How To Organize Scrapbook Supplies On a Budget
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.
Good Storage Begins With a Good Area
Storage and organization is going to be a big deal for the obvious reasons.Wherever your proposed location is, be sure your materials are not in contact with direct sunlight (the main cause of photograph fading)
Be mindful of the general temperature conditions around you…Opt for cool, dry locations, with less humidity. My locale is humidity city, so I have to be more careful with my items. I could probably go for a dehumidifier, though 🙂
Don’t forget, the natural oil in our skin can mess up photos and negatives so it is best to handle them corners only, use acid neutralizing wipes, to minimize our fingerprints.
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. The best kind of storage protectors include acrylic and polyester materials as well.
If you have a project in the making, these items are perfect for keeping your photos dirt and dust free until you’re ready to transfer them to your album.
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 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.
Jars Are Great For Small Scrapbook Odds and Ends!
Do you collect jars like I do? These are great places to stash your scrap materials like your bling and glitter, stamps, glue dots, etc. 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.
They not only look great , but they are something you can get real cheap, if you don’t have a collection stored up (yet)!
You can also create decorative labels for them too and jazz them up a little. The web-based design program Picmonkey has lots of unique label templates that you can customize and later on print out on some sticker type paper.
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? 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!