My husband says I like to organize my scrapbooking supplies almost as much as I like to scrapbook. He may be right. I’m a bit of an organizational nerd and find that I’m far more creative and productive when I have things “just so”.
Having done a major purge of my scrapbooking area in the past 6 months, as well as simplifying by moving to pocket scrapbooking, my stash is staying far more organized.
Our spare room in the basement doubles as my scrapbooking storage space. When I’m ready to work on my albums, I pull out a folding table and set it up in the living room area of the basement, so I can spend time with my husband and watch TV, a movie or hockey game. It’s easy to go back and forth to the spare room to get things that I might need.
I use Recollections modular cube storage system available at Michaels. I originally purchased these when they were made by Jetmax, and I can really tell the difference between the Jetmax cubes and the Recollections ones. My Jetmax ones are going on 5 years old, have been moved and reorganized numerous times, and they are holding up great. The Recollections ones are barely a year old and are already starting to show a lot of wear and tear, warping and just generally not as sturdy.
There may come a time when I ditch these shelves for another form of storage – I’d love to go with an Expedit bookcase or Raskog cart from Ikea (might not roll well on my carpet), but for now they do a great job. I downsized from 16 cubes to 9 in the past year with my de-stash, and it’s my goal to use up supplies rather than keep adding. If I find I need another cube, it’s time to take a good hard look at what I have and what I can sell off.
On the top, you’ll find my desktop organizer with my most used tools – pens and a pencil, post-it notes, corner chomper, date stamp and ink pad, adhesive and scissors. My Ott light is here, which is handy since I scrapbook in the basement and the light isn’t great. Finally, my fantastic Christmas present, a Silhouette Cameo. It replaced my Cricut and I’m so glad that I did. Love not having cartridges and being able to buy one design as needed.
The left and middle cubes of the top row of cubes contain empty 12×12 D-ring albums. The right hand cube contains 12×12 D-ring albums with most of my pocket page protectors sorted. Everything except Design A and D, which I have a ton of, are in these binders. I keep my binder of printed Card Design Reference sheets and printouts of ideas and material from classes I’ve taken on this shelf too. There’s also envelope pages for memorabilia, idea books, my planner and notebooks, and my 12 inch paper trimmer.
In the middle row, the first 3-drawer unit contains memorabilia and pages that are in progress, tools and spare parts for my Silhouette, and coloured pens, stamps and inks. The middle 3-drawer unit has stickers and chipboard letters, tools that I don’t use as much such as punches, other adhesives, and extra post-its, and my acrylic paints which I’m debating what to do with. I love the look of painted chipboard, and will likely cut more embellishments in chipboard with my Silhouette. But these paints are old and some of them are really goopy. I need to see if anything can be done to rescue them.
The end 2-drawer unit contains some of my pocket scrapbooking cards. One drawer has all my packages of coordinating cardstock. I started out buying both the 3×4 and 4×6 packages for each kit, but I don’t use it as much as I thought I would, so I’m limiting myself to buying 4×6 and cutting a sheet down if needed. The other drawer has my blank cards – grid, ledger, lined and plain white, as well as small photo cases which contain my Project Life themed card packs.
The first two cubes of the bottom row are obviously paper. I sort my cardstock by colour, and then I have a section with a paper organizer in it. This is for the Project Life coordinating papers – I have dividers in the organizer to label the paper with the corresponding kit name. I have a small section of 12×12 patterned paper, then there’s my chipboard and plain white paper for printables.
The 2-drawer cube contains my pocket scrapbooking cards. Each kit is labelled in its own section of the drawer. One of my projects for the next bit is to cut pretty dividers with my Silhouette! I have mostly Becky Higgins kits, but have also branched out into WRMK and Simple Stories recently. There’s getting to be a huge variety in the marketplace thanks to the popularity of the pocket scrapbooking system, and it’s getting hard not to BUY ALL THE THINGS!
I love having 95% of my stuff in one place, ready to go. The only other storage I have is for my photos that are printed and waiting to be scrapbooked, which are in plain photo albums on a bookcase in the living room. As well, my stash of extra Design A and D page protectors are in boxes in the closet of the spare room.