Tissue Paper Dilemma

As the title says, I have a dilemma! I love using tissue paper in my collage because it layers beautifully, both with beeswax and with glue. In the last year, I’ve been both buying interesting looking tissue paper, as well as rescuing what would otherwise go in the garbage after parties. I now limit myself to colors and patterns I don’t already have (or have very little of) but either way, it’s become an organizational problem. Originally, I had it in one of the plastic drawers in one of those Rubbermaid drawer towers. However, it quickly got so full I couldn’t even open and close it properly. Then about 4 months ago, I found an old accordion file from school, and decided that was the solution. I organized it by color, and it’s been great for finding just what I need. BUT even so, I have several similar shades in each little divided section, and then in my sections for patterns, it’s getting downright crowded! And– this is the part that is the most troubling– it’s a huge effort to wrestle it closed, and even closed, it’s so fat it barely fits in my desk drawer.

Take a gander at my current set up:

This is what it looks like “closed”– if you can call it that. Notice how it’s bulging, and that poor elastic strap is going to snap. Either I need a much stronger strap (like the belt around the Monster Book of Monsters in Harry Potter, perhaps?) or else I need a different solution.

This is what it looks like when open. I am not holding it at all. It quite literally pops open to that wide.

So, I’m asking you, lovely readers. What should I do? Here are my needs:

  • organization by color
  • space efficient (preferably able to fit in said drawer as I have NO floor space left, very little desk space, and would need to do some serious rearranging to get shelf space)
  • Easy to get in and out
  • Friendly to wrinkled and torn paper (the set-ups with the dowels are lovely, but intended for brand new, full size sheets)
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About cassandramarie

Cassandra is a 24 year old soon-to-be teacher, used-to-be poet, and when-I-can mixed-media artist; a bookish little nerd with her head in the clouds and the Lord's Word in her heart. View all posts by cassandramarie

2 responses to “Tissue Paper Dilemma

  • rhomany

    I also have my tissue paper (and any handmade, or one-off papers) in those. I have 4 divided by season. I just put them in whichever folder that colour makes me think of – dark green is winter for evergreen but lime green is spring. Bright orange is summer but darker orange is winter. It’s worked for me so far.

  • linda

    Wow, tissue paper is cool, so great job in saving it from the landfill, definitely. But I totally understand the organizational issue…it’s with paper in general for me. I find that organizing by color helps too. Those accordion notebooks are great, but if it’s not big enough you might want to try file folders or file boxes per color. Papers tend to do well in document storage type filing systems…of course, it depends how much you have! I also use clear pocket protector type thingies to store emphemera in giant binder…then again I also have rolls of paper, so those are separate anyway…eek!

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