Figuring out how you scrapbook is key to good organization. Are you always looking for your supplies and having trouble finding them? Try separating all your supplies into different categories like tools, metal embellishments, chipboard, markers, ink pads, paper, embossing supplies, stickers, rub-ons, stamps, flowers, etc. Find a way to store items together by category and make sure you have plenty of room to grow when setting up a system. For items you use often, store them close to your work area for easy access. If you use some supplies only occasionally you can store them further from your work area. But make sure they are easily accessible otherwise you may not use them as often.
If you are like me, you are a visual scrapbooker, and I like to see what supplies I have, or I will forget what I have. For example, one day I wanted to make an over the hill birthday card for my brother-in-law who turned 50. I had a particular stamp in mind that I remembered seeing somewhere that I wanted to use; I just couldn’t remember where I saw it. After traipsing through every scrapbook and hobby store in the greater Memphis area and not finding it, I gave up and went home. Once I got home, I started looking through my own stamps for another stamp that would work and guess what? I had the very stamp I had spent all day looking for in my own collection! I knew I had seen it someplace! I can laugh about it now, at the time it wasn’t so funny. So believe me when I say I have learned scrapbook organization by trial and error!
All my acrylic stamps are in CD cases and are labeled by theme and alphabetized. If I have several CD’s with same theme, I label them by them theme and number (Flowers 1 and Flowers 2) and so on. I used the stamp package’s plastic sheet that has the images already on it and glued it on the cardstock in sheet protectors. I also label the images in a binder with same theme and number of the CD holders, so when I see the stamps I want to use in Flower 3 in my binder, all I have to do is go get Flowers 3. For acrylic stamps that won't fit in CD cases, I have them in page protectors in the binder. I keep all my acrylic stamps in CD cases in a small cabinet I got at Goodwill that has 2 small drawers where I keep my acrylic blocks. It was a lot of work to develop the system but now I can easily find what stamp I am looking for. I also have all my Cricut cartridge’s designs, Nestibilities and Cuttlebug embossing folders and die cuts in other sections of binder.
Try dividing all your stickers and rub-ons into themes so when you are making a baby themed card or layout, you can see your entire selection of baby related stickers and rub-ons. You can store them in boxes with themed dividers or make your own type of Clip It Up. Or you can do all the above like I did and then buy the Clip It Up! I recommend if you really want something just go buy it (when it's on sale!). In the long run, it will save you money! Funny, but true!
If you are limited on space or you are running out of space like me, try storing your paper vertically instead of horizontal. Cropper Hopper makes a new vertical storage paper holder and I am seriously thinking of converting my paper storage to these. I have to admit I am not crazy about the other more flimsy holder by Cropper Hopper, but the newer version will not fall over.
Another tip, when you buy something or just finish a project, have a place that you can stash supplies away if you don't have time to put them up. I have 2 buckets and 4 blue boxes for this. That is one way I to keep things in order and looking tidy. You never know when you might get an opportunity to show off your scrapbook space.
Remember to have a place for everything and have everything in its place and you will stay well organized. If you can't find it look in your stash buckets and boxes! By staying organized it doesn’t matter what I am looking for whether it is scrapbooking tool or embellishment, I can always easily find it. This doesn’t apply to just my scrapbook space but my whole house.
Until next time! Happy Scrapping!