Remember the time that you had that really cute patterned paper you bought for one project and later wanted to punch out just a 1″ circle from it? I used to run into that A LOT! I don’t like punching out small shapes from a gigantic 12 x2 sheet.
I organize all of my scraps into two expanding files. I’ve seen this method before. But what I love about mine, is that it has two sizes in each expanding file. There are 12 tabs with a total of 14 slots. Half of the slots can fit up to 8.5″ x 11″ and the other slots can hold up to 4.5″ x 11″. I purchased these expanding files several years ago from Target and they were the Up and Up brand. I think the cost of each one was about $5.
Each expanding file is color coordinated for easy retrieval. I also have a bin to collect paper scraps when I’m working on projects. Then when I have time, I file the scraps into my expanding files.