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)