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Monday, September 20, 2010

COSTO Paper Organization

If you have the COSTCO 2-sided designer cardstock that comes in a zippered container and, if you’re like me and have been totally frustrated w/ finding the right patterned paper for your project, in this satchel --- you have come to the right place.

I previously spent needless hours searching thru the portfolio for the right paper. Sure, I had my “legend” but I couldn’t find the paper that caught my eye on the legend, in the portfolio. So, I would flip thru the multitude of sheets, getting more and more frustrated, hoping I would “hit on it”.

No worries now. I finally figured out a system that really works. I had originally saved the cardboard “legend” of the various sheets of paper contained in the satchel. I cut it to size and inserted it inside the front, so it could be seen thru the see-thru cover. Even though this satchel had tabbed slots, there were no tabbies to put into these slots, so I basically made my own, using cardstock, cutting to size, adhering some alpha stickers that I had.

But then I was faced w/ the mathematical calculations that needed to be done. Well, I’m no Math whiz (who am I kiddin’ – I’m basically Math challenged! LOL; even tho I’m getting much better w/ training from my Nintendo Brain Age game.) Sorry, I digress. LOL

So, hubby came to my rescue. Didn’t take him long, at all (maybe a couple seconds) to tell me:

* 75 different patterned sheets of paper
* 30 tabbies

Here’s the scoop:
The first 3 rows (on the legend) have 3 different patterns in each slot. 15 x 3 = 45
The next 2 rows have 2 different patterns in each slot. 15 x 2 = 30
45 + 30 = 75. Eureka! All 75 patterns accounted for.

Now, w/ using my alphas:-
26 letters, but 30 slots; hence A to Z = 26; AA, BB, CC, DD = 4 --- 26 + 4 = 30

You could easily use a numbering system, but I didn’t have any numbered stickers, so I utilized what I had.

I am sooooooo loving this patterned paper portfolio now. No more needless searching. I just need to look at the legend, see what letter my choice is under, look inside the portfolio, find the corresponding letter and “Bob’s your Uncle” or. . . . . . . voila! -- choice found!!!

If you click on the pix, they will enlarge. :-)

paper legend, showing my alpha lettering system:-

inside, showing how I labelled the tabbies:-

If you’ve come up w/ a different way of organizing your paper in this portfolio, I would love to hear about it.


  1. Looks great! I have a jumble of disorganized paper in a magazine-type file that I avoid because I hate going through it! LOL I'll have to try resorting again so it'll get used. Thanks for the push!

  2. You saw my paper...it's all over the place!

  3. OHHHh how nice!!!! By the way I will be coming to Victoria when I take my SU Alaskan Cruise!!

  4. Linda, you really are a wonder!!! I love it!

  5. Wow! That looks great!

    Hey I'm having a birthday bash on my blog all next week. You should stop by daily and leave a comment. You might win somethin good!!! ;)

  6. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

  7. WOW...I think I have a headache, LOL! ;) What an awesome system even though I really have no clue how you did it, LOL. It looks great!

  8. Hey Linda!

    Guess what? Your the winner of my first ever mystery prize giveaway!!! WoHooo! I'm not going to tell you what you won because I want you to shoot on over to my blog to find out yourself! hee-hee! I'm evil, remember?! Make sure to email me your addy so I can send it out to you next week!




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