Scrap by Color: GREEN

EDITED from Charlotte, NC: I fixed the video (it wasn’t working this morning) and I just have to say that I am already SO IMPRESSED with my friend Donna and everything she and her team have put together–this is exactly what I need!

I have recently decided that I want to “expect” a bit less of myself. I’m always telling others to let go of unrealistic expectations, so it’s time I stop letting super-high expectations keep me from doing some things. For a long time, I’ve been asked to share details of the method behind my madness when it comes to organizing by color.

I’ve seriously wanted to do something super-cool on my blog for over a year.
A year people–that is too long!

I know from past experience that the best way to facilitate change is to just change and see if you can push it through.
So, here goes nothing …

I should say, here goes something (finally) and I should also say it’s NOT super-cool, but it is OK and it’s information and it’s me, unrehearsed and eager to change.

For your viewing pleasure … I present Scrap by Color episode one: GREEN
note: watch for my “lazy” eyelid — it’s so weird. It’s always been that way, don’t know why.

Here’s an overview:

Glass jar (I used an empty candle jar from Target) with a secure lid holds all the little, separate and random bits and pieces.

Ink, paint, glitter, colored pencils, pastel crayons, etc … are all stored in my color bins (ie, not together in an ink bin or drawer)

Monochromatic product stored in unopened packages

Random stuff (like shamrock stickers, zip ties from Home Depot, and decorative envelopes for notes and gift giving)

Mini-books and other little frames, etc… that can be used for projects and enhancing the cover of albums, etc..

To help me celebrate this Scrap by Color thing I’m doing for National Scrapbook Month, I’m picking random comments on my blog and sending people colorful goodie bags of product (more information on the importance of purging and sharing coming soon!)

Since today’s post is all about green and since I LOVE green, there will be two winners:

Toni, who commented on May 5th: I so wish there was a way I could do such a girls’ weekend. Guess I have to live vicariously through you. ;) I just got done reading The Big Picture this week (loved it!!!) and enjoyed reading about you girls getting together there as well. Btw, I read a quote yesterday that I loved and thought you might enjoy as well.
I’ve decided that the stuff falling through the cracks is confetti and I’m having a party! ~Betsy Cañas Garmon


Amy S, who commented on May 6th: I hope you have a fabulous birthday, Stacy! And a great year. So sorry about the toe, that really is a bummer! I turned 38 this year (in April) and I am feeling, I think, somewhat like you: wanting to appreciate and savor, but also wanting to accomplish more somehow. Several items on your list struck me, number 47 in particular. Me too.

Hope your day is wonderful!

Thanks (as always) for you comments. Your GREEN goodies are here and waiting for your address!
HINT: email


  1. KristiGilbert says:

    I was so excited to watch your video! But it says it’s private and I need to accept your friend request before I can watch it. HUH? I’d love to be friends with you, but doubt that you’ve actually requested that!

  2. Jill B. says:

    I too jumped at the chance to watch you, how can I except your invitation. Have a great day! I look forward to more. Jill B

  3. Caroline says:

    Couldn’t open video.

  4. Jeannette says:

    Yeah, I couldn’t open the video either…….

  5. Whitney S. says:

    I so need an organization system period….maybe by color is the way to go for me.

  6. It was great seeing your video and explanation of how you scrap and organized by color. Molly McCarthy tried to tell the CA. LOM group about it after her visit and tour of your scrap-room. We were all so jealous. Now, seeing it and hearing you explain it filled in those little gaps of information I missed getting from her.

  7. OH MY GOSH! I haven’t ever won a blog give away! Thanks so much stacy!

    I did a big reorg last month and went through EVERY SINGLE SCRAPPING ITEM I own. It is all sorted by color now, except for three holiday drawers (Halloween, fall/Thanksgiving, and Christmas). I am SO loving it. I’m surprised at how much it’s streamlined my process—I just wish I had done it sooner!

    • PS, I meant to add two more things:

      Green and purple are my two favorite colors. I cannot pick between them!

      Also…I’m hoping that somewhere in your color discussions you’ll talk about multicolored stuff. Right now I have a mutlicolored pastels drawer and a multicolored primary. But it doesn’t feel as functional yet. What do you do with, say, patterned paper that isn’t mostly one color?

