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Back 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.

Corral the Chaos: The Pattern Paper Files | Damask Love Blog

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!


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134 thoughts on “Corral the Chaos: The Pattern Paper Files

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. i like basic backgrounds and all things boy (for my son) but i can never bear to use it! hope to learn!

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

  5. 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!

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

  7. 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!

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

  9. 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

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

  13. My fave patterned paper to look at (and pet!) is florals, but my fave to actually use on papercrafted projects would be dotted 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win!

  14. 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.

  15. 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?)

  16. 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!

  17. 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).

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

    There is something about graphic paper that speaks to me.

  19. 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. 🙂

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. Are you kidding? A favorite pattern for paper? All of them! My name is Zena and I am a pattern paper hoarder.

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