Learn how to organize your scrapbook supplies on a budget and avoid the usual stress of “where did I put…?” Scrapbooking may not be the cheapest hobby out there , but it doesn’t have to be extravagant either! And let’s not forget, this applies to organizing your materials and supplies too.
Paper, embellishments, adhesive, cutting tools, and the album itself, all of these need to be within easy reach and well-protected. And it does not have to cost an arm and a leg to do it if you follow some helpful pointers like these.
Don’t let a potential work of art go to waste – especially with so many memorable moments attached to it. Take good care of your supplies now and it will pay off – you just don’t know, you may want to pass your treasured books down to grandchildren, grandnieces or nephews, etc. to enjoy one day.
Storing Your Photos on a Budget
Make sure your places of storage are acid-free just like the materials. Store your photos, negatives and layouts carefully. to minimize risk of scratches and bent corners. Make sure to use a good container, preferably clear and plastic sleeves that can fit in a 3-ring binder.
I’m no stranger to these plastic protector sheets – plus they come in many other sizes besides the classic A4. There are some that are 5″ by 7″ , wallet size and all budget friendly.
Make sure you choose your protectors carefully. The wrong kind can mess up your materials. Avoid any clear protectors containing PVC or PVA. PVA is a compound used in craft glue and decoupage.sealant.
Have a Filing System
I used to cut and save magazine clippings to use as inspiration for art ideas pretty much the same way I would collect would-be scrapbook items. I would put them all in one of those manila folders, but the trouble is, it’s easy for all of those things to clump together – so one day I found this genius idea at the local office supply – a storage folder with expanding accordion-style pleats and tabs that I could label so I know which is which.
If you are trying to do something similar, like designate your different scrapbook pages in the planning process, this is an easy, no-frills way to keep all of those special items together – and ready to be secured to whatever page you’re proposing.
Organizing Your Scrapbook Stickers
Have an extensive collection of beloved stickers? You can apply a system for them too to get them easily managed. When you survey your collection, try to identify their common themes…Holidays, Special Occasions, Color schemes, Letters and Numbers, etc. Group them into piles according to their respective category.
Stickers being that they are usually carried in sheet form, need to go into a special folder to keep them from getting inadvertently folded or creased, so they need a means of organization like a binder if you have one, and page protectors handy.
File folders, preferably the kind of tabs you can write on, and clear-view folders are great for your sticker sheets. I love the see-through folders, they usually have something like a velcro piece on the front that self sticks…Cheap and you can see everything in there….really makes it easy to locate the one you need next project time.
Once you have all your stickers in their matching folders in one place, one of those plastic totes will come in handy to line them up in and keep them in easy reach!
Jars Are Great For Scrapbook Stickers (and Other Odds and Ends!)
What about those sheets you may have in your collection that are half-used? You can tear off the piece where the other stickers have been removed but them you’re left with that odd piece with a few stickers on it. What to do with those??
That’s where something like cute storage jars come in! Mason jars are really hot right now and work great for organization and will hold your remaining stickers, as well as other odds and ends nicely.
I personally use my jar set to keep all my sundries together as you’ll see in this project here – but craft and scrapbook bric-a-brac needs a place too.
Designate a jar for each type of product you use, whether it be tape runners, photo tabs, or stickers and you’ll have yourself a super-cheap and super-cute system of storage!
How to Organize Your Scrapbook Paper on the CHEAP!
Scrapbook paper can be tricky to get within reach in a good spot due to your collection having different colors, sizes, or thicknesses….how do you get it under control? If you have a good bit of scrapbook paper that could be a real hot mess to dig through, take heart.
This part may be really boring or really fun depending on how you look at it, but it is a necessary step. You need a system to organize it….best way is by color and tone, texture, and theme. Or you may need to utilize all these categories. For example, blues in a pile, warm tones, metallic foil, whatever your preference and how big your collection is.
The best approach is to have file folders, enough for however many categories you have with your paper collection. Folders that have tabs you can write on, are great, Label the tabs accordingly. Clear poly folders are excellent. and they are inexpensive too, I got a lot of mine form the local office supply place.
Your folders can be stored horizontally or vertically, vertically may involve more space and the use of shelves. You could also get some storage totes to line up all your folders with the tabs showing so it will be easy to find the one you need.
Best Hacks For Storing Scrapbook Paper 12 by 12
Don’t forget your cardstock and specially sized paper too. I just so happened to stumble into a brilliant hack after doing this outdoor project and having some materials left over including some of those interlocking Whitmor stacking cubes.
I created shelves out of some remaining mesh wire cut to fit into the cube I put together and ta – da! All my 12 by 12 cardstock paper has a nice tidy place to go and it didn’t set me back much at all! There’s a little room at the bottom to store additional materials.
Get yourself a set of these cubes today…they’re dirt cheap, come in black, white, or some primary colors, and if you’re willing to hack the shelf part a little with the addition of some zip ties, you can create built-in shelves for organizing your paper according to color or size. Genius!
Small Totes for Small Stuff
Carrying cases that can hold a variety of loose items and have various drawers, pockets, and trays are great for keeping it all together. There are varying sizes too depending on how big your stash is at the moment (or the potential of growing it). Some of these are labeled as makeup or cosmetic carriers, but they work beautifully when you have a great deal of various non-paper items to keep together.
Mine has a tray and different slots to organize my art stuff like brushes and cutting tools – It has multiple tiers that collapse back down when I have found the one item I was needing. I also have some of those plastic segmented organizers that work great -but don’t have a carrying handle which I think is very helpful, especially if you are planning to attend scrapbook classes or parties!
Well, I hope this will be helpful for you in storage on a shoestring and making it work well. Happy Organizing!