What is the best way to organize your scrapbooking stuff?

United States
January 3, 2007 12:30pm CST
What ways do you use to organize all this stuff? I use just a big bag from creative memories, but there HAS to be a better way.
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15 responses
• Canada
4 Jan 07
I have organized my Scrapbooking stuff in baskets and boxes. I have labeled them "embellishments", "inks", "ribbon","adhesive" etc. I also invested in 12 X 12 stand up paper holders and have one for cardstock, and one for printed paper etc. Another idea that I have incorporated is while I scrapbook I have a basket that I throw all my scraps, or extras in as I use them, that way my table space doesn't get over crowded and then when it's time to clean up I just drop the stuff into their respective boxes/baskets. Let me know what you think!
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@vivasuzi (4125)
• United States
11 Jan 07
That's kind of what I do to. I have boxes (stackable) that are labeled with whats in them. I don't have the 12x12 stand but instead I keep my unused pages in the thick cardboard envelope they came in. That's a good idea about having a basket for "scraps" nearby.
@kdarrell (1566)
• Canada
11 Jan 07
I went out an bought two large craft storage container. They stand about two feet high with five drawers in each. It's a great way for me to store all my arts and craft supplies as before I had everything in cardboard boxes and could never find anything that I was looking for.
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@Kamalani (29)
• United States
8 Jan 07
I've been using the boxes that Leaving Prints has sent stuff I've ordered in. As far as pictures go...All my pics I've transfered to cd so that way I could keep them in like a cd book and I never have to worry about ruining originals.
• United States
5 Jan 07
I have a couple ways I do this look at Home Depot - tool box organizers Staples - filing systems there for inspiration and "thinking out of the box" organizing. The Container Store Walmart Target carries a line of scrapbooking organizing shelves etc.. I have a rolling paper file cart(i think i got it at office depot or staples they sold it at costco too) that I store my papers 8 1/2x11, and idea pages(ripped pages from scrapbook magazines) i also made larger files to hang my decorative 12x12 papers by theme, florals, textures, vellum, nature,.. etc Rubbermaid sweater boxes- clear plastic - stores 12x12 beautifully. I got a few - store my 12x12 papers and I also store my pages in progress in seperate one. sticker binders at at the craft store.. and my eyelets etc are stored in screw and nail organizers i got at home depot. when you start to think out of the box suddenly everything can be reworked.. =)
@brokentia (10396)
• United States
5 Jan 07
I have those cute cheap plastic filing cabinets that are the bold kids colors. each draw is for something different. But i also have those stacker trays used on a desk. These hold my mostly used papers and supllied. And I have about 6 photo boxes filled with pictures. Which probably accounts for me feeling overwhelmed and haven't done a page in a while. LOL I was thinking about creating a page on the computer and saving it as a .jpg. Then I could send it to WalMart for the one hour shop and pay a couple bucks and have the page done! :)
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• United States
4 Jan 07
It depends on how much stuff you have I think...I know someone who has a whole special cabinet drawer thing that she puts different things in. I just have a big box full of stuff =/
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• United States
3 Jan 07
I posted this same question yesterday. I will let you know if I get any good responses. I'm new at this and don't know if you can but you might can view my question by my user name.
@jade01 (803)
• Australia
11 Jan 07
No matter how many ways I sort my scrapbooking stuff out it still ends up a mess.
18 Jan 07
I file all my different papers in A3 flip file folders. Plain papers in one folder, printed papers in another, used papers in another, embellishments in another, alphabets in another, little folders for my photos. I have a toolbox with my glues, scissors so it is all very organised. The one thing which I do, is when I finished working I pack everything away in a special cupboard. It took me a while, and still is an ongoing process to get all this organised but now it is just one pleasure to work with
• United States
4 Jan 07
I use the rubbermaid "shoe boxes". I have stickers in one, die cuts in another, stamps and inks in another, etc. My papers are in a portable file folder and my pictures are in 5x7 manilla envelopes (used for shipping stuff). They have a clasp on it so nothing falls out - like pictures I've already cropped. I write the date/event on the outside and when I finish that page, I can cross out the date/event on the envelope and use it again.
• United States
17 Jan 07
That is a really great idea! I think I am going to try that with the manilla envelopes. Thanks!
• United States
2 Feb 07
Hi everyone. I went to the hardware store and purchased these plastic drawer things, they sit on your desk and they ahev some larger drawers and some small ones, but these are only for my embellishments. I have been scrapbooking for many years and have grown far out of my little bag that I used to wheel around. I wish I could fit all my scrap crap in there but no can do. Anyway, they have like 30 drawers and they cost about $16. Not bad! So then I have those plastic drawers made by rubbermade or someone like that, they hold my stamps and markers and stuff like that. I also have a tower of paper racks that holds all my paper. I also have a wall made with that holey board, that I hook all my scissors on and then a dresser for any left over stuff - and there is a ton of it. Besides my desk that holds stuff also. I have to say though, that even though I am pretty organized, I plan on buying something better soon. I need to be more organized, but that's just me. But my favorite is the drawers from the hardware store - they are the best. Try this website - the owner has some great desk/storage items on there. www.giftsforlife.biz Go to the order only items pages.
31 Jan 07
i have a tool box for most of my things...aswell as two 12X12 boxes to keep all my papers and the scrapbook pages that i have done in
@Shelite (212)
• Canada
19 Jan 07
My husband made me custom shelves. They hold my paper, albums and on top I have my ribbon in glass jars from the dollarama. I have pull out bins for my paper and stamps.
@yamiboo (466)
• Philippines
18 Jan 07
and by the way, don't forget to label your storage boxes, etc. so that it's organized and it would be easier for you to look for stuff when you need them. Organize by colors too (in terms of ribbons, papers, etc.)
@yamiboo (466)
• Philippines
18 Jan 07
One thing I learned is that scrapbook storage need not be expensive nor branded. As long as you can fit everything in, and for plastic storages, as long as they're PVC free, I think you'll be fine. If you have a scrapbooking corner or area in your room or house, set all your materials there. For papers, you can buy cubes from a local store (I'm just new here so I'm not sure if I can mention store names) that could fit your 12x12 papers, buy a condiments rack for your acrylic paints, a toolbox for your scissors, adhesives, embellishments and whatever stuff you have that will fit there, glass jars for your ribbons, a lunchbox for your stamps, use recyclable baby food bottles for your small embellishments. Use up the drawers of your scrapbook table to store in stuff. For storage of your photos, get a photo box that's archival safe and acid free. No need to buy branded stuff for storage, use the cash instead to add materials to your stash. Or if you have to, think first if you can improvise and use other storage options before you purchase the branded ones. If you were to purchase a branded item for storage purposes, your best deal would be to get paper holders or paper envelopes to hold your other papers and stickers.
@LeslieD (59)
• United States
11 Jan 07
I wish I knew. I have tried about everything and there is still too much stuff. I tried putting things together in "kits" and keeping papers with the embellishments I bought for them. Then I tried putting all the paper in one file, and die cuts, stickers etc in another. I'm just not sure what to do anymore. It is very frustrating.