      • Amy, I heard Stacy touch on splitting ribbon cards for example, which makes total sense to me. But MY multi-colored dilemma (help, Stacy!) is stuff that itself is multi-colored!!!
        I get labels that are green and brown would go in the green bucket if they’re MOSTLY GREEN, but what if the stuff is multicolored? I have a bin of multicolored stuff, but it’s hard to sort through so I don’t really use it as much as the stuff that is a single color, sorted into my color bins…

  8. I love your idea on storing by color-since that is how I naturally make my cards and pages!!

  9. Candace B. says:

    “It’s not easy being green” Kermit the Frog :)

  10. I love this concept. When I am working on a project and need a color, everything is there – like magic. Could you tells us where you found the bins you have. I might have missed this but I do like them, seem very functional. ~Ann

    • rachel in Cali. says:

      Hi Ann,

      Hopefully Stacy will see your question and confirm, but I think at some point she said she got them at Walmart. I found some in their laundry section, and I think they’re the same ones. ;0)


    • Rachel is right. I probably have 75 of those bins around my house (no joke) I LOVE them. I haven’t seen these exact bins at Walmart for quite awhile, but I have seen others, and I just saw some cute canvas bins at Target too.

  11. Stacy, here’s the reeeeeally cool thing. My favorite color is (yep!) GREEN! With that said, can I just say I’m SOOO excited to win the give-away. Actually, my kids are just about as excited as I am (“They’re for mommy, kids. Mom-ME!”) ;)

    Only my scraps are organized by color so far, so this video is timely and inspiring. I’m curious as to how many color bins you ended up with and I can’t wait to see future videos. Have a great weekend.

  12. Completely disagree — this was super cool! Thank you for sharing — got a lot of good ideas. One of my continued challenges is where to put and how to put the stuff. I have a wonderful scraproom that is mostly organized, but could be better! Also — thank you for starting with green — my favorite too. Infact, went to the yarn store today to get yarn for a new purse project — said to myself I was going to try to get something different, but fell in love with 2 shades of green (with an aqua accent) and had to buy it. Ok — off to get the kiddos from the bus — thanks for the inspiration!

  13. My scrap organization is TOTALLY based on your color organization idea! I have bins with my “stuff” sorted by color. The thing that totally made sense to me was a couple of years ago, I believe, you touched on your color sorting and you had your acrylic paints in the bins.
    Eureka! I never used my paints because all my PAINTS were together but the paints weren’t with the appropriate color! So I’d grab my bin and look for green stuff, for instance, but I’d never use my paints! I use paints every couple of weeks, now, BECAUSE THEY’RE NOW WHERE I GO FOR STUFF SO I USE THEM!
    My only question: inks – I crop out of my space at least once a month and I use my Distress inks ALL THE TIME. I’d have to pull them out all the time… I have them in their own container and I take that with me.
    Hopefully you’ll touch on exceptions like that in your upcoming videos so I don’t feel like I’m all over the place with my organizing… I guess it might be similar to unopened ribbon vs. ribbon leftovers… You have different places for them…

  14. Green is good, but Chartruese green is better. My Favorite. Everyone knows if… i have like 10 shirts that are chartruese and wear them all the time. It makes me happy. I walk into a store and see the color and I instantiously have to go see if I need to buy it. OH and i LOVE the paper candlestick holder. I will not be making one, but I loved the creative idea. I know that if people saw that at Pottery Barn they would so buy it for $25.00.

    I only organize my cardstock by color.

    I love your site…

  15. hmmm…I like this! I would love to organize all my extra stuff by color because that seems to be the way I scrap (except for PP) I have listened to your download on color a few times and just seeing this post, I realize how much it DOES apply to me. I need to get in and reorganize!

    • You can do it. You’ll hate me and everyone else for about two days and then it will all start to fall into place and after that, it rocks!

  16. Well I guess I need to get myself some bins and reorganize!!! I do have some of my stuff organized by color, but have a hard time purging the stuff I don’t use.

  17. You are a stash queen!!

  18. Rosemary Morrison says:

    Could you tell me where the two little green albums are from?

  19. Rosa Neno says:

    what a cool concept! I have a Scrapbox armoire with all the canvas shelves, and I am going to reorganize my paper now this way! Cool! It makes alot of sense; wish I had thought of that.

  20. Viki Powell says:

    Ahh, Stacy…i have just finished organizing by color…absolutely love it:) I do not have a lot of room but I do have a lot of color!!!! my plastic bins are smaller, but packed to the rim. You did touch on some new ideas that i will try to implement ASAP. thank you for sharing so much of you and your personal space. I really appreciate your input.

