I just love when I am facing an organizational challenge and have an “ah-ha” moment. Even better is when that solution is free! As a packrat at heart I always hated throwing away the letters, shapes, and numbers that were left over from my Silhouette projects. Recently I was creating conversation hearts for some Valentine decorations I just couldn’t throw all the words away. I started rummaging through my craft room to look for a solution and came across my stash of Wedding Planner materials including a bunch of photo pages. I realized that the photos pages would be perfect to keep different size scraps organized in a binder.
For the mini letters, number, and shapes I used business Avery Business Card Pages and mini Post-it Notes to identify them. This has made it really easy to browse what I have before taking the time to create something new. The scraps above where from Valentine conversation hearts I made. I tend to use these smaller scraps for birthday cards and such. You could also use the Avery Trading Card Pages for these smaller scraps.
For the slightly larger scraps I used Avery Horizontal 4×6 Photo Pages. In each slot I placed an Oxford Ruled 4×6 Index Card to catalog what the letters, numbers, or shapes were. As they are replaced with new ones I can just cross off the previous and write in what it is being replaced with. This saves so much time from guessing and I can reuse the index cards 30+ times.
I also found that when I was clearing the cutting mat there were always tons of little scraps that went everywhere. A recycled tissue box is a perfect and an easy way to keep the scraps out of the way without running to the garbage. I just sit mine next to my Silhouette and empty it when it gets full. With all of the cute new patterns Kleenex is coming out with I don’t even need to worry about covering it!