Each year around this time, I pull out my scrapbooking supplies and do a marathon scrapbooking session. Yes, since my kids were in kindergarten, I would do this every year! They are now in high school. Can’t believe how time flies by. But, to be able to do an entire school year of scrapbook pages, I needed to be organized. Really organized! Every supply and tool I had must be easily accessible and contained in one area. I have two 15 inches deep by 24 inches wide shelves that store all my scrapbooking stuff. It seems small but, it holds a lot of stuff. Here are some of the products I use to keep the marathon scrapbooking session organized.
Scrapbook Organization Tips
First, I liked to show you what I use to sort my 12 x 12 papers: It works great and you can see the colors easily and pull out just what you want instead of have to go through lots of different piles of paper. I like to sort card stock by holiday, solids colors and patterns. If you have different size paper, like I do, you can use one of these for that particular size as well. I don’t place my scraps in these because it would be difficult to see. I store them somewhere else. You can click on the picture and purchase these at Amazon.com.
Have a storing place for photos for works in progress: I use something like this one for each kid. It holds the photos that I get throughout the school year. To make it even more organized, I use envelopes and write on the front the event name, the child’s name, date of event and place the scrapbook picture and any other paper inside the envelope. You can buy this one on Amazon.com, just click on the picture.
Keep Cutters Organized: Keep all the cutter supplies together. If you have shape cutters, like these below, use a shallow drawer that can show all the shape images on top. Magnet strips work great too for scissors if you have wall space.
Have all your Markers in one place: Gather all the markers in one space. I like to keep the markers in shallow packets. This is where I place all my supplies. I have two of these and they work great and take up little to no room. As you can see, I label all the pockets. Since my kids and I use these, I wanted to know what we are running low on easily and by labeling these packets, it helps me do just that.
Gather all the ribbons together and store in the same place: I have two places for ribbons. The larger ribbons is with my wrapping paper station and my smaller scrapbook ribbon is stored in the pockets (see picture below). But, all my ribbons are less than 10 feet away so I don’t need to go far if I need larger ribbon.
Stickers, borders, decorative paper can be tricky to organize, so pick the best way for you and how you use them: I like to organize the stickers and other decorative papers by type. Some of my categories are: school, words, borders, girly, boy stickers, flowers, etc…
Store your little supplies (like glue sticks, glitter, flowers, etc…) in a larger divided carrying case: It closes nicely and stores away on a shelf. Shoe boxes are way to large and do not dividers. Unless you have lots of scrapbooking supplies, you really don’t need them.
Scrapbooking can be very rewarding. However, if your supplies are not organized, you could be spending lots of well-earned money on items you already have. So, by setting up a system for you, it will keep you from wasting money and help you go through your scrapbooking projects a lot easier. I hope this post inspires you to get your scrapbook supplies organized. Please leave a comment below: Do you scrapbook? How long have you been scrapbooking? What is your favorite scrapbook organizer product? I would love to hear from you.
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