Like any cardmaker, scrapper or paper artist, we tend to accumulate lots and lots of paper. Two years ago it became so out of hand that I didn't know what I had, where it was or why I bought it. Patterned paper is so easy to buy, especially if you're like me and buy it just for the sake of "I love it". I knew something had to give, I either had to use up my stash or weed it out. I decided to go with one company and stick to it, this way I know that everything in my art stash coordinates with something. After much deliberation I chose Stampin' Up! for my patterned paper because 90% of my cardstock is Stampin' Up! along with my ribbons, embellishments, ink and stamp images. Unfortunately, you can over buy when you stick to one company as well. I devised this little system so all my patterned paper is right at my fingertips for easy project making.
Every time I get a pack of paper, I punch a scallop circle of each sheet, punch a small hole in each circle and attach it to a metal ring. At the beginning of each paper pack circle I add a tag with the name of the paper pack on it. My tags are colour coded so I know what category they fall under (ie. red=christmas, purple=hallowe'en, green=nature and yellow=geometric prints/flourishes). Then I make a matching tag to attach to the dividers that separate my full sheets of paper, which makes finding what I want quick and easy.
The labeling is still a work in process because I'm having trouble remembering the names of some of the paper packs from 2 or 3 years ago :)
Happy creating! Would love to hear about other people's paper organization tips!