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There are many awesome advantages to practicing the art of quilling paper.
One of the best parts of practicing quilling is how little space the actual paper takes. Even so, the question of how to store quilling paper may all be a question of personal choice.
I know that I am guilty of the simplest and most straight-forward way of storing my paper and that is by keeping them in the packaging that they were shipped in. Most of my packs of paper arrive in one of two different types of bags.
The longer sheets are packaged in resealable cellophane bags. These are the sheets I prefer. They feel slightly thinner, but they are much longer and, for my purposes, I get more bang for my buck with these.
The shorter quilling paper strips are also in a small cellophane bag, but this type doesn’t seal again. In fact, the recommendation on the enclosed instructions suggest keeping the paper inside the bag, but snipping off one end for easy access. I’ve found that its also a good idea to write the name of the color on the bag for easy reference when reordering.
Keeping your quilling paper in the cellophane packages they were shipped in allows for easy storage and stacking. I keep all my strips in sturdy, pretty boxes that are available at all craft stores. I have great dreams of organizing my strips by color, but that probably will never happen. Usually, the box on the top is filled with the colors that I use the most. (Ok, usually the colors that I use the most are left out on my work space, but when I straighten up, they get put back in the top box.)
The arguments against storing quilling paper that way is the paper is kept bent in their bags, and this could affect the quality of your quilling. But, the designs I quill are on a smaller scale, so these minor bends don’t seem to have much of an impact on the finished product.
On her site, Crafting Creatures, Cecelia Louie shows how she repurposed old camera negative sleeves in a binder to store her shorter, half-used quilling strips. She also has a great idea to use a fishing tackle box to store tiny bits and coils, which is great if you’re continuously quilling the same designs or shapes. I’ve found that empty baby food containers do this job nicely, as well.
Jamie from Curly Quills uses a simliar type of binder storage, but she’s able to use whole sheets in hers!
If you have a little more space in your crafting area, try using clips and a round dowel to keep your paper hanging straight, like Lady Rain Buzz.
And the award for the most organized and awe-inspiring quilling paper storage solution was found on the Quilling Creations forum page with photos attributed to an unknown quiller. Using metal washers and a spring-loaded curtain rod, the artist is able to see every color and strip while working on her latest project.
There is probably as many ways to store quilling paper as there are quillers. Your method may depend on your space, how much time you can devote to quilling, or just your imagination.
I’d love to hear your technique for storing quilling paper strips. Leave a comment below and tell us all about it!