1. Scraps. I store my scraps by color, in 12×12 ziploc bags. I keep them in a bin–once they get too fat to fit in the bin, I know it is time to clean them out. Here are some ideas for cleaning out your scraps stash:

  • Take the scraps from 3 bags that coordinate and create cards. I took green, orange, and brown scraps to the Diva crop a couple weeks ago and got 30 cards done, 100% from scraps! Better yet, after you create a layout, create cards to match and then you don't have to put any scraps away.
  • Purge the scraps you have not touched in 6 months. Donate them to a local school, adult living facility, or women's shelter.
  • Create punchies — Tammy I creates journal spots from scraps and then keep them ready-to-use at crops in her cases.
  • Use scraps first – before using a new sheet of paper for diecuts or a mat, check your scraps first. One lady on scrapbook.com said she posted a sign over her paper to remind her to “Check Scraps First!”

2. Ribbon. I have 5 different ways of storing ribbon. You probably won't need all of these because I am clearly out of control when it comes ot buying ribbon but hopefully some of these ideas can help you stay organized.

  • Rings. I got a curtain rod from Ikea, set it on brackets that extended it about 3″ from the wall and threaded on Binder Rings. On each Binder Ring I aded more rings. Then I looped on my ribbons, one color per Binder Ring. This works great for ribbon purchased by the yard.

  • Drawers. if you line up your spools of ribbon in a drawer, they will be easier to see and you're more likely to use what ytou can see easily.
  • Cafe Rods. You can get a couple thin cafe rods from Target, some extended reach brackets from Ikea and create your own ribbon spool rack like I did here:

  • Scraps. I keep small bits of ribbon in baggies by color. I try to keep it to a sandwich sized bag or smaller. I lay it in my drawer with my spools of ribbon so I will check the bag before cutting a strip off a spool.
  • Go Whole Hog! A while back I got some wire ribbon racks for retail stores and they have been sitting in my garage. I could not decide how I would use them in my room and then I finally settled on pegboard. Last Friday my dad and I cut the pegboard, I brought it home, and then Xaver installed it when he got home from work. We still need to paint it but I could not wait to get the ribbon I use for classes up on it –this is going to make planning classes so easy! Plus it is kind of fun to look at :) I won't be posting a photo until it is painted!

3. Paper. I have tried all kinds of things and for the last two years, the thing that has worked THE BEST for me is storing my paper by color, vertically.

I can thumb through all the papers to find exactly what I need and my paper almost never gets bent. I keep cardstock to the left and patterned paper to right of each color section. For example, white cardstock, white patterned paper, then red cardstock, red patterned paper, etc.

4. Stickers. I cannot stand stickers but I still buy them. I tried file folders, Iris carts, drawers, stacking them vertically in a bin, a Sticker Stadium…nothing worked. Until I got the Clip It Up. I only have Stickers on my Clip It Up but it is perfect for that.

5. Embellies. A few years back I got some Dot Boxes from Cottage Mills for my embellies. They come in a couple sizes–it is basically a case where you can insert small modules, that coe in diff sizes, to store small items. Here's what it looks like:

I have all my embellies by color, with some drawers having two dot boxes. The boxes come in a much larger size than what I have but I wanted something that would fit into the drawers I own now and that I could easily toss into a scrapbook tote. Again, these are all by color. If my dot box is full, I know that I need to use some stuff up before I can buy more.

Happy Organizing!

Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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2 thoughts on “Five Fridays #3 – Storage Solutions

  1. wow, that is some scrap room you’ve got there – love all the organization tips – i’m a neat freak :D

    Posted on August 31, 2009 at 2:42 pm
  2. I thank you for sharing all the ideas from your scrapbook room. I will definitely use some of them to put my scrapbook room together….

    Posted on September 21, 2010 at 5:48 pm