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Old 08-29-2010, 06:28 PM   #1
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I have been told two different "you have to" store your paper/cardstock this way versions. First I was told to store it vertically. Then I was told to store it horizontally, stacking by color/pattern colors. I find if I store them vertically, the paper/cardstock winds up with a slight bow in it. If I store it horizontally the stack is heavy and hard to search through. I need help please...many thanks!! Ruby
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I agree with what you said about the bowing. What I would add is do not store your paper near a window. I did that and the sun bleached out the edges of the paper near the window.

Here is how I'm storing my paper now.
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I think you should store your paper which ever way suites you for best access. There are pros and cons to both ways, but I don't think there are really any hard and fast rules for paper storage (except what pp mentioned). You will find many people here that store their papers both ways. As I searched the organizational threads and viewed the pics of how people organized their craft rooms, I saw many different ways of paper storage and have found some great ideas.

I previously stored my solid color cardstock in the Cropper Hopper style paper holders. Since the paper was vertical, I did experience some bowing, but mostly from the holders that were not full, which allows room for the paper to bow. I personally do not buy packs of paper, but if you do, a solution to the bowing is to just open the top of the plastic pack and just remove the number of papers you need. That way, the shrink wrap sort of holds the paper flat until a lot of the papers are used up.

My patterned paper was stored in 12x12 photo albums in page protectors. I could just flip through the album and find what I needed. This worked great for me before I really started using DP and didn't have much. Then my stash quadrupled in size and it became too costly for albums and page protectors. Right now I am in the process of changing my paper storage. My solid cardstock will be stored on horizontal paper shelves divided into color groups. Since I have swatch books for the majority of my colors, I can usually pick out what I need then go straight to the shelf with the color and find it with minimal flipping. My patterned paper will be moving to a vertical hanging file system that a lot of people on this site seem to use. For me, it would be too cumbersome and annoying to have my patterned paper stored flat on shelves and having to constantly sort through piles of paper to find what I need.

I hope you find a solution that works for you. Good Luck!
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I appreciate the help you both have offered. So it's not a "have to", it's a matter of personal preference. Again, thank you both for responding!!
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Personally, I store my cardstock in standard size file folders in three hanging file crates, sorted by color family (all the greens together, all the blues together etc). I also store my 12 x 12 paper in scrapbook sized file folders. I used to store it vertically but I could never get to what I wanted, it would get messed up when I tried to pull something out and lots of times I would "lose" paper in the stack. When I switched to the file folders, I found so much paper I forgot I even bought and now I use a lot more of it because I can get to it. I have not had any "bowing" issues for either my cardstock or patterned paper.

I don't think there is a right or wrong way to store your paper. The way you can best access it is the best choice for you.
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