When you are a scrapbooker you know how important it is to have your supplies organized so you have easy access to them. This is save you time and it will prevent you from purchasing duplicate items.
Organizing your scrapbooking supplies is a must no matter what stage you are at with your scrapbooking. If you are new to it, you may have very few supplies, but you should still organize them. You never know how much you will get into it until that time comes. As long as you don’t plan on doing it one time and never doing it again, you should really consider this plan.
If your collection is real small, you may be able to get away with a small expandable file folder. If you go to your stationery store you may find a small plastic expandable file folder that’s approximately 9 x 4. These will have two or more dividers and this may be just enough room for you to put all your stickers, stencils, and pictures.
If you are really into scrapbooking, you will need more storage space. There are a couple of ways to do this and you will need to decide what will work for you, your space, and your supplies.
One way is to take hanging file folders and hang them in a file cabinet. Then group all your stickers, stencils, and pictures into themes and place each theme in a hanging file folder. Now if you have too many, you may need to do more sorting so you can have small groups in each file folder. Put them in alphabetical order and label them in such a way that you will know what they are.
Another way is to use file folders and a magazine holder that sits on a counter. Group your supplies by theme and place them in a file folder. If you have a lot, place them in multiple file folders and place all of those in one holder. Make sure you label the outside of the holder because the nice part that is for the label is what will be showing. The folders will not be visible from the front.
A 3-ring binder with clear sheet protectors would work well too. You can place all your supplies for each them in one pocket or 3-ring binder if you have multiples. You may need to get a 3 inch binder if you have a lot of supplies.
Now throughout this article we have talked about supplies such as stickers, stencils, and photos, but we haven’t talked about the tools or actual books.
If you are really into scrapbooking you probably have all the different scissors, stamps, and punches which amounts to a lot for sure. You can store these in plastic boxes and place them in your file cabinet or you can place them on top of the file cabinet. Label the outside of the box so you will know at the first glance which box you will need for what you are working on.
The books you have can be stored in a book shelf or on the top of the file cabinet. Of course, this depends on the volume you have. If you have enough room in your file cabinet, you can always store them in there. That way you won’t have to worry about the light ruining the color or the sheets.
Now these are just a few of the many ways you can organize your scrapbooking supplies. You can also check out the scrapbook supply websites online and purchase organizational items that they recommend. No matter how you do it, once you’re organized you will be able to spend more time creating your scrapbooks and less time hunting for what you need.