Hello Awesome Ladies! When last we spoke, I had piles of paper and scraps all over. I gathered these from a variety of sources, (including: magazines, junk-mail, things I had picked up on adventures, and scraps from my art work). I had little pieces of paper around me like PigPen in the Peanuts cartoon, I needed to spend time organizing collage paper!
I live in a fairly small condo and it was time to get things under control, so I started to sort and organize my scraps. The whole purpose of gathering these wonderful scraps is to be able to use them! I wanted to have them easily accessible, so it would become second nature to pick them up and use them in projects.
I didn’t spend any money purchasing amazing organizing tools or bins. I just used what I had around the house. I hope some of my ideas help you to organize your amazing, colorful ephemera too.
Speaking of color, that’s where I started! I am a huge fan of making pages or collages that feature one color/color family (usually red) in my work.
Like in this example:
I warned you about the red!
My Sorting Process
First, I threw large pieces in one pile and small in another.
Next, I moved on to organizing the larger pieces in gorgeous masses of color.
I ended up with piles of paper all over the room. To keep them together, I clipped them with large binder clips.
I actually went through this step several times, I found treasures that I had been “saving” and I couldn’t wait to collage!
Once I was satisfied with my piles, I grabbed an old picnic basket that I had purchased the week before, stole some file folders from my boyfriend, and repurposed that as my file cabinet next to my desk. I felt so much better immediately! Here is a look at my progress:
WARNING, this may inspire you to sort paper at dawn like a crazy woman!
It looks like I have only red paper, but I swear that all the colors of the rainbow are sorted and filed in my picnic basket file cabinet.
Sorting Smaller Scraps
Next up, I started to sort the teeny scraps by color and I put them in paper cups.
I use little scraps ALL the time, and having them sorted into color, makes it so much easier.
I made this collage almost immediately after the “Great Sort”.
Organizing is such a personal endeavor. I am sure that you can come up with more streamlined or elegant ways to organize your papers. Please share them with me! Leave a link in the comments!
Sorting Letters & Alphabets
I use an embroidery thread box to sort my letters.
I love to throw everything on a giant platter or in a bowl while I am working on a project, so I can see what I have without making a giant mess.
This also makes it easier to put things away and also to see what you have. I apparently have a lot of red images!
I hope this has helped you, at least a little bit to get out your magazines, and stacks of paper that we cut out and found last time, and start to sort and organize.
I look forward to seeing pictures of your organizational styles and unique solutions.
I am even more eager to see your collages.
Don’t forget to share them on instagram with our hashtag #alpcollagelikeaboss.
Until then, I am still cutting and gluing and pasting my heart out looking for some Awesome Ladies to join me!! Let’s start a club!!