In the effort to be more 'eco-friendly' and 'cost-efficient', I have a scrap storage system that works really well for me. I purchased these plastic 3-drawer containers mostly at Hobby Lobby, but Walmart also sells them. I would usually get them at HL because I could use a coupon on them.
These sit on the left side of my studio table up against the wall. The first two stacked on top of each other hold my scraps and the other two on the right hold mostly patterned paper that I like to have within reach when I am creating (bottom going up: adhesive refills, polka dotted paper, floral & swirl paper, checks & gingham paper, striped paper, and scrap cuts from my cricut). Scrap cuts? You know... all those things you cut and then don't use on your project? I love my scrap cut drawer because sometimes I will just open it up and design a card from what inspires me in that drawer.
Each drawer is color coordinated to hold two colors that are usually associated together. Except for the black & white drawer. I use so much more black and white than any other color that they each needed their own drawer.
The center label identifies the drawer as a Scrap drawer and the colors are listed on the left hand side.
This is the 'Purple/Blue' drawer and it holds not only the solid colors, but patterned papers as well. Whatever the main color in a pattern is... is what color it will get filed under.
Now... let's revisit that scrap drawer of mine. You know how you will make cuts with your cricut and then decide you want it to be a different size or the diecut just doesn't look quite right for that particular project? Well, I use to throw those cuts away, but some of them are too stinking cute! Hence, my scrap cuts drawer.
I guess it might look like a mess to most, but to me... it's like the land of lost toys!
Just lying around waiting for someone to use them. It's a drawer full of inspiration and sometimes I just like to dig around and see what might go with what and just make something out of them.
This cute airplane tag is from NEW ARRIVAL. That cartridge makes the round tag foundation and will cut any image in a circle to be shadowed and will fit the foundation. I made a bunch of these as luggage tags for my daughter when she moved to Alaska. Put her contact info on the back and laminated them. This one was an extra. Too cute to throw away... I am sure I will use it somewhere someday.
Here is a simple tag, I had cut it out to use on a project and then decided that I liked the patterned paper tag better.
And some ribbon to match. I keep all my spare ribbons and buttons in these jars that sit right next to my scrap drawers. What do you do with all those extra buttons that come with some of the clothes you purchase? I just put them in the middle jar. Very rarely have I ever had to use one on the shirt it goes with, so I use them for projects.
Emboss the paper and put it all together, then add a sentiment... and viola! I just made a cute birthday gift tag totally out of scraps!