!

  40. All of them! I’m not kidding. I have a serious paper addiction, but you’d never know it because they rarely show up on the projects I create. I love them so much that it’s actually hard for me to cut into them. Your class sounds perfect. I might as well learn to use those beautiful papers that I just had to have. P.S. Love your filing system…I just need to mega size it to fit all the papers I own (and the ones I’m sure I’ll keep buying).

  41. Brilliant idea—both the storage and the swatch book. Thanks for the idea.

    There is something about graphic paper that speaks to me.

  42. I am always trying to create something new, but polka dots are surely my favorite. If I use polka dots, I can surely pull off the design and use some paper I don’t particularly love. 🙂

  43. Amazing! This is great because half of my paper stash is just so I can enjoy looking at my pretty papers and this would make it easy to look at and use.

  44. Love this idea for 6×6 pads! I must admit that I don’t have that many to need an organizational system! As for pattern papers, I love polka dots and stripes. Can’t really choose between them.

  45. Loving all of your different features here. It is constant eye candy and inspiration. My favorite pattern? As in one? I really adore them all which is the problem. Thanks for the chance to win.

  46. Found you through OCC also; can’t wait for class to begin. Your basic-blah-bold approach sounds very intriguing as I LOVE patterned paper but am ignorant of how to use them together.. Can’t really choose of favorite design; hopefully after this class I’ll never have to “pick just one” again!

  47. I am in a spotty stage and have some nice spotty paper, I like patterns but not sure how to use them to best advantage, I like to just get them out and look at them!

  48. Wow what a fantastic storage idea!!! If I only had surface to put it on lol! Im torn between florals and polka dots but know for a fact I reach for my polka dots more than anything else! Probs because they go with everything!!! Thanks for the chance to win 🙂 Xx

  49. Polka dots are my favorite, although I am pretty much addicted to using all kinds of patterned paper everywhere! Thanks for the chance to win!

  50. Thanks for the tip! I feel like going down to The Container Store and picking up that bin. I have so much patterned paper, I don’t know what to do with it! Perhaps the class will help out. 🙂

  51. All my 6by6 pads are falling apart! Never thought of making a storage / organizing system… DUH!!!! Thanks for the tip, I will post my outcome.

  52. Actually, I came to check out the guest designers for this new class because I’m still thinking about taking this class (still haven’t finished turning the ideas from last month’s class into cards). I’ve been hoarding lots of paper pads in the last 2 years, because I love all those coordinating colours. Recently I’ve been drawn to more graphical designs, but I could definitely use some tips and tricks to actually start using them. Would love to win a spot and learn more about your storgage solution.

  53. What a great idea for 6 x 6’s. Mine are just shoved in a shoebox. I’m gonna do that. Thanks Amber, love your work.

  54. Awesome!!loving your creative storage idea for 6×6 pads!! I am excited about the class and look forward to learning more about the mixing of patterns process!! Have. Fabulous week!! 😉

  55. Great ideas! Love the tag idea – think I just may have to try this. So much easier to look through than the stacks of paper I’ve accumulated.

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