How To Organize Scrapbooking Supplies : A Never-ending Process?

How To Organize Scrapbooking Supplies : A Never-ending Process?

Ah yes the ‘how to organize scrapbooking supplies‘ post. Might as well label it ‘how to organize your life’. This for me seems to be a never-ending process. I confess, I have a pack-rat gene and I struggle to keep all my things organized. Usually I let things build up until they bother me enough to have what I call a ‘cleaning frenzy’.

The folks over at HSN have a great 20 item list of things to do to get your scrapbooking supplies organized. No ah-ha moments here. Just practical, useful tips that will get you inspired to get organized.

How To Organize Scrapbooking Supplies : 10 Top Tips

1. Make it easy. Different personality styles require different organization systems. Make sure you use an organization system you can live with – one that works with your style and allows you to find things without delay. If you find things easier when they’re alphabetized, then use that type of system. Perhaps you’re better at finding things by color, or maybe you prefer to organize by manufacturer. It’s all about finding the style that makes you most productive. Your organization system must work in harmony with your personality.

2. Store photographs. Once your photos are developed (or printed), you need to store them safely until you’re ready to put them in your scrapbook. Keep them separated by year or event, in plastic zipper storage bags. Label each bag with a number, and put a corresponding number on your Documentation Form. Then, store them in a photo box. Keep the box in a cool, dry place.

3. Store embellishments and other items. Sometimes, for the purpose of creatively decorating your scrapbook, you may wish to keep tickets, brochures, maps and postcards that are related to a particular trip or event. Use manila file folders or catalog envelopes, and label them so you know which Documentation Form they correspond to. File them away until they’re ready to be used.

4. Keep it together. Already have a pretty good idea of stickers and die-cuts you’re planning to use with a particular set of photographs? Keep them in the same storage bag with the photos until you’re ready to put them into your scrapbook. This way, everything will be in one place and ready to use.

5. Save stickers and shapes. Stickers and punched shapes can be kept in acid-free sheet protectors, plastic baseball card sheets, business card sheets, or even plastic storage bags that are 3-hole punched. Each sheet should be categorized and labeled by theme: birthday, Christmas, Halloween, wedding, springtime, etc. Insert these sheets into a 3-ring binder. If you have a large number of stickers and shapes, you may want to use index dividers labeled with general categories. For example, a general HOLIDAY category may hold Easter, Christmas/Hanukkah, Halloween, etc., while a general SEASONS category would hold summer, fall, winter and spring.

6. Store tiny stuff. For very tiny die-cuts and other small items, consider storing then in empty film canisters. The clear ones are best, but if you only have opaque ones, simply stick a label – or the actual die-cut, attached with tape – on the canister, indicating what is inside. Baby food jars serve the same purpose. Also, check out storage for beads or visit your local hardware store for great organizing finds.

7. Organize paper. Where do you keep all of that cool paper until you’re ready to use it? You can get a plastic, portable filing container – research its composition to assure archival safety – that holds hanging file folders. Label the hanging files by theme or color. You may want buy file folder pockets or sheet protectors that fit into a 3-ring binder and store your papers inside each pocket, categorized and labeled. Many scrapbookers use paper racks to organize their paper. Vertical paper storage also is a great alternative, storing reams of paper in a small area!

8. Choose and use storage containers. Do a little bit of research and purchase a scrapbooking organizer, which will hold papers, supplies, etc. There are many products on the market that can help you keep it all together. Many office supply stores carry six-drawer organization stations. They’re vertical and have 6 see-through drawers of equal size. Each drawer can be designated for a different purpose –papers, templates/die-cuts, stickers, etc. Plus, they have wheels, which make them very easy to transport from one room to another. Or, if you often bring your scrapbooking supplies outside of your home, such as to a friend’s house, use a portable system that isn’t too heavy or cumbersome, and comes with a handle.

9. Try a supply caddy. If you always scrapbook at home, use a kitchen utensil caddy with a number of divided compartments, like those you normally keep tall kitchen spoons, ladles, and spatulas in. The ones that spin will you’re your most used supplies at your fingertips.

10. Hang it up. If you’re lucky enough to have a room specifically designated for your scrapbooking hobby, hang a large pegboard above your work area. You can then attach scissors, templates, crimpers, rulers, stencils and more, all within easy sight and reach. In addition, you might hang a small ledge or shelf nearby, to store all of your corner rounders, photo corners, and so on. If you prefer everything out in the open, this system will work like a charm. The rest of the tips are here.

 

I hope you found this ‘how to organize scrapbooking supplies‘ helpful. Even just writing and researching this has helped me recommit to getting my scrapbook supplies whipped into shape. Now the garage is another story altogether! If you found this post helpful, be sure to SHARE it with your facebook peeps. Or if you’d rather, leave a comment below. What areas of scrapbook organization do you find the most challenging?

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