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Old 01-12-2022, 02:35 PM   #1  
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Curious how small of sizes do you keep of cardstock scraps? I think I am going to through out anything smaller than a 4x6 and start storing in a photo box?

Curious to see others ideas?
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If I can punch something from it, then I keep it.
My scraps go into a sturdy page protector that I store with its respective color (I use a paper holder from Stamp-N-Storage for my cardstock). When I use a color, I always search the scraps first and generally find what I need (or make do with what I find!). My scraps (miraculously) have never gotten out of control.
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I keep a lot of scraps. If I pay attention, they go back with the full size sheets. Many are sorted by color in a container and I go there first to see if there is a large enough piece for what I want. I keep small sizes as do I use them. I know many people keep strips when they cut a layer down then they add these strips to a card base or weave strips together to create a background.
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I keep my scraps in one-gallon Ziploc bags and sorted by colors.

I do try to look through them when I need just a small piece of paper.

My twin, who makes all of our family scrapbooks, loves my scrap bags and uses them as much as she can : ) She's much better at it than I am!

As for the sizes I keep, that's always a struggle for me......when is a scrap too small and should just be put in the recycle bin??!! I have a tendency to save anything bigger than 2".
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I keep them in an accordion storage file that was designed for 6 x 12 sticker sheets. I've had it for many years - probably as long as I've been scrapbooking (over 20). If it's smaller than 2 inches in either dimension, I toss it in the paper recyclables bin. When the file gets too thick to close, I go through it and toss the overflow for the white section. I usually have a lot of those from card cut-offs.

I don't save thin strips, no matter how long they are. I know I won't use them. If I need strips for a project, I'll cut them from a larger sheet. Scrap storage can get out of hand, and I try to keep my storage under control.
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If I can punch something from it, then I keep it.
My scraps go into a sturdy page protector that I store with its respective color (I use a paper holder from Stamp-N-Storage for my cardstock). When I use a color, I always search the scraps first and generally find what I need (or make do with what I find!). My scraps (miraculously) have never gotten out of control.
Same method I've used for years and it works well for me. I have a re-purposed file cabinet about 3 ft long with two drawers that holds all my card stock in hanging files. I have a clear fe with scraps with each color. As others have said, I usually keep scraps that are big enough to punch something out of. For white and vanilla card stock, I keep a box on my desk that all those strips go into and use them for sentiments, etc.
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half sheets or larger go with full sheets, quarter sheet size are kept in a card file box close at hand. I check there for scraps before reaching for the 1/2 or full sheets. I only keep smaller pieces if it's foil, shimmer, black or the white I use for coloring images; those are the ones I will actually use.
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I too keep my scraps in gallon zip lock bags - one for each color. I keep all sizes, from about 1 inch and larger. A 1 inch piece can be shoes for First Crush kids from Spellbinders, or tiny snowflakes. I sometimes keep way too much. Lately, I've been tossing the left over white strips from when I cut an 8 1/2 X 11 cardstock into four 3 3/4 X 5 pieces for the inside sentiment on my cards. I had a gallon bag absolutely full and just started keeping only about 20 at a time. Some dies are so tiny they are hard to handle, so most of my scraps aren't wasted.
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I have one of those 12 X 12 storage boxes ( plastic ) that is maybe 2 or 3 inches deep. and it has scraps too small to file. ( and I die cut bitty things from them as my hands do not agree that punchies are a fun thing to do anymore)
but, if the box starts getting too full I either make some time to chop stuff up and or toss scraps of things that are not really going to be used. ( like skinny textured dark cardstocks, I would be more likely to stamp a sentiment on a pale color) kwim?
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I also have mine in a plastic box, semi organized. I keep them pretty small for sentiments etc. When it is getting too full I will die cut a bunch of common sentiments or make strip cards. That alone is usually good to move a lot out. Anything bigger than a 1/4 sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 stays with full sheets.
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A scrap has to be at least 2" unless it's a strip. I store the scraps in drawers by color. I created sections. I have 1 - 6x12 and 2 - 6x6 sections in each drawer. One of the 6x6 sections is for all my 6x6 paper (I tear apart the packs and sort by color) and the other 6x6 section is for small pieces.
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A scrap has to be at least 2" unless it's a strip. I store the scraps in drawers by color. I created sections. I have 1 - 6x12 and 2 - 6x6 sections in each drawer. One of the 6x6 sections is for all my 6x6 paper (I tear apart the packs and sort by color) and the other 6x6 section is for small pieces.
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