Paper Sample Book
I love love love my paper sample book. I’ve had it forever.
In fact, I’m not really sure when I started working on it. It’s a loose leaf binder with baseball card holder pages in it. Whenever I get a new paper, I cut a piece from it that’s 2.5” x 3.5” and slide it into one of the pockets. Sometimes I’ll wait until I have a use for the paper and cut it up for a project, and then I’ll take a sample piece from whatever is left over.
I have most of my papers organized by either maker/manufacturer, country, or weight/use. Those that don’t fit into those categories are usually organized by the whatever-I-feel-like approach. This binder has been invaluable for custom orders. I may no longer be able to get a specific paper that’s in there, but it’s much easier to find a replacement when I know the color, texture, and weight characteristics.
I also bring the binder with me whenever I go shopping for supplies. It’s much easier to look for a bookcloth match when you don’t have to bring a big roll of paper with you. Just whip out the piece from the sample book and you’re good to go. Plus, you may be looking for one thing but find something else that can work with something you already have.
Sometimes I put information on the back of a sample, such as the sheet size, where I bought it, or who the manufacturer is. I have even placed the store’s price label right on the back of the sample – then I’ve got the SKU number for reference.
When I get paper sample books from manufacturers, I usually take them apart and cut the pieces down to sample book size. It’s much easier to just carry around one reference book.
Do you have a way to organize your samples? I’d love to hear about it!