  21. How did you know my favorite color is GREEN!
    OK – have to know – where did you get the little business card sized mini album (with the black elastic band to hold it shut) – so stinkin’ cute and so neat! Have to have one in green and YELLOW!

    Now on to the video! Thank goodness it’s finally spring in Utah… always are a breath of spring to us!

    • That little album is a Real Simple business card holder from Target. I bought it a couple of years ago now.

      • Melody Pugh says:

        Oh I love that. I bought it a couple years ago too; also bought the tourquoise one. Target has the cutest stuff ever!

  22. Kerry G. says:

    This is so great. thank you! I’ve been toying with the idea of sorting by color for awhile, but I haven’t taken the leap yet. I think I just need to start with sorting by color and see what I have. I struggle with putting things away into their proper folders, so I think just throwing them into a bin would be so much easier for me. I too have a lot of questions and look forward to more videos (or maybe even a class or ebook on this?!) My main question right now is though, what do you do with your scraps? File them in your color bins too?

  23. you’re sooo cute! and fun! and creative! and resourceful! and duplicatable!
    love this and can’t wait for the next installment.

  24. Christine H says:

    Cool video. I found it cool that your actual voice really matches your blog “voice.” Meaning, you talk like you write……no schizophrenic personality disorders between the two I’m a sort by color girl as well. However, it took me a few years of trying different things and spending too much money on organizing stuff to get there! Looking forward to future videos.

  25. I LOOOOOVE GREEN~ and although I organize my closet by color I had NEVER thought of doing colored bins in my scrapbook room….very interesting thought!!! (Now if the construction on my basement would just get going again I could have a room of my own!!)

  26. I just have to comment on how much I enjoyed and appreciated the video – thank you for taking the time to make and post that! I didn’t think it would be for me but I’m changing my mind and am looking forward to more posts.

  27. I just saw Wicked last Saturday. I was especially taken with all the shades of green in the clothing of the citizens of Oz. This is like deja vu’

  28. Every since taking LOM, I have wanted to hear more about your scrap by color concept. Thanks for sharing. You always have a way of inspiring and making me want to go create and have fun. Love the no make-up monday too!

  29. Thanks for sharing Stacy! Your bin makes me want to shop shop shop. I have been organizing by color for years, every since I used a PSB. It really works for me, since I scrap by color too.

    Your hair looks SUPER cute in the video too!

  30. Kari D. says:

    I loved looking inside your bin Stacy! I also organize by color and my bins make me happy just to look at them. I will often go into my scrap room just to look at the bins and all the goodies inside them if I am having a down day. I also love green more than any other color. This year my kids got me the cutest green bike for mother’s day. I can’t wait to make a page about my new bike and dig through my green bin!

  31. Angie F says:

    LOVE your green bin!! I cannot wait to see the other colors! I think actually seeing your bin and it’s contents may have turned a light bulb on over my head!! THANK YOU!! :)

  32. Just wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed your video – I’m just in the beginning stages of getting my “craft area” set up (my husband I are building some adjustable shelves for the closet!) but this is good food for thought, along with Library of Memories! Love that I’ll be organized someday! :)

  33. Jessica says:

    Thank you for the glimpse into your green bin. Green’s one of my favorites, too, along with purple! So glad that color combo is finally fashionable again. :-)

  34. You are too fun! You’ve stopped me dead in my tracks and making me rethink my organization plan. This just might be the time for me to change because we moved two months ago and I finally have my very own room (can you hear me cheering all the way down in Phoenix?). I just painted the walls – bright, pretty turquoise (called “neptune”) on 1 wall and a super light toned down hue of turquoise (it’s called “sparkle”. seriously!) on the other 3 walls. All my “stuff” is in a heaping pile of mess in the center of the room and just waiting to find it’s new place.

    Oh, and I totally love green too. :)

  35. Gab McCann says:

    Thanks for that video Stacy – it was very fun. After reading Big Picture I started sorting all my supplies by colour and just love it!

  36. Thanks so much for sharing…I love the method of storage by color. I think it depends how someone works though…some people like to store by type/function as well. Think of your closet and see how you organize your clothes! :)

  37. Great video with many great tips and products Stacy – TFS!

  38. Sue Williams says:

    I’d seen what you’ve written about storing by colour and thought it looked great and was a cool option for ‘some people’ but really didn’t think it would work for me….I’m a visual person and avoid tucking things away in bins so I won’t ‘forget’ them. Then I watched the video and *WOW*! This is exactly the way I CAN store things away. It just makes so much sense! Thanks again for the inspiration!

