I use a regular household file, the sort with a fold over lid and handle, to store offcuts of card. I sort them by colour. It's easy to find the colour I need. I place all the similar shades in the same section in a penny pocket so when I need to use, i.e.: red, I just need to take out the reds. I also find it so easy to take with me if I am doing a charity craft session.
It's also useful for card toppers, ie: birthdays, with all the different styles, even the greeting off other cards that can be recycled. There is also less waste as none get damaged or lost. This is a big help when you need to use a portable carrier away from your studio.
To keep my 8.5 x 11 cardstock organized by color I use a vertical cardboard magazine holder that I have covered with decorative paper to look pretty in my craft room. The trick is to be sure the holder is full, otherwise the paper will slump and not be straight, especially the thinner papers. If my holder is not full, I use some pieces from a corrugated cardboard box to make sure my paper is upright in the holder. It will hold about 4-5 inches of paper.
My supply of 12 x 12 papers is more limited and I keep them in a clear plastic craft keeper that is 12x12 and expands to about 1.5 - 2.0 inches deep. To keep the small squares of cardstock organized, I use a plastic shoe box without the lid. For pages I tear from magazines, I use hanging files in a file cabinet and for the very small strips of paper, I store those in a small accordion file. This sounds like a lot of storage but it keeps each kind of paper in its place by color. It seems to work for me when I make greeting cards for family and friends.
Share Your Feedback: Once you try any of the above solutions, be sure to come back and give a "thumbs up" to the solution that worked the best for you. Do you have a better solution? Click "Share a Solution" above!