See how I organize my scrapbook paper so it is tucked away yet easy to use! I have organized all of my paper from scraps to poster size!
Organizing your scrapbook paper can make a world of difference when crafting! The tricky part is keeping it organized and finding a system that works well for you. Last year I spent the month of January organizing my scrapbook paper, and after a year of using my “system,” I am happy to say I love it! Today I thought I’d share what has worked well for me.
A little background about my crafting and sewing space: It is relatively small and since it is half of our family room, it is important that most of my crafting supplies are tucked away. Everything needs a place of its own so I can quickly clean the area up when I am not working. My kids use the other half of the room for crafting and building LEGOs, and the room is also an entry way from our garage and backyard. I am so happy our home has this extra room because it is one of the most used rooms in our house!
Since my craft area was originally set up when my kids were very small, I needed to make sure all of the craft supplies, especially my scissors, glues and sewing notions, were out of reach. I also needed to keep my scrapbook paper put away or my kids would grab it and start doodling on it immediately!
Organizing the majority of my paper using file folders turned out to be the perfect solution! It is easy to access and easy to keep organized. Plus, it is tucked away and out of site when not in use. I have organized all of my paper that is 8.5″ x 11″ or smaller into file folders. The folders all live on a small file cart that slides out from under my desk. This cart is from The Container Store and is part of their Elpha system. It was too tall to fit under my desk with the wheels on it, so I had to remove them. Sliders I purchased from Target are under the legs of the cart, allowing it to still slide out easily.
The paper is sorted by color and then also by design; including stripes, polka dots, plaid, floral, Christmas, wood grain, and print. Print covers all of the printed paper that doesn’t fit into one of the other categories. I also have folders for specialty papers like vellum and textured paper.
At first I used tabs that had the names of each section written on them. After using those for a while, I switched to using the actual paper as the tab and found it was way quicker to grab what I needed. Especially with the colored paper, the visual tabs were easier.
I created the tabs for each file folder using my Cricut Explore. The tab design I used is available in Cricut Design Space. You could also cut these by hand or cut a rectangle of each paper and insert it into the clear tabs the file folders come with. The gray and white patterned file folders are from The Container Store and the solid gray folders are from Office Depot.
The front of my file folder cart stores important papers. I printed the tabs for these folders also using my Cricut Explore. I keep all of these tabs to the left and all of my paper tabs in the center. This way I can move the folders around and not worry about them going in a certain order – with the exception of my colored paper, which I keep in rainbow order. This is also helpful if I add a folder – I don’t need to rearrange the tabs to make room for it!
I use the same tab system for my loose 12″x12″ paper, which is stored in an Iris Scrapbook Paper Case that lives under my desk. It works well for me to keep the 12″ x 12″ paper separated since I know if I need a larger piece of paper, to check this case first.
The rest of my paper, including paper stacks and paper scraps, is kept behind me in an Iris storage cart. I love the Iris storage carts and have a few of them. The drawers slide out easily and this wide one is perfect for holding 12″x12″ paper. I labeled the drawers using vinyl and my Cricut Explore. The labels are in an ombre, white to black, which match a storage cart I have that has the same colored ombre drawers.
I like keeping my paper stacks together so this system works well for me. The last three drawers are all 12″x12″ paper stacks. I have a special drawer for glitter paper, which is where I keep my glitter paper stacks and glitter paper scraps. Another drawer keeps all of my small paper stacks and the top drawer is for all of my tiny paper scraps. These scraps are so small they’d be putzy to keep in my file folders. These drawers are really big, and surprisingly, fit a lot of scraps!
I have a couple more Iris paper cases that have latches on them that are stored underneath the dresser. One of them holds all of my chipboard perfectly.
Finally, I keep all of my large poster-size paper in a cardboard box designed to hold bulletin board pieces for teachers. I was so excited when I discovered this since it is perfect for holding all of my large sheets of paper and keeping them from bending and folding. Before using this cardboard box, I used a large plastic bag, but my paper was always getting bent. I purchased a few of the large cardboard file folders that fit inside the box. They are a bit pricey but I purchased 3 and they been great. Two hold paper and I use one for all of my cutting mats. I have the Amazon links for these at the end of this post, but if they aren’t on sale, check your local teaching store as they may have them cheaper.
When I first started organizing this craft space, I really tried to get all of the paper in one spot. This didn’t work since I didn’t have the space for a huge shelving system devoted to paper. It was also really important the paper was put away and not visible. This way the space looks nicer when I’m not crafting. I can’t just shut a door and hide the mess!
This system works so well for me since everything is close by and everything has its own special place. I have found since organizing I am using up old paper before purchasing new stuff. When I am finished with a paper project, I try to sort all of the paper instead of just shoving it away in a hurry. Sometimes this doesn’t happen right away, but I try to get it done within the week so I don’t fall back into old habits!
How do you organize your crafting papers? Paper is something I hate throwing away because even the smallest scraps can come in handy – plus nice scrapbook paper is pricey! I hope seeing how I store all of my paper is of use to you! Looking at how others organize their craft spaces has been a huge source of inspiration for me! My next big organizing task is fabric….but that really seems daunting! :)
Check out the tutorial for making your own DIY recycle bin! Perfect for your home office or craft room :)