  39. Great video – looking forward to the next segment. I’m glad to see that some else has bins and bins of stuff too. Although, mine are sorted by type not by color. Green is a color I tend to use in small doses, so I end up with more green scraps than any other color. I also agree with your philosophy that if you love it, it can’t be dated. Cute is timeless, I like to say.

  40. Great info! Thanks for sharing. Look forward to the next segment.

  41. Love the video! Thank you for making the video–it really helps me to see things. I am tempted to reorganize my craft supplies.

  42. What a great prize! Congrats to Toni (she is one of my very own scrappin’ sisters!)!

  43. {vicki} says:

    I TOTALLY Love videos on blogs—–
    Thanks Stacy for sharing “What works for you”—
    I like using “old” products, too—I don’t care if it’s new or old if I like it—I use it!

  44. Karen C. says:

    Oh, Stacy, How do I love thee??? You are just cute as a “green button”! :) What a fun way to organize. You sure have given me something to think about!

  45. yay green! my favorite color too. it’s so full of life and energy. just seeing your products inspires me to go either organize or create! since organizing today feels like cleaning, I think I’ll do the create part.

  46. Jeannette says:

    Stacy~ GREAT video! I wished I looked as good as you on “no makeup” days:-)
    Love the idea of your color bins–wouldn’t work for my artsy side though~ @ least not as far as inks & pencils, etc go…the artist in me HAS to have all my inks together, pencils, etc so I can create from a WIDE variety of colors, BUT with that being said, I LIKE the idea of the color bins for everything else….Will have to see how I can “alter” this idea to fit my situation. Thanks for the inspiration! I truly LOVE reading your blog & LOVED LOM 2010 with you! Thank you for adding “sprinkles” to my life:-)

  47. Jeannette says:

    OH, I forgot to add~~~ In the background is your work desk {I assume} and there are rolls of ____on the outside…….is that vinyl? paper? Just curious:-0

  48. I love your video! I love ideas about organization! I would only wonder what I would do with multicolored things. I seem to have so many things that have more than one color. Maybe we will find out about that in a future video? I can be patient. :)

  49. LOVE THIS VIDEO!! I have been organizing by color since I read one of your books several years ago (The Big Picture, I think). Anyway, I remember having an “a-ha moment” when I read that back then, and I immediately started sorting most everything by color. I am happy to say that tonight while watching this, I have had a couple more “a-ha moments.” I have been organizing my color stuff in those little 3 drawer stackable units, which I have quickly outgrown. So I am heading to Wal-Mart/Target this weekend to invest in some canvas totes (and some Mason jars for all those little things; like the idea of a clear “i-spy” jar for all those little embellishments.) Another “a-ha” is organizing EVERYTHING by color. It has never occurred to me to put things like green pens and ink pads in with everything else. I am looking so forward to the rest of your color series. Thank you for giving me some new ideas that are so very do-able. I have always been a simple scrapbooker. I find so much validation and inspiration from your blog and the ideas that you share.

  50. Just finding a moment to come back and watch this video. What an interesting concept. I would never have thought to organize my ‘stuff’ by color. I may just start this with my papers and see where it goes.

  51. Melody Pugh says:

    Ok, I am soooo glad you posted this. I’ve been wanting to do this for over 2 years (ever since reading Tthe Big Picture.) I’ve had my paper organized by color for years, but was always a little bit overwhelmed by the embellishments. This posting was just the kick in the keister I needed. I spent the several hours my kids were in school today completely reorganizing my embellishment into color drawers. I LOVE THEM!! I had no idea how much I’d love opening a drawer and seeing all kinds of pretty things in the same color. I even took pictures of my pretty drawers; wish you could see them. Thanks again for keeping us inspired.

  52. OriencePell says:

    Just want to say what a great blog you got here!
    I’ve been around for quite a lot of time, but finally decided to show my appreciation of your work!

    Thumbs up, and keep it going!


  53. You are SO cute. And I love that you love green, like me! My husband overheard you as I was listening to your video and he said, “Hey! Her favorite color is green too!” I love that you love all the colors. I like colors too, but I’d have to say that I’m a bit obsessed about green.

    Thanks for the fun post!

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