I saw an idea on a YouTube video- I'm sure it's nicolejones911. But she said something about forming "kits" from the scraps and leftover ephemera. Kind of like the concepts that are popular now- such as Studio Calico and Hip Kit. Put papers and etc. that you think coordinate together than make a plan to use them for layouts.
So I took time the other day opening up my muffin topped iris container and separating them the best I could- first by collection than also by colors I thought would be cute together. I got ziploc 2 gallon bags- I don't know if you know it but they fit 12x12s perfectly! Anyways- I put the "kits" I wanted to use together in the baggies than went through my embellishments and tossed things I again- felt matched the papers along with them in the bag.
Here is what I made with two of my kits::
There were some papers I still didn't use all of that I put back in the iris container - another day I will mix them back in to kits again. At least this is helping me whittle down some of my overwhelming hoard.
Plus I may or may not have bought a huge haul from Cassie Box's store Paper Issues. But that's a whole 'nother post!